Madame Butterfly (and a freebie!)

This week over ar Oriental Stamp art they challenged us to make a geisha themed card, as soon as I read the challenge I wanted to make this:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Cardstock: SU!, GP, Tissue paper: Dollar Tree, Watercolors: M Graham, Ink: Versafine

Stamps: About Art Accents, Cardstock: SU!, GP, Tissue paper: Dollar Tree, Watercolors: M Graham, Ink: Versafine

I spotted some pretty holographic tissue paper at the dollar tree and it reminded me that I bout some a year ago(and never used it, oh the shame!) and it could be perfect for iris folding. So I stamped the pretty geisha from About Art Accents with onyx black versa fine ink, heat set it and watercolored it with my M Graham watercolors. The Versafine ink is so cool, it gives great detail, it’s waterproof and your colors won’t run into each other because the oil in the ink resists the water so you get a clean professional look! After the paint dried I used an X-Acto knife to cut out the fan portion of the design. I cut 1″ squares of pink, green and clear holographic tissue paper (you get 3 20″x20″ sheets in a pack at the good old Dollar Tree) and folded them in half and taped then to the back, covering the hole, of the stamped image. I placed a scrap of white cardstock behind the iris folding because the tissue paper (which is actually a thin plastic mylar) is transparent and I wanted the colors to shine brightly. When you hold the card she appears to be fluttering her fan due to the light interference on the tissue paper, how cool is that!

The tissue papers are folded behind the fan cutout

The tissue papers are folded behind the fan cutout

I mounted the stamped panel on fuchsia a 1/2″ larger and used a butterfly corner punch on it, then I wrapped some metallic pink embroidery floss around the card.

For the base I used So Saffron cardstock and stamped the Painting is Poetry stamp and the small black butterfly using my mixed berry kalidacolor inkpad. To cut the base I used my Cricut and SCAL software. I welded a 5″x10″ rectangle from the basic shapes menu to the scalloped fan border I designed because I wanted it to look like an oriental fan.

Download my scalloped fan border svg file here.

I had such fun making this card! Thanks for stopping by and til next time Happy Crafting!

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