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
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!
This is one of the new dies from Simon Says Stamp – Window Panes. Origami paper works wonderfully with die cutting as it is thin yet very strong at the same time. Card base is from Hero Arts.
The adorable roosters (Ranger gold embossing powder) and background stamps (Distress Festive Berries ink) are new from Mama Elephant. I went around the edges of the Lipstick Red cardstock from Simon Says Stamp with Distress Festive Berries and Vintage Photo after I added some dots with a white gel pen. I stacked this piece on top of some origami paper and a Hero Arts card base.
Happy Year of the Rooster!
I die cut the Hero Arts Confetti Stars into some Tim Holtz Heavy stock. I Distressed the stock with Evergreen Bough, Iced Spruce, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Gathered Twigs. Over the top of that, I put some white gel pen dots and Shimmer Spray. After heat setting, this piece was adhered to some Simon Says Stamp Surf Blue card stock.
I heat embossed the Simon Says Stamp Ranunculus with Ranger gold embossing powder and then I continued to layer the gold embossing powder on top of that. Then, I die cut that gold piece with the new Hero Arts Star Confetti die. I found these adorable wood cut trees at Target and all of that was placed onto a Hero Arts piece of red shimmery card stock.
For this card I used the Hero Arts snow globe die, cutting the card stock and 2 foam sheets for some depth. The bat was die cut with a Mover and Shaper die and he/she is flying through some charred birch trees and orange snow. For the bat I used the Idea-ology glitter paper that I mounted on to a foam sheet. The birch trees were made with a new Stampers Anonymous birch tree stencil and some Distress texture paste that was heat embossed with Distress Black Soot powder. I stamped the lines on the base and then colored the base with Copic markers from the warm gray group. I tied the base with some twine from Idea-ology. I then applied Distress Rock Candy Stickles and when that was dry, I went over the surface with Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Inks.
I’ve added this to my Etsy shop which you can see here.
I received this card in the mail that had been purchased at Paper Source. The quality of the paper was excellent and the pattern lent itself perfectly for coloring so I decided to experiment with Zig Clean Color markers.