Thursday, February 25, 2010

Happy New Year!!

It’s always fun to celebrate a new year, even if it isn’t our own!  The Chinese New Year started this month and it has inspired a flurry of Asian styled art throughout the Pennywise artist community.

These elegant tags by PWA designer Michele Aiello-Zendejas are a stunning sight. 


If you can’t get enough of Michele’s art then be sure to stop by our design team webpage and see more!   She’s a talented artisit with lots to share!


Asian Tag Set by Michele Aiello-Zendejas

Gold Card Stock (90lb)


Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Asian Flowers)

Floral scroll die cut (Silhouette SD)

Tiger Graphic (Internet freebie) or Rubber Stamp image

Chinese Female Graphic (Silhouette SD Design) or Rubber Stamp image

Tassel or ribbon

Hole punch


Asian Coin

Square flat back rhinestones

Chinese text from a book

cardstock or paper (white and black)

Flower die cuts (Assorted paper punches)

Chinese money envelopes

Clear Mini Microbeads (Pennywise Arts)

O'So Sticky Tape (Pennywise Arts)

Foam dimensional tape

clear glue


1.  Cut one piece of  8 1/2" x 11" gold cardstock into three tag shapes.  Run them through the Cuttlebug with the Asian flower embossing folder.  The tags are longer than the folder, so you have to run them through twice - moving the folder down the tag to cover the entire tag with embossing.  Punch a hole in the top of each tag and apply and set an eyelet into the hole. 

2.  Cut out the images from three Chinese money envelopes.  Adhere them to the tags.

3.  Adhere the scroll flower die cuts onto the tags.  (I used clear glue, you can use whatever works for you.)

4.  Print or stamp the tigers. Cut them out and adhere one to each tag.  

5.  Print or stamp the girl graphic.  Cover the graphic with O'So Sticky Tape.  Remove the protective liner paper from the tape and place rhinestones onto each flower center.  Then cover the entire graphic with mini micro beads.  Adhere the finished graphics to the tags with foam tape.

6.  Punch three large flowers from a sheet of Chinese text.   Punch three medium flowers from Chinese money envelopes.  Punch three small flowers from the back of a Chinese money envelope.  Stack and adhere them to the tags.  Use a toothpick to curl the flowers to add some dimension.  Use a round flat back rhinestone for the flower centers.

7.  Adhere a Chinese coin with a square flat back rhinestone inside of it to each of the tags.

8.  Attach a tassel to the top of each tag. 

Here’s a closer view of Michele’s amazing attention to detail!



  1. Michele, you have been so busy! Love it!

  2. Just wonderful, Michele!!! There are so many great things to look at on these elaborate creations.

  3. What wonderful tags! These are beautiful.



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