Panda and Moongate

It’s Sabrina here today with another card to share with you –  a sweet panda snoozing in the curve of a moon gate, When I got this Pandas and Moongates plate from Art Neko, I had to do a little research into what a moon gate actually is. It’s a traditional architectural element in Chinese gardens, consisting of a circular opening in a garden wall, allowing access. Even without knowing that, I thought this large image and the matching smaller one were just adorable.

Detail shot of panda and moongate using Art Neko stamps


I wanted to let the panda take centre stage, so I only added colour to the stamped image, and simply used panda black and white for the rest of the card. I started by stamping the image on white card with Versafine black ink, and then coloured the bamboos and square with Inktense pencils. Then I masked this part off and sponged some colour into the sky with distress inks.

To compete the card, I dry-embossed a Fleur de Lis square die from Spellbinders into white card. The four black squares under the panda are old Cuttlebug dies (Vintage Corners) which I thought picked up well on the geometric detailing in the stamped image. I attached these directly to the back of the panda image, and then used foam tape to raise it up slightly above the dry-embossing.


From the Pandas and Moongates plate of stamps from Art Neko, this is the large panda and moongate image, in a simple black and white setting.


While I have never been lucky enough to see a panda in real life (apart from red pandas), we were able to visit a large bamboo garden while on holidays in France this summer;  I would never have realised that there were so many different varieties of bamboo.  The Moon Gate is a feature of Chinese gardens, the park we visited included a Japanese garden with a traditional Japanse Tori Gate, as found on this plate of Asian Elements.



6 Responses to Panda and Moongate

  1. Karen Gibson-Clapper October 18, 2016 at 5:53 am #

    Simply amazing Sabrina – a fabulous design, but I am loving the panda scene you created.

  2. Holly Brown October 18, 2016 at 8:04 am #

    This is absolutely beautiful!! I love your soft coloring just in the circle above the panda!

  3. Carla vdM October 19, 2016 at 3:59 am #

    Wonderfull card with the lovely coloured background behind the Panda Sabrina.
    In 2010 I hosted a mingle on OSA with this topic and Annette & Barry then made this awesome stamp with the Panda…it’s one of my favorites ;o)

  4. 4hetty October 19, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

    OMG, Sabrina tis is so cute and beautiful too! Love those cut out squares and the embossed background.

  5. Shirley Qu-wannabecre8tive October 23, 2016 at 8:24 pm #

    This is so cute and pretty. Love the colors and the embossing.

  6. chrissyd723 November 6, 2016 at 2:54 pm #

    Ohh that Panda is SWEET! Beautiful background too!

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