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Lucky to Know You on St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day Card

Even though St. Patrick’s Day has come & gone for this year, it’s always nice to be able to send a card saying it’s “lucky to know you” any time of the year! Did you know that you can make a “shamrock” card using heart punches? Yes, you can and you don’t even need a “shamrock” punch!

Let me tell you how…

I started by picking a green colour that I liked. Stampin’ Up! has so many greens to pick from! I chose Granny Apple Green (146990) and Shaded Spruce Cardstock (146981) for the greens on this card. After I cut Basic White Cardstock (159276) at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, it was scored & folded at 4-1/4″. This makes the card base. A layer of Granny Apple Green was cut @ 5-1/4″ x 4″ and attached to the card base. Any adhesive will work for this so choose your favourite one. A layer of Basic Black Cardstock (121045), cut at 5″ x 3-3/4″, for the next layer really makes colours “pop” off the page!

Now for the next green layer…

Shaded Spruce Cardstock (146981) cut at 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″. The texture was added by using the Tasteful Textures Embossing Folder (152718) and the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (149653). Now it was ready to be attached over the black layer.

Making the Shamrock (4 Leaf Clover)…

Cut a strip of Granny Apple Green Cardstock at 6″ x 2-1/4″. This size makes for the least amount of waste when you punch 3 hearts with the Scallop Heart Punch from the Heart Punch Pack (151292). Use the Plain Heart Punch from that pack to cut 3 hearts from a green sheet in the Brights Designer Series Paper 6″x6″ (152487). Attach the plain hearts to the scallop hearts. Use Stampin’ Seal to attach 2 completed hearts to the Shaded Spruce layer. Use Stampin Dimensionals to attach the 3rd heart.

This greeting is a must…

Use Shaded Spruce Classic Ink (147088) to stamp the greeting from Oval Occasions Stamp Set (154477) on Basic White Cardstock (159276). A bit more colour was added using the Shaded Spruce Blends (154903) on some of the open images. Punch the greeting out with the scallop oval from the Oval Double Punch (154242) and attach to the Shaded Spruce layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Embellishments and ribbon…

For some shine, you can embellish with Gilded Gems (152478). Attach the stem of the shamrock made using the Curvy Dies (154319). Tie a bow with Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon (146912) attach with a Mini Glue Dot. Your card is ready to send making someone happy!

A few years ago I made this shadow box insert. Notice the tiny hearts used to make the shamrock!

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Happy Easter with Die Cuts

Happy Easter

When the Hydrangea Bundle arrived in the January – June Mini Catalogue, I knew it was going to be a hit with everyone so I’m pleased to use it for Happy Easter with Die Cuts! For this card, I used Hydrangea Hill Mercury Glass Designer Acetate (154574) cut @ 5-1/4″ x 4″ for the background. The Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper (154570) (DSP) also incorporated Highland Heather and Misty Moonlight for a muted layer.

Getting started…

For the card base, Basic White Cardstock (159276) cut at 11″ x 4-1/4″, scored @ 5-1/2″, folded and burnished with a Bone Folder. Usually, I suggest getting all the layers stamped and ready before starting to assemble the card. This time is no different. But, before attaching the Hydrangea Hill Mercury Glass Designer Acetate layer to the card base, it is best to create the layer that goes OVER the acetate. So, in this case, the card is not assembled from the bottom up!

Cut Highland Heather Cardstock (146986) at 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″. Use the Word Wishes Dies (149629) and the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine to cut the greeting from Highland Heather Cardstock. A suggestion for saving cardstock is to cut these words from this layer before attaching the DSP. Cut Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper (154570) at 4-1/4″ x 3″ and then attach it to the Highland Heather Cardstock. Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to attach to the Hydrangea Hill Mercury Glass Designer Acetate layer.

NOTE: There is a protective coating on the back (silver) of the Acetate layer that should be removed before using it. This can take a little extra time but it’s very important to do this step! Also know that the “silver” side can be used if you want to.

Assembly goes quickly…

To attach the assembled acetate layer to the front of the card base, apply adhesive behind the cardstock layer ONLY. This will ensure that no adhesive is peeking through the acetate.

Use the Stitched So Sweetly Dies (151690) and the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (149653) to create a background layer for the greeting. Apply Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the die-cut words and attach them to this layer. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach over the DSP layer. Embellish with Gorgeous Grape 3/8″ Sheer Ribbon (154572) and Pastel Pearls (154571)

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Squares in Layers Make an Easy Card

Have you ever wondered what to do with all those little pieces of DSP (Designer Series Paper) that you always have left in the package? Today I’m going to share how I used Squares in Layers to Make an Easy Card!

Let’s get started…

Start with your card base. Cut 1 piece of Thick Basic White Cardstock (159229) 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Score @ 4-1/4″, fold and burnish with Bone Folder. It’s time for the next layer. Cut 1 piece of Basic Black Cardstock (121045) @ 5-1/4″ x 4″. Attach to the card base with your choice of adhesive. I use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to attach mine.

Now we’re on to the detailed layer…

You can now cut 1 piece of Basic White Cardstock (159276) @ 5″ x 3-3/4″. Grab your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine and the Greenery embossing folder (152716). Now use them to add detail to the Basic White Cardstock. Use Memento Black Ink (132708) to stamp the sentiment chosen from the Beauty Abounds Stamp Set (148726). It should fit in the “open space”. Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to attach over the Basic Black layer. I use liquid glue for this because it fills in the embossed areas and “grabs on” to hold tight!

Now it’s time for the “focal point” squares…

Cut 4 pieces of Basic Black Cardstock @ 1-1/4″ x 1-1/4″. Cut 4 pieces of True Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) (154281) @ 1″ x 1″. Attach the DSP to the Basic Black Cardstock with your adhesive of choice. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach these squares in the “diamond” orientation. For your card, you can add them however it’s easiest and most pleasing for you.

Embellishments – Yes? or No?

For this card, I decided not to add any embellishments. You can always add a few sequins or rhinestones if you like! To see more Black & White Cards click here and click here.

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