January 25, 2009

Chinese New Year!


My Dad has been doing consulting work in China during the past year. So this card is for him and his clients in honor of the Chinese Lunar New Year (which is on Jan 26 this year). They are 15 hours ahead of my time zone, so I decided to post it today since their fireworks and New Year's Eve celebrations will have already started by now. I created the background with my Chinese "chop" that my Dad had made for me. A chop is a Chinese stamp or seal usually put on art works and documents to indicate the maker or writer. Mine is made of stone - which you can see below. The characters on the top line sound like my name when spoken. And then the meaning of the characters on the bottom line are "beautiful work of art". The ink paste used with a Chinese seal is different from stamping ink - it's very thick and takes forever to dry. It was so fun to get a chance use it and of course it went perfectly with the new A Muse Ox stamp (by Missy Ballance)!


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Images and notecards by A Muse. Chinese seal and ink paste; Versafine black and Sepia ink; EK Success whale circle punch, foam tape.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is a very cute card Emily. I miss you SO much. I went to a Chinese New Year party last nite and I'm an ox! Happy New Year.

A long lost friend!!! ???
Have fun at CHA.

Anonymous said...

A very cute card! What a thoughtful idea...and perfect for the Chinese New Year.

Scoopy's mom said...

That was Scoopy's mom in the previous comment.

june said...

gorgeous!! love the chinese stamp!

Dawn said...

Wow, this card is so perfect!

jill grace said...

Your stone block is amazing... what a special thing to have :) It's stamp goes perfectly with the new ox. Very clever card!

Novell said...

Wow! That's cool! Hope you're having fun at CHA. I wish I was there with you again this year. Maybe next year...

Jen said...

So cute!! I wish I had a Chinese chop! Love this card!

Jennie M said...

This is a great card Emily! And that chop is really cool!

jenstamps said...

What a very cool thing to have and such an amazing gift to come from your Dad!

mtfalco said...

Love this emily! The chop is great. I haven't used mine in so long... I should dig it out. And the year of the ox is my year too! =)