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.
While looking around the web for St. Patrick’s Day craft inspiration I ran across Pumpkin Petunia’s
free lucky penny template. Jo-Ann, a very crafty mom, created the template for her kids to use as a classroom handout for St. Patrick’s Day. Of course, after seeing the template, I knew that it was the perfect background for a little bit of quilling, so I added the quilled shamrocks. This time I made them with 4″ teardrop coils (using 1/8″ wide paper) that I paired into hearts, just like the ones used for the Upcycled Valentine’s Day Quilling
project. When you glue three hearts together, you have a shamrock. I added a small flat-back gold crystal for a little extra bling.
I must have had the lucky penny handouts still on my mind when I went to bed because I woke up thinking how fun it might be if the children could pretend that they were the king or queen of the leprechauns handing out the pennies. That, of course, meant that they would need a crown — a crown decorated with quilled shamrocks and precious jewels! The one I made, using 3/8″ wide quilling paper with a gold edge, is for your inspiration only. A child would do a much more creative version. Throw in some crayons, markers, and glitter and this crown would truly be fit for royalty.
Quilling Tip: I found references on the web to a National Lucky Penny Day celebrated on May 23rd in Canada and Great Britain. My international readers might like to make a batch of lucky penny cards to give to friends and family at that time. The crown (minus the shamrocks) would be a fun children’s project for anytime of the year.
Top ‘o the morning to you! I missed Mardi Gras
and the Chinese New Year, but my Scots-Irish heritage wouldn
‘t let me skip St. Paddy’s Day without a quilled
project or two.
In the United States, St. Patrick’s Day has become a celebration of everything Irish — and what could be more Irish than shamrocks and a leprechaun’s pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? I combined these traditional Irish symbols into a fun quilling design sure to bring the luck of the Emerald Isle to all those who quill it or are lucky enough to receive it.
I dressed the quilling up with green glitter on the shamrocks and filled the pot with flat-back crystals for the gold. A piece of variegated ribbon stapled in place finishes the tag.
You’ll find the free quilling pattern for this lucky design, along with instructions for creating the tag and the card I put it on, in the next newsletter. So, if you haven’t already subscribed to “The Art of Quilling News,” be sure to sign up today. (You’ll find the enrollment form in the upper right-hand corner.)
I leave you with this traditional Irish blessing:
For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way-
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.