Saturday, September 27, 2008

Fan Embellishment & Fan Card

In the instructions for the second step of the page 4 Board Book project, besides making faux washi paper, was to make a large Asian themed embellishment for our page without using any Asian stamps. It was suggested to make an embellishment out of fun foam, utee, clay or shrink plastic. The pages in my board book are 6" x 6", a large embellishment would need to be very large, so I decided to make an Asian fan out of paper. I first saw this technique on A Monthly Rubber Stamp Club in 2003.
I started by cutting a 4-1/2" circle out of one of the Double saran wrap & watercolor sprays papers I just made. And then cut the paper circle in half. I did the over stamping as instructed by Susan for this background technique. I sprayed an orange spray with perfect pearls added to a floral stamp and stamped it onto the paper and let it dry.
I stamped a large pansy image with black Versafine ink on one semicircle and stamped butterflies with black Archival ink on the other semicircle. I think the Versafine shows up better on this colored watercolor paper.
Then each semicircle was cut into 8 sections, like pizza slices. My paper cutter started to tear the colored edges, until I thought to place the colored side down on the paper cutter.
I trimmed off the damaged edges and then colored the edges with the black Versafine ink pad. On the top set, I also rubbed my finger into the black ink and smudged the upper sections.
For the fan that will be used as an embellishment for my board book, I glued the sections onto a black semicircle. I threaded a copper & black fiber through a large black button and glued it to the fan. I think this looks very Asian, and I didn't use any Asian stamps. Even though it's made of paper, I think Trish will approve, because she says in Art, rules are made to be broken. LOL
I took the other fan sections and glued them to a semicircle of copper colored card stock. I added an Asian metal piece to complete the fan. I layered this on background paper and black card stock to make this card:


Cheryl Gebhart said...

These are both so beautiful! What a great idea to make a fan, and I love how you did these.

Rosie said...

These fans are gorgeous and the steps are as clear as daylight. Thanks for sharing your technique - I find when I see your photos, I always feel confident that I too may end up with something pretty!

I'd like to feature this on Inspirational - if you're okay with that? (((hugs)))

Manna said...

These are gorgeous, Carol! Classic beautiful colours. TFS!