Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Melissa - Japanese Card

Our baby girl turns 14 today.....amazing!!!!! Melissa gave me a challenge to make her a Japanese card as she enjoys this subject so much at school. So here is what I came up with. This took me about four days to create as it is very hard to find time that Melissa is coming in and checking what I am doing but I did it. :-)

I started with some lovely red leather craft card from Blue Edge Crafts for the base card. Then a layer of black ribbed card. The paper I have had for a long time and so glad to finally find a use for it. The image is a digital image from Softpencil which I coloured with my water colour pencils and aqua brush and gold metallic pen. For the wording I used an online translator. The top line says "Happy Birthday" and second line "Melissa" (rather 'Merisa" as they don't have 'l's) The origami butterfly took me two days to create and many tutorials but I found a great one last night at http://www.origami-fun.com/

I also created this card for the Weekly Inspiration Challenge that I set over at Craftmad. The theme this week is 'Asian Influence'.


  1. Happy Birthday Melissa!
    lovely card Merry!

  2. Seriously gorgeous card!! Now can your daughter read the characters in Japanese since she takes this at school??

  3. Wonderful card Merry. You cards lately have all been wonderful. Sorry I have not been commenting - just visiting and admiring your work. Keep up the great work.

  4. happy birthday to your 'baby'. Great card and so impressive with your origami butterfly. It's great that you are always up to trying something new.

    Kylie xo

  5. I adore this, so cool!!!

  6. I like it!!!!! hmmm, and the butterfly is great!

  7. Hello Merry,
    your Blog is beautiful and your card is lovely.. very cute.

    from Germany ;o)


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