Friday, September 18, 2015

Christmas Bells

Happy Weekend everyone !

I have a change from Hummingbirds today - a Christmas design.  I love when Fall arrives, the temperatures are cooler so I have more energy and I'm inspired to create Christmas cards.   I'm showing one today using fabulous stamps from Chocolate Baroque.   I love to create cards with lots of embellishments and layers but with the cost of postage, I need to keep some fairly flat. 


The background is the 'mop up' sheet from the background in my last post using Distress Paints and water on my craft mat.   Next I added more colour using a snowflake stencil by Memory Box and Distress Ink and then stamped the snowflake around in a couple of colours.

I stamped the bells and sentiment direct to the background with Cobalt Archival Ink and coloured with Prisma pencils.  I added highlights with a white pen and also clear Wink of Stella.   I also sprinkled a little white & silver embossing enamel and heated underneath.

Chocolate Baroque stamp sets:  Snowflake and bells are from A Child is Born.  Merry Christmas - I can't find this sentiment on their website but I know that I received it while on the Design Team, I love the font.

Stencils:  Memory Box - 'Modern Sprinkles' (which look like snowflakes to me, difficult to see in the photo) and The Crafters Workshop - 'Circle Explosion' with white acrylic paint and probably my 'most used' stencil.

Thanks for stopping by,
Shirley

23 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful card Shirley. Have a fun weekend, hugs, Valerie

Wendy McCarthy said...

A very beautiful Christmas card! Xx

Little Artbee said...

So beautiful your card dear Shirley. Very nice colors and I like the soft background texture and the glitter on it. A dreamcard!
Dear Greetings
Sabine

Pat said...

This is gorgeous Shirley and the bells are so pretty and coloured beautifully with the Prisma pencils and love the background with the stencilling and stamping and the white pen is lovely and the circle explosion works so well with the snowflakes and a great colour combination too, also that large fancy script sentiment is the perfect finishing touch. x

Sandy said...

When you explained how you did this I immediately recognized the colors. The colors you chose for the bells looks fantastic with the background. Beautiful Christmas card.
Sandy xx

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

WOW what an amazing colored, stamped and designed Christmas card.
Have a beautiful weekend,
big hugs Anja

Donna Ellis said...

Shirley, I just love this card. The colors are gorgeous, and the ways you have applied and utilized them is amazing. The Christmas bells look so alive- I can almost hear them ringing! XO

maria's knutselplezier said...

Great card dear Shirley, I really love your background , it looks like the bells come out of the sky , great image!!! and of course I love the colours!!!

Greetings and have a nice weekend!!
Maria

brenda said...

As always a super creation Shirley.

Hope you have a good weekend.

B x

kaybee said...

This is beautiful, and even though I can't get very Christmassy yet, I'm always up for a little bit of sparkle!

Astrid Maclean said...

OMG, I am completely in love with your background, STUNNING!!! So subtle and beautiful!! The way you have finished with those beautiful CB stamps looks wonderful too, love your card!!

Sophie said...

Wunderschön, Shirley...
Das ist auch einer meiner Lieblings-Weihnachts-Stempel :-)

Herzlichst Sophie

aussie aNNie said...

Hi Shirley, lovely to see another beautiful card from you and this is just stunning. Love your new stamps and the beautiful background. always a pleasure to come here and see what you have made.xxx

Karin said...

Wow what a beautiful card, great colors!
Enjoy your weekend!
Groetjes Karin x

Margik said...

Wonderful card and very beautiful bells! The background is fantastic as always. Mar xx

Greta said...

Amazing flat card, Shirley! So much texture & interest & beautiful colors!

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Such a gorgeous Christmas card Shirley, a great way to use up the leftover ink on the mat. Nice and flat for the postman too. Hope you're having a great weekend.

Sue xx

MaryH said...

My, My. Your mopup background sheets always look fabulously one-of-a-kind treatments. This card looks very dimensional with the bells and your artistry in coloring. A gorgeous image, and well placed in your expert hands. It's one gorgeous Christmas card. Off to get a closer look at the hummer I saw featured on Ryn's FB page. TFS & Hugs.

Miranda said...

It's beautiful Shirley, lovely soft toned colors and like the subtle snowflakes and layers of the background! xxMiranda

Beth Norman said...

Breathtakingly beautiful. Your background is so winterish feeling. Love this one a lot.

Enny said...

Oh, what a gorgeous, beautiful card ! The background is fantastic and the bells so beautiful colored, makes me feel like Christmas is just around the corner.... Love, Enny

Gerrina said...

Even if you make a flat card, the background looks so rich! The BG reminds me of a day with snow ïn the air"; it is beautiful! Enjoy your week! Hugs, Gerrina

froebelsternchen Susi said...

What a lovely x-mas creation Shirley! Wonderful!