So, we’re on to the next holiday and it’s all about green. I wanted to do a kind of non-traditional background on the card. I just love the Very Versailles stamp set and I thought the script stamp and the branch and leaves would make a great background, and it does. The sentiment is from the Word Wishes dies, and the shamrocks were made from hearts I punched out from the Stitched Be Mine dies and then placed the pointed ends together to make a shamrock.

This card actually came together pretty quickly.

Supplies

  • Shaded Spruce cardstock
  • Basic White thick cardstock
  • Word Wishes dies
  • Stitched Be Mine dies
  • Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper
  • Shaded Spruce Stamp Pad
  • Soft Seafoam Stamp Pad
  • Sponge daubers
  • Stampin Sponges
  • Wink of Stella
  • Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels (optional)
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine
  • Bone Folder
  • Silicone Craft Sheet
  • Take Your Pick Tool
  • Mini glue dots

Instructions

  • Cut Shaded Spruce cardstock 4 1/2 x 11 and score at 5 1/2. Fold at the crease and burnish the edge with your bone folder.
  • Cut a piece of Forever Greenery DSP 5 1/4 x 4.
    • I used the paper with the green dots on it. The greenery on the other side and on the other papers didn’t seem appropriate for this card. You can easily use other DSP that you might have on hand with green patterns on it. Or you could even take a piece of Basic White cardstock and stamp images all over it in Shaded Spruce ink.
  • For the next step, cut a piece of Basic White cardstock 3 3/4 x 5 and place it on a piece of Stampin Up grid paper or some other paper to protect your surface from ink.
  • Take one of your sponge finger daubers and dab it into your Soft Seafoam inkpad and rub it onto the cardstock in circular motions working from the outside in. I did this on all four sides but not the center. The Soft Seafoam ink gives the white cardstock just a hint of color. If you want a little darker color, you could try Old Olive or Garden Green, but before adding those colors to the cardstock, first rub some of it off onto the grid paper so you don’t end up with dark splotches.
  • Ink up the script stamp from Very Versailles on your Shaded Spruce inkpad. Stamp off on the grid paper once and then stamp onto the cardstock.
  • Do the same with the leaf image. Stamp off once, and then stamp onto the cardstock. Remember, those two images are meant to be in the background.
  • From the Word Wishes dies, pull out the ones that say Happy St. Patrick’s Day and die cut them on Shaded Spruce cardstock using your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.
  • The way to apply adhesive to the back of the die-cut words without making a mess is to cut a piece from you Stampin Sponge (or any kind of sponge really) and clip a small spring clip to it that will act as kind of a handle.
  • Squirt some multipurpose glue onto a silicone craft sheet and dab the glue with the sponge. Then dab the back of each die cut word and place on top of your stamped background image. Assuming you didn’t dab too much glue on, they should adhere easily and with no mess.
  • For the shamrocks, use the multi-heart die and die cut from Shaded Spruce cardstock. You will end up with a lot of little individual green hearts, and the die will likely have a strip in it that you can pick out and is a bunch of connected hearts. You can save that for another project. All you will be using are the individual hearts.
  • Select 4 hearts that are the same size and 4 additional hearts that are the same size. Each set of 4 does not have to be the same size as the other set of 4. One set can be a little larger than the other.
  • This is where your Take Your Pick Tool will come in really handy. Using the putty end, pick up one of your hearts and lay it onto a mini glue dot from your strip of dots. Don’t lift it up yet. Lay all 4 hearts onto glue dots. Now flip over to the pointed end of the Take Your Pick tool (the picker upper part). Peel one heart off the tape and lay it on the cardstock on either the top left or lower right of the card with the point facing the middle. Pick up another heart and lay its pointed end against the pointed end of the other heart. Then pick up a 3rd heart and place it to the side and the 4th one goes on the other side, like the picture below.
  • Now do the same thing with the other end of the card. If you placed your first set on the top left, then adhere your 2nd set on the lower right – or vice versa.
  • The final step is totally optional, but I put some glitter on the shamrocks and the words with my clear Wink of Stella brush. I used it to write over the words with the little brush to give it a little sparkle, and did the same thing to the shamrocks. I think it takes it up a notch.

If you’re planning to send out St. Patrick’s Day cards, this one would be a good one to try.

Thank you for stopping by today. Below is a list of supplies I used to make the card, as well as a reminder from Winnie the Pooh to enjoy the little things in life.

Winnie the Pooh and Piglet

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