For my card this week I have taken a stamp that has nothing at all to do with Christmas, the Adorable Wee Geisha with a Bonsai, and given it something of a festive feel by using traditional Christmas colours and adding some little paper lanterns.
She is adorable, isn’t she! I always think those traditional shoes (geta) don’t look very comfortable or practical, though. I can see the practicality of having your feet raised above wet or dirty ground, but I’m sure you couldn’t run in them.
I stamped my little geisha on Bristol Board with Versafine Onyx Black and coloured her with pencils. Then I decided I didn’t like the stark white background, so I masked her off and sponged lightly with Antique Linen distress ink, and then used a homemade circle stencil to add the round circles in light green. The floor is scored with a stylus after sponging.
My little lanterns were created by cutting a couple of circles and an oval from the Red Diamonds on Gold with Good Fortune Kanji paper and scoring it at 1/4″ intervals with a stylus. I used narrow strips of gold card for the top and bottom, and threaded a couple of strands of gold embroidery floss through each one so that I could hang them from a gold cord.
My “room” still looked quite bare, which I suppose would be in keeping with the Japanese aesthetic, but I decided to add a little punched pot and sprig of foliage, with some tiny shaped punched circles for flowers. I think this could be used for any celebration including Christmas and Chinese New Year.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing all the different creations from the team this week – make sure to check back again next week for more wonderful inspiration.