I need to work on my taxes, so I made a vow that I would work on them after I finished writing this post - may God give me the strength! The Card Positioning Systems team, sponsored by Really Reasonable Ribbons, challenged their readers to use sketch CPS 257 to design a card. It is a straight forward sketch, with a horizontal line that is perfect for the use of a ribbon.
I guess because I was thinking of strength, the circular shape reminded me of some Japanese menko cards depicting Samurai scenes which I received from a Japanese friend. Menko are considered the forerunner to modern Japanese trading cards, and were exchanged by children through a game similar to the way pogs were in the 1990's. Anyway, I played around with the elements and it worked.
I used Canson Mi-Tientes card stock in burgundy to create the horizontal card and bisque for the 2 vertical panels. Before cutting the panels, I used an All Night Media Asian script stamp and a black Archival Ink pad to create the background. I also rounded the outer corners and inked the edges with a Clearsnap sienna ink pad. After attaching the panels, I taped down the burgundy and gold brocade ribbon strip. I inked the edge of the menko card and attached it to the card with some foam dots. Finally, I researched the Japanese character for "strength." Using sumi ink and a Japanese calligraphic brush, I drew the character on a piece of chipboard. I also wrote the word in English with a Micron pen and then stained it with the ink pad. I doubled up the foam dots, and attached it the the bottom of the right hand panel.
This is definitely a MANLY CARD! I love to hear from my blog viewers, so please do not hesitate to leave a comment. And now, I'm off to work on my taxes!