Sunday, June 21, 2015

Pilin' on the Elemental Dragon

The theme this week at Pile It On is Cultural Traditions: be inspired by a traditional custom or symbol. We're sponsored by Ike's Art and I used her wonderful Chinese Dragon digi stamp. 
The current theme Ike's World Challenge at is "The Elements" so I combined our 4 traditional elements (Earth, Wind, Fire, Water) with the 5 Chinese Elements (Earth, Wood, Fire, Water, Metal).

I colored the dragon with Copics and a glittery-red Wink of Stella brush pen. The image includes some lovely flowers, but instead of coloring them I covered those sections with fabric and mulberry flowers. I put the dragon on an Action Wobble to add a little movement to the scene.

The flourish on the top right is cut with a Sizzlits die from blue metal from Add a Little Dazzle, and represents the Wind. I stamped a Chinese Longevity symbol from Stampin Up in gold onto wood and die-cut it. The border is cut from the same wood sheet. I know the Chinese fortune (from an actual cookie) isn't traditionally Chinese, but it's certainly a tradition! The designer papers are from Graphic 45.

Allways Something Creative
Wobble Wednesday: Anything goes with an Action Wobble
Animal Friends Challenge #27: Fantasy Animal (dragon)
Allways Something Creative #101: Sketch
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Anything Goes with Patterned Paper (2nd entry)
Cute Card Thursday #378: Add A Quote (fortune)
Ike's World Challenge #40: Elements - Earth, Wind, Fire + Water
WordArt Wednesdays: Anything Goes Family Friendly

Check out my other cards for this challenge here & here.

Thank you for visiting & inspiring my crafting! Hope you'll join us at Pile It On,


  1. Oh wow this is beautifully coloured and designed. Loving the vibrant colouring of the dragon.
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  2. This is stunning colouring and fabulous layout.Thank you for joining us at Ike's World Challenges good luck Ginny ♥

  3. OMGoodness CJ - this is fabulous :-) The colours are just gorgeous and I LUV the way he wiggles :-D :-D
    Thank you for using one of my images and for coming over to play at IKEsWORLD CHALLENGES :-D

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  4. What a stunning creation! I really love the vibrant colours you've used on IKE's Image. Thank you for sharing this with us at IWC xx

  5. Awesome to the 5th power!! Love that you used Ike's fab dragon and colored so beautifully! Love it all but please tell me how you made those water drops??? I LOVE them! Thanks for playing with us at Ike's World Challenge! Nanette, DT

  6. This is gorgeous, bright, cheerful and I love how you chose an image I haven't seen before. Thank you for taking the time and sharing your creativity with us Love 'n' hugs Sall IkesWorld Challenges DT

  7. I love this. and I love Ike's gorgeous dragon, which you did a fabulous job coloring. Beautiful art! Thank you for joining Ike's World Challenge.

  8. Lovely colours on the Dragon really speaks fire. great
    thanks for joining ike's world
    Lynne DT x

  9. CG these colors just said "come to me come to me!!!!" I love the entire card. It is wonderful, your blog post is awesome and the tie together of all your elements and the significance is stellar. best, samara DT IWC

  10. Love that dragon and the fact that he wobbles! Super papers and interpretation of the elements. Thanks for sharing with Ike's World Challenges!

  11. This is such a gorgeous card, fabolous dragon.
    Thank you for joining us at the Animal Friends challenge.


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