Introducing Asian Fusion

By February 12, 2010General

Melissa's headshot
Tonight I get the opportunity to introduce you to one of Julie & Jane's favorite sets of the year (and I'm pretty fond of it as well *wink*), Asian Fusion, designed by Melissa Bickford.  It's full of beautiful Asian influenced florals that have mix & match possibilities with bold vases.  Paired with versatile sentiments that feature the perfect font combination to lend themselves to this type of style and beyond.

The details.

  • Asian Fusion will be available for sale on February 15th.
  • It will retail for $24.
  • Asian Fusion includes a total of 21 stamps (2 borders, 8 sentiments, 2 vases, 1 stem & 8 floral images.)

I just KNOW that many of you will love this new and refreshing style that has come to Papertrey Ink!  Let me  show you how I put this set into action!

Thinking of You card

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This first card is my favorite of the bunch.  I think it really has a sense of calm about it, which I really, really like.  Plus, what's not to love about Spring Moss & Aqua Mist paired together?  Add in a bit of Vintage Cream and you have a match made in heaven!

Aqua vase

It all started with stamping the vase onto Vintage Cream cardstock using Aqua Mist ink.  Don't you just LOVE the shape of this vase?  I know I do!  There is one solid vase and one outline vase in this set (which I show you a bit later).  I love how Melissa gave us options like this, depending on what our preference (or mood!) is that day!

Green flowers

Then I added this bouquet of floral stems using Spring Moss ink.  It's soooo easy to line the two up!  This is one of three bouquets in the set.  All of the little flowers and dots lined up on the branches just makes me happy!

Twill closeup

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To finish it off, I added the "Thinking of you" sentiment  across the bottom of the vase with Dark Chocolate ink.  (HELLO!  Look at those fonts!  LOVE them!)  I prepared my Aqua Mist card base by stamping the floral lined border from Asian Fusion on a diagonal using Versamark ink.  I added three strips of Spring Moss Twill under the focal point, tucking & looping the middle strip.  A few Aqua Mist buttons finished the project up.  Don't you just love it!

Blue Vase card
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This card still maintains that "zen-like" feeling, this time in a color scheme of Enchanted Evening & Kraft.  I love how I was able to get such a different look by coloring in the outline vase image.

Coloring vase

I stamped the outlined vase image onto Stamper's Select cardstock with Black Noir ink and then colored it in with the Copics shown above.  I love being able to add dramatic lighting/shading to an object, like this.  It definitely gives it more "pop" off the page!

 This is a second flower stem image in the set.  I love how graceful it is.   It's stamped in Fresh Snow ink onto Kraft cardstock.  I also added small dabs of color to the centers using my B97 Copic marker.  I think that little detail really sets off the flowers.

Blue vase closeup

I added a frame around the card front using a ruler and my trusty white gel pen.  The sentiment, also from Asian Fusion, is stamped in True Black ink in the center of the card front.  The end result is a classy, sophisticated card that could be used for a variety of recipients!

Butterfly Frame card

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Can you handle one more card?  This card used a border image from Melissa's set to create a frame.  Let me show you how I created it!

First border stamped

First I stamped the border with Raspberry Fizz ink, using the edge of my paper as my guide.

Stamped frame

I then added the remaining strips needed to complete the frame.  I LOVE this look and will definitely incorporate it more in future projects!

Butterfly closeup

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I diecut one of Niki's new butterflies to add to the center of my project as a focal point. The layered butterflies are stamped in Hibiscus Burst & Raspberry Fizz. The sentiment can be found in Asian Fusion as well.  Just LOVE the styling of these!  So pretty and unique!  I don't think I've ever seen Raspberry Fizz look this good! 🙂


Today we are issuing a very special challenge in honor of Asian Fusion and it's origins!  Your challenge is to create a project that somehow integrates origami of some sort or another.  I have listed a few of my favorite tutorials below for you to start with if you like, but feel free to use one of your own as well.  

1. Make a project using some form of origami. It can be an element used for a focal point, something incorporated into the actual card base or even packaging created from origami (like a box or small bag)

2. Upload a photo of your project to you blog or online gallery.

3.  Add the link for your photo to the Mister Linky box below.

4.  Those that leave a comment about what they think about Asian Fusion and the projects here today, will also be eligible to win.  Those that create a project link in Mister Linky AND comment will have an extra entry. Only one comment per person please.

PEM Origami has an amazing website dedicated to video tutorials for this craft.

I really like the Origami-Fun website, and I think you will too.  I especially like her box tutorials.  If you are too nervous about incorporating origami into a card project, create an origami box and then have fun decorating it!

Origami Club has some super fun things as well.  I personally have used this "cup" tutorial several times to make little candy holders, or even incorporated it into a card's interior to hold a gift card or cash.

NetflixOrigami started out as a bit of a joke, with an artist using Netflix envelopes as his medium.  But now there are several great, easy to read tutorials for simple origami there that are super-duper user friendly.

So there's a few things to get you started!  I am sure you will find something that inspired you after browsing all of these links!

Gc  We are giving away ANOTHER $100 gift certificate!  So play along with the challenge and have your chance to win BIG!  We would love t see all your projects!!!


*You can use any products you like while creating your project, no restrictions.

* Don't delay because you only have until Saturday, February 13th, 7am EST to enter.  The randomly selected winner will be announced on our February Release Winners page by noon EST the same day.

I hope you will get a chance to play along!  We just LOVE seeing your projects!  Now GO GET INKY!!!!


Want to see more projects using Asian Fusion?  Visit Lisa Johnson today to see what she has created.

You can visit Melissa Bickford's blog to see her take on her brand new set.

Alli Miles is showcasing even more projects using her new set, Take Three: Spring.

Niki Estes is offering up some information using her latest creation, Butterfly Dreams.

Dawn McVey has some new projects over on her blog using both Color Couture and her new set, Studio Style.

Heather Nichols has some additional peeks at all of the new sets she's releasing this month.

Kim Hughes is showcasing her new collection of In Shape templates; Spring Fling!

Julie Masse, our guest template designer this month, has a special project to share with you today using the new Spring Fling Collection as well!

Complete supply lists and measurements for today's projects can be found HERE

Nichole Heady

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