In Chinese societies, a red envelope or red packet containing money is given during holidays or special occasions such as weddings, the birth of a baby or graduation. Its origin began over 2000 years ago when the elderly would thred coins onto red string to ward off evil spirits. As the printing press became popular the string was replaced with a decorated envelope and the traditional symbol of “evil spirit” was replaced with that of “old age”. Today the gift is typically handed to younger people to ward off sickness and encourage a long and healthy life. I just love that sentiment! With Chinese New year coming up February 19th, I wanted to design an envelope that used the same apple blossom design that we used on our pretty Spring paper lanterns last Monday. The salmon red paper I used is a subtle twist on the traditional hot red and gives a softness that sits perfectly with the gold foil apple blossom print. This is a printable PDF using 8.5 x 11 paper and is designed to fit a standard US dollar bill.

Love the crepe paper cherry blossom branch in the background of our photograph? You can find the tutorial here. Enjoy and Happy Chinese New Year! ~ Lia