Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Blockheads Whimsical Dragon

Hi Dreamers!
I am trying to get back into the swing of things since being sick.  You know how it is...sometimes it takes a few days to get the old mojo back.  So, to get my brain back in the mood to be creative, I played with making some backgrounds.  After quite a few tries, I ended up with a background that was colored with Walnut Antiquing Solution in Cornflower and  heat embossed stamping.

Materials List:
Blockheads Stamps
 Chinese Traditional
Chinese Princess -Kangi images
Coffee Bean Brilliance
Distress Inks - Frayed Burlap and Faded Jeans
Cornflower Walnut Ink Antiquing Solution 
Antique Linen Distress Stain
Brown Embossing Powder
Craft Sheet
Cream, Black, and dark blue CS
Gold and black ribbon
Gold pearls

To make the background, lay out the craft sheet.  Spray the Cornflower ink on the sheet and add some water.  Press cream CS into the ink, repeat.  Dry.  Add the Antique Linen Distress Stain, and Distress inks.  Stamp the Kangi with Coffee Bean ink and heat emboss with brown powder.  Stamp the Dragon with Versamark and heat emboss.   Cut the image with a circle die.  Add the Distress inks.  Add a spritz of Iridescent spray ink for lots of glitter.

I made a ribbon tassel--just for a little something different.  To make the tassel, hold four pieces of ribbon together.  Wrap the black ribbon around several times and tie in double knot.  Trim for length.  Cut each piece of ribbon into three pieces to make it look more fringey.

Check back tomorrow for a peek at some of the other backgrounds.  I will put them in folder for future use.

And, now, how about a few fun Challenges??!!
Simon Says stamp - embossing
Simon Says Stamp and Show- sparkle
Art with No Boundaries - Asian inspired
Try in on Tuesday- Lot of layers
Love to Create - anything goes

Hope you are having a great day!!  Nice and cool here in Michigan today.  See you tomorrow.  Love ya.


  1. Just Beautiful, Karen!! Thank you so much for playing with us this week at Love to Create Challenge! Can't wait to see what you'll create next time! Come back and play with us soon!

    Many Blessings,

  2. Oh wow Karen, what a pleasure to see this magnificent beauty on your blog, for I am smitten with this piece, it's truly very very pretty! Love everything about your card, the stamps and the colours, just gorgeous! Hugs, Ira x

  3. Wow - that's a brilliant piece of Oriental glamour! Wonderful lustre to the embossed calligraphy - gorgeous...
    Alison x

  4. What a magical look, Karen...gorgeous.

    greetings, Alie :-)

  5. welcome back mojo, great card really like the combination of layers and shapes.thank you for joining us at TIOT.EE

  6. Beautiful card, lovely opulent feel and your background is gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Days Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  7. This is beautiful! LOVE the image and the gold ribbon is fabulous! Gorgeous card!!! :)

  8. Beautiful Oriental card. Thank you for sharing it with us at TioT's this time.

  9. Fabulous project! The background is just stunning. Thanks for explaining how you achieved that look. Wonderful way to spotlight that image. Love the ribbon tassel. Thanks for joining our Asian inspired challenge at Art With No Boundaries. I hope we see more of your art soon.

  10. A beautiful card Karen, the tassel looks fab!
    Alison x

  11. I'm glad you're feeling better. Your shading on the CS is amazing. I thought it was metallic until I read the description. Beautiful work.

  12. Karen, Beautiful card and I love that you explained how you did it. Thank you for sharing this on Art With No Boundaries.
    :) Chris / CS Designs


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