Monday, June 11, 2012

A Chinese Thank You card with Washi Tape {plus free download}


Last Saturday was the last day of Chinese School. The girls have been looking very forward to this day. Saturday mornings have been hard when they had to get up early for their 9am lessons and weekly tests and they were excited to get a break.


Even though Hubby and I speak Mandarin fluently, we don't converse in the language at home. The only time that the kids get to practice Chinese is when they are in school. There are over 600 students in this school and we are grateful that every teacher here is very dedicated in helping the students learn their "mother-tongue".



I had prepared a small gift for the teachers but I also wanted to include a card. Lettering Delights couldn't have released the Happily Ever After collection at a better time because the Chinese doll SVG is just what I needed. It is perfect for my Thank You cards!


For this partial print-and-cut card, I used Silhouette Studio Designer Edition with my Cameo. As with all Lettering Delights SVGs, I turned on the Cut Lines and Ungroup the image as soon as I brought it onto the virtual mat.


I arranged and resized all the images on the virtual mat to get a preview of how my finished card would look like. Even though the screenshot above shows that the registration marks have been turned on, I decided not to use the print-and-cut feature. To reduce wastage of paper, I positioned the Chinese words on the top right-hand side of the mat and cut out the card front with my paper trimmer. For more dimension, I cut out the layers for the doll on different colored cardstock and paper-pieced them together with glue and foam tape.


I used a mixture of Michael's Recollection brand and American Crafts cardstock to cut out the doll. I also used yellow rhinestones for the flower centers and mini pearls for the doll's earrings. To add more color and interest to the white background, I tore small strips of washi tape and adhered them to the card.


The girls were delighted to see the finished cards and I was happy with how they turned out. If you do not already own the Happily Ever After Cut Its (SVG) set, you can click here to get it from the Lettering Delights website. If you would like to make your own Chinese Thank You cards, just click on the folder icon below for a free download of the Chinese characters for "Thank You". I have included files in the following formats:

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.mtc
.svg

Click on the folder icon below to get your files:
 

12 comments :

  1. Awwwww Jin that is sooo cute. I love it.

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  2. adorable!! i love it, it is perfect!
    thanks for the free xie xie characters!

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  3. Jin.....I love that you are teaching the children Mandarin, too. You made beautiful cards and I thank you for the file for the Chinese characters for "Thank You". Hugs, Lorna

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  4. Thanks, Jin. Your card is just lovely. The teachers will be impressed.

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  5. that you! I love the card. Going to have to make a couple up for my mother in-law :)

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  6. Thank you for the downloads of the Chinese Thank You. And as always your card is simply adorable. Very lucky children, very lucky us.

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  7. Merci, Gracias, Thanks, Grazie!!!

    I don't know what the word in Chinese is :(

    Hugs,

    Carmen L

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  8. Awesome, thank you!!! Your card is adorable, as always!

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  9. Thank You so much- Xie Xie!!! My daughter is teaching English in China and I love to find fun things like this to send to her! Thanks for sharing and I LOVE your card!!!

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  10. Hi, your card is adorable and so apropos of the occasion. I have a cameo question for you, please. Why is the step "ungroup" necessary when you choose the cut function? Thank you.

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    1. If all the different layers were Grouped together, Sil Studio will not be able to pick out which layer exactly you want to set for cutting. It doesn't make sense to set the whole entire image to Cut or you will end up with shredded paper. You need to Ungroup the image to release the different layers in order for the program to be able to tell them apart, and for you to set each layer to cut or no cut.

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