I'm so excited today. Marie over at has just made available a new Digital Stamp - Geisha Anya. She is so cute. It made me think of the time I was able to spend in Japan.
What I loved about Japan was the handmade papers that they produce. I was fortunate enough when I was there to spend a lot of time in a town called Mito. Mito was a wonderful place for me and I enjoyed living like the locals. One of my greatest adventures while in Japan was a trip to a handmade paper making area. Japanese Paper "Nishinouchi-washi" is designated as an intangible cultural asset by the government of Ibaraki-ken and Japan. Ibaraki prefecture is a beautiful area. The paper is inspired by the clear waters of the Kuji River and the rising mountains of the region. The best mulberry trees are used in production of this high quality paper.
I was able to watch skilled workers make this paper. "Nisinouchi-washi" is a unique product of Japan. I was so grateful to load up on this beautiful paper and to watch and meet some great craftsman. They were so kind and generous. I've held on to this paper and find it so hard to use.
I guess that's a good excuse to go back to Japan and buy some more paper. The other thing I love about Japan is that even in you local stationary or drug store they have great paper. I think the local store I went to were laughing at how much stationary and paper I purchased during my time there.
For my card today I've used the from . I've also used SU! Basic Black and you guessed it Kiwi Kiss CS. The background paper is from Autumn Leaves and is the Pretty Poppies collection. I've also used Prima flowers. I didn't have the right color of red so I just used my Copic marker and colored the flower. Since all Geisha's have black hair I was trying to think of a way to make her black hair stand out and not be so flat. I did a couple of things. I used my Copic black marker and just make long strokes to try and add some depth. I also used a Gelly Roll pen to highlight not only the folds in the hair but also to jazz up the Kimono. One additional thing I did was to outline her face with the skin colored Copic. It's kind of hard to see in the photo, but as you know Geisha's paint their faces white but you always see the outline where their skin color shows through.
I hope you like it. I had a lot of fun making it.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.