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By: Nancy Thaut, Artistic Guide

Asian Dragon

Finished Card Size: 8.5” x 4.25”

Asian (NonSequitur)
Asian Inspired (Fiskars)
Glossy cardstock
Transparency Film (3M)
Brown cardstock
Chocolate Fresh ink pad  (Fresh Ink Seattle)
 Jet Black StazOn ink pad(Tsukineko)
Black India Ink (Superior)
Sharpie CD/DVD Marker
Embossing powder
Corner punch



  1. When I do backgrounds, I usually do many sheets at a time and then have them on reserve for projects.  The glossy alcohol background paper was one of those sheets that I used for making this card.  I usually do either 8.5” x 11” or 8.5” x 5.5” sized paper for my background projects.  The smaller sheets I cut in half, the larger I leave whole in case I wish to make a card a different size than the standard.
  2. I began by stamping the glossy sheet with brown ink and clear embossed.  I then trimmed .25 on two sides keeping the best of the pattern background that would look best and set aside.
  3. On the transparency film I stamped the dragon with StazOn.  Any place on the dragon which was light or didn’t color, I used the Sharpie pen as filler.  For the Asian words, I stamped with black India Ink and rubbed off.  This left a smudge of the design.  I then stamped over it again and it gave depth to the Asian letters.  Give extra time to let the transparency dry.

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4 Responses »

  1. Thank you. I only will use the smudge on something like acetate when there is a darker or brighter background and want the print to stand out a little more.

  2. The smudge sort of makes a shadow. I would never have thought of that. Great idea! I love the brown and pinks with the black too.

  3. I love this. First time I've ever seen a "smudge" done on purpose. How inventive. It gives a very nice look to the finished card.