Saturday, May 15, 2010

In The Mood for Blog Hop, Go Visit Just Add Ink.

The girls from Just Add Ink have a real treat for us all this week.
They have got a Blog Hop for us with lots of great tutorials, I recommend a visit.
For thier challenge this week (JAI#17) is Just add ... Technique from the Blog Hop.
The choices are just so good you won't know what to do first.

The Technique I chose was Paper Beads and Faux Silk, the great tutorial was by Bronwyn Eastley.
After reading Bronwyn's blog it joggged a memory of Carole' Anne Blog, I had bookmarked awhile ago to do.
So today cards have been inspired by both these 2 talented ladies, Thanks Bronwyn and Carole'Anne.
I wanted a asian feel to this card. So I used Asian Artistry Stamp Set (Level 2 Hostess), I'm enjoying using this set at the moment, if you would like to earn this set for free, email me and book your workshop.
I did a google search for asian knots and sent most of last night trying different knots. I coloured household string with Real Red and Basic Black Ink Pads, very messy and my fingers are still stained (all in the name of craft) I was very pleased with the end product. This is the first time I have used household string in my work I was inspired by Danielle Daws who can't live without her string.
The Bead are made using Pink Flamingo DSP and I rolled them in Crystal Effects.
I thought this card would make a very nice wedding card, so I stamped Mr and Mrs from Occasional Greetings Stamp Set on the front.
The inside of the card I have a strip of Faux Silk and stamped For The Newlyweds from Teeny Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set Autumn-Winter Mini.
Here is card number 2.
This is very similar to the first card, I Have used different stamps from the same Asian Artistry Stamp Set.
I embossed the red tissue paper to make the Faux Silk, using Gold Embossing Powder.
Supplies List
Stamp Sets: Asian Artistry (L2 Hostess), Occasional Greetings and Teeny Tiny Sentiments.
Card Stock: Real red, Basic Black, Whisper White and Pink Flamingo DSP.
Ink: Real Red, Basic Black and VersaMark.
Extras: Gold Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Powder Pals, Crystal Effects, Snail, Glue Stick, 2-way Glue Pen and Daubers.
Red Tissue Paper not Stampin' Up.


  1. The gold embossing looks fabulous on the red tissue paper. You Google searched for Asian knots?? Impressive. Love both cards, especially the second. Thanks for playing along with the technique challenge at Just Add Ink.

  2. oh Helen, I am IN LOVE with your knots and bead work. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!!!

  3. Gorgeous Helen! Ive just got this set and cant wait to have a go at Brons paper beads too!

  4. I am truly honoured. I thank you

    beautifully done and you did it do much justice. Way to go

  5. I just love the extra effect of the red faux silk, it really makes it look "Chinese" -amazing.
    It's been on my to do list use this set gold embossed on red, but having seen yours on the red silk- it's the way to go- thanks x

  6. Helen, this is DIVINE! What a beautiful project! I loved the look of this technique too. Well done you!

  7. Wow! I really enjoyed the blog hop at JAI this week. I couldn't choose which technique to try - I have to try them all and have NO TIME at the moment for anything!!!

  8. This is fabulous, love everything about it. Thanks for playing at Just Add Ink!

  9. Oh my goodness - this is STUNNING! Who'd have thought that humble kitchen string would work so beautifully with such a delicate asian inspired card?? GORGEOUS!!