Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Celebrating Boys Day with Pochacco

Happy Boys Day! Today, May 5th was traditionally celebrated as Boys Day or "Tango no Sekku" in Japan until recent times when it was changed to Childrens Day or "Kodomo no hi". But traditional Boys Day customs still seem to persist and Japanese families continue to display samurai warrior swords, helmets and dolls in their homes, and fly "koinobori" or carp streaners outdoors. For Boys Day this year, I wanted to surprise my son in law with some "happy mail" so I got a few Boys Day treats and a made a fun gift card holder to send him.

Finally decided to give the pop up gift card holder everyone else has been making for years a try. Lots and lots of tutorials on the web for these. I used the tutorial for a tri-fold one by Angie Leach on her blog Too Cool Stamping. Really like how she added a window to the front panel!
For the front of my card, I created a cutfile for adorable little Pochacco holding a fish to add to the window.

Here's the card opened with the gift card standing in the center. Found some cute and colorful koinobori images by doing a Google search and added them as a border to the inside of the card. More cutesy than masculine, but I'm hoping my son in law will like it!


Lynn said...

I didn't do any Boy's Day crafting this year due to trips, but I'll pretend that I made your card and gift...*wink* Wink* I am so inspired by your work. Next year I hope to be a better mom and craft something nice like you did.

Kathy said...

Wow, as usual, your post left me all goose bumpy! Very natsukashi for me! I used to see those carp streamers, sort of like wind socks, all over the place when I lived near Mt. Fuji. Of course he will love it! Thanks for the link to the tutorial! I'll have to go give my son a big hug now for Boy's Day. When did Japan get all politically proper and turn this holiday into kids day? I love the amazing displays of all those dolls on girls day and the kits on boys day!

Tina H said...

OMGeeee so cute!! The details are fabulous!! I just love this :)