This card is a quasi-Asian inspired offering for this fortnight's CR84FN Color Challenge showcasing Yellow, Red and Neutral. Not a particularly difficult combination for me to work with, so I thought I'd use it as a stepping stone for a card with a multicultural themed influence which is more of a stretch for me. Not sure how the Papertrey Ink sentiment fits in with my Eastern theme, but I am sure Confucius would have had something snazzy to say mirroring some sentiment nearly the same. Bit of a stretch perhaps, but hey...it seemed a good idea at the time. The nifty Bonsai tree and decorative strip below are from a cool set from Waltzingmouse Stamps called Asian Gardens. It's a delightful set with additions that I believe add a lovely difference to my collection. The barely visible background stamp used on the mustard colored decorative rectangular die cut (Spellbinders) is an Impression Obsession red rubber goodie called Wallpaper.
I also tried my hand at using some Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder that I had kicking around my stash. It's a funky alternative to traditional or more slick and glossy embossing powders. It embosses rather sand papery and crumbles off in patchy sections which is very cool. I don't use it very much, but its fun texture is worth considering from time to time for another crafting point of difference. After lassoing the card with a few rounds of wax string and cornering the edges, that seemed enough for my stained paper offering.
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