Today I'm showing you a couple of cards made with a very rare Stampin' Up! set. It is the only one developed for the Japanese market that SU! has sold elsewhere, and that was a year ago in the U.S. Knowing I was headed there soon, I purchased it through my former team member and picked it up last February when I stayed with her. I've made one other card where I used the mountain as a background image.
Most of you probably don't know that I have a Bachelor's degree in Japanese Studies, and that I lived there for 2 semesters during university. I really like a lot of the Japanese aesthetic...that's one reason the Boho Indigo Product Medley appeals to me so much.
I CASE'd this card from Satomi Wellard, a teammate here in Australia AND the #2 demonstrator in Japan. I added a couple of layers to my version.
EverThis one is CASE'd from Junko Fukuda, the #1 demonstrator in Japan. Again, I added a layer, and the pearls to the cherry blossoms.
I will be sending these cards to my host family, and to my husband's host family (he did the same university program a year before I did). We have exchanged holiday cards for over 30 years now, and we had the opportunity to introduce our kids to them in their town in 2012, and I now have regular correspondence with a granddaughter of my host parents. So fun!
I leave you with a little photographic evidence of my stay in Morioka, Japan.
These are the projects from my Facebook Live this week. You can watch the replay on YouTube or Facebook. I appreciate all your comments and "likes" each week – they are an easy way for you to support my business!
I saw this technique on a card made by Sally Bowman. In a nutshell, I stamped the line art images in Stazon ink on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, then used a variety of the SU! Watercolor Pencils to trace around the black lines. Then I used a spray bottle/spritzer to spray water on the images, and set them aside to allow the colours to bleed. In the video I dried the paper with my Heat Tool, which worked well.
I really like the very subtle colour bleed that happens with this technique. It's perfectly fine that the colour goes outside the lines...it adds depth and dimension to the image with no effort!
I've listed the supplies I used if you'd like to give this a try. I bet you've got a line art image in your stash you can use!
I'm back with my 3rd and final batch of alternative cards made with the Paper Pumpkin Joy To The World kit. I showed you the original designs and my first and second batches of alternatives in earlier posts.
Cherry Cobbler base, Crumb Cake layer, followed by a layer cut from a kit envelope and a piece of kit card front.
Another piece of that kit card front this time on Cherry Cobbler stamped with the floral image from the kit's stamp set, also in Cherry Cobbler, on a Whisper White Thick card base.
Cherry Cobbler base, panel cut from the back of a kit card base, a strip from a kit envelope, and the wreath and gold foil die cuts. Finished with Wonderful Gems.
The kit's elements supplemented with a piece of envelope paper and Wonderful Gems.
Cherry Cobbler card base with sentiment stamped in Versamark and heat-set with White Stampin' Emboss Powder. Wreath from the kit's stamp set in Just Jade on Whisper White and fussy-cut before mounting on a cable-knit embossed piece tied with linen thread from the kit,
Final strips of card front and envelope paper on a panel of Cherry Cobbler embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3e embossing folder and mounted to a Crumb Cake base. Gold foil and floral die cuts from the kit and attached with Dimensionals, and Gilded Gems add another bit of sparkle. This is intended for someone who doesn't observe the holidays, but I want to connect with, thus no sentiment beyond the tiny "peace, love, joy" on the envelope paper.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing so many different ways this kit can be used. I have even more inspiration on my Pinterest board for this kit...feel free to check it out!
Here's the list of all the products I used to make the alternatives shown this week. Go ahead and click on the pictures to purchase them!
I've been paper-crafting since 2006, and an Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator since 2010. I love sharing my craft with others, either through classes or by creating special cards and gifts that meet their needs. Join me in creating fun!