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Monday 21 January 2013

Oriental Twilight and some snow

Good morning folks, how come Monday mornings come around so quickly? Before I rush off to work, here's a card featuring the scrummy new Eastern Landscapes stamps from Chocolate Baroque
I really love these stamps, they work so well with lots of other stamp, for this card I've combined them with stamps from Lily Pad. 

I began by creating a background using shades of green distress ink (Forest Moss, Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters) and then overstamped with the large floral branches stamp from Lily Pad.

The create the focal image I masked a large sun and created the sky with shades of blue and purple distress ink, adding splashes of water to create a cloudy effect. I then inked in the ground using more forest moss and peeled paint distress ink. I then used the reverse of the sun mask to cover the sky and inked in the sun using Mustard Seed and a little Spiced Marigold distress ink. I then used black soot to ink all around the scene. Next came the stamping, I stamped in the beautiful pagoda and the trees using versamark ink and embossed them with a black holographic embossing powder. I then stamped the hanging lanterns along the top and embossed with the same embossing powder. I also stamped the lanterns on some scrap card, coloured with distress markers and cut them out, layering them up on the focal image with silicone glue.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Daring Cardmakers: embossability
The Squirrel and the Fox: Anything goes
Sweet Pea STampers: Clean and simple, no embellies
Through the Craft room door: anything goes
Whimsical Designs: Anything goes

Well as the title of this post suggests we've got some snow and I love snow, not as much as our lovely dogs though. Benji and Barney have been have a wonderful time playing in all the white stuff lol. Here's a pic of them in the garden. I took loads of photos but they were running round so fast, I missed the dogs on most of them lol

Have a good day and stay warm and safe
thanks for popping by
Claire xx


  1. A fabulous oriental card Claire. Love the inking of the background - especially the sky and the stamped scene is lovely.
    Beryl xx

  2. Your card is stunning Claire. I totally love the colours.
    It must have been so lovely to see your dogs enjoying the snow yesterday.
    Hugs Sue

  3. I can see the sheen & the dimension of your wet embossing & I love the subtle vibrancy (!! contradiction in terms but that's artistry for you!!) with the glow of the sun bringing out the warmth in the mauves & greens.
    The background is a beauty. Looks definitely wintery where you are & the lads are definitely having fun.
    Paula (PEP)

  4. Absolutely gorgeous card Claire and so much attention to detail is obvious. Thank you for sharing your beautiful creation with us at TTCRD.
    p.s. I could never knit for some reason, but I could crochet :D

  5. I love this card the colours are just yummy they are so vibrant
    Your snowy garden looks pretty, Max likes a good chase round in the snow too but he misses having Tara to bound around with I think
    Keep warm
    Jackie x

  6. Gorgeous card!!! Love the watercolor background, your heat embossing , the fabulous design, well... everything!
    Thanks for joining us in our first challenge over at Whimsical Wednesdays!

  7. Stunning Claire, love the detail on the background and your scene. Enjoy the snow ! Shirleyx

  8. stunning card, love the colours and your design is amazing. thank you for joining us at Sweet Pea Stampers this month and good luck
    Lozzy x

  9. What a stunning card! Thanks for joining in with the Daring Cardmakers this week x

  10. Love the scene you have created Claire, really gorgeous, Looks like the dogs were having a whale of a time, my cats are the total opposite, they hate it lol.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  11. Wow! That is just amazing! I love the layering of the inks and the detail of the stamps! Thank you for joining us at Whimsical Wednesdays this week!


  12. Wow, that background is amazing and so atmospheric! Fantastic card!
    Thanks for playing along with the embossing dare over on the DCM blog this week. :)

  13. Wow How Stunning is this! Love your Blog! Cann't wait to work with you on NMWC!

  14. Wow Claire, my jaw dropped when I saw your card. I love the stamped scene, the amazing colors which add so much depth and the dimension you created also. Stellar card! Thanks for joining us at The Squirrel and The Fox.

  15. Claire, yet another stunning card you have made. I don't know where all your ideas come from and how you find the time. Thanks for taking part in the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge this month and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Sweet Pea Stampers Design Team xxx


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