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Sunday 21 August 2011

Steampunk Christmas

Hi there, I've had a lovely lazy Sunday so far pottering round in my craftroom. I've been itching to have a play with these gorgeous new stamps from Chocolate Baroque and had a fab messy inky time making this easel card.  Its great to find some stamps for men's Christmas cards and as well as traditional Christmas stamps there are some lovely corners and cog stamps that will be used all year round.

I set to with white card and glimmer mists (creme de cocoa and vanilla breeze) and spritzed the card generously to create the background colour. Once it was dry I stamped the cog background stamps and embossed with stickums powder and dusted liberally with metallic shades of mica powders. The tree was stamped in versamark on a piece of the glimmer misted card and embossed with metallic EPs (Silver, gold and antiquities, all from Sparkle and Sprinkle). I did the same for the 'NOEL' sentiment and then inked all the edges with black soot distress ink.
I added some copper ribbon from my stash and some little gold jingle bells from Crafts 4 You. The gorgeous flower is also from Steampunk Christmas. To finish off I decorated the tree with some cogs and watch bits from my stash. Here's a pic to show the detail

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Artistic Stamper: Macho men
Bah Humbug: something new
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: easel cards
Christmas Cards all year round: 4 of ... (my four are ribbon, inking, stamping and metal embellies)
Christmas Stampin: non traditional colours
Crafty Hazelnut's challenge: Christmas birthday or anything goes
Frosted Designs: clocks/timepieces
Just some lines: embossing
Totally Papercrafts: Christmas in August
Winter Wonderland: Cards for men/boys

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx


  1. Like this Claire, it's different and that's what i love, might inspire me to spray some odds and ends round the house :)

  2. Claire, love the soft colours.
    Very pretty .

  3. WOW stunning creation Claire. Love the colours and all the detail. Hugs, Claire x

  4. Amazing card and fabbiest Christmas tree I've seen in a long time. Love your work :)

  5. This is totally gorgeous - love all the rich inking etc - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 34 - hope to see you again soon. x

  6. This is a great card and as you say suitable for a man

    Hugs Jackie x

  7. Beautiful card Claire, Sandra

  8. Oh my Claire, this is a gorgeous card with such beautiful details. So glad you joined us at CCAYR with this amazing creation and hope to see you back soon. "Love & Hugs" Carol

  9. what a yummy card. imagine all that work lining up those cogs! It's gorgeous. Thanks for playing in the embossing challenge with Speedy the Cat.

  10. Another stunning creation Claire - love it.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  11. Goodness that's some creation. Love the combination of pink, copper & white. I too have the set but haven't managed to have a play yet - still trying to catch up with the MCC homework.
    Paula (PEP)

  12. wow Claire what a stunning piece of work, the design is amazing...thanks for joining in with the Bunny Zoe's monthly challenge
    Mina xxx

  13. Beautiful card! Very rich and elegant.

  14. Claire--this is a very "handsome" Christmas card. I love the rich/non-traditional colors you chose. Great job. Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge!

  15. Claire - I love your easel card! I've never tried one like that before, and your steampunk gears really make it shine! Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!


  16. Has an awesome Tim Holtz look to the card. Like the many watch piece embellishments.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  17. Hi Claire! Oh my gosh, this is just stunning - although I'm not surprised as everything you do is stunning! :) Thank you for joining our embossing challenge at Just Some Lines!

  18. A stunning card Claire, gorgeous colours with the mica powders.
    Avril x

  19. very pretty. TFS with us at Frosted Designs.

  20. gorgeous creation and a perfect card for the man in your life, thank you for joining us at the Winter Wonderland this week.
    Hugs Kate xx
    PS I have candy if you are interested :)

  21. Way too cool! Way to steampunk the holidays!

  22. Oh, this is absolutely stunning! The metallic embossing is so fabulous. Really a breathtaking card. I so want these stamps! Thanks for joining the Humbuggers this week. xxD

  23. Oh my goodness so many entries at the Hall this week - didn't we just know that our followers would love the theme of something new.
    My goodness this card is really stunning - love what you have created here Claire - how many times do I have to tell you how talented you are. This is just gorgeous.
    Thanks for joining us at Bah! Humbug!
    Ann xxx
    Bah! Humbug! DT

  24. Gorgeous card!!!


  25. Beautiful card. I love how you used the cogs to create the tree!
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Frosted Designs!

  26. What an amazing project! Love that colours and the technique, a wonderful stylish Christmas card!

  27. Claire this is amazing. You make me want to do a Steampunk Christmas Card. I love that tree. How splendid this is with lots of eye candy. Well done my dear. Thank you so much for playing along in Speedy the Cat's Challenge. It is a pleasure to come and visit and see your work. Hope you can play again with us next week.

    Bear Hugs,

  28. stunning and totally unique. what a great creation. xo

  29. What a lovely card - love the colours.

    Toni xx

  30. A steampunk Christmas? Why not....makes a lovely card for the he men in your life ;)
    Thanks for joining us at The Artistic Stamper challenge this month...good luck
    xoxo Sioux

  31. Wow what a stunning card. This is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for joining the challenge this week.
    Debbie Speedy DT

  32. Stunning and so different, love it!!Thanks for joining us @ CCAYR. x


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