Any Of You Celebrate The Chinese New Year?

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Snake, Horse and Tiger


It’s been quite a while since I did a post on a specific theme, but Janette Padley, of Stamping Dragon Designs, pointed out to us members of The Dragons Den Design Team the fact that the Chinese New Year is coming the last day of this month, and that she’d like to see if we could come up with some cards to correspond with the theme.  This, of course, got me searching online for some information about this event, and raiding my digital library for images that would be suitable for making cards on the theme of the animals used by the Chinese in their astrology.

For anybody who’s interested, I found a long list entitled the “Chinese New Year Calendar” which you may like to have a look at to find out what Chinese year you were born in if you don’t already know – I found out that I was born in the year of the Tiger.

I don’t believe that the millions of people born all over the world during any year of a particular animal can all have the same character traits, fortunes, etc., but it makes interesting reading to see what many believe in.  Such as this description – here – of a person born in the year of the Tiger.  Of course there are lots more sites that give their take on the people born in different Chinese years, so if you want to know more then a quick search of Google, or any other search engine, should point you in the direction of lots of sites.

As usual, Wikipedia has loads of information about the “Chinese New Year” and its traditions.  I have to admit that I’ve not read all of it yet, but what I have read is quite interesting, and I may go back and have a further read at some point.  It’s interesting to know that the Chinese year starts in accordance to the lunar phases, so isn’t the same each year.


The current Chinese year started on the 10th February, 2013 and it is the Year of the Snake.  One of the sites giving a description of the believed characteristics of a person born in the Year of the Snake can be found – here.

I’ve actually made two cards with the same snake digi-stamp image (by Janette Padley), one in monochrome and one with gold and red tones.  Any Chinese readers will have to forgive me if I’ve got the writing wrong as I simply used Google Translate to get the words for Chinese New Year and Year of the Snake.  There’s no telling how acurate the writing is.

Both the first two cards appeared as part of a post on The Dragons Den blog a few days ago.

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  1. Snake Stamp by Janette Padley (I took the snake image into one of my graphics packages twice to resize to sizes suitable for my card.  On the smaller one I put some Chinese symbols pertaining to the Chinese new year and the Year of the Snake on top.  These were then printed onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I used Black and some of the Cool Grey ProMarkers to colour in the image and trimmed both panels before matting and layering them into white cardstock.  I took a sheet of die-cut trellis and a sheet of A4 black cardstock from my crafting stash, scored both using my Hougie Board then folded them and stuck them together.  I threaded a strip of black glitter ribbon from my crafting stash down through the trellis towards the right of my card front before sticking on both panels.)
  2. An angled view of the same card.

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  1. Snake Stamp by Janette Padley (The digi-stamps for this card were resized in my graphics program in the same way as the previous card, and then printed onto the same type of cardstock.  I coloured it in using Red and Ruby ProMarkers and Gold Wink of Stella brush pen.  The panels were then stuck firstly to a white mat and trimmed to a narrow border, then onto a mat of black, foil embossed, Hunkydory cardstock, and trimmed to a wider border using a Perfect Ruler.  The main image digi-stamp was then further matted onto red Satin Board and again trimmed to a medium border using a Perfect Ruler and a craft knife.  I took an A4 sheet of linen textured gold cardstock and scored it using my Hougie Board.  I took a spotted red ribbon and a “Chinese Coin” charm from my crafting stash and attached towards the right side of my card front using glue gel.  I then used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach both panels to the front of the card.)
  2. An angled view of the same card.



The chinese year that will start on the 31st January this year will be the Year of the Horse.  A description of people born in the Year of the Horse can be found – here.

The image used is “Standing Horse Stamp” by Janette Padley.

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  1. Standing Horse Stamp by Janette Padley and Celtic Toppers *MACHINE Cut Files* by Rae Carr (I printed the horse out at smaller than the size provided and coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Cocoa, Shale, Chestnut, Wallnut and Black.  I cut it out as a panel and then rounded the corners with a punch before matting it onto a piece of gold linen textured cardstock, which I trimmed and again rounded the corners.  I prepared a base card of around 15cm square from Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock, and also rounded the right hand corners of this as well.  I’d cut out the Celtic Topper layers using my Silhouette Cameo a while ago, and also die-cut corners, a branch and blossom, using Tattered Lace dies and my Joy cutting machine – these were waiting in my box of hand made embelishments waiting for an occasion to use them and I thought they looked quite good with this card.  I used Tonic glue to attach all the embelishments and a 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the matted dig-stamp image.  I finished off by placing some sticky back faux pearls in the centres of each of the blossom.)
  2. Different angle of previous card to try and show dimension.
  3. Standing Horse Stamp by Janette Padley (I used one of my graphics packages to create the layout for this card front.  I tiled the horse digi-stamp lots of times to create the background and layered on a frame and flourishes and the Chinese symbol for Year of the Horse.  I also put a larger sized copy of the horse digi-stamp onto the other side of my working area and put a red oval around it.  The page was then printed off onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  For this card I use my nephews pencil crayons from the rather nice wooden boxed set they’d received as a Christmas gift from relatives, so I don’t have the colour names.  I then cut out the oval and matted it onto a piece of gold, linen textured, cardstock and trimed to leave a border.  I did the same for the background.  The background was then also matted onto a sheet of red Satin Board.  I used finger-lift tape to do all of this and to attach the matted background onto an A5 white base card from my crafting stash.  I used a Red ProMarker to go around the outside edge of the card and to put dots of red at each corner.)


As I’m “a Tiger” I thought I’d fish out a tiger design sheet from my digital library and make a couple of cards to correspond with that as well.  The items used for these cards are from a variety of different designers and details of as much stuff used as I can remember are below.

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  1. Chinese Zodiac Tiger stamp by Anna Babajanyan and Tiger Circle Pyramid by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I chose the smallest round and coloured it in using a red ProMarker and a gold Wink of Stella brush pen, and then cut it out.  I printed out the circle pyramid sheet out onto glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out only one of the small images for this card – keeping the circle pyramage itself for the next card.  I took some red-linen textured cardstock from my crafting stash and cut it to a small sized card.  I punched the edge using a Tonic Regal edge punch and put a piece of gold, linen effect, cardstock inside the back to show the punched detail.  I found two flourishes in my crafting stash and stuck them to the top and bottom of my chosen image and then put the Tiger roundal on top before sticking the whole lot to my created base card.)
  2.  Bengal Tiger by Pauline Black  and Tiger Circle Pyramid by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the background sheet off at half size onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and this pyramage sheet onto glossy Crafty Bob paper.  After trimming the background I stuck it to the front of a white A5 card from my stash and went round the outside with a black ProMarker.  I scored across at the half way point and folded it back to make an easel card.  I cut out the tiger layers and put black cardstock as a mat behind the base image, trimmed to leave a small border, and also inside the back/base of the card.  I put two strips of gold, linen effect, cardstock on the card, one flat against the tiger skin background on the front and the other raised on a 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape inside the back to use as a stopper.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the pyramage layers to the tiger image and to attach the finished, matted, pyramage to the base card.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what occasion it will be needed for.)


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