Monday, 21 July 2014

Christmas Birds

Hi Folks, I have more Christmas cards for you today, using stamps from Chocolate Baroque. Generally, I like to work with bigger cards, but I found myself making some cute 6" x 6" cards with the lovely images. These will be much cheaper to send in the post, which is a huge consideration at Christmas when we have more cards to send anyway.

My first card was created by stamping the owl image down the side of the card, and extending the tree trunk to the bottom of the card with a permanent black pen. I masked over the image, by stamping onto masking paper, and then stamped a tree image from Reindeer Landscape onto the background twice. I also extended the horizon line using a pen as well. The sentiment comes from the same set.

I embossed some snowflakes onto the background using white embossing powder, and then coloured the background, using Distress Inks. I removed the mask from the owl image, and coloured it with pencils. I added a little bit of Stickles to the hills, and once this was dry, I attached some organza ribbon before I matted the background to some black card.

My second card was created by sponging a piece of white card with Pear Tart Memento Ink, and then stamping around the edges with the end of the swirly bird and pear image, using the same colour green ink. (This is my favourite colour green, and was very apt for this card!) This gives a subtle tone on tone effect. I die cut a pear image from a piece of old book paper, and coloured this with Pear Tart and Cantaloupe Memento Inks, before sticking it to my background with matte medium.

I stamped the bird and pear image in black ink over the die cut pear. I stamped the image again onto a piece of white card, and coloured it with polychromos pencils, cutting out the bird, leaves and pears. I decoupaged these onto the die cut pear. I added a sentiment from the Pears and Baubles stamp set.

I'll be back soon with more samples, keep checking over at the Design Team Blog for more samples from my team mates. Don't forget to enter the challenge over at the Challenge Blog to be in with a chance of winning a £15 prize to spend online at Chocolate Baroque. Thanks for stopping by, xx


Paula Whittaker said...

loving both cards but that first one is my favourite...super work

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two beautiful cards Judith, I love them both but if I had to pick a favorite it would be the owls.

Sue xx

Paula (PEP) said...

The second is my favourite - I love the shading of the stamped image & how you've used the pear shape throughout the design but in a subtle manner. The sentiment looks super stamped across the tone on tone stamped edging & the glow of the inked book paper draws the eye beautifully. The embossed snowflakes in the fairest add a super touch of dimension & I like the way the organza ribbon allows one to see through to the snowbank of trees - very atmospheric with that kind of icy frostiness imparted by the very nature of the ribbon.
Paula (PEP)

craftimamma said...

These are both gorgeous Judith but I have to say I love the second one! Your use of the bookpage under the stamped image is brilliant!

Lesley Xx

Elaine said...

Two really great designs Judith. Love the positioning of all he stamps on the first, a great layout and super colouring. The pear die cut is smashing. I love those colours and the use of the bookprint really adds a great added extra element. Great inspiration and well done for getting into the Christmas groove in this heat. Elaine xxx

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