It is time for a new challenge by Anything but a card blog, and it is an open theme. So I am taking the opportunity to show you something from our celebrations in Flanders. On the eleventh day of the eleventh month we celebrate St Martin (Sint Marteen) that I think I can call our Thanksgiving/Halloween mixture. On that day children walk around the street with paper lanterns, singing songs and getting rewarded by preferably healthy sweets like nuts, or gingerbread cookies. Actually it is a celebration for the end of the agricultural year and the beginning of the enjoyment of the harvest, earth’s bounty. St Martin is known as the patroon of children and poor, as the one who supplies the needy during the hardship of winter.
So I made my paper lanterns for that night.
First I die cut my lanterns from chipboard and one I coloured silver:
and the other gold with spray inks.
I took an acetate sheet that I coloured with alcohol inks:
as a lantern has four sides so I needed to cut every sheet to 4 little windows:
I thought I am going to apply the warm orange/yellow coloured acetate windows into the silver coloured lantern. I used Stazon ink to stamp on my acetate, on one window the birds that are leaving our land for the winter and the trees that are letting their leaves fall down. They look like shadow drawings with the candle behind.
I was placing them on tissue paper so you can see the stamps. The purple/red coloured acetate I applied on the golden lantern. Here I used some stars to represent the night and some music notes for the singing.
I assembled my lanterns:
And finally I placed my candles inside:
With the little light of these lanterns I would like to remind you that as the nights are getting longer and the cold weather comes on us, the light of creating can warm our hearts! So now you have a full month to create something, Anything but a card, the theme is open and you are welcome to show us what you made. Our team will be here every week to inspire you with new projects!