Lunar New Year Fun

Hello Bizzie Bees,

Here in Hong Kong we are celebrating Chinese New Year and welcoming the year of the Monkey!

After receiving your Lai See, what will you be doing with all the empty red packets?

How about making some cards to mail out in the coming months?

A birthday card, a card to say HELLO, a Valentine's day card...

The birthday card above I made for a friend born in the year of the monkey. She's turning 36 in May! Here are the other monkey birth years: 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 if you also know someone with a special birthday this year.

Gather these materials to make your cards:

  • empty lai see packets

  • thin cardboard or heavy paper (re-used cereal boxes are great for making postcards)

  • hole punch (from Kit 2 Pop Up Cards) or your own

  • glue stick, white glue, double sided tape

  • pencil

  • ruler

  • scissors or cutting knife and mat

Here's how I made a Valentine's day postcard:

  1. Measure, mark with pencil and cut out your card using scissors/cutting knife and mat. My Valentine's day postcard was made from one side of a cookie box—14.5x21cm folded in half (for a clean straight fold, score the card with a ruler and a sharp edge).

  2. Sketch out the shapes you want in pencil. I chose two hearts.

  3. Select which red packets to use—look for different shades of red and also gold/coloured foil patterns and designs you like. Cut open along the side and bottom edge of the envelope, then punch out dots with the holepunch.

  4. A glue stick is great for filled shapes like the heart on the left. If doing line designs, use white glue with a thin tip.

  5. Glue or use double sided tape to stick the two halves of the card together if re-using packaging to make postcards.

  6. Flip to the back and draw your address lines.

  7. Write your note, stick on a stamp and post it to a friend!

Have a wonderful Chinese New Year with family and friends and enjoy some extra time to make and create.

P.S. Here's my outline for the birthday card but you can also draw your monkey hanging, dancing, eating cake... : ) Have fun and share your creations with us on Facebook and Instagram. #bizziebeecraftkits #bizziebeecraft

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