Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Asian Art Fun

Last week we had our Hero Arts Club meeting at Stamp Antonio--Asian Art Fun Night!  This cute little card was very fun (although it has some intricate cutting!)  I stamped the lanterns from Hero Arts CL373 Good Fortune set onto various colors of vellum.  When you stamp on vellum you have to use a dye ink that will dry on vellum, and give it time to dry.  Stamping off once onto scratch paper before stamping on the vellum will reduce drying time.  Lanterns must be dry before cutting out, or the images will smear.  After cutting out the lanterns, I cut small holes with a 1/16" hole punch in the top of each and strung them along a line of mizuhiki paper cord.  If you put a glue dot at the top of each lantern after arranging them along the cord, they will stick nicely to the card.  The glue dots do not show very much behind the colored vellum.  I also used a glue dot at the bottom of each lantern to hold a bit of floss.  I folded the six strand DMC floss a few times, attached it to the lantern, fluffed it out with a pin or the tip of my scissors, and then snipped it off to the length I wanted.  I really like using a piece of ribbon, cord, or floss that is big enough to hold onto, and then cut it to the size I want after I arrange it.  The card above has a strip of Hero Arts washi paper at the top, and I added a sentiment and the "lucky cat" at the bottom.  The cat is colored with Tombow markers (yes, I still use them!) so the colors won't show through to the inside of the card.  I really like how this card turned out.  The only thing I would change is I wanted to use dimensional adhesive so the lanterns would "pop" from the back of the card.  I just didn't know how to do this without the adhesive showing through the transparency of the vellum.  I thought about dimensional pop dots, but they are so large.  Any ideas?

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