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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Eid-ul-Adha 2017

Eid-ul-Adha is the second celebration in the Islamic calendar, approximately about two months and ten days after Ramadan Eid, which is known as Eid-ul-Fitr. Eid-ul-Adha is known to be the greater of the two, it is also known as the feast of Sacrifice.
My family and I along with the Muslim communities in Australia, celebrated Eid-ul-Adha last weekend. In preparation for the day, I started to make my Eid cards couple of weeks ago. Some of you may recall my post about Eid cards I made for Ramadan Eid with the Eastern Beauty suite of products. This time I have used the 'Night In Bethlehem' bundle  together with 'Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper'. Night In Bethlehem bundle is from the new Holiday catalogue

I am mindful that this backdrop of Bethlehem was probably never intended to be used as a scene for Eid celebrations. But given that both religion shares the same origin, I think this works well for Eid cards as well as Christmas cards. For example, if i had used the images of the Shepherd and the Crib and the large Star on the same design, it would more like a Christmas card. But without those images, its just a Middle-Eastern town, which is perfect for a Eid Card. I have used the Night Sky from 'Card Front Builder Thinlit Dies' to create the silhouette of a night sky in the Mediterranean.  

I attended a craft class by my good friend Carolina Evans, where we did fun fold cards, and ever since then, I have been playing around with various fun fold techniques. I have done an 'Z' fold card before but not one that cascades down like this own. I just love how it turned out, especially considering I had no idea what I was doing. I just kept building it up as I went , until it became so thick that I could hardly close it. Then I said to myself 'maybe I should stop'.

In the inside, I carried on with the same backdrop, and more of the same night sky.

For the second and the third Eid cards, I used the 'Bridge Fold' technique. There are plenty of recipes on this technique on Pinterest, if you're interested to know how to make one. Its a 3D card, allowing to create a background and a foreground. Here I have used the sames images as the background and foreground,  increasing the density of the buildings. But they work just as well when they are different.

I have used paper from the Eastern Palace suite of products, giving it more of a middle-eastern vibe. 

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  1. Irene, you have made these cards so beautifully. I think it is wonderful that could do this,multi-skilling, multi-religions. Yes, this set I would say was designed for Christian Religions celebrations, but as you said, they are from the same origins; So you are able to use them to celebrate your Muslim Religion.
    When I first saw this Bundle it reminded me of my short but oh so beautiful stay in Dubai in the United Emirates where I will always keep those treasured memories close to my heart. The buildings are amazing with their castle like shapes with Palm trees all around.
    I thank you for educating me, and others about know about your celebrations. It is very interesting to know about each other ways. I love getting to more of different cultures, it gives more purpose in life and loses the ignorance that so many have, We in Australia have so many cultures and beliefs, we should embrace one another's as after all it is about Love.
    Eid-ul-Adha 2017 to you Irene and to your Family.

    1. Dearest Christine, your message is just beautiful and thoughtful. Thank you so much for taking the time write to me, I really appreciate it.

  2. Beautiful cards Irene! Thank you for sharing them with us.
    And as a Christian pastor I see no problem with using the lovely Night in Bethlehem stamp set to make your lovely Eid cards. We are all People of the Book, after all.

    1. Thank you Carole, its really lovely to hear your thoughts

  3. Very creative. Wonderful alternate use of this set. TFS