Saturday, 15 September 2012

Asian Design In Kraft

Hi bloggers!  I know it is a bit different to see black flowers on a cherry blossom twig, but I just love the combination of kraft card with black and red.  I did them first in red and it just didn't work for some reason.  I like the black flowers, it gives the card a more mysterious feel to it I think.  Whether you like it or don't though, I hope at least it will show you that you can try different colours rather than just traditional ones and step outside your comfort zone a bit.  I started with a piece of kraft card as my background.  I very lightly inked the edges with black soot.  I cut a wide strip of red card and embossed it with the Asian embossibility folder.  I matted it on black and wrapped some red Bakers Twine around it before adhering it to my kraft card.  I stamped my sentiment on milk card and cut it out with the Asian Motif.  I inked it with Antique Linen while in the die.  Next I cut my cherry blossom branches, I used the reverse side of the kraft card and inked them with Antique Linen.  I cut a bunch of the smaller flowers in black card, but cut the largest flower in milk card twice.  The large flowers I used in the corner of my Motif with smaller black flowers atop them.  I dotted the black flowers around my twigs and put tiny flatback pearls in the centres of all of them.  Matted the entire card in black and pierced the edges.  I am glad to see a touch of the Orient coming back into style as I really enjoy the look.    Check back later this afternoon for the blog candy drawing winners.  All for now, Sue x 



134 comments:

Nikki said...

Simple but exquisite

auscrafts said...

lovely combination of colours Sue

Rosie said...

I love all the Asian dies and the embossing folder. They are some of my favourites.
The way you combine them with the Cherry Blossom dies really extends the oriental theme.

scottish crafter said...

Hi Sue, yes I do like the black flowers. It's interesting to use colours not usually associated with flowers and other things. The Kraft card is beginning to be used more often and the colours chosen compliment each other in this crd. Love it. Look forward to seeing the winners later today, fingers crossed.

Wilma

HiggiSue said...

Well Sue, for me this is just beautiful. I am Sat on the apartment balcony in Crete and your card just brought a bigger smile to my face. gorgeous! What a beauty. still4 says left before I am home...

Pam said...

I like the Asian dies and this card uses them to good effect. i like the colour theme but as you say it can be changed to use other colours too.

Debby berru said...

Sue
This reminds me of my time in Misawa Japan. Nice job

Carole Z said...

Hi Sue, this is lovely. I really like the colour combo and the black flowers...happy weekend everyone! Carole Z X

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue,
another fab design today. I too like the black flowers. Thank you for sharing your lovely ideas with us.
Have a wonderful crafty day everyone.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Jan.moogie said...

Now this is different Sue and still using those gorgeous Asian dies. Wow lovely card.x

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
Now this is different and completely works! Wouldn't have thought it but I love this card.
Have a great weekend.

Lacelady said...

I love the design, and I'm fine with the black flowers, but I'm not sure about the kraft card, I would have to use something different to that.

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue,
Different use of colour but have to say rather effective, I like it
Have a Great Weekend

Patricia

Sathya said...

Lovely....

Missmizog said...

I love the black flowers. The card is beautiful.
Sue

Cumbrianlass said...

Hi Sue, I do like the Asian Dies they are so usful, and they just look so perfect on your card and of cours the Cherry Blossom just adds to a wonderful card
Janet

Heather said...

This is very different! Nice change Sue. Lovely card and sentiment.
Crafty Hugs
Heather Rogers xx

Heather T said...

Good morning Sue
I too am glad that the oriental look is making its way back because I have some fabulous papers and embellishments in my stash that I could use. I wouldn't have thought to put these colours together but they work. Once again you make us think out of the box.
Hugs x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, I really like the oriental look of this one, best wishes

Edwina

shirley said...

morning sue
lovely card i love the asian dies and i love what you can do with it, love your use of the black flowers with the colours you have used.I love all you work and come back a couple of times a day to sit a gaze at the wonderful creations you make.
Have a lovely weekend sue from shirley xx

Marleine said...

Morning Sue,
Wow! I love this card. Such lovely strong colours that go so well together. X

Sue Yorkshire said...

Gorgeous card Sue, I love the colours together.

That sentiment is really nice too

Sue xx

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
Your colour choice again is lovely, I too like the black flowers. Another lovely card, that side of the Asian embossing folder is one of my favourites.
Have a great day everyone.
Happy2craft

Val in Spain xxx said...

Good Morning Sue. Really pretty card. i have the cherry blossom die but I've been sticking to pinks and lavenders for the flowers but black is definitely good. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed for the draw later.

baconbits said...

Morning,
Well this is diferent yet it really sings. Why cant we have black flowers - i think they are great.
Have a great crafty day.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - a very different feel to this card today and I am not sure I like it if I am really honest with you - but then that's a good thing in some ways, as if we all liked the same, the world would be a very odd place me thinks!
Rgs
Clare W

Carolyn said...

Beautiful xxxx

Jacqui aka Morgana said...

When the blog came up I could only see the top of the card I wasnt sure on the colour combination - then I scrooled down to see the full card and when the red was added the card came to life. Thanks again for the inspiration.

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, Beautiful and exquisite. The black flowers are striking, love them, so glad I have the Cherry Blossom dies. I too am glad to see a touch of the Orient making a comeback, I have paper and embellishments in my stash.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June x

Jane said...

How very Lovely, the cherry blossom die is beautiful. I have it not had a go with it yet. Really looking forward to meeting you next week Sue coming down to the Ally Pally to the craft show.

Jane xx

Ann said...




Hi Sue

Lovely card I think the black flowers just pop and bring out the cherry blossom from the craft card and the embossed red just finishes it off nicely. Nice to see oriental making a comeback.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Carol H said...

This one definitely works for me. Love the colours.

foxyg said...

An unusual combination Sue, but it works. Lovely card.

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
I am guilty of not trying 'out of the box' colours but after seeing today's results I have given myself a note to try them out.
So thank you for showing me that it does work. Crafting this week will begin with using colours I don't usually use.
Janet x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, Such a beautiful card, I love the oriental theme and the colour combination is gorgeous, the kraft card is one of my favourites. The cherry blossom flowers complete the whole card, just gorgeous. Lots of love from Patricia xx

Izzwizz said...

I really like your black flowers! Weird though, the last card I blogged is red, white and black and uses the cherry blossom die too. I made the branches black and the flowers red. This red and black works really well with oriental style cards I think. Have a great weekend sue, Maddy x

Marion said...

Hi Sue nice card but not one of my favourite's.
Marion

Anonymous said...

its different, the dies are nice and on my list to get, oriental look not my favourite, but inspiration for a masculine card!

Anonymous said...

its different, the dies are nice and on my list to get, oriental look not my favourite, but inspiration for a masculine card!

Janice K said...

The Asian dies look beautiful and this card is lovely. x

BridgetCG said...

Love this card Sue, like the flowers, and sometimes something that is outside the norm, really has impact. Bx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Love the colour combo.

Victoria said...

I like your take on 'Oriental' Sue, it's clean and stylish. Love this colour combination.

Bosquie said...

very different card, but I love it.XX

beachie said...

Super card Sue, and the black flowers make the card. I have this die so will be trying out those flowers. Really need that Kraft card too.
Audrey x

Bea said...

Hi Sue
Yes I do like it it certainly has an Asian feel to it with the colour scheme - agree we should always try something a bit different now and again.

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
I like the black flowers, my Mum had a friend who would dye flowers all different colours.
Have a great day everyone and happy crafting
Love Tina x

marg said...

Good Morning Sue!
I like the Kraft paper and Black flowers are different more masculine so with the Red it works.I need to try different colour matches like you
LoveMarg

Christine Hussey said...

This works for me Sue, lovely colour combo. Enjoy your Saturday, hugs Christine H xx

Sandybee said...

It's a pretty card Sue but not one of my favourites I'm afraid. Although I do like the Asian dies

xx Sandra

nmty said...

hi Sue lovely card, love the cherry blossom dies, will have to add to my ever growing wish list!!

lv norma

barbiepinkfairy said...

Lovely colour combo and makes for a striking card!

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue

I do like the black flowers, the colour combination goes well together. Love Jean x

debs said...

Morning sue hope you are well. I must say I Like the colours that you have used. I did a card like one of the cards that you made but I changed the colours to black and white and it looked great. If I cAn find a copy of it I will send it to you.

Debs. Artliff

Joesgrandma said...

A touch of the orient here and a lovely card Sue. Thanks.

kimberley said...

The black blossoms certainly work for me Sue-another winner as far as i am concerned,take care,x.

Tybalt said...

Once again, a beautiful card Sue, different colours but they work.

fame01 said...

yes i agree love the colours a 1st class card love it , it works for me . hugs sarah .xx

Ayelet said...

Such a cute card!
I love this Asian look and those colors fit perfectly :)

Lin W said...

cant make up my mind about kraft card,sometimes i like others i dont but it looks ok in this colour combo, may have to get some and have a play around with it.
xxx

Dawn said...

Another gorgeous card. As you say I wouldn't usually do black flowers either but hey they work! A lovely colour combo, plenty of interest on the card but still simple and clean, beautiful Dawn x

Wendy L said...

Very different but looks good. xxx

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Works for me too, love it all.
Have a good day.
Lydia
X

Cornish Emma said...

morning Sue, In crafting we can have flowers any colour we like! Black cherry blossom good for me. As im addicted to Kraft card this year i love this card. Great layout.
Emma

Yvette said...

i really like this card, Sue, the black blossom really works with the Kraft card, something i love using, so although i don't have the cherry blossom dies set, it has given me an idea with ones i do have, thanks

Jess Watson said...

Good morning Sue,
Different, not quite something I like but stunning all the same. Take care, Jess.

Erica said...

Morning Sue,


Not your usual style but nonetheless nice.

Erica

hazel said...

Lovely card Sue i do like the colours you have used xxhazel

guffie said...

Morning Sue
what a lovely card, really love the colours that you have used it makes for a very striking card xx gail from eastbourne

Anthea said...

Morning Sue, this card is different but I like it the colours work together to give a different feel to your usual cards so as usual you come up with even more brilliant ideas for us. Hugs xx

Clare said...

Lovely card, love the black flowers.

Clare x

nattyboots said...

Love it , it really works !!

Elaine H X

bluebell said...

hello sue i was looking at my die of this last night,and was wondering how to use them. i liked your card with the circle of branches and flowers. this is a lovely alternate idea. will now have a go with other colours. thanks for your inspiration. love bluebell-flowerwood.

hollyberry said...

Hi Sue
Love the card and the unusual colour flowers work well on it.

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, So different but so lovely. These dies are on my wish list as well - it gets ever longer!
Thanks for the inspiration.

Love Rosemarie xx

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, I think black flowers are a brilliant idea and with the red this card really 'pops'. My sister filled a hanging basket with black (or as near as she could get) flowers and it looked stunning, just like this card.
Frances

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
I do like this, but have to say it's not my personal favourite.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
I love that embossing folder but missed it on C&C. I well get it eventually. Smashing colours.
Not a fan of the bakers twine but that's me. Only ever liked it once on a flower rolled up in the middle.
Not you usually style but i like it. Love the flowers with pearls.
Born again spellbinder
Nadine hug xxx
ps. Have loads of pictures to send you of cards hope to get them done today.
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

jordiegirl said...

Loving the black and red together Sue.

Maggie said...

This does give the cherry dies a different look. The colours with the kraft card are very dramatic and yet still feminine. A lovely card - thank you Sue. xx

Dawn Louise said...

refreshingly different, the kraft is a great way to tone down and soften the often stark look to black n red, thanks for the inspiration, x

Ita said...

Hi sue love this card and the colours work well.I am happy to see you exploring different uses for the dies.I love oriental,and have been making thanking you cards in this syyle this week.i have tryed different colours and will try doing something like this one today i am waiting for the aisian m.boss. to arrive
Smiles
Ita

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, when I read your comments, I was a little unsure, but I actually really like it. Very different! You are right, we should think of trying different things! Love Sam xx

Barney Bear said...

LOVE it!

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, Don't these colours work great together
would never thought of using them but just
goes to show you have to think outside
the box which a lot of us find hard to do
if not for you'r inspiration thanks.
Nancyd xx

salem said...

great love these dies

magpie said...

Oh "Wow!" How lovely is this! The colours mix & match beautifully. The oriental look to cards is gorgeous. Just automatically brings to mind oriental ladies with fans & the bridge over water, a peaceful, spiritual feel. The red just brings all the other colours together. Beautiful card Sue xx Love Karen xx

Karen R said...

I am liking the Asian dies and foilders more and more, and I love the unusual colours for the cherry blossom. The card looks great xx

lesley sinclair said...

Hi sue I love everything about this card the colours are dramatic and I like the fact that its different to your other cards!! Love lesley xx

lainey said...

I love the colour combo too Sue :) lainey x

Vie Carter said...

I love the colour combo and the craft paper

super card

Vie
x

CraftyJo said...

Very nice!

Tres said...

Hi Sue. A really nice card today. I like the colour combination you have used. The blossom dies are lovely. Have a good day Love Tres x x x

sheila said...

I am impressed by how much I do like the black flowers, they still look very Japanesey

"Talk to the Tail" said...

Hi Sue
I love the black flowers on this card too and the embossing onto the red card goes really well with the theme.I'm not too sure about the craft card but that's just me and I still think it's a beautiful card. (I love the flowers from the crinkly stuff though!
The very best of luck to everyone. xXx

Lara B said...

Good afternoon Sue
This is gorgeous, I love the colours!
The cherry blossom dies are lovely..love everything about this card!
Great use of the reverse side of the kraft card...inked or plain, vrey nice!
Have a great day!
Lara xxx

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue,
Another stunning card the black flowers look great and really work with the other colours.
Have a lovely day, Love BrenLel

martine said...

Hi sue wow what a diffrent card its lovely xxx
all the best martine xxx

Olga said...

Very pretty!

Chrissie J Lui said...

Hi Sue.......lovely card....the black and white flowers work perfectly ...

Chrissie..x x x

Lizzie said...

Hi Sue
I to love the Orient style I have a Fat Book and its all Oriental I might just do a page with this card in it
Thank you
Lizzie (serial copycat)xox

franzesjoi said...

another lovely card :)

gwen70 said...

Beautiful colurway Sue

Sue Lewis - Paynter said...

i love this card i must admit i didnt like cherry blossoms 2 much but after seein this i NEED IT lol

Margaret said...

Wonderful really love the colour combination and the texture created by the embossing.
Margaret

Ladock girl said...

Well this is different, I've got to hand it to you for unusual colour combinations. This really does work. Linda xxx

cebelica said...

Beautiful card. I like the branch with small flowers. Hugs! xx

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, really love this card. Hugs Carol S.xx

Eemeli said...

Fabulous card! I love the branches and especially the cute little flowers on them.

Hugs from Finland, Eemeli

June Fletcher said...

Hi Sue

This is yet again a fabulous card. Colours are great and design even greater :)
June x

Laura O said...

Beautiful Sue ,you always do a great job.Laura O

Meg said...

No this just doesn't come together for me Sue.

Margaret O
xx

Craftychris said...

I love the colour combination of this one - gorgeous xx

nikkib said...

Really like this Sue, I love Kraft card but never thought to use with the cherry blossom die and black flowers, I'l def be getting that die now its a must have..... x

Susan White said...

Lovely card again Sue - I really do like the colour combinations as it gives a more modern feel to a traditional theme. Susan

Vick said...

Beautiful, i really have to get my hands on the Asian dies, they really appeal to me! hugs xxxVick
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Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
I love to change the colours to suit my friends personality and sometimes I think it's crazy but it works for them.(nothing wrong with black blossoms

Jan on the fosse

Ria Gall said...

Hi Sue,
I have to say the black flowers work for me and I am just loving the Kraft, black and red together.
Oooh now what can I make in these colours?

Ria

Lynda said...

Beautiful card Sue. I have this die and now lots of inspiration to go with it!

Claveh said...

Hi Sue, good job we are all different, I am not sure about this one, not sure about the Kraft with red, great card layout though! xxx

sued99 said...

I like the black flowers a lot. they look just right.

sue said...

Hi Sue, this is a very pretty card, love the colours.
Sue M x

Diane said...

Thanks Sue. This card just helped me out with a design idea for a card. Mine isn't oriental in style and actually ended up quite different indeed but you definitely saved me from a 'no idea' moment :-)

Sue Parish said...

Love the colour combination - especially the red with Kraft - and the black flowers look just right. Wish I was clever enough to think up such stunning combinations!
Congrats to the winners,
Sue xx

Sue Parish said...

Love the colour combination - especially the red with Kraft - and the black flowers look just right. Wish I was clever enough to think up such stunning combinations!
Congrats to the winners,
Sue xx

Sue Parish said...

Love the colour combination - especially the red with Kraft - and the black flowers look just right. Wish I was clever enough to think up such stunning combinations!
Congrats to the winners,
Sue xx

vanessa said...

Hi Sue, lovely card, I love the cherry blossom die, it is on my shopping list, take care vanessa xx

Sue Parish said...

Love the colour combination - especially the red with Kraft - and the black flowers look just right. Wish I was clever enough to think up such stunning combinations!
Congrats to the winners,
Sue xx

Sue Parish said...

Sorry about the repeated messages! I had a problem with broadband.
Sue x

Anonymous said...

Very pretty sue, love the red with the kraft card. Hugs melody

Stella Wright said...

love the asians die cant wait till ican aford them they with the folder are top of my list.have always loved oriental.have the blossom dies it is one of my favorite trees so had to have the dies.like this card though not sure of the kraft card guess i need to see it close up before i make my mind up.as for black flowers i think they go well in this case after all black red are oriental colours and gold of caurse x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, I love this card and the dies you have used, the branch is so useful.
Regards.
Liz Turnbull.

jennywren1947 said...

love this sue hugs chris x

Debbie Tinks said...

sue nice card like the colours