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Saturday, 8 January 2011

Oriental Butterflies

Two versions of the same stamp,which is available as part of a sheet from a couple of suppliers: Tanda Stamps,Far East set 1,where it is also available as a single stamp,and in both rubber or clear polymer, or from Non Sequiteur, Plate 67, Samurai Plate. Apart from the Butterfly block, both plates have different stamps on them. For both cards, the butterfly block was stamped in black ink, then heat embossed, onto alcohol ink backgrounds. The butterflies, flowers and leaves were all painted with H2O's.For the black & red card, the design was then cut into 8 tiles then remounted onto black card, trimmed then matted onto a second sheet of inked card. The sentiment was stamped onto a scrap, matted onto black card and fixed with foam pads.The butterfly embellishment was made using fusible fibres over the butterflies on the block, then cut out and mounted with silicone glue. An Oriental coin had a length of black/gold mizhuiki cord threaded through it, and was attached with silicone glue in the opposite corner.
This card is an example of how a card can change as you are constructing it, and of the benefits of putting it aside if you aren't happy- coming back to it later often helps. This one was originally cut into 4 horizontal panels, then re-matted onto black card. I wasn't sure about it, so left it and completed the blue one.When I looked at it again, I thought the 8 squares would work better, maybe because it seems to mimic the oriental Shoji panels?
For the blue card, the background is printed from a Joanna Sheen cd,Tales of the Orient.The kanji strip on the left was done in triple embossing, using black ink as the base. The sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of inked card, and small black brads added in the corners.


Anne Marie said...

Wow! Absolutely stunning cards! I just love the rich colors you used on both of the stamped images. :)

MaggieC said...

I don't know which one I like best out of these two, Shaz. The colours are so lovely. I really must summon up the energy to do some crafting, but with this rotten cold, the brain is just not functionning. Tomorrow, maybe.

Donna Heber said...

Both are so gorgeous Shaz. I think I might be partial to the black/red one. Love the coin in the corner.

Crafty Creations said...

Beautiful! A lot of work went into these!! I'm drawn to the blue/black one but both are just gorgeous :)

Elisabeth said...

Very beautiful!

Kathy Braun and Lucky said...

Wow, you can sure see all the work that went into these, just gorgeous.

Dixie said...

Both of your cards are wonderful! So beautiful, and so different from one another.

akilli melek said...

these cards are lovely. very different look from the same stamp.

Not been over to your blog for ages, not seen you on WOYWW for a while obviously cos you have been so busy with all these fab cards. Love the sea one in earlier posts too


Fiona said...

Stunning work - as usual! - Shaz. Both make a different statement: I think I like the blue one slightly more, but that could change next time I look!