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Red the Color of the The New Year

In a little over a week people around the world will be celebrating the Chinese New Year and the Color Red will be a predominant feature of such celebrations.  This year is that of the Earth Dog.  

THE COLOR RED AND THE CHINESE NEW YEAR:For the Chinese Red is the COLOR associated with the element of Fire and is one of the luckiest of all colors.  It is their National color and represents happiness and good fortune.
Both homes and businesses are adorned with red lanterns and it is a color widely used for weddings and other celebratory events.  During the Chinese New Year Celebrations and other special occasions Red Envelopes similar to those found here in store at Altered Pages are stuffed with money and given as gifts with the red packet symbolizing good luck.

Lucky Envelopes found at Altered Pages

You can also make your own quite simply with some supplies such as I have here today. Red Cardstock or Red Satin Shimmer Paper and Antique Gold Metallic Embossing Powder and an Asian Themed Stamp or you may choose to decorate the front of your envelopes with Collage Images.  I chose the latter for mine and used a money envelope template I found on the internet here.
Gather your supplies and cut out templates

Fold along fold lines of template for coin pocket

Stick down folds of template to create pocket and then decorate the front with
stamping with gold embossing or collage images.

Danie xx


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