Saturday, September 06, 2014

Ikebana


Hi everyone.  Today's card is for the new challenge at ATCAS, hosted by the very talented Sylvia (Poppy's Papercraft Patch).

Sylvia chose this word ...




Prize:  5 digital images


I decided to go with a card featuring the art of Ikebana --- Japanese floral arranging. I've done cards like this in the past and I love the delicate look of the shallow vase with the simple, yet striking floral design.  I used a corner die for the background, which to me looks like a Japanese screen.  I glued a couple of layers of each for the two squares to make them thicker and then mounted them onto my card front.

The vase is actually an ornament punch I bought from SU!, cutting off a small part of the top, a large part of the bottom and then turning it upside-down.  I added a branch from brown card stock and then cut out two blossoms from a pink metal sheet that I had pounced with a little bit of red alcohol ink.  I used the same pink metal to add a decorative strip to the vase.  A simple sentiment finishes the card.

I hope you'll check out the challenge (ATCAS#47 - Oriental) and take a look at the amazing cards by the rest of the DT.  We also have a wonderful Guest Designer joining us for September.  Please welcome Tenia (Jazzy Paper Designs) ... check out her wonderful blog which is filled of creative and fun cards.

This challenge is open for two weeks, so there's lots of time to play along.  Hope to see you in the gallery.







Stamps:  Thoughts of You (Rubber-Art Stamps)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Black, Early Espresso (SU!)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Poppyfield (Ranger Alcohol ink)
Accessories & Tools:  Corner die (Cuttlebug), Ornament punch (SU!), Grove Branch die (Memory Box), Hydrangea punch (Martha Stewart), pink metal sheet (Add A Little Dazzle)

35 comments:

Kylie said...

Loll, Loll, Loll..... what an inspiring card! I will never look at my ornament punch/dies the same way again. You always think outside the box - very creative! I absolutely love this card with the pop of pink/red from the metal sheets. Brilliant! xx

sandie said...

Oh my goodness Loll this is so creative and so stunning. I adore how you have crested this and it's fabulous CAS design x

aileen (mum) said...

Loll, I absolutely love this card. What you have used is just perfect and the little splash of pink on the blooms and the vase, wow. I would love to be able to make such a wonderful card, you are so artistic.

Cathy said...

Brilliant design Loll, love how you've combined these elements to create an oriental feel, even the font on the sentiment looks like calligraphy. Gorgeous card, Cathy x

Margaret said...

What a beautiful card - very clever idea for the background screen.

Deepti said...

You totally nailed the oriental style :) ikebana is awesome and do is the BG intricate die !!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Talk about the perfect image! I love that bowl too!

Benzi said...

Wow! Loll, I love this card and the wonderful way you made your vase. Your metal sheet flowers are just beautiful, too.

Barb Ghig said...

Oh, how beautiful, Loll! I love the 'screening' and how you created your vase with an ornament punch...AMAZING! Such lovely, delicate flowers, too...perfect for the theme!

Tenia Nelson said...

I just LURVE this!!!! :)

Becky said...

wow! This is fabulous. You are so creative..

Karen B said...

This is perfect Loll. Those flowers are so delicate and ingenious how you used an ornament punch for the vase.

Karen xxx

Petra Swart said...

WOW, this is so absolutely brilliant for the oriental code word, Loll!!! You just have the ability to make the most awesome CAS cards!!! Love your work!!

Have a super day!!!
Greetings from Africa!!

OH Babs said...

A beautiful, sophisticated and elegant card.

Lee-Anne said...

Such a brilliant idea with the ornament die, Loll! This could not be more perfect for an Oriental design...LOVE!

Bonnie said...

This is so perfectly, beautifully CAS, Loll! Sweet flowers and vase! The die cut background does look like an Oriental screen! Wow!

Sandy said...

Right on with the Oriental and beautifully created!!
Sandy xx

Carole said...

it's all been said...this is so lovely and clever.

Chasing the Dream said...

Wow this amazing and so creative. Simply a beautiful card
Hugs
Berni

Mrs. O said...

Lovely card.

Brenda said...

Wow! Aren't you clever Loll, I love that vase and imagine my surprise to find out it was from the SU ornament punch! This card is just stunning and I love it! Hugs, Brenda

Michelle Lupton said...

THis is just perfect!

Bobby said...

The very picture of oriental in my book. So beautiful and I love the touch of metal.

Karen Mead said...

Your card looks amazing Loll - the flower is so striking against that beautiful panel - hugs xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Such a lovely oriental card Loll...love your used of the bauble punch

Anne

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Love how you created the beautiful screen and vase Loll - CAS perfection, as always!
Have a happy weekend - Sylvia x

Sarah Gray said...

What a gorgeously elegant card! Love the screen you have created and the added texture from the little touches of metal.

Julie Beech said...

This is yet another elegant CAS design Loll, I love it. The red metal flowers and strip just add extra punch. :)

Valerie Nolan said...

Fabulous card Loll and totally inspired to utilise the ornament punch in that way, one to remember :-)
Val x

Julia Aston said...

I am in awe of your gorgeous CAS designs Loll - you are SO creative and always stick the challenge perfectly!!

Chrissie said...

Totally stunning Loll!
Great to use the elements you did in such a creative and 'Oriental' way!
Chrissie x

cm said...

Loll...you've done it again: dazzled me with your ingenuity! An incredibly gorgeous card to showcase the art of Ikebana, and through most innovative ways. In awe...
Hugs~c

Jaydee said...

Loll, this card is so you! I love the textured background and the ikebana is genius. Absolutely gorgeous
hugs
jaydee

nancy littrell said...

Loll, I can't believe I missed your gorgeous ikebana art! So gorgeous with the copper/alcohol embellishments and very creative vase. Wow...I see the date..I was gone, So worth the 2 year wait for this beauty!! TFS my friend. Hugs, nancy

nancy littrell said...

P.S. I found your gorgeous card on your Pinterest Board :-)