I found two asian prints I wanted to use: one of two women playing a board game, and the other of two women playing cat’s cradle. I bought the mah jongg cards at a stamp show six months earlier, and I was thrilled to have an excuse to use all of them. The background of this layout is the packing paper my Chinese-Canadian stamp supplier uses when he ships merchandise—it sort of looks like somebody has cleaned their ink brushes on it, so I always save it.