The shamrock is a tiny little plant that is known everywhere St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated. Find one with 4 leaves and the impact is even greater as it is the epitome of good luck. I felt very lucky to find a small pair of letterpress type, vintage shamrocks – an outline version and a filled in version. I felt the filled in version gave a better sense of the shamrock with that wonderful green.
If you have been wanting to get in touch with someone but didn’t feel you had a reason to, why not break the ice with this adorable shamrock? When people feel the paper and the impression in the paper, they know it is something special. Just like when we were kids and we would look and look and look through clover growing wild to see if we could be so lucky as to find the four leaf clover, this little shamrock impressed into the paper causes you to pause and look and be in the moment.
Little shamrock note card
Oh, Christmas Tree, I love how adorable and tiny you are! I printed this using a vintage image on vintage letterpress equipment on 100% cotton paper. Can’t get better than that!
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Right in time for Thanksgiving I am excited to offer you my first holiday card – the tiny gilded turkey! The cards are 3.5 x 5 (envelope included) and are blank inside making them perfect to send as well wishes for the holiday or thank you to your host and/or hostess for the festive day. The turkey image is from a vintage letterpress block on my vintage letterpress machine. Each one is individually hand printed on Crane Lettra paper. You can feel the imprint of the image pressed into this lush paper, giving you pause, because this feels like something special.
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We were given the paper and an uncolored image. The exercise was to choose the colors for the image that would coordinate color-wise with all the papers we were given. The fun thing about this image is that one of the sponsors of the Retreat, Little Miss Muffet Stamps, created the “Jennifer” stamp in the image of our instructor, Copic Bootcamp/Retreat creator, Jennifer Dove. The sentiment is one of Jennifer’s favorite sayings to keep us all moving!
Online Card Classes has a class that is all about exploring different watercolor mediums. It is terrific! For this piece I used a Cherry Blossom stamp from Roi in Korea. Stamped it in Versamark ink on Distress Watercolor cardstock and heat embossed it with Ranger Gold embossing powder. I used Tombow Dual Brush pens and water to color in the image and the background. To finish it off, I applied Versamark ink around the edges and heat embossed them with the same Gold embossing powder.