Years ago I taught Oriental Cooking Classes at the Community College in the evening enrichment classes. I loved to cook Oriental/mainly Chinese, it fit perfectly with my large family of five children. The beauty of Chinese meals is that you just add a a couple more choices the more people you have. Also in Chinese cooking you always balance sweet/sour, cold/hot, spicy/bland. This card is just that!
I did the masking technique again, by taking a piece of typing paper cut to the same size as the front of the card, then drawing a rough outline on it with a pencil, placing the paper on our piercing mat and using the piercing tool scoring the paper on the line. Then I began to slowly tear out leaving a paper frame.
Using just a small piece of SNAIL I placed the front of the card on my worksheet. Then I carefully fitted the mask over it and taped the four corners down. I then took one of the Stampin’ Sponges-cut into four pieces and using Mint Macaron Ink I ‘smudged’ by rubbing vigorously in a haphazard manner inside the frame. It’s easiest to start on the typing paper frame and move your sponge towards the middle. Some areas will be darker than others and that adds to the contrast. Next I took another sponge and using So Saffron I ‘smudged’ again until i had the inside frame covered. It’s always fun to lift up your frame and see what you have created-different every time!
Next I stamped the Oriental Tree from the Artistically Asian Stamp Set in Tip Top Taupe. The sentiment is also from the Artistically Asian Stamp Set and is stamped in Tip Top Taupe. I added two Gold Metallic Enamel Shapes and the front was finished!
The inside of the card was finished by layering Whisper White on Mint Macaron Card Stock. All chinese paintings have the little red character mark/seal on them! The red mark/seal denotes the who originated the work. Usually the seal is in a square box. So I decided to decorate the inside with that little mark only. Quick, fun card.
Here are the products I used in this card: