Sunday, December 01, 2013

Steampunk Tropical Garden

Hello everyone I hope you are having a great weekend.

Chocolate Baroque has just launched a fabulous and fun new rubber stamp set,  Steampunk Birds.   As soon as I saw the 'punky' Parrot I wanted to create a tropical garden for him to hang out in:)     It's been colder than normal here in Ontario, Canada so it would be great to feel warm tropical sunshine.   


I started by stamping cog plants from Punky Flowers on the background with white Colorbox Pigment ink.   I blended a few colours of green pigment ink over top and then rubbed off ink over the images (ghost stamping), but they are hidden into the 'garden'.   Next I stenciled with Distress Inks and TCW Gears (at the top) and TCW Ferns in the centre.

I embossed the Parrot from Steampunk Birds and the flowers from Punky Flowers with copper on watercolour paper, coloured with Tombow markers and cut them out to attach.    I added die cut leaves and a small metal cog.    Imagine is from Artistic Expressions.

Here is a look at Steampunk Birds A4 set, which is on sale until the end of December.  


If you have a chance please visit Chocolate Baroque's Design Team blog to see what my talented teammates are showing.

Note:  The photo that I used for my new blog header was taken right after snow storm in February.  We have some snow right now, but not this much ! (thanks again to Donna for teaching me how to create these).

Thanks for visiting and have a great day,
Shirleyx

33 comments:

aussie aNNie said...

Holy Mackerolie, I just love this Shirley, how steampunky is this and oh so love love love the colours....gosh you are great....hope you are having a good weekend.xxx

Jeannette said...

WOW WOW Shirley,your steampunk card is very colorful and beautiful,love the great backround.

Have a great weekend :-)

Greetings Jeannette

Crafting Queen said...

Great card, like the steampunk flowers. Great colours. Purrs to your kitties.

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning! Love the background as well as the way you used the stamps!

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Your lovely card certainly gives a warm feeling Shirley!!! And what a great stamps...wow....

LonettA said...

So lovely and bright colored card! It reminds me of spring!!

Wendy McCarthy said...

Wow! This is the prettiest steampunk card I've ever seen! Love the cog stencil in the background and the pretty flowers, the parrot is beautiful too,.... it's all fab! xxx

Willy said...

Beautiful card, land i love the flowers!

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Such a summery feel to this stunning card Shirley, I guess that's your wishful thinking. I love the colours and the wonderful flowers go so well.
Is your new background what your garden looks like now, or is it an older photo? Hope you are having a good weekend.

Sue x

Shirley Chillman said...

I can feel the heat from here Shirley. Love the quirky parrot and the key protruding from his back made me smile.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

I so love that you have take the theme of Steampunk but created with colour, hot, tropical colours - a brilliant and unique style.
Wishes
Lynne

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

awesome! love your trick of hidden garden in background! and you've colored the bird aesthetically!
In previous posts, Gelli print cards are so...lovely!

Shona said...

I need to borrow your friend Donna, and I'd be able to make a blog header that looks remarkably like yours. Covered with snow, my yard doesn't look so different to yours, without the snow...Well, we won't talk about that! Haven't had a bit of snow here yet, sadly having a white Xmas here is unusual.
Your parrot is really something, and your background is FANTABULOUS! I love all the layers of colour and designs you can create on a flat surface, and those flowers are gorgeous.
I did my first project, I may take a photo (from far,far away)! LOL!

sheila 77 said...

You are absolutely rocking these days, Shirley, this is brilliant, what you can do with these bare stamps is quite remarkable. The parrot and these fabulous flowers are beautifully coloured. This is a superb card.

Creations by Shirl said...

Love how you took your images to another level. Great job on the steampunk stamps....

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow, what a beautiful creation with the new CB stamps , I really love this ART work a lot!!!

Greetings
Maria

Valerie-Jael said...

Wow, really fantastic! Love the colours, and the new blog header. Valerie

Paula (PEP) said...

I love the way you layered the cogs & the ferns stencilling & accented the ferns with those lovely die-cut leaves. Your parrot reminds me of one of those old-fashioned clockwork parrots made from metal with a sort of shiny painted sheen to them. The cogs & gears in the background give a really surreal feel to this. Hope you don't have too much snow.
Paula (PEP)

Karin said...

wow amazing card, love the parrot!
Groetjes Karin x

Donna Ellis said...

Oh! What an unexpected, fun, brilliant card, Shirley! LOVE these steampunk birdies! Great set (wowser for each image!) and your background makes a steampunk statement in itself! Wonderful flowers and delightful sentiment. What a great idea from Chocolate Baroque. hugs, de

Bianca said...

Wow, a beauty card and I like the flowers on your card.

greetings Bianca

Pat said...

I've never been sure about the steampunk thing apart other than on male cards, but with the addition of those lovely punky flowers and the pink it really is extremely feminine. The background goes beautifully too. x

Nan G said...

Love this tropical steampunk card! And your new header is so Cool! Cold! Neat! Is there a tutorial out there on how to do this? Warm FL hugs

having a {me} day said...

WOW! Stunning! Love your beautiful vibrant colours. keeley

Gerrina said...

Love the bright colours! They bring some sunshine! The bird takes my back to my childhoud... Have to get used to your new header; liked the colours of the one before, but this onr is beautiful too! Just because we didnot have any snow yet, It will take some time for me to get used to it... Hope you´ll have some fun things planed this week! Warm greetings, Gerrina

Patricia said...

BEAUTIFULL!!! Love the steampunk sheet!!!
Greetz Patricia

Lindeke said...

This is so beautiful Shirley! I like the combination of Steampunk and tropical colors! Gr, Linda

Ellen said...

Only you could make steam punk look pretty!!! Fantastic card my friend! Love the new yard photo!! Have a wonderful day my artsy friend!
Hugs
Ellen

Janny said...

As always beautiful colors. Janny

Alex Leitner said...

Wow Shirley, this looks awesome!

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

WOW Shirley,
that is absolutly breathtaking, love the awesome design and the great stamps!
Big hugs Anja

Felicie said...

This Card is Absolutely stunning Shirley.I Love it a Lot.
Greetings
Felicie

Sandy said...

Beautiful colors - big smile on my face!!
Sandy