Updated: Jan 31, 2021
After making my Chinese New Year red envelope design this year with a cherry blossom theme, I had a few requests for an ox or cow one so here it is! Those born in the year of the ox are known to be hard working, positive, and honest. I always found it fun to read about the animal of the year you were born in and what they symbolize. I think the neatest looking animal in the lunar calendar is the dragon. How cool would it be to be to be born in the year of the dragon?!
For my ox design, I did a similar design where there are small cutouts for the shape of the ox. I started with this profile outline but afterwards, got inspired to do a front facing one, too. You can find the other front facing design link below. Let me know which one you like better in the comments below or if you'd like to see something else! Other than outlines, I also like the look of layered stickers. I don't have sticker stock on hand much though which is why you don't see it as much in my designs. I have also tried gluing paper stock on top each other instead of cutouts but personally, I liked the cutout look better. Let me know what you've tried and like!
I've update my site menu so it's easier for you to search my designs based on category. You can now see all of my Chinese New Year designs by going to 'Cricut Designs' in the menu and then selecting the event, 'Chinese New Year'. I hope this is helpful!
- 2 Light Card Stock in different colors like red and gold (or you can be different and use different colors!)
- Glue (Elmer’s or craft glue for the gold backing and hot glue for the )
- Makes 4 red envelopes in a standard 12x12 sheet.
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- Remove stuck cutouts (if any) after cutting. Although I made my design so that the cutouts are big enough to not require weeding, sometimes you might find 1 or 2 that haven’t fall out. Check for this before you glue the backing because it’s easier to poke it out beforehand.
- Don’t use hot glue on the gold backing part. I did this initially and it created a slight gap between the red and gold paper and I thought it didn’t look as nice.
- Use glue very sparingly. I tried Elmer’s glue next and used way too much initially. It oozed out into the cutout part of the design and warped the paper.
- Fold envelope after glue dries completely. Allow for enough time for the glue to dry BEFORE folding the envelope. I got a little excited a few times and did it early and the gold backing popped off!
If you follow these tips then your envelope will come out looking like mine in the photo, I hope you like it!
When you click on the link below, you will be taken to page that looks like below. Simply click the 'Open' button to get to the project.
If you like this design, you might like some of my other Chinese New Year envelope designs too. Clicking on a below image will take you to the project page. You can also go to my site menu and select 'Cricut Projects' and then 'Chinese New Year'.