Thursday, October 07, 2010

Asian Part II

Here are a few more Asian cards using the same paper that was used in the last post.

The stamp used in the photo below is a "Kodomo" stamp. The coloring was added using Prisma colored pencils and Gamsol. The embossed areas were done with JudiKins Egyptian Gold. A fine gold thread (JoAnn's) was wrapped around the green cardstock for a little "bling".

Here is another legend about the Maneki Neko (beckoning cat) shown in the above photo :

An old woman living in Imado (eastern Tokyo) was forced to sell her cat due to extreme poverty. Soon afterwards the cat appeared to her in a dream. The cat told her to make its image in clay. She did as instructed, and soon afterward sold the statue. She then made more, and people bought them as well. They were so popular she soon became prosperous and wealthy.

More interesting info:
The Maneki Neko (招き猫?, literally "Beckoning Cat"; also known as Welcoming Cat, Lucky Cat, Money Cat, or Fortune Cat. Sometimes incorrectly labelled Chinese Lucky Cat is a common Japanese sculpture, often made of ceramic, which is believed to bring good luck to the owner. The sculpture depicts a cat (traditionally a Japanese Bobtail) beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed—many times at the entrance—in shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, and other businesses. In the design of the sculptures, a raised left paw supposedly attracts money, while a raised right paw protects it.

Pachinko (パチンコ?) is a Japanese gaming device used for amusement and gambling. A pachinko machine resembles a vertical pinball machine, but with no flippers and a large number of relatively small balls. The player fires a ball up into the machine, controlling only its initial speed. The ball then cascades down through a dense forest of pins. In most cases, the ball falls to the bottom and is lost, but if it instead goes into certain pockets, more balls are released as a jackpot. Pachinko machines were originally strictly mechanical, but modern ones have incorporated extensive electronics, becoming similar to video slot machines. The machines are widespread in establishments called "pachinko parlors".

Enough knowledge for the day back to the cards.

The fan in the photo below is Washi Paper Quilting. I purchased the supplies from Hanko. The fan is actually "puffy" just like a quilt. Unfortunately the photo doesn't show this.

This last photo shows more gold thread and a small good luck charm that was purchased from Sky Blue Pink. Kodoma stamps and prisma colored pencils were used on the floral section.

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.

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