Japanese inchy

Hi crafters. I had an idea for a japanese inchy card. I wanted the bamboo to look like black ink painting so I used the Impression Obsession bamboo stamp with a black soot distress stain dauber and did a single stamping. I cut a red inchy from scrap and embossed 2 layers of Gina K red hot embossing powder on it. I next stamped the Kaisercraft oriental calligraphy stamp on the left and a wood block egret which says Stampscapes on it. I embossed these in gold. I left some of the stray powder on. I felt the egret wasn’t easily recognisable so I stamped on top with black StazOn. As it was a wood block stamp, it isn’t exactly on top but I didn’t want to start again. The main problem with the inchy was chasing it while embossing. I tried to stick it to the wooden board but it kept blowing and I tried to support it with a paint brush handle.

I mounted the inchy on a gold paper circle with a black thick one underneath to make it more stable.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

CAS mix up challenge for September: inchies

My choice is diecutting.

Less is More #403: Metallics

I used gold paper and gold embossing.

Simon says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Stamp it


  • Bonnie

    I love this egret inchie and I think the slight shadow makes it even better! Love all the embossing that adds so much dimension. The bamboo is a perfect background! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

  • Joanna

    This card is ZEN for me, and full of balance. Love the offset egret in unison with the black circle matting. Rich colours too. A beautiful card. Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Mix Up!

  • Loll

    This is fantastic! Love the black ink bamboo as your background with your inchie medallion. Gorgeous with the gold and red. The egret is just the perfect image. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  • Sharon

    Oh wow! You have perfectly captured the oriental look here, and your ‘ink painting’-look bamboo came out superbly! A perfectly balanced design and the rich gold with the pop of red in the inchie really draws your eye in. Super work! Thank you so much for popping this in to us at Less is More xx

  • Anita

    Great work with that inchie, loving the red and gold. And your bamboo background looks so effective. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x