Sunday, 1 July 2012

Oriental Delights

Hello folks, the last fortnight over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges seems to have grown wings and flown away as today we have a new challenge for you. The entries for the Nature challenge are awesome so the Design team will be having a very hard time choosing the winners.
Our new theme for the next fortnight is Oriental and I had a bit of trouble with my offering for this one as I started my project 3 times before I was able to make something I'm reasonably happy with. You'll be a bit surprised as I've gone for a very bold colour scheme partly because of the image I used and partly because of the scrap of Japanese paper I found when looking for something else.
Here's the result:

The main image is a stamp I've owned for many years and I can remember buying it the year before 9/11 as there were lots of American companies at the London stamp show and after the attack many of them were too afraid to fly. I think I bought the stamp from Stamp Francisco as they always had masses of unmounted stamps - quite unusual in those days. I stamped the rather psychedelic image with black ink, coloured her with Promarkers, die cut her into a circle and sponged Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed Distress inks round the outside.
I made the red background paper by inking card first with Mustard Seed and then Barn Door Distress ink and stamped on a flower from the Papermania oriental set with the red ink. I then stamped the Japanese serenity prayer by Oakhouse Studios in black in opposite corners.
I made the deep blue background paper by sponging first Stormy Sky then Chipped Sapphire Distress inks around just the edges of a piece of white card cut to size then stamped on another flower from the oriental set with the darker blue ink.
I stamped the large fan from the set with black ink and coloured with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and Promarkers then cut it out.
I assembled the card as you see, adding the square of found Japanese paper and a gold card mat to contrast with the deep blue paper.

The Design Team have made some absolutely stunning projects for this challenge so do pop over and prepare to be inspired.

Challenges for my card:
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesday - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Design - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking and have a great day. I'm off to The Craft Barn Extravaganza so will see you later!
Hugs, Fliss xx


Terry said...

What a gorgeous creation! Love how you colored her and added the yellow! Such a vivid beauty and great layers! Enjoy the weekend!

Dots Dabbles said...

Hi Fliss...I absolutely love all the orientalness of this card! And the prayer in the background is a really nice touch. It pays to never through anything out doesn't it lol Love your card Fliss
Dot x

Shirl said...

She looks so vibrant Fliss and very stunning everything pops off the page beautifully with lots of inking and stamping.

Hugs Shirley x x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fantastic, love the color combination.

Meggymay said...

Love the striking colours, they frame the beautiful image to perfection.
Yvonne x

craftattack said...

Lovely card with great colours! Valerie

Buttons said...

Wow! Matching everything to your Japanese paper must have taken some doing, and the effect is really striking. Love it. Hugs, Buttons x

Sally H said...

Oh wow, Fliss! That is gorgeous! I love it!

Claire Phillips said...

Super card Fliss really striking with the strong colours! Thanks for your well wishes for Caleb we are back again this week at Yorkhill for an MRI, but he is coping a lot better than us with all the tests. Cheers Claire x

Claire said...

Gorgeous card Fliss, that stamp is a real beauty and I love the bright colours you've used too
Claire xx

Dots Dabbles said...

back again....just wanted to add that the richness of colour is incredible Fliss!

Joan said...

Love your bright colours Fliss and its a fabulous image


Ephemera said...

Hi Fliss, gorgeous card, so striking. I really like that central image, such a beautiful and unusual stamp and gorgeously coloured. Definitely third time lucky. XX

Ellie said...

A beautiful card! I love your use of colours for this particular theme!
xxx Ellie xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Fliss
This is gorgeous, the intensity of the colours and the beautiful coloured oriental woman.

Mrs.B said...

Hi Fliss, fabulous image, she looks so magical. I love the different backgrounds you have made and the colours are so striking.
Hope you enjoyed the Craft Barn Day.
Avril xx

My name is Cindy said...

Lovely card!! Thank you for joining us at TioT Cindy

Gio said...

Such a lovely card!! Very bright and vivid colours!

Yvonne said...

Beautiful card! Thank you for joining the challenge at Chocolate Coffee and Cards Challenge blog. ~Yvonne DT