The Stamp Man challenge - Embellish It!

Embellish It!... is the current challenge at The Stamp Man. I must admit I never like to 'over' embellish my projects... just enough that it enhances my work or in some cases covers up the mistakens I made :) Finding the right items is not always easy but definitely the most fun!

I thought as we just had Chinese New Year I stay in the oriental zone. I used a Hero Arts background stamp to emboss the Chinese (Thank You) text on creme cardstock. I then covered it with red distress stain. I do love this ink... it is so easy to use and colours your projects perfectly.

I found an oriental image on the web and cut it out using the spellbinders die. I layered the card on some black card stock and added a black organza ribbon. And here comes my modest embellishment... on top of the bow I attached a chinese coin.

To compliment the card I created a pocket with red vellum. Red is considered a lucky colour in China, in fact on special occasions - like the Chinese New Year - they give each other red envelopes with money for luck. I don't know about the red... just the money is welcome for my craft funds ha ha.

Materials I used are;
Chinese Coin - The Stamp Man Embellishment Kit
Vellum Pack 12 x 12 - Bright Colours
Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Aged Mahogany
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Walnut Stain
VersaMark - Watermark Ink Pad
Stampendous Embossing Powder - Clear
Card stock - black, creme
Hero Arts Cling Stamp Chinese Thank You (CG121)
Black organza ribbon
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Postage Stamps (S4-348)

You can find the materials at The Stamp Man


  1. What a lovely striking project. I love Oriental style cards. The red vellum envelope is a lovely touch.
    Siobhan x

  2. This is fabulous Caroline - I don't make many oriental things, but this is very inspiring.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  3. What a classy card. Great job!

  4. Very Nice Caroline...always looks even better in pictures...:)

  5. Not into the oriental stuff, but the card is striking!

  6. I can't believe i forgot to post a comment on this card!
    I have been so busy with my DiL!
    This is so gorgeous, i love anything oriental.
    Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog. Never done anything like that in my life ( poesy album) but it was fun to make.
    Have a great day.
    Hugs xx

  7. Wonderful idea Caroline, I love oriental things.
    Thank you so much for the lovely comment.
    hugs Kimx

  8. Hi Caroline!
    How coud I not see this until now? This is so beautiful. I love the red colour and the disgn. :)
    Beautiful work!
    Have a nice weekend! :)