Mar 11 2012
Several months ago I was doing my usual look through Michael’s scrapbook paper isle to see what papers they had marked down to ridiculously low prices when I happened upon one sheet left of a St. Patrick’s Day paper called Lucky Day Shamrock Big Stripe by Deja Views®. Regularly well over a dollar, it was now a mere $0.29. Of course I snatched it up.
What first caught my eye was the wonderful saying printed on the paper. A fancy sentiment is often the costliest part of making a card and here was a great one for mere pennies. It is hard to tell in the photo, but much of the sentiment is done in embossed metallic.
The other great thing about this paper was that it combined many great prints onto one sheet (also with lots of added shiny metallic embossing). It was like having the use of six printed papers for the price of one. I had quite a bit of the printed paper left over after making this card and will be able to use it for other occasions.
In making the card, the first thing I did was to cut out the sentiment and line it with matching blue card stock trimmed slightly larger than the sentiment, edging the pieces with black ink. Next, I cut a piece of matching green card stock 5-in x 6.5-in and affixed it to the front of my ivory card. I then cut a piece of the scrapbook paper 4.75-in x 6.25”, wrapped a piece of blue ribbon diagonally around the front securing the ends to the back, and affixed it to the front of the card. I attached the sentiment to the center front of the card using adhesive foam mounts so that the sentiment stood away from the back of the card.
Since the background paper was already pretty busy, I didn’t want to glue quilled shamrocks directly onto the card, but wanted them to stand out instead, like the sentiment. So, I quilled two shamrocks and glued them onto the front of mini clothes pins! I then clipped them onto the sentiment section of the card.
The clothes pin shamrocks were the perfect finishing touch to this St. Patrick’s Day inspired card. You can find several sizes of clothes pins in the unfinished wooden shapes isle of your local craft store.
I purchase bulk packages of inexpensive cards in 5-in x 6.5-in and 4-in x 5.5-in sizes in both ivory and white. They make a wonderful starting base for decorated cards and come complete with envelopes that are sized a bit larger than the cards. This allows finished cards to easily fit, even when embellished with quilling.