Hello, crafty friends! Enza Gudor here with you today to share three projects featuring the gorgeous Destination Japan Collection by Lene Lok. Saying that I am in love with this collection is an understatement. It is so beautiful and unique, and can be used for a variety of projects.
The first project is a cards created with one of my favorite die sets in this collection: Die D-Lites Kimono Etched Dies.
I started by die cutting the papers for my kimono. I went with delicate, spring colors that reminded me of the real Japanese garments. For the outline, I opted for a very light lavender color, while for the inlay panels I alternated patterned paper in contrasting shades.
After cutting the outline, I glued it on to smooth white cardstock, and adhered the other panels along with the decorative sakura/cherry blossom flowers on top. I then fussy cut around the edges to get rid of the excess paper. This simple step made the image thicker and perfect to be backed with foam adhesive.
Once ready, I continued working on the card base, for which I picked the same lavender-colored patterned paper. I adhered a 4 x 5.25 inches striped paper on top, and layered a smaller panel of white textured cardstock in between the kimono and the base to make everything pop. To add texture, I die cut many cherry blossoms using the same white cardstock, and adhered them on to my smaller panel. I love how delicate it looks!
To complete the card, I added a sentiment from the Bloom Street scrapbook collection that I used for all my projects today.
The second project is a 12×12 layout. This time I used the gorgeous Shapeabilities Sakura Blossoms Etched Dies.
The die set includes a rectangular border die, on top of which you can layer the beautiful Sakura flowers. I decided to just use the blossoms for this page. What I love about the set is that the flowers come in three different sizes, which is perfect to achieve dimension and texture on your projects.
As you can see, I die cut lots of pretty flowers to frame this sweet photo of my daughter and I. After matting the 12×12 patterned paper with a lighter-colored one, I layered an additional, wide strip in a different design vertically, making sure it partially covered the left side of the background. Once I adhered my photo and a few embellishments from the Bloom Street collection down, I started decorating with clusters of flowers.
Origami Crane Card
The third and final project for today is another card. I used three die sets here: Shapeabilities Waves Etched Dies, Shapeabilities Sakura Blossoms Etched Dies, and Die D-Lites Origami Crane Etched Dies.
This card came together in no time. The beautiful background die added the right amount of interest, so I felt I didn’t need much more on top. I filled in the high waves with a different patterned paper so to make them stand out more, and left the rest as is, letting the pink paper peek through.
I love the Origami Crane die, so I cut one shape and backed it with vellum. Some of the sections were filled with the same paper I used for the outline. To finish the card, I added three beautiful Sakura blossoms and a sentiment from the Bloom Street collection. Everything was adhered down with foam adhesive.
Bloom Street Scrapbook Collection by Pink Paislee, Scrapbook Adhesives Foam Adhesive
Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed my projects and will give these fabulous die sets a try. Have a delightful day!