Sunday, January 11, 2009

Tenugui Inspired Cards

This is my take on the inspiration challenge for today over at SCS. The challenge was to be inspired by a tenugui towel.

Here is the first towel that was my inspirtation:

I loved the two tone nature of the towel with the rabbit backlit against the moon and the grasses backlit against the black sky. I also liked that both parts of the image were in each contrasting colour.

For my card I masked off a circle I cut with my nestabilities and then stamped the zebra from Artful Stamper and the grasses from Inspired by Nature with Memories black ink through the hole in the mask. I removed the mask and over stamped using my stampamajig with versamark and embossed the entire inmage with clear EP. Then I put the hole mask back on and sponged the moon in cameo coral and real red, removed the mask, placed on the cut out over the moon and sponged the back ground in memories black. I mounted the main panel onto cameo coral cs and then onto a black card base. I adhered the bellas baubles onto the moon edges and hand wrote thanks around the inside edge of the moon.

This was a really fun challenge but a bit hard given that I am still kamakazee stamping (my stuff is mostly packed so I'm using whatever is on top and handy). I'm happy with the results and very glad that these stamps were at the top of the basket of stuff I have.

This challenge really got my creative juices flowing and made me want to do a second card. And this is it.

The towels made me want to draw something myself.

This is the towel that inspired my card:

Her name is Okame and she is supposed to be full of fun and to make people laugh so thought I would follow that lead and make a cheery card. I think I did this the hard way though.

I hand drew her face on whisper white cardstock and then used regal rose to blush her cheeks just slightly. I'm not sure that shows up very well in the picture. Then I stamped the ribbon in her hair using an Inkadinkado clear set called Asian By Design and hand coloured some of the flowers in red and some of the background in gold. Here's the part that may have been more work than necessary. I coloured the entire white sheet black with sharpie. I thought about cutting her face out and mounting it on black paper but I wanted her to be a part of her hair and not just a face sitting on top of the hair so I went ahead and coloured in the whole thing. I hand wrote the sentiment in white signo gel pen and added red Bella's baubles to the red flowers and string of pearls baubles in her hair. I mounted the coloured panel onto real red and then onto a whipser white card base.

Ireally liked this challenge alot. The towels are beautiful and definitely inspiring, there is another towel there of a dragon that makes me want to draw a dragon. And I may have to just do that.


Jamie Martin said...

Both cards are wonderful. I really like how the zebra looks like his head is popping out of the card :)

Jamie Martin said...

Oops, my comment didn't show up.
Both of your cards are wonderful. I really like how it looks like the zebra's head is popping out of the card :)


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