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Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the cracks with lacquer or epoxy mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum. The piece is thought to be more beautiful because it has been broken.

Kintsugi is a metaphor for embracing your flaws and imperfections. It requires patience; taking the time to repair the project, and also making time for yourself in the process as you focus entirely on what you are doing. Nice!

Using patterned paper in place of the pottery, and heat embossing we can create cards with the Kintsugi effect.

You start by carefully tearing the paper in whatever way you like - remember it should look "broken". Then use Versamark to 'swipe' the edge of the paper, dipping the edges in embossing powder and heating until shiny and set. The effect is lovely.

Once you've reassembled the pieces you can decorate as you like.

We did this technique in my August card-making class. If you'd like to know more, please come to a class, held on the second Saturday of the month at my home in Annandale.



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