It’s Sabrina here this Friday – and continuing with the symbolism of the crane which I shared on my last card of the year, I am using a good luck cricket in a cage for my first card of the new year. While I am using him to wish you good fortune in the new year, he would be great as a good luck card at any time.
Crickets have played a part in Chinese culture for over 2000 years. During the Tang Dynasty (from 500 BC to 618 AD) they were highly respected for their “singing”, and it was during this period that the custom started of catching them and keeping them in little cages. They’re considered as a symbol of good luck – and I hope this one will bring you good luck in 2017.
I stamped my image on white card, and then debated whether to colour the cage to look like natural cane, but in the end I went for a red lacquer look. as this is such a lovely decorative cage.
The background layer was some patterned Asian card which I embossed with a clockwork embossing folder (to denote the passing of time) and then swiped with a gold ink pad and heat-embossed with gold embossing powder. I punched the corners and added it to a black base.
To mount the cricket image, I used a scalloped oval cut from black card, with piercing details and some Stickles in green to pick up on the green cricket. I added a simple sentiment die-cut from black card using Tim Holtz dies, with clear packing tape over the black card to give it a lacquered look in keeping with the style of the card.
As you can see from the above photo, there’s also a small version of the stamp suitable for decorating an envelope – I stamped mine and embossed it with Chinese Red embossing powder. The stamps are available as the cricket cage with good luck cricket and bonus free miniature image, or they are also available as part of the full sheet of Oriental Images and Texts.