Or in Cantonese, Kung Hei Fat Choi.
As you may know, I lived in Hong Kong for several years. Chinese New Year was a wonderful time to be there, the city was even more vibrant, colourful and lively than usual and out in the rural New Territories, where I lived, the fields were full of plum blossom and miniature orange trees.
I decided to move right away from the usual red-and-gold colour scheme of Chinese New Year cards, and instead go for a much cooler blue and silver look. However then I was beset by problems. The dark blue card I'd chosen to stamp on wasn't the least bit stamping friendly - it was too rough and absorbent. I just about got away with it with the Chinese characters, but when it came to the dragon, the card soaked up so much ink from the detailed image that there wasn't enough left on the surface to hold the embossing powder.
A rummage through my snippets box found some more stamping-friendly card in a different shade of blue, and also part of a sheet of lovely encapsulated sparkly silver paper - although it has a fab sparkle, the surface is completely smooth eliminating those "how the heck am I going to get anything to stick to this" moments. However there wasn't enough of it for all my layering, so it was back to the snippets box again where I found a little piece of matte silver paper which I used for matting the lighter blue layers.
And yes, I have realised NOW that if I'd cut our the centres of the matting pieces (I'm sure there's a name for doing that but I can't bring it to mind) the sparkly paper would have gone a lot further, but I forgot all about that at the time! But now it's all put together, I like the balance of the matte and sparkly silver layers so much it's not going to take me long to convince myself I planned it that way all along.
I finished it off with the very last few peel offs from an ancient sheet - I WILL use them all up one day!
Incidentally Mark, who always notices when things aren't dead straight, tells me that my topper is slightly askew. I have astigmatism and don't spot subtle differences so much. Anyway, this being Chinese New Year I reckon it's a very auspicious sign. Our amah in Hong Kong used to insist on setting all the pictures on our walls at a slight angle, because if they are dead straight, the ghosts can sit on top and make mischief. If the pictures are askew, they slip off and have to go away.
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