shared by Elizabeth Holloway

Directions below are for the Chinese New Year sample.

Cardstock pieces:

4-1/4″ x 11″ real red cardstock, score and fold at 5 1/2 and 8 1/4.

4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ basic black cardstock.

4″ x 5-1/4″ real read red cardstock


  1. Make markings on the back of the black cardstock to get your centre mark. Make markings on your oval framelits to get the centre point of the x and y axil. Align your framelits with the markings and attached the framelits with tape.
  2. Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 real red cardstock to back of the basic black. Run it through the big shot. You may have to do multiple passes through the big shot. Once those two pieces are cut, then align your basic black to the base card. Outline the opening and then realign the framelit oval again. To ensure that it stays in place, add a piece of tape to the edge of the framelit. Run it through the big shot.
  3. Stamp the 4 x 5 1/4 real red cardstock with Circle Circus stamp set with StazOn ink.
  4. Stamp Aviary in versamark on real red cardstock and pour detailed gold embossing powder over the image. Shake off excess, and heat gun the powder until it is melted. Then cut the images. For the short lantern, I cut off the top.
  5. The tassels I created using SU retired gold cord. I wrapped around a 1 1/2″ chipboard 12x and tied it and attached it to the back of the “lantern”. Because the I did not want to show the cord on the back, I trimmed another lantern and attach it to the back. Repeat for the smaller lantern.
  6. Attach the large lantern behind the real red cardstock before adhering it to the black base card. You can add a frame around your opening if you wish.
  7. Pop dot the smaller lantern and trim the tassel if needed.

Inside, the black mat measures 4 x 5 1/4 with a very vanilla cardstock that measures 3 7/8 x 5 1/8. The Chinese New Year Characters were printed from my printer. I layered with the black cardstock and then pop it up with dimensionals. To add a little more touch, I brought the lantern inside the card.