Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Sometimes you have to make do

I am a huge fan of Oriental design and haven't used anything of this nature in my cards for a long time, this is the first card of many that I plan to make with Asian style embellishments. I am wanting to use more frames in my work but because I can't find any of the few die cuts that I own I am limited with the frames I can create, I find square frames are the easiest to work with as all I have to do is cut them out using my craft knife and metal ruler. I will eventually find my dies in the huge mess I call my craft room. I love the  CASE Study inspiration picture this week and so happy that I got to play along  at the last minute

For this card I used my recently purchased sakura digital image from Ginger World, Etsy. The layout was designed on photoshop, it is a simple black frame with a white square with the image of the sakura placed on top. I printed out the design with a couple of extra flowers. Using a craft knife and metal ruler I cut out the white square which I stuck to the middle of the card, I then stuck the black frame to fit perfectly around the white square with foam tape. The extra flowers I printed out were paper-pieced to the frame and added dimensional magic to the flowers to make them stand out. I am happy with the way this card turned out and I am  hoping to make a variety of cards using this method. 

Whilst I can't deny that die cuts are a fantastic crafting resource, this card just goes to show that with a little bit of imagination and effort similar results can be obtained with simpler tools.

CASE Study-Challenge #183
Word art Wednesday-Anything goes
The crafting cafe-Clean and simple
Divas by design-Flower power
Fan-Tastic Tuesday-Anything goes
Milkcoffee Challenge-At least two flowers
Brown Sugar challenge blog-Anything goes
Sister Act challenge blog-Anything goes

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Desire Fourie said...

Susan this is just so striking and beautiful. Love the depth to the design with the tree and flowers in the foreground.
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Somdeepa Das said...

This card reminds me of a Japanese floral print dress I own. Such a beauty, and with that oriental flavour which is not easy to achieve at all.

CG said...

Stunning...I love the color combo. Our cherry trees are just beginning to bloom, but it's also snowing, so this sort of feels like our current springtime! Hope you're doing well. Best, CG

Rhonda Miller said...

This is wonderful. I love the Asian style.

Wendy said...

Beautiful card..Thanks for playing along with us at Divas by Design this week.
Wendy xx

Unknown said...

That is a stunning card. Thank you for joining us this week at Word Art Wednesday. Blessings, Carole

Tenia Nelson said...


Unknown said...

Stunning card. Thanks for joining us at Divas this week x

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice!!!

Unknown said...

What a great design, love the image, thank you for sharing with us over at Fan-Tastic Tuesday, we would love to see you back again next week for another fun challenge......Good Luck
Suzy B Owner Fan-Tastic Tuesday

Emily Thubbron said...

Thank you for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown for our Digi Dimension challenge. I love the way you made the frame. Great card.

Emily T.

Cindye Wile said...

This is beautiful, love the simplicity of it. Would look nice on a wall. :)
Thanks for joining us at Digi Galore
CIndye DT

Hath said...

Love everything about this design! - thanks for joining us this month at Crafting Cafe - good luck. hugs Angelie

perfectly4med said...

Gorgeous piece of CAS card art. Lovely!

Thanks for joining us at The Crafting Cafe this month, and good luck!


Amanda said...

Lovely casual card and so creative. Thankyou for joining us at Digi galore. Good Luck and hope to see you again soon.
Hugs Amanda

mags said...

A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at The Crafting Cafe.

Emily Lauritzen said...

Very cute card! I love the way the flowers pop against the black background! Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown!
<3 Emily L.-DT