When hubby and I were on the Alaskan Cruise Incentive trip in 2018, we had the pleasure of meeting a group of Japanese demonstrators and spent some time getting to know them and K and I exchanged contact details. A couple of months ago Stampin’ Up! announced they are closing our base in Japan on 31st December 2020. I messaged K to say how sorry I am that Japan SU was closing. We exchanged addresses and shortly afterwards I received a beautiful Christmas card and a SU stamp set called New Year Celebrations which wasn’t available in Europe. She also enclosed a Japanese New Year card she made with her stamp set which showed me how the stamps were designed to go together.
Today I’m sharing my New Year card I made which is very similar but not identical to K’s card. A couple of years ago we had some Golden Glitz Delicata Ink in the Christmas catalogue. We also had it in silver and copper. It was a fabulous product and I kept my three pads when it retired that same year. I used it on my card for the Japanese writing, which says Happy New Year and the two wooden decorations on each side. I used my Stamparatus to make sure everything was lined up. Next I stamped Mount Fuji outline using Early Espresso Ink and then used the infill stamp with Pool Party Ink. The Stamparatus makes it so easy to get solid colour when using solid stamps.
The next part proved to be quite tricky but I persevered with my Stamparatus and some top layers I’d cut to size using recycled computer paper. I kept practising until I had the stamp almost perfectly positioned. Initially I tried using Crushed Curry ink but changed to Daffodil Delight and was much happier with the resulting colour.
To decorate the corners of her card, K stamped some of the flowers which I used to stamp inside my card. For my card, I decided to stamp a fan in the top left-hand corner and a bow in the top right-hand corner. I used Melon Mambo which is the colour I believe K used as well. I decided to stamp the little stamp that has three solid triangles randomly over Mount Fuji to tie the Melon Mambo in with the rest of the card.
To finish the front of my card I stamped the words Happy New Year using Early Espresso ink just below the Japanese writing. I also added one Champagne Basic Rhinestone on the handle of the fan and one in the centre of the bow. Inside the card I adhered a middle layer of Early Espresso Cardstock (CS) and a top layer of Whisper White CS. Using Melon Mambo Ink I stamped the three small flowers once each in the bottom right-hand and bottom left-hand corners. The card base is Daffodil Delight CS.
That’s it from me today. I’m not planning a blog for Christmas Day but I have a fun card in mind for Boxing Day. It also looks unlikely that I’ll be able to make a video for Sunday. I would like to wish you all a very blessed Christmas and a much heathier year in 2021. Take great care and stay very safe. God bless you all.
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Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”