Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Cards for Chinese New Year

The year of the Snake is fast approaching. I've never celebrated the holiday (well, not being Chinese would probably explain why) until I met Chris and, subsequently, his family. They are not particularly traditional, so the celebration really just consists of eating a lot, which often is the case with Chinese celebrations, a fact I wholeheartedly approve of!

This is not, as far as I know, a card giving holiday (red envelopes are another story) but I will use any excuse to send out a few! I also really felt like trying my hand at collaging. I only made a couple and sent them out to a few people I thought would either appreciate it and/or needed an additional snail mail-y surprise. Let's not forget the fact that I bought appropriate stamps too!

Chinese new year DIY
I don't have exact instructions for you on how to make something similar, these were the first full-on collage cards I've made. I snapped some photos along the way, so maybe they'll inspire you to try something similar out as well.

I basically cut the cards and the envelopes out of red poster-board. I took out a bunch of paper in the appropriate theme (I collect paper in themes, did I ever tell you that?) and then covered the front of the card with a larger piece of paper, I used gold-leafed paper I found in Chinatown and a few book pages. After the background was down, I started adding the embellishments.

Chinese new year stamps
Once the cards were done, I stuffed them in the envelopes I made and wrote the addresses on with a gold marker (stay true to the theme, right?). Since I had year of the snake stamps, I obviously used those. (My post office only had a few international ones left. It's a shame as I kinda liked them. I would happily use them on my regular mail too.) You can see the outgoing envelopes here.

Chinese new year cards
I will for sure make more with the same technique. It was actually a lot of fun. I'm glad I got to try it out and I will continue improving my technique.

Have you made collage cards?


  1. Thank you for the card! It was really pretty, and brightened my day alot <3 I wait a lot from this year, because my chinese sign is indeed snake, so this should be my year!

    1. I'm so happy you liked it! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you, I'm sure this year will be phenomenal!