|I did this layout to test a couple new techniques. First, the silk papers I carry, when cut with my paper trimmer get a really neat feathery look on the edge just like many of the fibers you can get at your local scrapbook store. This layout is a sheet of Chinese characters paper topped with a trimmed page of black silk paper. The dragon is an inverse punch that was used as a stencil and then embossed. Tip: To create a stencil with a punch, punch out the shape. Instead of using the punched piece in your layout, take the cardstock remaining and use it like a stencil to draw the shape on your page. (You could also use the punched shape and trace around it if that is easier.)
After the black silk is adhered to the base paper, I attached the page accents in the lower right and upper left corners. To make the page accent, I took "Good Luck" and "Love" rubber stamps and created embossed images on black cardstock. Then I cropped and mounted those on white cardstock. The upper right corner is a "Double Happiness" charm and it is affixed to the page with a piece of red thread tied in a bow.
The large area in the middle is left for adhering photos or memorabilia to the page.