Thoughts of ChinaPosted: July 28, 2008
It has been over a month since I had anything to share here on my card blog. There is a reason. My girls and I have been to China and back. I intended to write a short post before I left explaining why and where we were going but with all the preparations I ran out of time. If you are interested you can read about our trip on my family blog. While I was away I was on the lookout for cards or even stamps made with Chinese motives and artwork, but I did not see much. I did buy my younger daughter a marble stamp with her name written in Chinese characters, but I didn’t think of buying myself one to stamp on my cards!
One of the places we visited was Huangshan or Yellow Mountain. It was enveloped in fog the day we climbed but the following day as we walked through an art gallery I saw many impressions of what we had missed. There were the somewhat familiar images of mountains and blossoms with whispy clouds around the slopes. That is what I have tried to recreate in these cards. In the gallery there was a series of four paintings showing a misty mountain side with branches of flowers in the foreground. Each one represented a different season.
To create my two cards I tore the mountain shapes out of a piece of card and used the negative piece as a stencil. I sponged in Night of Navy, Always Artichoke and Basic Black. Then I stamped the blossom stamp from Garden silhouettes in Rose Red on one card and Pumpkin Pie on the other. To create some variation in the blossoms I blended with a blender pen and highlighted with a marker. I used a black marker to trace over the stems. On the orange blossom card I wanted to create a light dusting of snow so I added dots and sprinkles of snow on the blossoms with an embossing marker and then used white embossing powder. The pink blossom card is mounted on black then artichoke and finally over two pieces of olive organza ribbon. The orange blossom card is mounted on black , artichoke and pumpkin pie.
Inks: Always Artichoke, Night of Navy, Basic Black, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock: Watercolour paper, Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Also: Olive organza ribbon, white embossing powder