Thursday, 18 November 2010

Cameo of a Geisha

Good morning, peeps and I hope today is a good one for you!
Firstly I must aplogise for the quality of the photo on this card but it was taken in the gloom of a November evening and this was the best light I could achieve. I was hoping for better light today but it's nearly as dark as night here now! Anyhoo, this is my card for Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge number 34, which is 'Anything Goes'. With such an open subject, I do hope you'll all join us for this one.
I've been admiring this geisha image for some time (she's available here in the shop) because I thought she would be the perfect image for me to try out paper piecing, which I've never done before. Well it didn't go too badly but the washi paper wasn't easy to shade over to show the folds in her kimono so next time I fancy a bit of paper piecing, I'll use standard DP!
The rest of her is coloured with Copics, the blue sky background and shadow is done with Primacolor pencils and Sansodor and the scalloped oval is distressed with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Since I'd used the largest of my Mega Oval Scalloped Nestie dies to cut out the image, I used the die to mark points around the outside of the oval die and then cut the plain gold oval freehand.
I thought this was the perfect opportunity to break out the red poppies from Wild Orchid Crafts, which is where all the flowers came from, as did the wide organza ribbon. The leaves were punched with my Leonie Em Maidenhair Fern punch and the DP is from K & Co.
I do hope you like it and I'll hopefully see your card in the challenge!
Bye for now


  1. A really marvelous card Diane! Love the geisha!
    Hugs Kristel

  2. This is gorgeous hun. I love everything about it. The flowers are really super.

  3. Diane,
    Your card is simple stunning! You chose the right papers and colors to highlight this image.

  4. This is gorgeous Diane !! The paper piecing is just perfect ! Love your card.
    Hugs, Jóna

  5. Oh Diane!! This is so special and I adore your paper piecing! Those gold bits in the dp add so much to her "gown". I can see your shading pefectly. Just a great card : )

  6. Outstanding. This is a beauty.

  7. Gorgeous Diane, lovely image and your flowers are great too.

  8. That is superb Diane. Why don't you make a tag and enter it for TIO,,, (details on my side bar) Caz is sponsoring it and there is a prize of the brand new plate I designed for stampattack. Ends next Weds.
    Jo x

  9. Gorgeous! That paper may have been hard for you to work with but it was the absolute perfect choice for her clothing. WOW! Incredible job on this card Diane!

  10. Another beauty and this time so different. I love anything Asian and this is so beautiful. Paper piercing as well! Wow!

  11. O wow this is stunning, I love how you did her dress, it's fantastic... and thanks for poppin by today. Hugs xxx

  12. Beautiful colouring, perfect for the image,
    Ruth x

  13. wow Diane I love this...the image is so vintage and elegant...stunning
    Mina xxx

  14. Hi Diane,

    What a stunning card! This is one I wanted to just stare at. Great job hun.


  15. So very pretty - elegant.


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