What is Kintsugi?

Kintsugi is the Japanese Art of mending broken pottery with lacquer and gold, leaving a beautiful gold seam where the cracks were. The philosophy behind the art is the embracing of the flawed or imperfect.

As crafters and cardmakers, I think we know a thing or two about flawed and imperfect. How many times have you abadoned or trashed a project that just didn’t turn out “perfect”? More times then I like to count.

Embrace the imperfect

Embracing the imperfect is hard – we always want our projects to turn out perfectly, free from flaws every time. But often times the beauty is in the imperfect as it creates is own uniqueness. I was intrigued by the concept of Kintsugi and wondered how to apply this to cardmaking.

After experimenting with different mediums and methods, I finally found a combination that I felt worked to replicate the idea of fixing flaws with gold. What do you think? Did I capture the concept of Kintsugi?

Kintsugi Christmas Card

Video Tutorial, Measurements, Supplies

I did a quick video on this today for my Lesson@Lunch series. You can watch the replay on my Crafty Klock YouTube Channel (and if you have not yet subscribed to my channel I would be so grateful if you would. Don’t forget to click the bell icon so you can be notified when new videos are uploaded).

This card is a standard A2 size meaning it is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″; scored at 4 1/4″. The Designer Series Paper Layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″. I placed a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Basic White on the inside of the card and used a scrap of Basic White for the 2″ punched circle.

You can purchase all the supplies I used to make this card from my Stampin’ Up! store. Just click on the button below and your cart will be filled wtih all the products needed. Just uncheck an item to remove it from the cart. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Exciting News!

For months now I’ve wanted to have a way to sell the card tutorials. I’m happy to announce I have now opened by ditigial store on the web site. I’ve uploaded a few of my recent tutorials, including the One Sheet Wonder Beautiful Balloons tutorial I mentioned a few weeks back. I’ll be adding more every day so be sure to check out the store. Click here to see what’s there. Thanks for reading! Happy Stamping!

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