Maidin mhaith, y’all – it’s Thursday and that means it’s Happy Stampers Blog Hop Day! And it’s also St. Patrick’s Day so I thought it would be good to give you an Irish greeting. Just so you know, that was “Good Morning, y’all”. Turns out there’s not really a translation for “y’all”! 😉
This week at the Blog Hop, we all worked on a sketch for you! I hope that you’ll check out all the other ladies’ offerings. It’s always fun to see how we all interpret the sketch.
I decided that, since it’s St. Patrick’s Day and all that, I’d bring you a little something with Shamrocks! Now, you’re probably asking yourself….”Self, why are Shamrocks associated with Ireland??” Well, perhaps this poem will help you….
Oh The Shamrock
Through Erin’s Isle,
To sport awhile,
As Love and Valor wander’d
With Wit, the sprite,
Whose quiver bright
A thousand arrows squander’d.
Where’er they pass,
A triple grass
Shoots up, with dew-drops streaming,
As softly green
As emeralds seen
Through purest crystal gleaming.
Oh the Shamrock, the green immortal Shamrock!
Of Bard and Chief,
Old Erin’s native Shamrock!
Did that help? Well, never mind. Anywho – I combined some “shamrocks” with the Over the Rainbow stamp set – cuz, you know, pots of gold and leprechauns and all that! Take a look-see:
I started by making the card front, pulling a piece of Whisper White card stock and cutting it just a little narrower than I normally would – to account for the sketch’s stripe up the right side of the card. Then I used an oval die (I confess I’ve forgotten which one exactly – but I think it was the smallest one. I’m typing this post from Huntsville or I’d walk over to my desk and double check! But- the oval is about 2 1/4″ long!) from the Ovals Collection Framelits. I centered it on the overall width of the card – not on the center of the narrower card front. Did that make sense?
I cut the oval and then ran the panel back thru the Big Shot, this time ensconced in the Brick Wall TIEF. Then I sponged the edges with Pink Pirouette ink.
For the sentiment, I cut a piece of Whisper White a little bigger than my oval and stamped the sentiment from Over the Rainbow. I first inked just the words “You are the” in Basic Black Archival Ink. It was easy to do – this is a photopolymer set, so I just eyeballed inking the top line of the image. After I’d stamped it, I cleaned the stamp really well, and made sure the ink was very dry (I even hit it with my Heat Tool to be sure!). Then I covered the rest of the stamp with tape and inked the word “Gold” with Versamark ink, lined it up and stamped it under the first words. I sprinkled it with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat embossed it. Then I sponged the edges with some more Pink Pirouette ink.
I SNAILd the sentiment panel to a piece of English Garden DSP – aligning it under where the oval was going to be when I placed the card front on. Then I popped the embossed card front over that with Stampin’ Dimensionals! I aligned the card front with the left side of the mat – ensuring my wider stripe was visible on the right side of the card.
Then I got busy gardening! I made each of the Shamrocks with….my Hearts Border Punch and a 1/2″ Circle Punch! Each Shamrock consists of 4 hearts punched with the Hearts Border Punch, creased in the middle and then adhered point-in to a 1/2″ Circle Punch circle. I made them from Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzazz (this is part of why I keep card stock scraps. That and I’m a bit of a packrat….!). I wanted to do something that would make them look a little more like actual leaves and a little less like card stock hearts. So….out to Google I went! And I found this:
So, using my Signo White Gel Pen, I scribbled little tiny lines on each heart, transforming them into “shamrocks”!
Then I brushed them all over with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen! And added small Pearl Basic Jewels that I’d colored with Sharpies. This past weekend I bought a giant pack of fun-colored Sharpies, so I had like 4 different colors of green!
The flowers are Itty Bitty Accent Punch flowers, cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, rolled a little with my bone folder and then edge-sponged lightly with Pink Pirouette ink. I finished them off with pink-Sharpie-colored Pearl Basic Jewels.
All that was left was to use Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere the Shamrocks in as artful a “fall” as I could. I added the little pinkish flowers over the top of the leaves.
It seemed appropriate to add some touches of gold – so, I cut several very short little pieces of Gold Metallic thread, dipped their ends in a dab of Liquid Glue, and stuck them here and there into my spray of Shamrocks. On the edge of the card, I wrapped a length of 1/8″ Gold Ribbon – adhering it in the back with some scotch tape. And that was it for the card front!
On the inside, I started with a panel of Whisper White card stock. I stamped the second part of the Over the Rainbow sentiment stamp in Basic Black Archival Ink in the center of the panel. Then, using my Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Markers, I colored the “swatch” image from Over the Rainbow and stamped it just under the sentiment. I finished it off by stamping the “Rainbow”word over my rainbow! Then I sponged the edges with Pink Pirouette.
I ran a strip of the English Garden DSP across the bottom of the panel and added another length of the 1/8″ Gold Ribbon, using a little scotch tape on the back to hold it in place. Then I SNAILd it to a mat of English Garden DSP and into my Whisper White card base. I also SNAILd the card front on and the card was done!
For the envelope, I repeated the Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz rainbow on the front of a Medium Whisper White Envelope…
…and one last piece of the English Garden DSP to cut a liner with my Envelope Liner Framelits!
Et Voila! Shamrocks and Rainbows – the luck o’ the Irish for sure! I love this card – the hearts ended up making really pretty shamrocks and the Wink of Stella makes them shine so prettily! I hope that you like my Blog Hop offering today!
May you have all the happiness
And luck that life can hold
– And at the end of your rainbows
May you find a pot of gold.
~ Old Irish Blessing
Now that you’ve seen my card, please take a little time to visit all the Happy Stampers Team blogs today and see what great projects they’ve made to show Sandi their support!
If you click on the Next Blog button, you’ll go right to Jari Francis’ page. And you can just click on the names below to go direct to all the blogs!
Mary Deatherage – YOU ARE HERE!
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CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT
Whisper White Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base; scored and folded at 5 1/2″); 3 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ (card front); sentiment panel is about 3″ x 3″ behind the card front; 4″ x 5 1/4″ (inner liner)
English Garden DSP: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mats for card front and inner liner); 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ (inner liner strip); envelope liner
Scraps of Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzazz: Hearts Border punch Shamrocks
Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper: Itty Bitty Accents punch flowers
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