Sunday, 14 December 2014

Chocolate Baroque: Gifts For Christmas

Good morning, everyone. We are now a fortnight away from Christmas. Ideally all your cards should be in the mail and it's time to look at finalising the gifts. I've got 3 projects to help you make those pressies extra special.

1. Gift Card Holder

Gift cards make perfect presents ... when you run out of ideas! It can be a special gift when housed in a beautiful box. And you can't beat the wow factor of heat embossing.

Red and Gold - always a striking combo. That magnificent tree is from the Turtle Doves A5 sheet, heat embossed in gold and matted on gold card stock. I also did some tone-on-tone stamping in the background with the little snowflake from the Snowy Scenes A5 sheet with Versamark. To help secure the box I used some gold ribbon, tied in a bow.

This is a top opening box, revealing a pocket for the gift card in a slide-up mechanism. The sentiment is from the Christmas Magic clear stamp set, heat embossed in gold. Here's a video tutorial  by Dawn of Dawn's Stampin Thought.
Inkspirational Challenges #71: Anything Goes With Gold
Sweet Stampin: Oh Christmas Tree
Winter Wonderland:Christmas Presents

2. Gift bag

If you're super organised and have all your gifts ready for giving, how about making gift bags to house them. The WRMK Gift Bag Punch Board, available from the Chocolate Baroque store, makes light work of it. Here's one I prepared earlier:
After the rich opulence of the first project, I like the light fresh look of this one. This medium bag came together quickly. I used Spellbinders Oval and Lacey Oval dies to make a handle and tied it with some sheer grey ribbon.

The main star is the jolly man from the Santa Baby A5 sheet. He is coloured with water-colour pencils, fussy cut and popped up with foam tape in front of heat embossed snowflakes from the Snowy Scenes A5 sheet.

Here's the behind of the box. I stamped the snowflakes all around using TH Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. 

Now, about water colouring. It definitely is my go to colouring medium when I'm in a hurry. Not only is it easy but is very forgiving. Trust me, it really is so simple. Just lay down the colour as shown below and, using a fine brush, let the water do all the work. No fancy blending or shading.

I used Caran d'Ache Supracolor Soft Aquarelle Pencils: Carmine (Santa's suit); Prussian Blue (Santa's belt); Salmon and Pink (face), Charcoal Grey and Burnt Umber (sack); Light Grey, Silver Grey and White (beard and trimming of suit); Black (boots); Grass Green, Ochre, Scarlet (drum, present, candy cane)

We Do Doobadoo #21: Festive Spirit
Addicted To Stamps #93: Snowflakes
Fussy & Fancy #129: Snowflakes & Ribbon

3. Gift Card and Treat Box

And when you want to spoil someone - go for the double whammy: Gift Card and a treat  - all in one box.
I decorated the top of the box with the wreath from Hearth and Home A4 sheet, coloured with alcohol markers. Keeping it simple with just some ribbon.

Here's closer look at the top of the box. I also added Liquid Pearls to the wreath, which I fussy cut and matted on pearlescent cream CS cut with Spellbinders Labels 4 die. I inked the edges with TH Vintage Photo.

The box opens revealing the gift card in a pop-up mechanism with room for a few golden nuggets! The idea is from Brenda Quintana and she has a fab video tutorial here.

CHNC #207: Urgently Needed Christmas Creation
Sugar Creek #101: Not a CARD
Avenue 613 #102: AG + Optional Gift Packaging

There you have it - three project ideas to help you with your festive preps: Elegant, Playful and Extravagant. There's something for everyone and I hope these projects inspire you to play with your Chocolate Baroque Christmas stamps.

Thanks for stopping by. I'm painfully behind on my commenting. So sorry for that - things have been crazy here. The plan is to pop in for a few visits today... wish me luck! Stay safe and warm, friends!



  1. I would LOVE to receive any of those Asha...empty though...just the wrappings!! xx

  2. These creations are all so gorgeous Asha.

  3. Fantastic creations Asha..Loz

  4. WOW, Asha, that gift card holder is stunning in red and gold! Love the Santa on the bag and how you used water coloring. Finally, the box with the sweets -- don't know whether I like the decorating the best or what's inside. :-D Merry Christmas

  5. Hi Asha, wow what creative ideas you have. Gorgeous festive projects
    Claire xx

  6. These are so great! I love Santa and I love the damask look with the snowflake and the simple gold embossed which is so elegant. I want to eat those chocolates:) This time of year is always crazy. I am now off to baking and miss my card making

  7. My word, what a lot of festive loveliness, Asha - gorgeous crafting in so many different ways - thank you for sharing for CHNC challenge extra for December - always a pleasure to see your crafting there. x

  8. WOW Asha these are totally, absolutely awesome projects, what amazing designs, brilliant makes.
    lorraine x

  9. Goodness Asha, what wonderful creations, love each and every one of them. The gift boxes and bag would make any gift look special, hugs Kate x

  10. All wonderful creations. Hugs Mrs A.

  11. These projects are all so full of elegence! Gorgeous, gorgeous work, Asha.

  12. Asha, I'm saying "Oh Wow" with each one of these beauties. I can't decide between #1 & #3 for my favorite. (and yes, I liked #2 as well). I think the regal rich colors of #1 grabbed me at the start. The gold & scarlet is always impressive & elegant. I love Poinsettias too - so that was a big winner to my eye as well. TFS & Merry Christmas. Big hugs too.

  13. All of your creations are fabulous and have inspired me! The Gift Card and Treat Box project that you submitted to our challenge is classic and quite elegant. You have a wonderful eye for color and composition. Thanks for leaving this beauty on our front step. We were delighted to find it there.
    Chana Malkah, Owner
    613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog

  14. Chocolates...naturally!! My fav is the gift card holder. Stunning in red and gold x

  15. Beautiful gift card holder and gift box filled with chocolate. Just gorgeous!

  16. Holy moly Ahsa!! All of these projects are incredible!! I love the idea behind the gift card holder and your bag is too cute with Santa. And who doesn't love a good chocolate gift?!! LOL!! Stunning each and every one my friend! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*
    My Blog: Stamp Smiles

  17. These are all such wonderful gift ideas!
    The gold embossed tree on red background is breathtakingly beautiful. It's really elegant and shows that sometimes less IS more...

  18. These are beautiful makes Asha. Love them x

  19. What a gorgeous array of creations, Asha! The red and gold card is SO elegant! Beautiful work! HUGS and happy holidays! :) Mynn xx

  20. Love the gift card holder and the chocolate box!! You will have to share how you made them - I need to make some for the girls for Christmas! TFS

  21. Wow, you've been busy! Your creations here are nothing short of stunning! The red-and-gold elegance of the first is an impressive way to present a gift card; the Santa bag is pure delight and the treat box is a treat in and of itself. Creative, innovative and all around inspiring! As for your first project: thank you for sharing your gold-inspired gem in the Inkspirational gallery!

  22. oohh wooow busy girl you are
    your first gift card holder adorable red and gold hmmm Lovely..
    the santa oh Ashaaa
    I adore how you colored..
    can you make a video one time how to coloring with water color you look so proffesional on this technique
    andddd the last Box again adorable colored..
    love love love these all
    hugs, Monika

  23. What lovely creations! It is so good to see you sharing at Fussy & Fancy and good luck with the Challenge. I hope you are enjoying the lead up to Christmas too. Judy DT

  24. Very pretty card, thank you so much for sharing with Sweet Stampin'.

    Warm hugs

  25. WOW YGG!!! What amazing projects!! Love them all especially the Gift bag :)
    Thanks for joining in the fun Snowflakes and ribbon challenge at Fussy and Fancy!! Best of luck:)
    Hugs and Happiness

  26. Beautiful gift card holder. It is such a wonderful gift to give.
    Thank you for playing with us at INK for our "Gold" challenge.
    Pia xx

  27. I can't even! These are all such amazing ideas, Asha - I must remember to check out the pop up box tutorial, because that is too clever!

  28. This is absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful festive colors - love all your projects. Thanks for sharing with us at Sugar Creek Hollow.
    Amelia (DT Sugar Creek Hollow)

  29. What amazing makes! Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin' this week! Good luck! Pami x

  30. love the giftbox! It looks awesome.
    Thanks for playing along in the 613 Avenue Create Challenge.

  31. What a beautiful tag with this pretty Santa.
    Thanks for playing with us at Addicted to Stamps.
    Greetings, Danoesja


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