World of the Geisha Card

By  Suzanne Johnson 

size: 4-1/4"x5-1/2"


  • Cardstock*: Yoyo Yellow; So Saffron
  • Glossy cardstock: white*; red
  • Patterned: subtle red print; Red Starburst Translucent textured (The Paper Co.)
  • Mulberry: red; yellow; pale yellow
  • Barely Banana vellum*
  • Gold cording
  • Red Fancy Fiber*
  • Red double-sided satin ribbon, 1/4”


  • Stamps: Fans #2 (JudiKins); Asian Fan (Stampabilities); Cherry Blossom (Rubber Stampede); assorted*
  • Ink pads: Real Red and Summer Sun dye*; Canary VersaColor and VersaMark (Tsukineko)
  • Markers: Real Red and So Saffron*; VersaMarker Pen (Tsukineko)
  • Embossing powder*: Detail Gold; Crystal Clear; Real Red
  • Chalk pastels*: Real Red; Yoyo Yellow
  • Bright Yellow PearlEx Powdered Pigment (Jacquard Products)
  • Stamp-A-Ma-Jig stamp positioner (EK Success Ltd.)
  • Punches*: Wrought Iron Corner Pocket; circle, 1-1/8”; hole, 1/16”
  • Cosmetic sponges: applicators; wedges
  • Water brush
  • Adhesives: glue pen; 1/4” double-sided tape and dots; foam dots; temporary; hook-and-loop tape
  • Card
  • 1. Cut 5-1/2"x8-1/2" So Saffron card base. Score at 2-1/8" and 6-3/8" from one short end to create two side flaps.
  • 2. On center panel, make a 2"-long cut from bottom edge upwards, 1" from left panel edge. Make a second cut 1/2" to right of first to create pop-up strip.
  • 3. Fold pop-up strip straight up toward top edge of card. Score or mark strip 1/2" from first fold and fold strip down to create a "step."
  • 4. Fold 1/2" at bottom of strip under; this will later be attached to back of teapot on tabletop.
  • Kimono
  • 1. Cut 4-1/4"x5-1/2" red print paper; lightly score 1-1/16" from each long edge to mark sleeve panels. Cut 1-3/4" from bottom of each 1-1/16"-wide sleeve panel.
  • 2. Stamp and/or emboss Asian images over kimono shape, leaving neck area clear: stamp crane and single blossoms with VersaMark or Canary VersaColor, brush with pigment powder and detail with red marker; stamp flowers/leaves with VersaMark, gold emboss and add Canary ink and chalk highlights; stamp tiny blossoms with VersaMark and red emboss.
  • 3. Cut a 1"x2-1/8" scrap of card stock and place on kimono where obi sash will lay, about 1-3/8" from top kimono edge. Mark a dot on score lines at top corners of obi template, remove template and punch 1/16" hole on each mark. Cut up scored lines to holes. Trim 1/16" from inside edge of each sleeve to create space between sleeves and body. Cut kimono exactly in half down center front.
  • Embellishments
  • 1. Obi sash: Cut 2"x3-3/4" Starburst paper piece. Place obi template on back of red paper. Fold 1-1/4" of paper over right short end of template and remaining 3/8" over left short end. Remove template and make two horizontal pleated folds on right side of paper between fold marks. Put adhesive along template edges and place on wrong side of paper, adhesive side up. Without unfolding pleats, fold back top and bottom edges of red paper over template. Add more adhesive and fold back only longer end of sash, leaving 3/8" end free.
  • 2. Crane: Cut 3" Starburst square and fold into a crane using standard origami instructions. Find a great visual, step-by-step guide at: (Be sure to visit "dedication" area after tutorial for more information about paper crane symbolism.) Cut two pieces of gold cording. Place a glue dot inside tip of each wing and place cording ends on dots; press wing tips closed.
  • 3. Teapot: Stamp teapot on glossy white cardstock; cut out. Sponge with Summer Sun ink. Detail with VersaMarker and gold emboss. Ink and emboss rest of handle red. Stamp tiny images with VersaMark ink and red emboss. Use stamp positioner and mask images as needed. Fill crane with Canary ink and clear emboss.
  • 4. Fan: Stamp red fan on vellum; let dry. On back side, color larger images with Summer Sun marker; let dry or gently heat set. Use glue pen to draw fine lines along fan ribs on back side and along edges; glue to Summer Sun card stock and let dry. Cut out fan and between handle lines. Tie red fiber around base.
  • 5. Table: Cut 4"x4-1/4" So Saffron and 1"x4" and 2-1/4"x4" glossy red pieces. Score yellow piece 1" from each short end, creating 2-1/4"-wide center panel. Glue larger red piece to center panel. Punch two opposite corners of smallest red piece with Wrought Iron punch. Carefully trim away center to leave 1/4"-wide border across top and sides as shown; glue to one 1" flap, aligning top edge with tabletop.
  • 6. Lanterns: Punch three mulberry paper circles. Gold emboss Japanese character on red; stamp reverse print image on yellow with red ink. Cut six 1/8"x1/2" glossy red pieces; glue to top and bottom of each lantern.
  • 7. Window: Cut 2-1/2"x3-3/4" So Saffron piece. Stamp red cherry blossom branches; watercolor blossoms with red ink and use So Saffron marker for branches. Cover panel with pale yellow mulberry paper, cut 1/4" larger than panel all around. Fold mulberry paper to back and adhere. Cut two 1/8"x3-3/4" strips and three 1-1/8"x2-1/2" strips from yellow card stock; color with So Saffron marker. Glue strips to window as shown for frame.
  • 8. Side Wall Panels: Cut two 2-1/16"x5-1/2" yellow cardstock panels and two pale yellow mulberry panels 1/4" larger all around. Assemble panels in same way as window. Punch 1/16" hole in upper left corner of left panel, 3/8" from top and left side, and in right panel, 3/8" from top and 5/8" from right side.
  • Assembly
  • 1. Kimono: Fold card. Cut two 3" red ribbon lengths and glue one end of each length to top inside corners, so ribbons lay horizontally across opposite flaps. Place small bits of tape, about 3/8" long, along top flap edges and adhere ribbon to make collar. Leave ribbon ends free. Slip folded short end of obi sash into slit between sleeve and kimono. With obi sash at top of slit, glue fold to back of card flap. Glue kimono pieces to front flaps, aligning top edges with bottom edge of ribbon collar. Fold collar ribbons down diagonally to create V opening; secure at back of flap. Glue left side of obi sash to card front; place one half of hook-and-loop tape under right end of sash and other half on opposite flap. As an alternative to this closure, card may be tied closed with ribbon.
  • 2. Inside: Glue window piece to center panel, 1/2" from top edge. Glue lanterns to window and side panels. Thread gold cording ends attached to crane through holes in side panels and secure at back with temporary adhesive; cording length on left from wing tip to card should be 3-1/4" and length on right should be 2". When card is fully opened, cords should be nearly straight and slightly stretching wings. When length is set, glue panels to inside flaps, matching outside edges; do not push paper into folds. If desired, secure crane tail to window by rolling glue dot and pressing into tip of tail.
  • 3. Accessories: Glue 1" folded table edge to bottom of center panel below window; center table and match bottom edge with bottom card edge. Put double-sided tape on underside of bottom 1/2" fold of pop-up strip and adhere to top back edge of table, aligning strip end with back panel. Glue teapot to front of pop-up tab. Layer foam adhesive dots to adhere fan to tabletop, giving it dimension; raise left corner about 1/4" and put glue dot under right corner.
  • 4. Closing Card: Fold up table, gently adjust crane to lay flat and close front panels. Secure hook-and-loop closure.