Friday, September 29, 2023

Love Warms the Soul (Mid-Autumn Festival) feat. Catherine Pooler

Today, the Chinese culture is celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival (also called the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival). This is the time of year that I miss my parents the most because my parents would spoil us with mooncakes in bulk and make so many delicious sweets. All of these things were a delicacy and rarely eaten otherwise. It was a special time to gather with family, give thanks to the good things in life and pray for longevity and good fortune.

I love making Asian-inspired cards, especially for Chinese New Year and you can see more of them on my blog HERE. Catherine Pooler's Lantern Festival stamp set and coordinating dies immediately came to mind and I stamped the three lanterns in Green Tea, Aquatini and Serenade.

Naturally, I wanted to add mooncakes or some kind of cake but I don't own any Catherine Pooler stamps that would've worked as a mooncake or some kind of small cake so I had to use the adorable dumplings and chopsticks from Hey There Dumpling, which I stamped with Buttercream, It's a Girl and Slate.

Today is also National Coffee Day so I included a mug from the Pumpkin Season stamp set and coordinating dies, stamped in Tranquil. The apple and pretty leaves are from the Woodland Wonder stamp set and coordinating dies, stamped with Lemongrass, MacchiatoIt's a Girl and Aquatini. Can you believe this is my first time inking up both of these stamp sets?! I believe they were released at least two years old and I've never used them. Well, now they're going to get lots of love!

To create the background, I cut the largest of the Scallops & Dots Dies from silver opulent cardstock and blended Tranquil and Serenade ink on the inner panel. I misted it with water and added gold splatters. Before assembling the layers, I gold heat embossed the strings and tassels for the lanterns and cut a piece of patterned paper from Black Tie Gala (retired but I've linked to an alternate).

You may wonder why I mixed gold and silver on this card (and I believe it's the first and only time I've done that) but it works! I did try all gold and all silver but it didn't look right. I used a combination of liquid glue, double-sided tape, glue dots and foam squares to attach all the elements to the card base for varying amounts of dimension and visual interest. I just love this combination of images and soft colours for today's celebration!

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