A Geisha Paper Doll& Oriental Screen!

So, when I first saw the challenge at OrientalStampArt to create a folding screen card the first thing that popped into may head was making a dressing screen for my Daughters’ “Barbie Dream House” but since my girls never play with their Barbies I made this instead:

I cut the screen out with my die cutter using SCAL software using my versatile Gothic Arch SVG set (it has printable templates too if you don’t own a die cutter) and it was easy as pie to put together. The stunning rubber stamps I used are by About Art Accents and I got really clear crisp impressions by using the curved rock-a-block stamp mounts and stamping on a squishy mat. I stamped the geisha 3 times; on cream, green and purple washi paper then cut out the parts and assembled the green and purple papers over the cream to make a sturdy paper doll.

I wanted to be able to mail this card eventually so I made a belly band to keep it closed.

I can even fold up the doll if I like by unhooking the back of the stand. There are slits on the cardstock strip to hold it together so it will stand.

I employed some fun techniques with this project. Here, me share my tricks with you ūüėÄ

I made these buttons out of clay out of moulds I made from vintage buttons (full tutorial on this post):

For a super quick crinkled ribbon I sprayed purple and pearl ink on a piece of seam binding (it is cheaper to buy a 100 yard roll of seam binding and dye it as you need it and it is always just the color you want!) scrunching it up and blasting it with a heat tool, the heat shrinks the rayon and sets the wrinkles. Just be careful not to heat it too close or one spot too long or it will scorch!

These leaf embellishments were made by breaking up bits of Friendly Plastic (AMACO) into a silicone mould and heating it with the heat gun. I am actually using a pretty silicone fondant mould made by Wilton. Be aware that many of the clay moulds out there are not silicone and you might melt them with this technique! I have been playing with Friendly Plastic a lot lately, look for a tutorial coming up soon!

 

I don’t know why I didn’t think of making paper dolls with my geisha stamps before, they are such beautiful designs. I hope you have some time to get crafty this weekend, til next time happy crafting!

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Best Day {anniversary card}

When I saw this beautiful stamp from About Art Accents/Art Neko I knew that it would make a wonderful anniversary card.

I wanted to keep the look soft and simple so I used colored pencils to color the skin only of the stamped images. I used the flowers and fillers from this plate {a plate is a sheet of unmounted rubber stamps} to make my own background paper and decorate the envelope.

Here is a look at the sets I used:

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Creative Card Crew, Creative Craft Challenges , Lexi’s Creations, Challenge Up Your Life¬† and Inspire Me Fridays.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Shaken, not stirred…

When I saw the idea to make a shaker postcard on the Giddy Giddy blog the other day I knew I had to try it! I made this card using 1 sheet of cardstock, a little glitter and stamps from About Art Accents. Oh, I also want to mention that I used my new FAVORITE COLORING TOOL-MY LETRAJET AIRMARKER AND PROMARKERS to color most of this!

 

Here is the back:

 

Look, when you shake it!

 

How-to:

Start with a 6″x8″ peice of cardstock and fold in half to make a 4″x6″ card. Stamp/write postcard info on back. Stamp something¬†on the inside back. Cut a window out of the front and decorate front of card. Use double stick tape to adhere clear window¬†to inside under the cut-out.¬† Add a border of double stick tape around the inside again, pour in some glitter and or punched shapes and press the card closed to seal it.

Now, ¬†you will need to use a regular first class stamp to mail this because it is thicker and heavier than a standard postcard but just think of the “wow” factor! How cute would it be to make a snow-globe christmas card? If you are worried about postal machinery damaging your card you can mail it in a clear envelope so you still get the postcard feel.¬†¬† This card qualifies for the following challenges: Art Impressions Stamps Challenge, Crafty Sentiments, Meljens Designs, Paper Crafting Journey, Shelly’s Images, Stamp Insanity, Some Odd Girl¬†(complimentary colors-yellow & purple), Flutterby Wednesdays, My Mum’s Craft shop,¬†¬†Clear It Out!, Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge¬†(the bamboo stamp in the bottom front of card is my fave), My Time To Craft¬†(G is for glitter), Oldie But Goodie Challenge and Try It On Tuesday!

I hope this idea inspired you as much as it did me! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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