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.
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.
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.