Using that as a starting point, Lythan has chosen an Oriental theme for our cards over on The Daring Cardmakers this week, suggesting things like sakura blossom, lanterns, temples, Nepalese prayer flags...
Lots of people really love using Oriental themes on their cards and projects, but it's a style I've always struggled with and rarely use - so definitely a toe out of the comfort zone for me this week!
As I often do when I'm not feeling particularly confident, I first went on a hunt for a quotation that might help. There are so many wise words attributed to Buddha, and I chose one of my favourites: 'Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.' With that making the main feature of my card, and a lantern or candle as an embellishment, all I need to find was a background.
Not being a great user of things Oriental, I don't have much to use, but I do have a rather beautiful, if ancient 8x8 paper pad by DCWV called "Far East". These papers are gorgeous, wonderful colours and designs, with a lovely woven texture, They are really heavy and a joy to use. My favourites are the blue/aqua/turquoise toned ones but I went with the pink/peach/orangey ones for this card, mainly because the Japanese lady on one of the papers would add an extra focal point to the background
Papers all from "Far East" 8x8 paper pad
Black and Pale pinky-beige card
Gold mirror card
Sentiment pc generated and printed on the pink-beige card
Candle is die cut from layers of the same papers, scraps of black card used to add dimension
(Candle Trio - Memory Box)
Twigs and flowers die cut using the same papers, Ink and Gold Stickles added for interest
(Cherry Blossom Die Set - Spellbinders)
There are some lovely ideas from our clever team this week, so I hope you'll take a minute to go and check them out.
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