Asian Stationery Set

By  Kathy Post  for  Safire Designs

size: 5-1/2"x7-1/2" (closed)


  • Cardstock: white; black; pale green; silver
  • Mulberry: turquoise; red
  • Pre-made white note cards and envelopes, 4-1/4”x5-1/2”
  • Silver brads
  • Decorative bead
  • Buttons: two small; one large (for front cover)
  • Black satin cord
  • Ultra-fine glitter
  • Black ribbon
  • Red embroidery floss


  • Stamps (Safire Designs): Fan; Square Shadow; Chinese: Love, Blessing, Thank You, Believe, Happiness, Hope and Eternal Friendship
  • Ink pads: Big & Juicy Deep Woods Rainbow (Ranger); Memories Black Dye (Stewart Superior)
  • Black embossing powder
  • Silver metallic pen
  • Diamond Glaze (Judi-Kins)
  • Watercolor paints
  • Decorator chalks
  • Bone folder
  • Heat tool
  • Glue gun
  • Button shank remover
  • Deckle-edge scissors
  • Dimensional adhesive dots
  • Optional: Stamps
  • Tea bag

Pattern - Asian Stationery Set

  • Fan Panel
  • 1. Stamp two black fans onto white cardstock. Cut out into rough, not precise, shapes. Adhere fans to second layer of white cardstock. Use bone folder to press layers together, squeezing out any excess glue.
  • 2. Watercolor both fans, using photo as guide. Try to use at least two shades on each fan and wood to give added dimension.
  • 3. Using Diamond Glaze, make lines along fan folds; leave space between folds for definition. While wet, sprinkle tiny amount of glitter over flowers on fans; let dry completely. Carefully cut out both fans.
  • 4. Cut 2-1/2"x5-1/2" black cardstock piece using deckle-edge scissors. Mat on large deckle-cut silver cardstock piece, tucking bits of mulberry paper between layers. Adhere bits of mulberry paper to black piece, as well.
  • 5. Insert silver brad at top of black cardstock and glue mulberry scrap below it. Knot ribbon length and glue to brad. Adhere fans to panel with dimensional adhesive dots.
  • 6. Wrap embroidery floss around three fingers four times, pull loop off fingers and fold in half. Tie another piece of floss around threads 1/4" from fold. Cut bottom loops to create tassel; trim to desired length. Hot glue one tassel to bottom of each fan.
  • Folio
  • 1. Print and cut out patterns. Cut and score patterns as indicated. Glue edges of folio pieces together to form continuous length of cardstock.
  • 2. Use photo as guide to ink and stamp folio to create background. Using Deep Woods Rainbow ink pad, stamp fan randomly in different directions; stamp twice from each inking to vary shades. Repeat using square shadow stamp and various ink colors. Overstamp with black Chinese words/symbols. Ink folio edges black.
  • 3. Repeat Step 2 on large white folio pockets; ink edges black.
  • 4. Use same technique, inking and stamping, to decorate note card and envelopes. Knot short length of black ribbon and hot glue to top of each note card.
  • 5. Stamp symbol or symbol grouping on each green pocket with black ink; emboss with black powder. Highlight with silver pen to edges of words and symbols. Ink edges black. Brush small amount of blue or turquoise chalk between symbols. Insert brads in upper corners of each pocket. Tie small bow and hot glue to top. Adhere three sides of each green pocket to large black cardstock piece, inserting bits of mulberry paper at one side.
  • 6. Glue ribbon across both large pockets. Glue green pockets to white pockets. Glue white pockets inside folio as shown, adhering three sides only. Cut shanks from two small buttons and glue to pockets.
  • 7. Place note cards in left pocket, stamps in smallest pocket, envelopes in right pocket and tea in remaining pocket.
  • 8. Adhere fan panel to front of folio, opposite flap; be sure panel doesn't interfere with opening and closing of flap.
  • 9. Cut shank from large button and glue to outside folio flap. Cut 4-1/2-foot length of black cording; knot decorative bead onto each end. Wrap cord around folio to secure; tie slipknot.