Thursday, 24 January 2019

Chinese New Year card

Chinese New Year falls quite early in the Western calendar this year, with New Year's Day falling on February 5th, although celebrations go on from January 28th to February 15th. Red and gold are very festive colours and can be seen everywhere, especially in the "lai see" packets that people gift good luck money in, so I've based my card around those colours, even though it was actually inspired by the latest Library Challenge, which is "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo".

Both the dragon stamp and the sentiment are ones I have had for many years - neither carries a brand name. The coin is a genuine old Chinese coin and the gold thread is Goldfingering crochet yarn left over from my crocheting days - it must be around 50 years old. I just knew it would come in handy some time!

Here is the book cover for comparison - a book I really loved. I've enjoyed the sequels, too, even those written by a different author who has managed to capture Stieg Larsson's tone brilliantly.


I am also sharing this card with Watercooler Wednesday - Holidays around the World 


Dawn Phillips said...

This is brilliant. I love that dragon stamp. Love Dawn x

Karen Brown said...

Stunning card! And the coin and 50 year old thread complement your design perfectly. Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday!

Marina said...

Just perfect! A classic oriental look - the coin/ yarn combo is fantastic. Thanks for joining The Library.

Donna Scholz said...

What a beautiful card, Jane! I think I might have that same stamp... so your card is a real inspiration for me to pull it out!!! Thank you for joining us for this week's challenge at Watercooler Wednesday!!! -Donna

Heidi Weaver said...

You've created an awesome card for the Chinese New Year, Jane. The black seems almost lacquered and shows off that gold foil and the red beautifully. I love that wonderful stamped dragon and that tied-on good luck money. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Challenge this week.

Lady Joyful said...

This is such a gorgeous card! Love the colours and the fabulous dragon. Thank you for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT