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Thursday, November 10, 2011

SNS "It's A Cultural Thing" Blog Hop

Welcome to my page on the hop! If you've arrived here from April's blog; you're in the right place.  If you've happened on my blog from somewhere else; you'll want to hop on back to the SNS Home blog.  (There you'll find all the details for this hop & the great prizes too!) Now on to my card, "Plum Dreams Oriental".....

As you can see, I took the blog hop theme quite literally & decided to explore one of the many ethnic essences that make up our great country.  Sparkle N Sprinkle has so many beautiful oriental stamps; I couldn't resist working with one of those.  And I just love the whole collection of fans that they have.  The one on this card comes from Asian Fans - Set 126.  (And of course it's on sale this month!)

I do hope you can get a better feel for this card from my description.  I've been having some problems getting"true to life" pics recently; so I hope you can combine the pic & description to get a better "view" in your mind! 

The fan stamp coordinated so well with my printed paper that I decided to mimic the look of the tan fans in the print by stamping on black paper & bleaching out the main stamp section.  The color I achieved is a bit more pale than the photo shows but really matched well.  Plus, bleaching out the black paper made it come out a really muted tone like the rest card (which also didn't come out very well in the photo - I told you this card was giving the camera issues - lol!)  In any case, the embossing powder I used for the fan was a really fun choice too.  While Oriental Fire may seem like an obvious choice for this card; perhaps not as much if you realize it's a red embossing powder!  Don't forget to experiment, this deep red powder appears to be an interesting shade of black when used on the black paper.  How's that for something surprising? - always experiement!!

Well, I hope you've enjoyed my design today.  Full instructions for this card can be found here.  Let's keep you hopping right along to see all the other great projects the designers have for you.  So hop on over to Eleanor's blog to continue on your journey.  Don't forget to leave a comment before you hop on by & thanks for joining us today!  Have fun on the rest of the hop!!


"No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive."  Mahatma Gandhi
Until next time,
***Julie***

36 comments:

Sandy (Cheesy) said...

Julie, I love the bleach technique and this one turned out great. And who knew that embossing powder would turn out like that....it was a pleasant surprise. Great design.

creativearts said...

Julie, your card is so lovely. I love your background and the fan is adorable!

Donna Ellis said...

Your card is lovely, Julie, and as usual, you photography does capture the glittery essence of your artistic prowess. It's a beautiful card. Thanks for making a spectacular addition to the hop!

Stampin' Hands have Happy Hearts said...

Very pretty card Julie:)

Barbara Bruder said...

Such a pretty card. Love the results you got from the bleach technique

Linda said...

Julie pretty card I like the Lavander withthe Black

Shona Erlenborn said...

Love the result you obtained here Julie, I don't know why but the circle of fans, gives me the impression of a moon! Great card!

Karin said...

Such a pretty card! I love all the gold embossing on the fans and the entire layout of this card is wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Love that you chose a different color theme for this - and who knew that Oriental Fire could look so different! Great job! Brenda

April said...

Julie, I like the fan background in a circle. Great idea. Your bleached and glittery fan is wonderful!

Karalee Ingram said...

Very elegant.

Kristin said...

Very nice - like the circle with the square.

Anita Braddock said...

Love Love your card the Oriental fans are so Beautiful. and the use of the gold thread has added the perfect pop to this card.The Unique Technique is very cool. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
abbraddock@msn.com

Anonymous said...

who would have thought the red embossing powder on the black paper would have created such an effect. The bleaching technique is something I will have to try - thanks for sharing !

karenajo

Barbara said...

Very pretty card! And I love the bleaching technique. Thanks for sharing!

Gerlinde said...

Beautiful card, Julie! So elegant!

NWFlamingo said...

It's hard not to be a fan of this card!

NanaConnie said...

Another incredible card, Julie! Love the fans, both the stamp and the way you matched it with the paper. So beautifully simple in design.

HelenM said...

I lovethe fans!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Gina R said...

Love the card and the colors you used. Thanks for sharing

Amanda R said...

This is lovely Julie! And if it is this pretty on the screen I bet it is stunning irl!

Frann said...

So very clever of you to use bleach to get the look you wanted. I love anything with fans!

E. Marie said...

Julie, your card is lovely. I really love how you coordinated the fan with your designer paper.

Jann said...

Julie It is awesome. I too am addicted to fans and like how you used your "stash" to highlight the stamp.

Hopemore Studio said...

Julie, There is a lovely elegance to this card and the color choice is very serene.

~Angie

Charlene said...

Wow, thanks for the great description. You really created a beautiful card.

TerryH said...

Just beautiful! I am a 'fan'!

Anonymous said...

Very pretty card. I love fans. Interesting use of hte bleaching technique. I need to try that. Love the gold fiber!

NancyA
booknplays@aol

Anonymous said...

cool card looks like a explosion of oriental love it. Sandy rustydoc1@yahoo.com

birdibrost@hotmail.com said...

Lavendar color sells this card! Wonderful surprise.

Kathy Vogel said...

The fans are so pretty in the different colors. I just love the lavender background as that is my favorite color.

happy said...

Purple and gold together well.

Dawn said...

I love the colors you used. The larger fan looks like it has a texture. You used beautiful metallic fibers too.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card I like the purple and the little fans in the background.

Denise B.

Aileen said...

My favorite part of your card was the fan with the deep red embossing powder. The fan is beautiful, and really enhances the Asian theme. None of the profiles fit me, so I will you with my name, Aileen, and my email address danda88@verizon.net. I love your cards on the blog hop.

Robyn Rinehart said...

Loved your cards great job!!!!