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Japanese Birthday card with a vintage touch

I have a young cousin who admires Japanese culture and art. Her birthday's coming up so I decided to give her a birthday card with a Japanese theme. I don't have a lot of modern Japanese imagery, so I decided to go with something vintage.


The turn of the century Japanese street singer figure in the center of this card is taken from this book – Voyage d'une Suissesse Autour du Monde (The Voyage of a Swiss Woman Around the World) by C├ęcile de Rodt, published in 1904. It's one of my favorites, as all the little pink tabs would attest.


The author traveled around the world, writing and taking photographs – alone. Can you imagine what that must have been like at that time? I am full of admiration for her courage. It's a large book 8.25" x 11.5" (21cm x 29 cm) and 708 pages, full of interesting photos and anecdotes.

The tag, which I printed from the computer, says 'Happy Birthday' in Japanese.

Material

Paper – G. Lalo card stock, Origami paper. Stamp – Alydine. Embellishments – Alyssiane ribbon and brads, stickpins, button, twine. Artemio circle dies. 

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