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I simply love this new cloisonne kimono stamp from Michael Strong I was making some triangular cards during the last live webcast of Come2Chat and since it was a bit rushed I promised to come back and do another card and this is it ! :)

Used Hot Off the Press paper and coloured the stamped image with promarkers then highlighted the image with a white gel pen.

Before I forget there's also a kimono die-cut that matches the stamp (it's sold separately)

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Sunny day today in London and it seems appropriate to show you this almost spring like Chinese Coins Greeting Card.

I used lovely oriental Japanese papers and with some simple matting I thought the lovely oriental lady would just pop off the card using a dark blue background.

Great news as Katie my lovely sponsor from Japan Crafts has updated her website with a lovely new look and more new items to come very soon.

I can't wait to see what's going to be available and don't forget that Katie does Japanese workshops so please visit her website for more infos.





Here's Japan Crafts New Look !


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Yet another sample made for Japan Crafts, my current blog sponsor.

This card was a bit of challenge in as much as placing the outline stickers/peel offs very straight, I also refilled them with the gold of another sheet of them. Basically it plays on contrast of gold, black and red.

I love that little bird in that dreamy chinese landscape scene. I've used chinese paper matted it in black.

Placed at the centre of a white crisp solid base card for that minimalistic look.








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I had so much fun making this card for Katie at Japan Crafts !

I saw these lovely stickers and thought straight away sushi tray. Yum !

The card was quite straightforward to make so it's a just a matter of layering and adding the dimensionality (is that a word ?0 to the tray handles.

I use three patterned papers in the simili shade of subdued lime green to complete the look I left a white border around the central mat as some stickers had white on them so to recall that hue.


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Love that dragon ! Don't you ? I thought that paper matched it perfectly. I had so much fun making this card. I've used very dark contrasting red and black paper for matting.

I coloured the image with pastel pencils and sansodor, final touch was adding a peel off at the bottom.

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I liked making it with it's clean and simple style.













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I'm back posting after a sabbatical as per my other post on my main blog 'craftingmad'.

I suddenly realised I never posted the samples I created for Japan Crafts for one of their show last year.

I'll be uploading the cards on a weekly basis, hoping they will inspire you in your oriental cardmaking.

I wanted to play with the contrast between the black peel-off and the crisp white of the base card, adding just a 3D element (the fan) to the image.

As a secondary focal point I wanted that fan japanese paper which is a favourite of mine to 'sing' so I just matted it with a matching green card.


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