Sunday, August 31, 2014

August ECD Challenge: Asian Theme

 Created for the ECD Design Team

This month's Elizabeth Craft Designs Design Team challenge theme is Asian. I chose to make a Japanese themed card, complete with cherry blossoms, fans, and kimono. The fan patterned cardstock, each with its own cherry blossom design, was the perfect backdrop to my own hand-made "cherry blossoms."

Making the Card

1. Cut a piece of dark purple cardstock 10x7 inches, fold in half to form a 5x7 inch card base. Lightly sand near edges in several areas. Use a foam blending tool to add a little Brushed Corduroy ink to the white areas to give them an antique look.

2. Cut a piece of brown cardstock 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. Cut a piece of the fan patterned cardstock 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. Sand a few spots along the edges of the latter, then add a little Brushed Corduroy ink to the white areas, as well as a few other spots, with the foam blending tool. Adhere together then to card base as shown.

3. Cut a piece of dark purple cardstock 2 x 4 inches. Cut a piece of light purple cardstock 1 3/4 x 3 3/4. Antique as in step 1. Adhere together. This is the mat for the kimono.

4 Cut two tree trunks from brown cardstock using the All Seasons Tree die set. Cut each trunk in half to create branches. Trim the ends of some of the longer branches by rounding them (leave the trunk for now). Place on card base as desired (see front of card for my placement). Mark and trim the trunk parts that hang off the fan cardstock or stick out from under where the kimono will go. Glue down the base of each of the branches but leave some of the tips unglued; curl them up slightly to give them dimension.

5. Cut a bunch of middle and small sized five-petal flowers (Bunch of Flowers 1) from the dark and light purple cardstock. Cut very small flowers (All Seasons Tree set) in the same colors - these will be the centers. Sand/antique all flowers. Shape the petals. I use a rubber mouse pad and the end of a small paint brush handle. Adhere the smallest flowers to the centers of the opposite color (i.e. glue dark purple centers on light purple flowers and vice versa).  Adhere the flowers to the branches as desired.

6. Cut the base kimono design from the Bronze metallic Shimmer Sheetz using the Metal Adaptor Plate. Cut the fancy kimono design from the tan Velvet Adhesive Sheet. Peel and stick the fancy design to the base. Adhere the kimono to its mat using dimensional tape. Adhere the mat to the card as shown.


Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

  • Dark and Light Purple (white core - I used DCWV), Brown Cardstock
  • DCWV Far East (Fan Cardstock)
  • VersaFine Ink, Imperial Purple
  • Distress Ink, Brushed Corduroy
  • Foam Blending Tool


  1. Beautiful colors & those flowers are superb.....I think you have a touch with making flowers look so real.

  2. GOOOOOORGEOUS Mary.....Love this so much!!

  3. Such a beautiful card, Mary! I think you are officially the master of flowers, they always look absolutely stunning!

  4. Fabulous card Mary, love the colours used!! Great Job

  5. Gorgeous card Mary, loving those flowers on this

  6. Love this card Mary! Love the addition of the flowers- brings it all together!

  7. Thanks for your kind comment on my blog. I have just been browsing through your amazing creations. They are so clever with the pop ups and gorgeous 3D flowers and elements. I particularly like the colour scheme of this Asian inspired card.


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