Japanese Garden

Today I am sharing one of my Gecko Galz Design Team projects that uses some of this month’s new releases that have an oriental theme:


In my teens I went through an oriental phase and my bedroom was decorated with blossoms, lanterns, paper parasols and bamboo, so these papers and images instantly appealed.


The pretty image is from the Japanese Tradition ephemera set. Don’t you just love the glow from that lantern? It reminds me of a painting, by John Singer Sargent. If you like his work, you can see more of it, as well as browsing the work of more than 4,000 artists, over at a fabulous website called Artsy.

I’ve created mats and layers from pale blue and olive green cardstock which coordinate with the background paper which is from the Mori Girl paper pack.


I’ve added some diamond satin ribbon, from Really Reasonable Ribbon, down the side and added a bow that I hope is a little like an obi on a kimono.


The finishing touch was to add a little cluster of sweetheart blossoms, again using colours that reflect those of the background paper.




Thanks for buzzing by.


Japanese Garden — 10 Comments

  1. Wow, that image really is a stunner and I love how the backing paper matches. The ribbon and flowers you have used match so perfectly.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Dionne xx

    PS I see what you mean about the John Singer Sargent painting.

  2. Beautiful card Lisette, how funny it is to read that you also had an oriental period, me too as a teenager, I had a time that my room was decorated with huge Japanese paper fans and some special wood paintings, I guess I still have them in the attic, I even had a Japanese pan pal 😉 now you made me wonder what happened to her…

    • Oh wow – I was a bit rubbish at pen pals, after the first letter exchange I lost my motivation! Now if there had been email…. :)Thank you as always for taking time to comment.

  3. Beautiful, love how you matted it too. I love looking at your takes as you always see something I missed. I passed right by that beautiful paper before, now I want to use it. ~Diane

    • Thanks Diane. It’s funny isn’t it how we each showcase a product that the other hasn’t noticed? Long may it continue!

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