The new tutorial that posted this week at splitcoaststampers.com is an interesting shamrock card made from four die-cut hearts. I'm not one who usually celebrates or goes all out for St. Patrick's Day, but I immediately was interested in making a shamrock card for my grandmother. For the past several years, she has kept her Christmas tree standing year-round. It's a very pretty tree, has a natural look with a rustic trunk, and is a perfect size for her living room. During the year, she decorates the tree for all seasons and holidays and, in between, she sometimes decorates it with cards that I have sent to her. I really like that! ;-) On Monday when I was there, she was preparing to decorate the tree with shamrocks, and I traced them onto construction paper so she could cut them out with scissors. Even though they were a lighter green than the color of the tree, I also traced and cut some semi-circles from white paper to be colored rainbow decorations in hopes that they would break up all of the green-ness. On Wednesday, I made this shamrock card for her.
Yes, I'm still using and loving Stampin' Up!'s Eye-Catching Ikat stamp set. To give the stamped hearts a little sparkle, I dotted some glitter glue in a few places and added rhinestone jewels to the sentiment and the four-leaf clover on the "pot of gold". I used gold glitter glue on the punched hearts that fill the black pot, which got its shape from the Wide Oval and Word Window punches. The Small Heart punch was used to create the four-leaf clover, and I adhered the pot to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.
I made a little mess of glitter smear and transfer on the pot when I checked to see if it was dry. It stuck to my finger and then fell off at a very wrong time and, of course, my glittered finger caught it during the juggle to right-side-up.
Mamaw will know exactly why I chose to send her a shamrock card; however, I doubt that she'll know how it's supposed to stand. And that's where this blog post and my mother's iPad will come in handy. :-)