Focus: Ori Kami

Good morning!  Today we are sharing some projects using Ori Kami.

Design Inspiration:  Origami, Folded Paper

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Fun Facts:  Did you know that the name "Ori Kami" comes from "ori" meaning folding, and "kami," which means paper?  Most people probably know this Japanese art form as simply "origami." The sentiments in this set correspond to the animals' symbolism:  

  • Crane = peace, happiness, long life
  • Fish = strength, courage
  • Butterflies = marital happiness

Creative Ideas:


These images are just perfect for paper piecing!  Here I stamped the origami fish 10 times onto a cardstock that has a lovely gradient of blues.  I pieced them together, popping up the front section with foam tape.  The dimension helps give the illusion of folded paper!  I mounted the fish to a strip of vellum, and stamped the sentiment.  I made sure to place my adhesive (more foam tape) under each of the fish, so that it wouldn't be visible from the front of the card.  

Here is another example with paper piecing. This time, I stamped the crane a few times onto metallic patterned paper - to mimic the Japanese paper often used in origami. Then, I cut out each section of the crane, making sure to mix-and-match from the different images (If it were actually folded from paper, the design wouldn't be continuous).  I also shaded each section with a Copic marker to add depth.  Next, I attached the crane to metallic embroidery floss, and "hung" it from a die cut circle.  An embossed sentiment and rhinestones finish it off!

This card features a pair of watercolored butterflies.  Instead of using my watercolor paints, I used Inktense pencils to color them in, and a water brush to blend everything together.  A simple strip of black cardstock grounds the design, and the black pearls help with balance.  I stamped the sentiment onto white cardstock, and adhered it to the card with foam tape!

Tasnim also used patterned paper- she stamped the cute elephant and embossed it in white to really pop against the black and white dots.   The sentiment (from Label Love) and the elephant are both adhered with foam tape on top of a dry embossed strip of vellum. I love the fun texture of this card!

Here, a flower from Hennah Elements was stamped onto watercolor paper using a waterbased dye ink.  This allows the color to be spread when a wet brush is applied - such a cool effect!  The hummingbird was then stamped and carefully cut out, and mounted to a 2.75" x 4" textured card base.  Finally, the sentiment (from Sohcahtoa) was stamped and embossed in white.

Tasnim created a fun and interactive card that features a spinning butterfly!  It was colored with Copic Markers before embossing with gold powder, to ensure that the lines stayed clean.  Two butterflies were created and cut out, then adhered together with a piece of thread in between.  The butterfly was suspended within the die-cut opening, and the finishing touches include a stamped sentiment and a glorious splatter of gold!

A fabulous (and trendy) watercolored background creates the perfect backdrop for the origami fox on Tasnim's card!  That little guy was stamped, colored with Copics, and trimmed.  The playful sentiment from Figure Effects was embossed in white onto a strip of black cardstock, and adhered to the bottom of the card.  So cute!


Thanks for stopping by, and we hope you have a great weekend!

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Kaan - March 18, 2015

Your layout is awoemse. I have followed your blog from the beginning, and just love having your subscription jump into my mailbox. You’re one of the first ones I click on. The bg is so cool behind the tree. I just love how you created such a colourful sky.[]

Alva - March 13, 2015

The L should’ve been Lexus. It’s a lot more rczignoeable and famous. Also, I agree with CK. Using the Target logo for the O is a huge copout, not because it isn’t the first letter of the brand (since E isn’t the first letter in DELL either), but because it’s not even an O . It’s a simplified bull’s eye. It’s not like there is a lack of great logos that use the O as the first letter. What about Oakley or ORSTER?!?! The Oster O is probably the most rczignoeable O in the history of product branding.

Leon - March 12, 2015

oh woow I love your ribbon and the corlos from the Photo inspiration is so great on your card…adorable card…good luck with the challenge…I just join Tuesday Trigger too and my card is number 35, would you mind to see my blog?Many thanks before, hugs, Monika

Sharron Gregory - May 12, 2014

Love all your cards using this set! The fish and the polka dot elephant are fantastic!!

Cris G. - May 12, 2014

Your stamps are fabulous by themselves, then you and your guest designers make these stunning cards… that’s why it is so difficult to get some Altenew stamps :). Just beautiful, how could we not love?

Alexandra - May 12, 2014

Beautiful Cards, love this set and how it is so versatile!

Shelly K - May 10, 2014

Okay.Yeah. These are all SUPER AMAZING STUNNING cards!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

janet - May 10, 2014

sigh – so fabulous :)

Renee VanEpps - May 10, 2014

Wow, love how you stamped the Hennah Elements flower onto the hummingbird!!! Stunning cards :)

conil - May 10, 2014

I can see already that this set is going to have to come to my home. These cards are so clever and well designed. WOW!

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