Mar 10, 2012

6x6 Asian Cards

My friend Fran, PhilsMom on Split Coast, is hosting an Asian Swap.  I joined because she is a friend (a better friend to me than I think I am to her!) and because I have always loved Asian art.
Now, why-oh-why did I only have ONE Asian style stamp set???  I promptly set about to change that situation and scored a beautiful, retired SU set from the Buy/Sell/Trade forum on SCS.  These are my cards, they turned out a bit large at a 6X6 finished size, but I did like how they turned out.

You can clearly see that I need to invest in a camera and some practice with my picture taking.  Please overlook the picture quality!

The card base is 12x12 Tempting Turquoise CS from SU, layered with triangles cut from a brown damask patterned DP from K & Company.  It's richly glittered and textured.

The two front images are stamped on Barely Banana CS with Tempting Turquoise ink.  They are from the stamp set that I purchased a couple of months ago.  I believe it's called Ancient Asia.

Here's  the inside card, Barely Banana CS, border cut using the Cricut.  The copper embossed image is from my one & only other Asian stamp set: Oriental Paintings from SU.  I used a square copper brad from Recollections and computer generated the Chinese Proverb onto TT CS, rounded the corners, and mounted it below the image.

I like how these turned out, and really hope that Fran does too!  After they were finished I realized that they would not fit into my square envelopes that I had on hand.  Last weekend I did some research on making envies for these, and of course, it can be done.  However, I cheated and ordered some from an online store since each envelope would have taken one whole sheet of 12x12 CS and I just don't have much time this month due to work commitments.  I would much rather spend my time making cards, rather than envelopes!

Thanks for stopping by & feel free to leave me any constructive thoughts on how you may have made these better!  I always appreciate any advice.  Wishing you all a good day!


jimlynn said...

LOVE those colors together! So lovely with those images too. You really found a good set on the Buy/Sell/Trade site! So pretty.

~Paola~ said...

what a CARD!! definetly full of precious attention to every single details and then some!! Gorgeous in every sense! Love your color combos Darlene, and your choice of d/p oozes elegance and richness...awesome immies...U sure scored a great set my friend and what a way to showcase it!!
♥ *****WONDERFUL!****** ♥

Margaret said...

Wow! Very lovely. Such rich looking textures and beautiful images. WTG on finding that stamp set.

Janet said...

Beautiful card!! Love the colors and images you used!

:: BlueInks :: said...

Such a unique layout and style. You did go out of the box! Philsmom, will be so proud!!!

Carol W said...

What a cool card this is beautiful...well done my friend...well done...(hope you got your little package).

Shelly Schmidt said...

WOW- SCORE with these images! How pretty are the colors- and your design is wonderful! You will impress your friend!

Barb said...

Stunning Card Darlene! You need to find more Asian stamps as you do awesome work with them!

MiamiKel said...

WOw, and WOW some more! This is a gorgeous cache of paper goodness, Darlene! Your swappers will just love this!

paige said...

This card is really Wow! Great design and colors. I LOL that you bought a stamp set to complete a swap -I've done that way too many times!

Marilyn said...

This is really nice.. your papers are perfect for the images and I like the shapes.