Sunday, August 28, 2011

Chinese Thank You

I knew my thank you card for my friend Patti had to be two things...red and Asian themed. Those of you who frequent her blog (Creations by Patti) know these are her favorites, and also that she comes up with the most awesome papercrafting projects. Patti's currently on blog vacation for the summer, but look out, paper crafters! Come September, she is ready to blow you away with all the amazing projects she has in store.
I used the Chinese character for "thank you" as my focal point for this card. I found this, as well as the border on the internet by doing image searches on Google. The hexagonal medallion is from "Traditional Chinese Motifs", a Dover Book Series which includes a CD-rom of all the images. Imported all these to MTC for tracing to cutfiles. That part was easy...the hard part was getting my Cricut to do the cutting!
I thought mylar sticker paper would be a good choice for the intricate cuts in the medallion but ran into trouble as the tiny cut mylar pieces lifted off its backing and began sticking to the blade, creating quite a mess! Second time around I decreased the pressure to low and used the multi-cut feature, which seemed to improve the cut. Maybe a new blade would have helped too...
Added Mei Li from Sisters Stamps first release to the front of this window card...still struggling with my copics, as you can see! This time I tried LysaQR's coloring technique on YouTube for the hair...learning more everyday!
And on the inside...colorful washi paper for the background and the medallion flips open with a place for my sentiment. Had fun with this, and learned quite a lot too...in fact,I think this might be the first card I've done entirely in Make The Cut, cartridge-free and without Design Studio.

13 comments:

Creations by Shirl said...

Wow Eunice~ such a beautiful Chinese thank you card... Luv it, it's so elegant.... Luv how you colored Mei Li... Soooo pretty!

Jenny said...

This is so awesome! Your cards are in a class of its own. I'm sure Patti will love it! Thanks for sharing this Mei Li card!

Berenice R. said...

Gorgeous card! :)

hilogurl87 said...

I love this card! Very beautiful. I wish i had got make the cut before they changed the version! :-( im so sad! Now i have to think about buyin the silouhette just to use the program.
Im sure patti will love this card!!!

Jani said...

Very pretty card. Love the colors.

You might like the Oriental Screen I have on my blog. www.papercompulsions.blogspot.com

Jani

1LuvnMama said...

Wowza Eunice! Amazing girl! Luv all the details. Yes, I agree, Patti is so talented . . . I too draw inspiration from her. Great job!

Cami said...

Hi Eunice! Wow girl, I love this asian card you made for Patti with the cute Mei Li! You colored her beautifully, and the papers are so perfect for this. You are great with your "cutting machine" to figure out all kinds of stuff to make it cut the way you want...I gave up! Have a wonderful week!
Hugs, Cami

Kelly said...

What a stunning card Eunice! The colors are so rich and elegant and your coloring is fabulous. I'm certain Patti will treasure this card. The work that you do with the Make the Cut is amazing.

Shirley N said...

OMGosh Eunice, this is absolutely gorgeous! Your design is amazing and your coloring is beautiful-- she's so adorable! Fabulous job on your card!!!

Nadia said...

Your cards are precious!! This is one that I am sure will be appreciated and saved!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your kind comments. That means so much to me!

Creations by Patti said...

I am SOOOOOO honored to have received this card from you. I have it on my craft desk so I can admire it every day. It provides great inspiration - Thanks you for making it in my FAVORITE color: red. I can't thank you enough for such a fabulous card. Hugs fromt he mainland and can't wait to meet-up with you again some time.........P

sweet said...

I love this card! Every year I send out Chinese New Year card instead of Christmas cards and this is really inspiring. Great work and creative mind!

Helen said...

Hi,
I came over from Patti Lee's blog. What a card you had created for her! So much details. Stunning card.