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Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Red Black and Gold Bonsai Tree

Here is the card that I made for my hubby's birthday today. I wanted to make something a little bit different as he's had Edwins the past couple of years.

I decided to go with an oriental theme and used my reasonably new Papermania Oriental Treasures stamps and papers.

The Bonsai Tree image was stamped onto black card using Emboss Clear pigment ink and dusted over with Stamps Away Gold Lustre Iridescent Mica Pigment powder. Unfortunately you can't really see the shimmerr that these powders give the image in this scan. The corners of the panel were then pierced using the Stampin' Up piercing template (Mat Pack) and then matted onto white and Craft Planet Gold Mirror card.

A strip of the red and gold ginkgo leaf paper from the Papermania Oriental Treasures paper pad was matted onto the card blank and the image panel was matted over the top.

The Love character from the same stamp set was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink and the Love word was stamped below it. The corners were then rounded using the small corner rounder punch by Avec and matted onto a gold mirror panel die cut using a Labels 8 Nestabilities die. A length of cream and gold organza ribbon from the Papermania Sparkly trim pack was then adhered behind the panel.

I also decorated the inside of the card and decided to produce a faded image of the tree on the inside.

A second generation stamping of the Bonsai Tree image was stamped onto a panel of white card and overstamped with the Birthday Wishes sentiments stamp from the Hero Arts Birthday Messages stamp set using Adirondack Red Pepper dye ink.

This was then matted onto a panel of the red and gold ginkgo paper and then onto panels of the black, white and gold mirror cardstocks.

Here are the challenges I am entering this card into:


pickle said...

It's gorgeous Kathleen.I especially like how you've done the inside... Your hubby is a lucky chap!

You never fail to amaze me with how many challenges you manage to find that fit your card! I do try but I get bored going through the lists lol

kerry x

nessy said...

wow what an elegant card for your husband!!
vanessa xx

Claire said...

Ooh gorgeous card! Love it! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ann's Challenge and good luck
Claire xx

Chrissie said...

Hi there, it's great that you found our blog, but there is a maximum number of 4 challenges which can be combined with ours, making 5 in total.
Your first card would have fitted well into our current challenge... a touch of red,so we hope that you will be able to join us for our next challenge with a clean and simple card.
"Less is More"

kay said...

this is superb kathleen,am sure he will love it,x

WeirdCat said...

Very elegant card,thank you for joining us at DDSB this week
Ruth x

Kleine85 said...

This is awesome!

Thanks for joining us at ATSC.



Dawn said...

Such a great card for a male! Clean & simple but stunning!
Thanks for joining us at My Grafico for our Monthly Anything Goes Challeenge!
Dawn xxx

Debra said...

Hi Kathleen

Awesome Asian Inspiration!

Thanks for joining us at the Digi's With Attitude! Anything Goes Challenge. I hope you join us again next challenge, and good luck!

Digi's With Attitude! Design Team

Tammy Miller said...

Wow what a great card, I just love it and a wonderful image as well! Thanks for joining us at CTB for our anything goes challenge!

Jóna said...

Super great card !
Thanks for joining us at DDSB.
All the best to you, Jóna DT

Michelle said...

Stunning card Kathleen, the gold embossed image looks amazing.

Thank you for sharing over at Make It Monday this week.

Michelle :-)

michele hileman said...

Awesome card. Thank you for joining us at IDIC

Krista said...

Thanks for joing us at the Digi's With Attitude Anything Goes Challenge this week!

Digi's With Attitude Design Team

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Fab creation, I'm sure your hubby loved it!

Thank you for sharing with us at Craft Your Passion this week, good luck!
Hugs shell xx

Ann Whitfield said...

Absolutely gorgeous Kathleen, thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
Ann x

Sammibug said...

Gorgeous oriental theme! Love it! Thank you so much for playing along with us in our "Anything Goes" challenge at Digi's With Attitude!

Anonymous said...

Great card.The colours are just perfect for the theme.Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best :D
Lisa x

Margarets designer cards said...

Lovely card, I love the tree and I am sure your husband will too.
Good luck with all the challenges.

Becca Fabozzi said...

Really pretty card. Love all the little touches you put into it. Great job. Thanks so much for joining us at Addicted to Stamps.

EVIL twin said...

Absolutely amazing!!! Love this. Thanks for joining our challenge at Ambers crafts & stuff.


Linda said...

This is just so beautiful!!
Thank you for joining us a Simply Create for our DIY challenge and hope to see you for the next fun challenge that we will have starting today.

Donna said...

Fabulous card, love the bonsai. Thanks for joining in the Digi Doodle Shop's Best, hope to see you again. Hugs Donna x

Lesley said...

Very nice card! Thanks for playing along with our anything goes challenge at Catch the Bug, good luck!

Pankti said...

Very elegant card... Thanks for joining us at MyGrafico.


Suzie McFloozy said...

Beautiful creation x
Thanks for joining in with our last creative cottage challenge x
((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

Amber's Crafts and Stuff said...

This is beautiful!

Thank you for trying out a new technique this week and sharing it with us at Amber's Crafts and Stuff.


Bev said...

really pretty card...
thanks for playing along at Party Time Tuesdays.. hope to see you again soon.. hugs Bev PTT DT

Teresa said...

What another beauty, you are so clever with these male cards, love this one Kathleen. Thanks for sharing with us at ATSC
Teresa xx

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