Next Sunday, February 10th, will be the Chinese New Year, so we thought about doing an oriental week.
I have published over 800 posts on this blog (plus the ones on the previous blog), so to be honest, I don't remember them all LOL. But... I don't think we have ever done an oriental week. So here goes.
This year is the year of the SNAKE. I can imagine some cringing just reading this name LOL. But, I have read that ancient chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means your family will not starve. Seeee, not so bad after all (I love snakes...).
2013 is not "my" year, as I am a rooster. Do you know what you are? you can check it out HERE.
We have a lot of oriental themed products in our store, as this is always very popular... Here are just a few...
or Hobby Art stamps
Today, Neil is using the Dreamweaver dragon stencil I mentioned above to alter a cigar box he was given a while ago..
Love this box and I'm looking forward to your comment to read what you think.
When I was looking for inspiration my eye fell on this cigar box and I suddenly thought that the patterned paper around the edges looked pretty oriental to me so I started off by creating the top by using the Dreamweaver dragon stencil with Pearlescent embossing paste on black card. I then added some of the dry Stickles to the surface and left to dry. Once dried I added it to the top of the box. While I was doing this I realised that the glitter was shedding of a little so I covered everything with a layer of matte multi medium. It kid of dulled everything down, spread a little of the glitter everywhere but I like the way it made the surface look a little like slate rather than black card.
I ran a strip of self adhesive metal all around the sides of the box and then used Alcohol ink to colour it and the exposed areas of the box too.
I added a metal clasp to keep it closed and added a couple of Chinese coins to the lid too.
To finish I used the "fringing" from the bottom of a Lynn Perella stamp on the side edges of the box
Alcohol inks - Sunset Orange, Red Pepper and Bottle
Dreamweaver Dragon Stencil and Pearlescent Embossing paste
Stickles dry fine glitter - Star dust
Woodware Chinese coins
See you tomorrow