Chinese Lanterns
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Everybody!

When I saw this new Chinese Lanterns die in the Poppystamps collection, I had to put it at the top of my list! My mother always had easy growing Chinese Lanterns planted all around our house, and they will always remind me of my mom. I love to see them in vases, instantly drawn to their papery feel and their dimensional balloony shapes. You will love this die too!


This card is easy-ish to make, but it involves some precision paper piecing and alignment. I started out by cutting the lanterns on a large piece of slate grey paper, then cut them out again in dark orange and green. I inserted a piece of light orange paper behind the grey square, then trimmed the edges so that the top leaf extends off the page. I then added the Painted Square Frame, and inserted the green lanterns inside the grey space and glued everything in place.


This paper looks white in this photo, thanks to the raging storm outside and the extra lighting in my craft room, but it is a smooth shade of light grey. You can see how I added the light orange square behind the grey, and worked the green lantern cut in place until I had a nice fit.


Once everything was adhered securely, I carefully trimmed each dark orange lantern one at a time and glued them right on top of the green lanterns already in place. The combination of raised lantern blossoms and inlay leaves give this card a fun feel too! Once everything was in place, I added a tiny butterfly and a few golden pearls, and mounted the grey panel on a white card stock base.



Thanks so much for joining us today!


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very cute card!!!

Stunning and inspirational and love the use of the vibrant colours. Thank you for the amazing inspiration x

Wow! I love this card!

AWESOME Card!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Design!! =)

Chinese lanterns are a sure sign of Christmas.
Lovely card.


Love your Chinese lanterns! Nice bright colors!

I have never seen chinese lantern flowers before, but what a beautiful card.

Gorgeous card, I love the beautiful Chinese Lanterns, really lovely die. xx

I love this! These dies are so great!

Absolutely lovely!!!

Love the lantern die. My weekly crafting friend wants this die, too. I'm thinking a great Christmas gift for her.

I do love that Chinese Lantern die and you have made a bright, lovely card with it. That is nice that it reminds you of your mother. I feel that way about Lilly of the Valley we had planted all along the side of our house.

Hi Michele, Wow !! I love this card, and the chinese lanterns are fabulous.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Great creation!

Very nice card love the Chinese lanterns.

How sweet! TFS

So beautiful , Michele and I love that it reminds you of your mother! I almost chose that, now I wish I had!

Such a pretty card Michelle ,love the clean lines and the bright colours thank you for sharing.

Love this card Michele. Chinese Lanterns remind me of my childhood and my Grandmothers back yard. What a lovely die.

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