Wednesday 2 March 2016

…which bloom and fade in a day

My card today features a beautiful image from Digistamp Atelier called Little Geisha with Butterfly.

I chose the image as this card is for a friend who has recently fallen in love with Japan, making two trips there in recent times.  I’ve coloured up the image in traditional geisha make-up with a white face and red eyeliner, brows and lips.

The layout follows the current sketch at Sketch Saturday.  To stretch my creativity further when I went looking for inspiration at challenge blog sites I decided I’d do the sketch as one layer in keeping with the current theme at My Time to Craft.  All of my elements have been made on the base of X-Press It paper onto which I first printed my image.  I then cut the fan die cut (in place of the bow) and embossed around my image with a Spellbinders Nestabilities circle.  I used the same die to cut a mask and also cut some more mask material to form my ‘ribbon’.  I then added in some stencilling using Tim’s Embossed Paste technique.

My colour scheme and choice of stencil were based on inspiration from the challenge at Creative Card Crew of lavender and lace.  I added the die cut fan, which I inked and foiled, to the inside of the card to show through the negative on the card front.  As you can’t see much of the stencil on the front I decided to carry it through to the inside without the embossing.  Not so sure about how easy the message will be to read but it does make for a pretty inside.

For added stability I mounted my single layer onto a card base.  I am really pleased with how this all came together and am enjoying not needing embellies to add dimension and interest to my cards.

Skin C00, C0, C1, E000, E00, E21, E11
Eyes E21, E25, E27
Lips R35, R29, R46
Hair N6, N8, 100
Outfit BV00, BV11, BV13, BV17, RV 11, RV32, RV34, V20, V22, V25
Butterfly & Flower BV20, R00, RV11
Chalks & Powders etc
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder ~ Milled Lavender
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc 
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die ~ LF-114 Grand Circles

Inks & Paints etc
Teresa Collins Basically Essentials ~ Modeling Paste
Bazzill Grasscloth Texture Cardstock ~ Cool Heather
X-Press It ~ Blending Cardstock
Close To My Heart Occasions ~ D1514 Just a Number (retired)

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Lovely card! Thank you for playing at this week's Sketch Saturday!

  2. Absolutely lovely, Emily! I love the pretty colours, and the decoration on the inside. Thanks for joining in at My Time to Craft!

    love Mags B x

  3. This is fabulous. Thanks for joining us at CCC. Sorry i'm late visiting. xx Jan


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