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An orange-squeezing christmas tree

I guess that’s why there is so much orange juice on the card. The cogs get a bit rusty from it, maybe even moldy. Guess orange juice is a bit too acid to just squeeze between cogs.

I’m going to present to you a batch of christmas cards. The colours (maybe the talk of oranges gave it away allready) come from a colour challenge: Chocolate Baroque colour challenge 4


Yes. You can make Christmas cards with these colours, all you need to do is pile up some cogs and splash em with these colours. One of the next batch of cards is my entry.The cards are very similar so I didn’t think it was necessary to post them seperately, ofcourse I’ll choose one to be the representative of the group. And I think it will be this one:Daqadoodles141026zo134123


I inked the stencil (Crafters Workshop) with ripe persimmon, sprayed with a bit of water and pressed onto the paper (I made a larger sheet and cut it up later). I stamped again with the stencil next to this one, you’ll see on the other cards. Let dry and continue 4 days later. Add ripe persimmon to your craftsheet and use a waterbrush to colour the stars and other white areas.

Stamp the tree with stazon, use the picked fence distress marker to colour the cogs, heat emboss “happy newyear” with copper embossing powder.


This is originally a piece of the paper of the second stamping of the stencil – it was very light. So I laid down the stencil again and coloured in the stars.

Next I stamped the tree again, and put distress ink (ripe persimmon, spicy marmalade, barn door, maybe some more) onto my craft sheet and coloured with my waterbrush, mixing the colours. I coloured the open spaces with a milled lavender marker. The white between the tree was a bit too white so coloured it a bit more. Next I inked up one of the flowery corner stamps of the same set, with two colours of distress ink, and sprayed it with water and stamped. The first print wasn’t good at all, so I restamped (without positioning it well, I wasn’t really bothering about preciseness, this would be a shabby grungy fast range of christmas cards – I’ve got about 40 to go still! No time for neat cards…) I disliked the blurry restamping anyway, so sprayed water over it to make it more blurry, and liked that effect. I stamped and heatembossed Noel.

Daqadoodles141026zo133952 On this one you can see a big bold background stamp, it’s added over the stars stencil print as that was too light to make a nice background. The big bold background was stamped with milled lavender. Next I stmaped and heat embossed the tree with red embossing powder, coloured with ripe persimmon and black sooth and added the sentiment “happy new year”


Chocolate baroque colour challenge entry #2

Ofcourse I inked up all the edges of the cards, if I had a marker in the right colour (such as the milled lavender one) I drew around the edge and used the waterbrush to soften the edges o the line.Daqadoodles141026zo134027


Three trees, the first for christmas. I loveed making them this way, no hassle over colouring precisely inside the lines, or colours fading into eachother. A perfect style for batches of cards 🙂 I made 5 more in this colour setting, 3 big ones and 2 matching smaller ones, so stay tuned!

12 thoughts on “An orange-squeezing christmas tree

  1. That’s quick! Just 3 lovely trees here to see, a great take on the challenge and as you said a great way to make a batch for Christmas! Always like the non traditional Christmas colors! xMiranda

  2. Your entries for the colours challenge are gorgious!!! I really love these non traditional christmascard a lot!!! I cross my fingers for you!!!


    • Thank you 🙂 Inspiration was originally from you, a while back (summer? of was it last year?) you made orange coloured christmas cards. With the dove and pear set I think, I loved it 🙂

  3. Wow fantastic and beautiful Christmas designs ! You’ve created wonderful backgrounds for the Steampunk tree, the challenge colours look great for Christmas. Thanks for joining us again at Chocolate Baroque’s colour challenge, Shirleyxx

  4. You are on a roll Debbie. Love this design and really enjoyed reading how you made these cards. Again, with my other hat on. Thank you for playing along with the Chocolate Baroque Color Challenge.
    Hugs, Flo xx

    • Maybe due to timeconstraints I’m getting more efficient – I know it is usually the case regarding household work. The less time, the more efficient I am. (Not that I ever have a clean or tidied house, it’s always 50% done.) (If I’m lucky). With cards, I am embracing the imperfections and the watercolour/shabby style, it just suits my availability for crafting best ;).

  5. Super Christmas cards, in non-traditional colours. Loved reading your instructions, a great second entry to the Chocolate Baroque challenge, Judith xx

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