Mama Elephant

Mama Elephant Designer Series: Fortune Envelopes

The Lunar New Year 2020 falls on on Saturday, January 25,2019, beginning the year of the Rat, and one of the most celebrated holidays for many cultures! As part of tradition, people exchange gifts, and one of the most common gifts is the red envelope. So guess what? Today’s inspiration will be about making your own red envelope with little scenes using the new Fortune Envelope Creative Cuts along with several Lunar New Year themed stamp sets.

Not only do the Fortune Envelope CC make perfectly sized envelopes to fit a dollar bill folded in half, it also is a good size for decorating and creating a mini scene on the front. The first thing I did was use the envelope die to die cut several red envelopes out of 65lb cardstock. I recommend using cardstock or paper that is 65lb or less.

I brought out my watercolors to create fun, quick backgrounds that I will be using for my mini scenes. I used theĀ scallop frame die as a guide to paint loose rectangles onto watercolor paper. I used a wet-on-wet technique to mix it red, orange, yellow, and metallic gold/copper paint for this background.

Once the backgrounds are dry, I used the die to die cut each of these scallop square pieces. I then stamped several images from the stamp set Lion Dance in a dark brown hybrid ink and colored the images with copic markers. I also usd the matching dies to die cut out the images. Once I had an arrangement in mind for each of the little scenes, I then heat embossed various sentiments from the Lunar Sayings stamp set in gold onto the little backgrounds.

I have adhered the images that I had colored and die cut onto each envelope with foam tape.

I easily made four variations of these red envelopes with the images that I colored, but there are tons and tons of possibilities with these sets, and even more possibilities with other lunar new year themed sets such as the Lunar Animals, Lunar Extras, Zodiac Mouse (for the Year of the Rat), and even Little Agenda Pandas!

These envelopes are great for all occassions even if you don’t celebrate Lunar New Year. You can easily turn these into money envelopes for the holidays and birthdays!

Hope you enjoy today’s inspiration and see you next time!