Thursday, 26 January 2017

A Vintage Rice Paper Card for a Special Someone!

Good morning all! January is flying now and the Easter eggs are on the shelves... I really can't believe how quickly the months are passing me by; if someone has a pause button please push it!

A special lady had a big operation this week, so I wanted to make a card to cheer her up. Earlier in the year I missed one of Lisa's classes ( I was ready to pop with baby no. 4!) during which she played with Imagination Crafts Rice Papers. As I had not had a chance to use them, I decided to have a play...

To start with, I looked at the colours and thought about how I wanted to use all the intricate details on the paper. I wanted to utilise the vintage theme, so I decided on a 7x7 craft card blank. I did not want to lose the beautiful colour tones in the images, so I also backed the paper onto some pearl card using Magibond Decoupage Glue - you can see the difference the pearl backing makes in the picture below...

Next, I looked at the exact section I wanted to use, cut it to size and picked a colour to complement (I also used some dark brown paper, picking this from the lady's hat, but decided this later on!)

To make the edges 'less perfect' I used a Paper Edge Crimper (or as I call it 'distressing tool') and then added some Tea Dye Distress Ink to bring the eye in.

Using the same sheet of rice paper, I die cut some flowers in different sizes.

I also cut more flowers in my complimentary card colours and shaped all the petals with an Embossing Tool before layering up randomly.

Wanting to add more interest behind the flowers, I die cut some flourishes. I added some brads to the flower centres and made a sentiment flag.

I decided I wasn't happy with my flowers: they were too perfect, the brads were silver they didn't look vintagy...(I know that's not a word, but you get my point!) I reached for my Imagination Crafts Bronze Alchemy Wax and rubbed away with my fingers...can you tell!?! Who needs nice nails anyway...

Still wanting to emphasise yet more detail, I thought I would add a little necklace to the lady. I added some seed beads from my stash onto some gold thread and then made a little pendent. Once happy with placement, (realising that one end needed to be longer than the other as her head is turned...doh!) I  threaded my necklace through the card and secured at the back.

With a few bits left of my lovely paper, (and not wanting to waste any) I cut some detail for the inside of my card...

With all the elements assembled (I also cut the bird out and made him 3D) I fiddled a bit...and there we have it!

I'm off to send the card now, so I hope it is liked!
See you next week,
lots of love
Tea Dye - MiniEdge CrimperBronze AWXMagibond Decoupage GlueRice Paper Pattern 142Crafts Too Set of 3 Embossing Tools


  1. Brilliant blog Martina, your way with words always makes me smile. I love all the little elements and a lovely idea to dress it up with the bead necklace, love it x

  2. That is such a pretty card, I love her necklace.


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