Wednesday 12 August 2015

Whoohoo, I've gone back for a visit!

Hello lovely visitors,

Some of you may have noticed from my sidebar that I used to be a member of the Chocolate Baroque DT but took the decision to step down when Mum and other family commitments had to take priority.  I always loved working with Chocolate Baroque stamps and being a part of the CB crew so as life has settled down a bit (I'm holding my breath here, lol) when Lesley, the new owner of CB, put out a DT call recently I asked if I could do a guest spot now and again.  I was thrilled to bits when she said yes and today is the day for my first Guest DT post.

The stamps Lesley sent for me to play with are their new Christmas stamp release and I love them.  The CB DT have been showing some fabulous makes using these stamps over on the DT Blog so please pop over there if you have time as there is always loads of amazing inspiration to be seen.  No one does Christmas quite as well as Chocolate Baroque in my opinion and I'm really enjoying these two sets called Christmas Candlelight and  Sparkling Trees.  My first project with these beautiful stamps is a luminary card which I hope you will like.


Chocolate Baroque stamp sets Christmas Candlelight, Sparkling Trees and Sentiment
20 cm x 20 cm white base card
19.5 cm x 19.5 cm square of dark gold or bronze metallic/pearl card
19 cm x 19 cm square of white card
40 cm x 20 cm piece of card (for inside)
2 pcs of vellum 9.5 cm x 19.5 cm
Die shape of choice (I used an oval Nestability)
Versamark Inkpad
Pan Pastels in metallic dark gold and dark silver
Copper Embossing Powder
Double sided tape in 12 mm and 25 mm widths
Suitable glue for use with Gilding Flakes
Gilding Flakes (I used mix of copper, gold, silver and red)
Gems to embellish


Front Panel

  1. Start with the front 19 cm x 19 cm panel.
  2. Apply Versamark ink to the reindeer only, then cover the stars with a post-it to avoid any chance of these marking the card.
  3. Stamp the reindeer in the centre of the panel then heat emboss using the Copper embossing powder.
  4. Clean the stamp and apply Versamark to the stars only, then cover the reindeer with a post-it before positioning the stars as per the whole image. You could use a stamp positioner to do this if you are not confident to do it 'by eye'.....I'm too lazy to use one, lol!
  5. This time pat dark silver Pan Pastel onto the stars and when they are fully covered buff very gently with a piece of kitchen roll.
  6. Arrange the snowflakes on an acrylic block, ink them all with Versamark and stamp around the reindeer before applying dark silver Pan Pastel as before.
  7. Ink the sentiment with Versamark and stamp centrally at the bottom of the panel then heat emboss with Copper embossing powder.  
  8. Adhere this panel to the 19.5 cm square of metallic card using double sided tape then set to one side while you concentrate on the luminary inside.  

     (close up detail of the beautiful reindeer and stars image)

    Inside Luminary


  1. Take the 20 cm x 40 cm panel of white card, score at halfway point on long side and mountain fold then score again 10 cm from each end and valley fold at these points.
  2. With the panel folded at the halfway point position the die shape centrally on the section nearest the fold and cut out the aperture. (This needs a diecutting machine capable of taking A4 size but you could always choose to make a smaller card or use a craft knife and cut a simple rectangle).

  1. Take the vellum pieces and stamp the Bauble Tree on each one using a suitable glue then apply the gilding flakes.
  2. Apply double sided tape to the front of these panels and adhere them to the back of the folded panel, centrally over the apertures.
  3. Apply double sided tape to the back of the left and right side panels and adhere these to the inside of the main card blank.

  1. Arrange the snowflakes on an acrylic block, ink with Versamark and stamp on the left side panel then apply metallic Pan Pastels randomly in deep gold and deep silver and gently buff as before.
  2. Finally adhere the front panel to the card base and add sparkly gems to the Bauble Trees and some of the snowflakes on the card front.

Present your card with one of the imitation tealights you can pick up very cheaply and you have a lovely luminary to add to a Christmas display. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a really good photo of it lit up but it does look pretty in real life!  Even my Other Half was impressed, lol!

I'll be back same time next week here and on the Chocolate Baroque DT Blog with another project using these gorgeous stamps.  Hope you can drop by for another visit.

Lesley  Xx


Helen said...

Such a pretty card Lesley, I'll forgive you making a Christmas card in August (nearly said July!) mind you given the turn the weather is making I shall be in the mood before long... possibly.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

I loved the the look of the card in the first photo lesley, that was before I scrolled down and saw the inside. It's stunning and you've also given a tutorial on how to make it too. Thanks for sharing.

Sue xx

Val said...

Love this Lesley. Something more than a card, a little festive keepsake. Val xxx

Unknown said...

Welcome back Lesley, especially with such a lovely card!
I love those little battery lights, they really add such a lovely effect.

Steven said...

Great stuff Lesley, I suppose it is time that we started thinking about Christmas, it'll be here before we know it. Lovely clean delicate work!

snazzyoriginal said...

Beautifully finished with your usual elegance x

craftimamma said...

It's been so hot here today Helen. Bad weather on the way tomorrow and Friday apparently but thanks for your comment. Xx

craftimamma said...

Thanks Val! Really appreciate your comment. Xx

craftimamma said...

Thanks Veronica. I love those lights too (& £land ;D).. Xx

craftimamma said...

Thanks for your visit & lovely comment Sue. Xx

craftimamma said...

Thanks for your lovely comment. My Daughter said the same about the delicacy of these s

craftimamma said...

Thanks for your time visiting Val & your much appreciated comment. Xx

Hazel Agnew said...

A beautiful work of art Lesley! Just what we expect from you! Fantastic! Xx

sam21ski said...

Oooh get you Lesley, getting ahead for once, Christmas cards in August - hehehehe!!

Fab makes and glad to see you back even if it was just a one off xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is exquisite, Lesley and so clever. I love the idea of a luminary,

Lucy x

craftytrog said...

Absolutely magical Lesley! xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful design and congratulations on returning to the team as a Guest Designer :) Hugs, Shirleyxx

Cocofolies said...

Wow this is wonderful Leysley, your card is unique and so beautiful!!... A very delicate work to start as Guest DT for chocolate Baroque again, I've just left a comment on the blog too. :) Thank you for the detailed tutorial, it's grea too. Hugs, Coco Xx

Words and Pictures said...

Congratulations! And how lovely - perfect result all round... you get to play occasionally and they get the benefit of your fabulous work. This is a stunning card - I just love that it lights up as a lantern... what could be more Christmassy than that?!
Alison xx