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Wee Shamrocks Pack a Punch!

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.

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Little shamrock note card

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30 Day Coloring Challenge – Day 6

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One of the best ways to meet a 30 Day Coloring Challenge is to sign up for an Online Card Class. I am currently making my way through the Watercolor for Card Makers: Intermediate Techniques. These particular flowers were made with a technique shared by Yana Smakula. I added to the image with coordinating blue and green splatters of paint.

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Lilac and Butterfly -Bootcamp

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Using this image from Jennifer Dove, we worked on the tip to tip technique with Copic markers.  With this technique, you take one marker and touch it to the tip of another marker and then apply your color.  I practiced this predominantly on the butterfly using Cadmium Red and Cadmium Yellow markers.

Copic Bootcamp

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You’re my Special-Tree

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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.

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Distressed paper source

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A while ago I experimented with zig clean color markers on this letterpress card I received in the mail that was purchased at Paper Source. I decided to continue the experiment by putting some distress micro glaze over the pink flower to keep it bright and then adding Distress stain and ink to the rest of the card. I finished it off with some shimmer spray just to see what it would look like.

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Thanks

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I pounced alcohol inks in green and metallic gold on to Yupo paper.  I found the die cut leaves at Target and colored some of them with Distress. Putting some foam under the Yupo, I adhered it to some Neenah Desert Storm card stock. For the “thanks” sentiment from Simon Says Stamp, I used Ranger Carnation Red Archival Ink and experimented stamping it directly onto a piece of foam. The card is finished with an acorn accent from Little B.