I am so happy that Emily Leiphart hosts this Chinese New Year Blog Hop together with some of the stamp brands! It is very rare that the biggest craft community in the Western know about the Chinese New Year! I am so touched when I know about this Chinese New Year Blog Hop.
I decided to play along with this Chinese New Year Blog Hop mainly because I am celebrating Chinese New Year! Secondly, I get to win some prizes (if I am lucky and hopefully the Year of Snake is kind to me)!
Most of the sponsors offer free digital images that you can use to enter the blog hop challenge. When I saw cherry blossoms and lanterns digital image from Fresh Squeezed Stamps, I just could not think that this image is good for Mid-Autumn Festival (also know as Mooncake Festival) as well! Thus, I decided to make two (2) 3x3 mini cards from this image with one themed Chinese New Year and another one themed Mid-Autumn Festival.
|Chinese New Year Theme (CNY#001)|
Here is the mini card themed Chinese New Year. The lanterns are colored in red as usually the lanterns for Chinese New Year are red. Some gold lining is added to the lanterns to give some shimmering look as well to imitate the light from within the lanterns. Gold is mostly used during Chinese New Year to symbolize fortune. Usually during Chinese New Year, the cherry or plum blossoms are used to symbolize luckiness. Thus, I add some look alike cherry or plum blossoms to the branches.
|Close-up : The look alike cherry or plum blossoms|
|Mid-Autumn Festival Theme (MAF#001)|
Here is the second mini card themed Mid-Autumn Festival. The lanterns are colored in different colors as the lanterns during Mid-Autumn Festival are colorful. Some yellow shading is added to the surrounding side of the lanterns to imitate the light from within the lanterns. As Mid-Autumn Festival is usually after harvest season, some of yellow gems are added to the branches since there would not be any flowers blooming. I made a similar Mid-Autumn Festival mini card back in 2010 using stamping. Well with this digital image from Fresh Squeezed Stamps, this year Mid-Autumn Festival cards are a lot more easier to mass produce!
|Close-up : Yellow gems on the branches|
I am just so happy and excited that I able to play along with Emily Leiphart's Chinese New Year Blog Hop! Hope that Emily will continue to host this Chinese New Year Blog Hop next year and years to come!
GONG XI FA CAI (Congratulations and be prosperous)!
May the Year of Snake brings luck, prosperity and happiness!
Dimension : 7.62cm x 7.62cm or 3" x 3"
Type : Vertical fold
Inlay : Yes
CNY#001 - Chinese New Year Theme (Please click here for order form)
MAF#001 - Mid-Autumn Festival Theme (Please click here for order form)
Price : RM2.00 per piece (excluded shipping fees)
If you would like to have a similar design of these items or individual item, please fill up the custom order form here. Please do include the color or theme you prefer, purpose of the item(s) (farewell, retirement, birthday and etc) and message (if any).
This card is entering the challenge(s) organized by :
1) Chinese New Year Blog Hop (ending 15 February 2013)
2) CASology - Week #31 -Red (ending 17 February 2013)
3) Charisma Cardz Challenges - Challenge #6 - Anything Goes (ending 20 February 2013)
Stamps and tools used :