Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Chinese New Year!

Thinking about New Years yet?  Perhaps not as Christmas (if you celebrate) is only a few days away.  But!  It is right around the corner!  Before you know it, we will be in 2015....

Since it is coming up I have a New Years card to share.  Not just any New Year though, Chinese New Year.  That is even further away, February 19th, but I was so inspired by the sparkly cut paper, I could think of nothing else... so why not?!  Here is how this came about....


I was working on my tutorial for the Top Dog Dies blog (which should be featured later this week) using the Top Dog Dies Flower Mosaic A2 Mat Die.  I cut this out using glittery red paper.  I then carefully cut the flowers out using my snips.  When I was done, to what do my wondering eyes should appear, but this remnant of red glitter that reminded me of some Chinese Decor.  Once I got that in my head, I couldn't get it out and thoughts of a Chinese New Year card was borne.





I adhered the glitter layer to my card.  Then I stamped lantern images, from Lawn Fawn's Lunar Lights set, on white.  I used my gelatos and smeared some yellow in the middle for the lantern glow and then used the red around the edges.  I cut and mounted my lanterns and hung them with gold string.  Finally I stamped my sentiment on white and mounted it above the lanterns.  I am really happy with the final look, it just feels right.

Just for fun, I thought I'd share some info I found on Chinese New Year.  Do you celebrate it?  Know anyone who does?  What are your/their fave traditions and/or fave stories around it?

9 comments:

~amy~ said...

Katie, this is gorgeous...love the red on red....so pretty!

Tenia Nelson said...

So so cool!!

Lisa said...

Wowzers Katie!! Isn't it fun when one card design leads to another!!

Virginia Lu said...

Perfect card for Chinese New year!! I love the red, glitter and the hanging lanterns! We do a small celebration in my family, namely, we give our kids the red envelope for good luck in the New Year and eat some festive treats/food. Merry Christmas to you and family, Katie!

wienerhoneymooners said...

AMAZING glittery AWESOMENESS!!!!!!!
Love the lanterns, everything so awesome!!!!! Happy Christmas Katie!!!!(& Fam)

Michelle said...

This is gorgeous! I love that richly embossed red. Very pretty!
Have a very Merry Christmas!

Karin Åkesdotter said...

Amazing card!!! Wishing you a very Happy New Year! Hugs, Karin

Karin Åkesdotter said...

Amazing card!!! Wishing you a very Happy New Year! Hugs, Karin

cm said...

Belated Merry Christmas, Katie! My apologies for lagging behind in commenting (details on my blog), but here I am, to let you know your card brings a much-needed smile to my face and boost to my spirits. Red, gold, sparkle and LANTERNS...only fabulous!
Hugs~c