It’s Sabrina here, and for my last card of the year I have chosen to use the ” Crane Circle Facing Right” stamp from Art Neko. I chose this partly because the crane is looking forward into next year with whatever that may bring, and also because in Asian mythology, the crane is a symbol of good fortune and long life.
I have to confess that I chose to get this crane circle facing right image because many years ago I did a Chinese-style embroidery of an eagle; he’s perched in a very stylized pine tree just like this one. There will be a photo on my blog later today if you want to see it. Anyway, my embroidery has an orange and red setting sun, and I wished to replicate that in my design, so after inking the stamp up with Versafine Onyx Black, I used a Q-tip to gently sponge all the ink off the sun so that I could colour it. On the stamp itself, the sun is solid black so that this makes a beautiful silhouette image with no need for any colouring! This image is also available on the Asian Butterfly with Crane Medallions sheet of stamps, which has some gorgeous butterflies and kanji, as well as another two crane medallions.
After stamping the image on watercolour paper I used Inktense pencils to colour it, and a glitter pen to add some sparkly highlights. After cutting it out, I coated the whole circle with Versamark and three layers of UTEE, so that it would look like a ceramic plate, and layered it onto a lacy black circle.
My sentiment comes from the full sheet of Oriental images and texts, and is stamped onto the same linen-finish paper that I used for the white layer, and cut with a decorative label die.
The white layer is embossed with a typically Asian fan motif, and I used a South-West corner punch on each corner so that I could add a strand of red floss for some definition.
I wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas season, and may the crane bring you good things in 2017.