Saturday, 25 May 2013

An Oriental Magpie

I seem to say this every week, but not only did I play along with the Paper Artsy challenge this week when I thought I really wouldn't be able to, I was so inspired by Carol's projects, I played along twice!!! I thought the tag she created from Lynn Perrella's Asian collection was stunning. Please do look over at http://blog.paperartsy.co.uk/ . Here we are then, here is my guilty pleasure, another entry for the Paper Artsy Challenge! I have some of the Asian stamps, although not the same plate as this one was taken from. I haven't yet seen anyone interpret these images so I was keen to have a go. I love tags, but I can easily play away making them and then find I have loads that I don't know what to do with, so I decided to create a tag but incorporate it into a design for a card. Here is what I came up with.
I took some Smoothy card from Paper Artsy and sponged and dabbed at it with layers of Bora Bora, Mermaid, South Pacific and Limelight and I think there might be a bit of Hey Pesto in there too, possibly some Hyde Park - I got a bit carried away! I then swirled some very watered down Snowflake over the card to try to get a marbled effect. I used a Tim Holtz die to cut out my tag and - boo - I should have been more meticulous because the best marbling was left behind when the tag was cut out!! I so wanted to use this that I made it into a little tile, which I stamped with an LP border and added at the side of my card, accenting with some tiny green gems.
Years ago we had a shop nearby that sold those lovely little Chinese coins, but the proprietor retired and I used up my store so I covered a Tim Holtz die cut of a button with Treasure Gold and threaded through some black ribbon. I was really proud of my fish which I embossed onto some of the blue painted card. I used black glitter embossing powder and I love the way his scales sparkle in the sun - impossible to get the effect in a photo! Thanks so much, Carol for suggesting glittery fish and to stick them on with those little 3D spongy things!
I used a Tim Holtz swirly On the Edge die to suggest a wave and as my borders I improvised by using layers of punched out card. Talking about improvisation that brings us onto UTEE!!! I've never used this and it looked amazing on Carol's tag and on Sam's and Helen's! I had the idea that you always have to melt it in a pot and it's really technical and difficult to do. I must have been wrong and I'm now thinking of investing in some. Instead of this product, for now, I dabbed Versamark on the edge of my tag and embossed with ordinary gold embossing powder.
I then stamped my lady with Versafine Onyx Black and painted her with Frescos, Blood Orange, Snowflake and Vintage Lace with Hyde Park and Limelight. There are topaz coloured gems at the centre of the flowers.
I used some Core- dinations canvas effect backing paper, which I edged with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. I embossed some characters in Detail Gold and added some seam binding distressed with Squeezed Lemonade and Peacock Feathers and Broken China. Inside the little frame is a detail of a Chinese lantern from some Graphic 45 paper.
Well, next week is half-term and I'm fluttering away to Stratford-on-Avon to catch some plays and be a tourist! How will I resist the temptation of grabbing strangers' lap-tops in cafes to catch up with what's going on in the land of Paper Artsy? Have a lovely weekend with - fingers crossed - glorious sunshine!





13 comments:

  1. Oh wow, this is so stunning!

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  2. What a stunning card! I love everything about it Julie!
    Alison xx

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  3. Oops...meant to say...hope you have a lovely week away! xx

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  4. WOW, WOW, WOW, it's a STUNNING card, don't you love it when mistakes take on a whole new life, it was brilliant of you to add the extra piece and it turned out gorgeous, the image is fab and you have colored it beautifully, all the embossing, wonderful and that fish is amazing, what a beautiful piece of art you have created, thanks for sharing and inspiring me too. I hope you have a fantastic time on your trip, will miss ya:)....

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  5. I love the card - what a great idea to make the tag into a card. your marbling looks gorgeous. Have a lovely week away.

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  6. Lovely card Julie Anne...the background is beautiful and I love the colours you've used...great project!!

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  7. That's beautiful, the tag looks amazing.

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  8. This is wonderful; i love the painting of the flowers and the glittery fish,

    Lucy x

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  9. Beautiful Julie Anne. I love your oriental lady - she is so pretty and very clever to put your lamp inside the bookplate and use it as a frame. the glittery fish works really well too.

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  10. Ohhh the colours look beautiful!! I LOVE it! Leandra xx

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  11. WOW this is gorgous Julie Anne, your shimmering fish is amazing, and I love the way you have painted your lady. Enjoy your time away in Stratford xx

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  12. Hi Julie Anne, this is stunning, so many techniques all brought together to make a mini wonder. 3 cheers for the glittery fish love this. Hope you are enjoying your break. Hugs Mo x

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  13. Wow wow wow gorgeous truly stunning. Not sure if your back from your hols? Just wanted to say your ATC is beautiful I absolutely love it and a huge thank you. Lots of hugs Kezzy xxx :-)

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