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Sunday, 15 August 2010

The Sense of an Oriental Fairy Tale

front of card

close-up showing inked dry embossing
& heat embossing of image

inside of card

The Sugar Nellie Forum Challenge #18 is "Embossing". I decided to heat emboss my image & to dry emboss the background which I then sponged with ink. The sketch used is that  from Sketch & Stash #41 &,  although I didn't set out with an Oriental theme in mind, when I looked at the finished card I realised that the combination of tree, white & blue reminded me of the Willow Pattern Blue China that is based on an old Chinese fairy tale. The images of the Willow Pattern are very different from mine but the fairy tale connection remains, especially if you also think of Maeterlinck's "The Blue Bird".
Stamp Sugar Nellie Bird House (image).
Inks etc.... VersaMark watermark stamp pad & Stampendous Detail White Embossing Powder. Brilliance Mediterranean Blue for sponging raised surfaces of cardstock & also for inking cardstock edges (alone or  in combination with Brilliance Galaxy Gold & Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue).
Colouring Ice Stickles Glitter Glitter Glue (Gold Ice).
Cardstock etc.... Navy pearlescent, bright gold cream Moondust, navy, pale blue, aqua & white from "stash".
Punches, Dies etc.... Woodware (dragonflies), EK Success (Swirl Flourish), Spellbinders Nestabilities (Large Deckled Rectangles), Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (D'vine Swirls), Fiskars Edging Scissors (Deckle).
Pearls Kanban.
Ribbon from "stash".

Challenges Entered
Sugar Nellie Forum Challenge #18 - Embossing (heat embossed image, dry embossed cardstock, see above)
Sketch & Stash #41 - Sketch (my new item is the stamp)
Craftalicious #6 - Pearls & Swirls
One Stop Craft Challenge #93 - Oriental Delights (see above)
Simon Says Stamp - Summertime Blues (image & dragonflies are summery)
Stamp Something - Fairy Tale Somethings (see above)


Lorraine said...

oh i do love this one its gorgeous i like how you have embossed the image in white as i think many of us tend to always opt for black and sometimes brown good luck in the challenges huni xx

Lindsey said...

Oh this is beautiful. I love the image in white. Thanks for joining us at OSCC this week
Linds x

Annie said...

beautiful Paula - reminds me of Wedgwood china! and love how you just used half of the stamp to create the front of your card.
hugs, annie x

Jill said...

stunning card Paula, beautifully made thanks for joining us at Sketch n stash hugs Jill xx

Elaine said...

Beautiful card Paula, so very stylish.
Yes, it reminds me too of a willow pattern plate.
I love how you've used just a part of the bird house stamp, and embossing it in white really makes it stand out as the real focal point.
Love Elaine xx

Danielle Daws said...

Oooh! Very stylish! That image looks so elegant embossed in white. Gorgeous!

Lorraine A said...

Stunning card Paula ,,WOW !! I love the embossing and the colours you used are lovely :-)

thanks for joining us on the Sketch and Stash and Simon says Stamp Challenges :-)
Lols x x x

little angel said...

great card!
thanks for playing with us at CCT

Rica said...

Hi Paula, fabulous card, love the SN bird house and fantastic embossing. Yes, the beautiful blue colours are resonant of Oriental/Willow pattern.
Love the cute little dragonflies.
So glad you could join in the Simon Says Stamp challenge.
hugs Heather xx

Jorunn said...

Beautiful card. Love the blue and the design is wonderful too!


Lisa said...

Very pretty! Thanks for joining us at Stamp Something this week!

debby4000 said...

Beautiful card Paula, sweet details.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

Crafteezee said...

Very stylish Paula. Thanks for joining us at Craftalicious.

Hugs Tracy x
P.S. I have candy on my blog if you want to hop over

Lisa Andrews said...

All of the elements of your card come together so well. I love the softness and colors you chose. Thanks for joining us at OSCC.


Tasha said...

Gorgeous card, so pretty :-)
Thanks for joining us over at Craftalicious