Happy Year of the Horse!

January 31 is Chinese New Year and marks the start of the Year of the Horse. So in honor of that, I made a couple of these cards:

2014 Chinese New Year

I tried to cut out the words “Happy Chinese New Year” from cardstock, but could not find a font that would cut that small without the letters tearing. So it was the perfect opportunity to use my Silhouette Sketch Pens!

Key lessons I learned with this project:

  • Cutting out thin shapes is easy – getting the thin shapes off the mat takes patience. And gluing the thin shape takes even MORE patience. (Thank goodness for that fine tipped glue stick I picked up last week!)
  • Measure twice and cut once – this applies to paper crafts and not just construction projects. I “thought” my notecards were 4″ x 6″ but they were really 4″ x 5.5″. First round of cuts didn’t quite work, and I adjusted the design the second time around anyway.

I notice that many blog posts sharing Silhouette projects note which shapes were used in case others want to do something similar, so here goes:

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