Well there's lots to spark off your creative juices with this theme... I went with a black, red and silver colour combo. I used some masking tape on the bottom edge of the card where the sentiment is stamped and continued to stamp the 'life' floral images in black ink directly onto red card, I double stamped some to give a fainter image. There are a few butterflies in there too.
So I thought I could use my new fab product 'rock candy' and give the image a lacquered furniture (you know the type I mean?) Ok this stuff does rock but I was ever so slightly impatient and did use my heat tool and I did create a few air bubbles arrrrh! I have tried to capture the crackle in the close ups, click images to enlarge. To really enhance the cracks I blended in some distress inks (of course).
So my stamped card was all bumpy and warped and I thought I had completely wasted it hmm then remembered this adhesive foam Sheet yum it adhered to the back and gives dimension AND sorts out all those lumps and bumps. Adhered onto some shiny mirri card which is glaring ever so slightly in the photo.
So the other thing that's very much Japanese has to be the origami, wow this was my first introduction to paper, yes folding, loved origami at school. I created this fan in keeping with the theme by folding it in PTI patterned paper first. then unfolded to stamp the floral image in white palette ink just so it remained in the centre. I have used a bit of glue to hold some of the folds to the back and I decided to add a big brad to secure the handle. I trimmed the original piece of patterned paper 7" square so the finished fan would fit inside the envelope.