Saturday, 16 January 2016

Blue Dragons


I haven't made an Oriental design for ages, so when I got a couple of new embossing folders I thought it was about time!  The embossing folders are from Crafter's Companion Kimono collection, and the colour scheme for this collection is predominately black, white and turquoise and this was my inspiration for this design.  I have used the Cherry Blossom folder; blue, black and green DI's;stamps from my stash that are old favourites; black, turquoise and white card stock from my stash; vellum and some brads also from my stash.  The background panel is a piece of turquoise card onto which I blended the blue and green DI's but still letting some of the card colour show through.  I then flicked water randomly over the panel and blotted it for a faux bleach effect. I used two matching  bamboo leaf stamps, a solid and a line image and stamped them randomly over the panel one on top of the other.  I then embossed the panel in the folder through a machine, and blended black DI around the edges and over some of the raised pattern to give extra definition.  I matted the panel onto black card and set it aside.  I used a white base card and stamped up both sides with another bamboo image.  Next on a piece of vellum I stamped a bamboo screen image in Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold powder, to represent a Japanese type screen.  I painted the leaves with green H2o paint, and attached the vellum panel onto the background panel with brads.  I then attached the whole thing to the base card.  I stamped two dragons with black Versafine ink onto white card and heat embossed them with black powder.  I fussy cut both dragons and painted them with H2o's.  Finally I attached them to the card with dimensional glue.  I thoroughly enjoyed making this card; I love this dragon stamp, and I have always loved creating Oriental designs in my card making.  I have some ideas for some Oriental inspired home decor and canvasses - so watch this space!  I think this design would work for various occasions and for male or female cards - I'm really pleased with the result! 

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