Monday, February 8, 2016

Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year!
The Chinese New Year is a very important holiday
in the Chinese calendar. You find all sort of
info about it HERE.
This year is the year of the Monkey.

For my card I used a digital monkey image
by Michael Strong.
You find the monkey on Michael Strong's
blog HERE as a free download.

When you have the iage on your computer,
you can print it any size you want. For the top
of the card I created a border with the monkeys.

I wanted tomake some paper lanterns. That makes
me think of China, so I printed some larger monkeys
for the lanterns. Here yucan see how the lantern 
is created:
With a circle die I cut  a circle out of the paper.
You also need a crimper.This is a small one for
a small circle.
Roll the circle through the crimper.

To give it a paper look I used a little white ink
on the raised parts. When you want an image
on the lantern, you have to stamp or print this
before you roll the paper through the crimper!

The sentiment is also a die.

Now I also promised another Valentine card today
and this is also celebrated in China. It is called 
Qixi Festial or Double Seven Festival and if you want to
know more about the tradition you can read about it here.

So here is a card with the paper lantern for
Valentine. I cut out the heart in the midle of the 
golden circle and added a red circle behind it.

Little hearts are dangling at the bottom and
the chinese character for love is stamped
and embossed in black. I was thinking you
could write inside somethinglike: you light
up my life!

Thank you for looking!

Have a creative New Year!


Laura said...

Hetty, your Chinese New Year & Valentine cards are adorable! Love how you used the cute digi monkeys from Mike!...aNd how you made your lanterns and the monkey border! You are so sweet and generous to share your creativity with everyone! Thanks so much!

Peg Klitch said...

Love those ideas Hetty!

Michele Henderson said...

Gorgeous card, Hetty! I used to live in Shanghai and have wonderful memories of Chinese New Year! I love your tip for making the folds in the Chinese lantern!
Take Care!

Anonymous said...

Love it! I keep forgetting about my paper crimper! Monkeys are great!

Daffodil Cards said...

Wonderful use of the monkeys and paper, I had forgotten about the crimper, love how you have used it and the ink overlay. This is a wonderful Happy New Year card.

Love the dangled hearts and the heart inside the crimped heart, lovely combination of all the details.

I wonder if I can find my crimper?

Lori Kobular said...

Two awesome cards Hetty! Love the Chinese New Year card with the monkeys and the Valentine one is gorgeous!

Lisa D said...

Great use of the crimper, Hetty! My favorite is the heart lantern. Very creative.

KT Fit Kitty said...

I guess I'll be seeing lots of monkeys this year! Very cute but I really like your Chinese Lantern card - gorgeous! I enjoy Asian-themed cards and it's been a while since I've made one. Brilliant how you made the lantern!