7 July 2012

Turning Japanese

To start this post I want to wish my crafting friend Rita a very happy 73rd birthday, and to send my thoughts and prayers to everyone in the UK being deluged by this rotten 'summer' weather. I can't remember the last time there were this many flood warnings out across the whole of the nation.

Now, I have struggled a little with the Oriental challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges. I'm lucky enough to have some floral wooden stamps from Nagoya, Japan brought back by my wonderful OH after a work trip. However, working out how to use them got me muddle-headed. Then, a lightbulb moment from Tim Holtz's July tag challenge, and...


I used the blown-alcohol technique on gold mirror card using White Mixative, Stonewashed and Butterscotch alcohol inks. Then the cherry blossom stamp was used to create a border,


The corners needed punching to echo the black SB Fleur de Lis square in the middle, and the flower centres were created using CS Gold PVA glue (great for faux pearls).


The Sam Poole sentiment and the central flowers were all stamped using Flitter Glu and Morris Dance mega flakes from Indigo Blu (a must in anyone's crafting arsenal IMHO). And that was it! That's about as simple as I can manage, and a little different from my original red/black/gold ideas.

Time to go for today, but before I do please if you get the chance check out the links on my sidebar to blog candy from Trace and Vick. There is also a candy link to a new blog/shop called Crafty-embelies that have the most wonderful MDF and Ply shapes just waiting to be inked/distressed/sprayed or whatever else you talented people can think of. Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments. I am always so grateful to those of you who give your time to do this and will always endeavour to return the compliment.
Hugs, Buttons x

18 comments:

  1. You did a really beautiful job Buttons; I know it's not an easy
    challenge, I really struggled with it myself...hugs G.

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  2. It's a wonderful card. I often find the ones you struggle with often turn out to be really successful and take you in directions you never expected.

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  3. ...this is simply gorgeous Buttons, the colours and design are so eye catching...a stunning piece of work...Mel :)

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  4. Wow, your huffing and puffing turned out another stunner here! It is beautiful and love that flower stamp and the gold middles. I tried that shop link from Hels but could not get the shop to show anything. Will try again from yours. A x

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  5. Thanks for ur kind comments :) The golden card is just precious!! Hugs and kisses

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  6. Must try this puffing lark, it's very effective. A lovely card, I love the flowers with the mega flakes.

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  7. WOW more puffing!!! Great results, your background looks fab and those stamps really stand out as a border.

    Sam xxx

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  8. Definitely an oriental look to this - very pretty floral stamp enhanced with the gilding flakes.

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  9. Isn't this just a square of delightful inkiness?! Makes me want to rush to my desk and start playing right away!!
    This technique looks fabulous with these lovely stamps.
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog :)

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  10. Hi Buttons loving all your recent crafty makes. My pc not up to speed yet but crafty room is fab. Just to put everything back in but plan to take my time with this. happy crafting. hope you like the piece I made for my mums birthday (Rita). It was a piece from a ditressable book and papers I found when emptying my cupboard. Must dash as watching Andy M today. Fingers crossed x x

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  11. Beautiful! Love, love, love how you worked Tim's alcohol background to fit right into the challenge at FSC! I will so have to get my little crafty hands on some of those flakes! Beautiful take on the challenge and thanks a bunch for playing along!

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  12. Thank you for joining my Mystery Summer Treat Candy and for playing the Stampendous Stamp Hunt :). Don’t forget to check back early August to see if you are the lucky winner.

    For more of the delicious crafty treats keep visiting my Blog Candy Cauldron :).

    Best wishes, Asia x

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  13. Think you have done a great job there! Love your tag on the previous post too.

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  14. A beautiful card, great background and colors. Wonderful glitter on it. Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

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  15. Beautiful sunny card, Annette x

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  16. This is fabulous Buttons the background is amazing and I love all the colours chosen especially the butterscotch ... yummy.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

    Hugs Shirley x x

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  17. Absolutely outstanding!!! Love the color choices and the whole design is wonderful! COOL!!!!

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  18. Wooo, hooo! Wearing a different hat now - thank you so much hun for playing with the Fashionettes - perfect sample for our challenge! xx

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