Friday, 28 January 2011

The Stamp Man's Oriental Challenge

Well it is Friday which means that it is time for another Stamp Man challenge.  This time around we want to see some oriental cards - click here to go to the Challenge Blog and find out all about it as well as see the stunning cards that the rest of the DT have made to inspire you.

As some of you are aware I do have my own range of oriental stamps so this was the ideal time to dust them off and use them!  Normally the first thing that pops into my head when I think of oriental are the colours red, gold and black but I thought that I would steer clear of these and go for pretty colours instead to show that oriental can look great in delicate colours too.

So here is what I finally came up with using my Japanese Plum Blossom set but as you can see I couldn't resist adding some black accents to it!

The background for the card was made using one of the beautiful Starburst Stains called Frosted Forget-Me-Nots which is available to buy on its own or if you have the Icicle Creek Starburst Stain set you'll find it in there too.  I then simply stamped the panels using stamps from the Japanese Plum Blossom sheet and a Stormy Sky Distress inkpad.  As you can see I couldn't resist using my Floral Lace Martha Stewart edging punch on the bottom panel as I thought this went so well with my main image!  The wording was stamped using a black Tombow pen (as this is infact all one stamp), so I just inked up the 'friends' part first and stamped it at the top of the card, cleaned my stamp before inking up the rest of the sentiment and stamping it near the base of the card.  The accent strips of paper were off-cuts from the background that I stamped with the plum blossom branch and a black inkpad before trimming to size and adding to the card.

I stamped the main image using black StazOn and then watercoloured the flowers and branches using Tombow pens and then painted the background with the Frosted Forget-Me-Not stain.

In order to add a touch of gold to the card I then used a glue pen in the centres and stamens of the flowers, allowed the glue to turn clear and then applied gold leaf to it which when it catches the light really lights up.

Anyway I hope you like the card and feel inspired to give The Stamp Man's Oriental Challenge a go!  Good luck!!


Sandra said...

Fab set of stamps, fab colouring . . . all very pretty. You're so clever!

Brenda Brown said...

A fabulous delicate card Kay, you have really captured that oriental fell to it.
Happy Friday.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Sue C said...

Beautiful card Kay, the flowers are gorgeous. Sue C x

Craftnut said...

lovely Kay - may have to have a go at this challenge myself :o)

Whisper said...

Wow this is gorgeous - i've also been admiring some of your other work at The Glitter Pot today, I must book myself on 1 of your fabby classes, Luv Sam x

Merry said...

So very lovely....your image is beautiful.

Sally H said...

Really stunning, Kay! I love your colour combo and the shimmer and sparkling stamens are fabulous!

Lou said...

Hi! there Kay, such a gorgeous card and your flowers are soooo lovely.
Sorry not been by for your last post, the Penny Black card is very sweet too.
Been one of those weeks,poorly children and now i have a cough/cold too.
Hope you are keeping well,have a lovely weekend.
hugs Lou.xx

Julie said...

I adore the oriental style. Lovely colours you've chosen for this Kay and of course your stamps are stunning. xxx

Pauline said...

Hi Kay, love the card. It's really gorgeous and pretty. I think I may the Icicle Creek set amongst my crafty stash.

I'm fully recovered now from the bugs that came to visit for the festive season, which seems like months ago! Apart from the beastly coughing I had a fairly quiet time. Managed to make the meal on Christmas Day, which we all enjoyed. I collapsed in an exhausted heap afterwards. Thanks so much for asking.

My March issue of Craft Stamper arrived this morning, so I'm going to make a cuppa and enjoy the creations.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, hugs, Pauline xx

lisa said...

Hi Kay, thank you so much for your lovely comments and for your help!
I love these stamps of yours and the cards you make with them are always so beautiful and delicate.
I keep meaning to add them to my collection, I think now would probably be a good time.
Hope you are keeping well.
Hugs Lisax

Anki said...

Beautiful! Love it! Kramis - Anki