Japan Here We Come

I was asked to make a card for a couple who were taking a trip to Japan to see their daughter who is stationed there.  It’s been such a long time since they’ve seen her and it’s such a distance, it was felt a card would be appropriate to commemorate the occasion.

The first thing that came to mind was a penny spinner card, but the card just wasn’t coming together for me.  So I played around with some other ideas, but I wasn’t happy with anything I tried. I don’t know about you, but once I get an idea in my head I just can’t shake it.  Even if the idea, doesn’t work, I keep trying…and trying…and trying.  I do believe that’s the definition of insanity…doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.  Sometimes insanity pays off because I finally arrived at a version of the original idea with which I was happy.

Here’s the end result:

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Full details about the card are in the gallery, but in a nutshell.  I used Garden Green and Pacific Point (one of my favorite blues) to combine to create “Earth”.  I think the embossing brings it to life.  When I make spinner cards, I dislike seeing a background behind the spinner which disrupts the look.  For this card I printed the same design and placed it underneath.  I find it more pleasing to the eye.  I put a little rhinestone heart at their destination.

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For the lower corner, I found a Japanese greeting which finishes the front off nicely.  Since I don’t expect the can read Japanese, I put the translation below it.

Here’s a shot of the jet winging its way to Japan.

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And here it is at its destination.

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Inside, just a heartfelt sentiment to the traveling couple who, I’m sure, can’t wait to see their daughter.

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I will share a little secret.  This card is geographically incorrect; but it worked best for the card, so I went with it.  Can anyone tell me what the error is?


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  1. Jeanette says:

    Oh my goodness… I love traveling and am always drawn to travel-themed cards… and this is one of the best I’ve seen. Perfect!

  2. Denise Sayers says:

    I love the card and know how you feel about playing with several versions of what you want to do. I am a little stubborn that way too. lol. I like putting the image behind the cutout so that the slot is less obtrusive. I don’t see the geographic error, so it isn’t obvious. They will love it.

  3. Lynn McAuley says:

    This is so awesome, Kim! Your special personalized cards are always spot on and this one is no exception. I think it’s Greenland that is the moved nation.

  4. Carol says:

    Kim, you continue to amaze me with your talent. This card is just amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  5. nclights7 says:

    What a great card! I love the colors and how you printed out the same design under the slide. I can’t wait to hop with you tonight! 🙂

  6. Shelly Schmidt says:

    What an awesome, awesome card! I love this version of a slider card- your work is brilliant!!! I had a history teacher look see- cannot see an error…..

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