Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Oriental Scene Card

I haven't made an oriental card for ages, so I was quite excited when this lovely new Oriental set arrived from Clarity. Dad used to keep koi carp so they were great to make for him, but since he stopped I've done different things for his cards.

I had a quick Google to get an idea of what the scene should look like. Mum and Dad had the water idea and the scene slowly evolved.

The temple seems to be pretty symmetrical so it makes the refection really simple. I started off by stamping the water lily in the bottom corner and masking it off. Then I stamped the refection of the temple in second generation black Adirondack. I stamped the main image above using black Archival as this gives a much blacker image. 

I don't know if you recognise it but the tree is actually from the Daydreamer stamp. I thought it was the most oriental looking of my Clarity trees. Once I had worked out where they needed to go I stamped them onto my Splodgemat and then pressed the card down onto the image to transfer the ink. This gave me the reflection, which I matched with the trees above.

I did the water with my Ink Dusters, trying to get a few lines to give the effect of ripples on the water. I sponged the tops of the mountains and brayered the bottom. I also brayered the sky.

I know you're not supposed to be able to use ProMarkers with Archival ink but I did and it seemed to work fine. I did leave the image to dry overnight before I coloured it though. I wanted the reflection to have a bit of colour too so I got out my coloured pencils for that. 

I finished it off with a nice oriental looking frame bought from the Silhouette Store and cut on my Cameo. I did try a few embellishments on the frame but decided I liked it how it was. Since then Mum has sent me a little box of oriental coin embellishments so I'm sure they'll appear on future cards.



  1. Wow. Lynne , this is Fantastic, your work is just so inspiring and I can tell that you really love what you do. Hugs. X

  2. This is the card i have been waiting for I know that a lot of work went into this but it was worth it. Very well done.

  3. Oh Lynne this is stuuuuuunnnnning !!

  4. Another lovely card, thank you for your inspiration and for sharing it. I have enjoyed your blog since discovering it a little while ago. Have a very happy Christmas and I look forward to your masterpieces next year

  5. This is a very clever card Lynne, really lovely :-) xx


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