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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Taste of the Orient

The challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges at the moment is Oriental and as I haven't made anything
Oriental for a long while I decided to dig out some stamps and see what I could do. The image of the Japanese ladies is a wood mounted stamp by Just For Fun, which I stamped with black Archival ink and cut out close to the image and mounted onto gold mirri card. I covered the front of a square card with a piece of oriental style paper. I stamped the Acer branch  (Lavinia Stamps) with Versamark ink onto black card and embossed with clear EP. I cut a panel from this and stuck it to the right side of the card overlapping the patterned paper and inserting a strip of gold card to leave a thin border between.Next I stamped the Acer again onto red card and embossed with gold EP.  I cut this to fit across the card and again mounted it onto gold mirri card. I fixed the main image to this panel and added the little fan charm which was silver, so I used gold EP to make it the right colour, and tied some red and gold embroidery threads to make a tassel.The greeting was printed on the computer using an oriental style font.
I am also entering this at Make It Monday where as always Anything Goes.
Thank you to everyone who stops here to take a look and for all your encouraging comments.


  1. Lovely! I always liked that image. I like what you have done with the fan charm too. Kate xx

  2. the total effect of this is quite striking - love how you embossed the acer & altered that little fan charm to match the gold.
    Paula (PEP)

  3. This is just gorgeous,love the image.Popped over from

  4. A wonderful card, great image and details. Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

  5. Hi Jean, thank you for your lovely comment. It's great to be back, I feel like the new girl all over again, lol. I love your card, and what a beautiful stamp that is. The colours in this are stunning and like how you've used the acer branch.

    Take care

    Maria x

  6. This is a fantastic card Jean it cries out opulence and elegance. The stamping is superb.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

    Hugs Shirley x x

  7. Hi Jean, this is a fabulous card and what a beautiful stamped image. Love the layout using stamped acer.
    Thanks for joining us at FSC this time.

  8. Gorgeous oriental card Jean! Beautiful arrangement and true feel of the oriental vibe :)). Thank you so much for joining us at the Fashionable Stamping Challenges with this fantastic project!

    Happy MIM, too!

    Best wishes, Asia x
    Ps. I have a great Mystery Summer Treat Candy on my blog :))

  9. Fantastic card Jean, the image is gorgeous ! Thanks for joining us at FSC. Sue C x

  10. A really lovely card - a truly fabulous oriental design.
    Thank for joining us this week and good luck!
    Don't forget to check back next week to see if you made my Pick Of The Week!

    Smiles -  Krafty Karen - DT for Make It Monday.

  11. This is gorgeous Jean. I love oriental too and quite a lot of the first stamps I bought were oriental but I haven't used them for years. Shame on me!!! I love the clear embossing on th black card and the main image is fabulous.

    Lesley Xx