Sunday, March 15, 2009

Think GREEN!!! It's MARCH

I think it is pretty funny that when I hear "MARCH", I think of the color "GREEN"! Just seems to go with March 17th being St. Patrick's Day. Thought I would share a couple cards along that theme. This first card uses Laura's sketch #21 at 2 Sketches 4 You's blog since I just love to use a sketch as my inspiration on how I am going to arrange my card. Some recent stamps I received are a couple sets by Kim Hughes and Cornish Heritage Farms and I loved finding this great, simple shamrock on this set.
I wanted to be able to show you how I finished the shamrock image. Like I said it is a very simple outline of a shamrock and so it can be finished in a number of ways. I stamped it on a piece of patterned paper and embossed it with black embossing powder so the edges were raised. Then I did a very light coloring with Copic Markers. Next I filled the image in completely with Aleene's Paper Glaze by Tulip. I love how easy it is to fill in an image with the Paper Glaze and it dries with a 3-D, epoxy look. The patterned papers are a collection by Making Memories.
For the above card, the colors and the stamps are what set the theme. I used a "ticket" stamp for the beginning of my designs.
One feature I want to point out is that after I stamped the solid shamrock stamp with green ink, I coated each one with Aleene's Paper Glaze by Tulip. This gave each of the shamrocks an epoxy look.
I wanted to take a minute to show you the steps that were taken to create my tickets with a St. Patrick's day theme.
1. The bottom part of the above example shows the ticket stamp as it is stamped, a line of three tickets.
2. The second image show the very simple stamps that I added to the open areas on the tickets. The stamps that were used for that are from the $1 bin.
3. This last photo, shows the finished strip of tickets that are stamped and cut out. I inked the cut edges with Chalk stamp pads. So the finished card is five sets of these stamped tickets. I just alternated how I stamped the images.

Look what is growing out in my backyard.

While some of you are still dealing with snow, we have Calla Lillies growing.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)


Materials: Solid cardstock - Prism

Patterned paper – Good Luck/GreenDay/Reminisce

Rubber stamp – Three Blank Tickets/InvokeArts and St. Pats set/Studio g

Fluid Chalk stamp pad and Ancient Page stamp pad – Clearsnap

Clear Paper Glaze – Aleene’s®/Tulip

Mini black brads – Karen Foster

Hand Held circle punch - McGill

Scor-Pal tool

LUCKY card
Cardstock and ribbon – Paper Trey, Ink
Patterned papers – Greenhouse/Making Memories
Stamps – Shamrock and word – Sweet Spring/Kim Hughes collection/Cornish Heritage Farms
Versafine black stamp pad
Clear embossing powder
Copic markers
Clearsnap Fluid chalk stamp pads
Ribbon and machine sewing
Tonic Paper Distresser
Clear Paper Glaze – Aleene’s®
Rhinestones – Darice
Circle punches – McGill
Scallop circle punch – PaperShapers/EK Success


Lindsay Spencer said...

I love that ticket card! Such a cute and original idea.

Helen said...

Fabulous cards! I absolutely love those tickets - will have to see if I can get hold of the stamps for them, he he...
Thanks for your kind comments!
Helen x

Lisa Dorsey said...

Great cards Linda! Love that first one especially!

~amy~ said...

super fun st. patty's day cards Linda!!! Happy Monday!!

Jody said...

I don't know what's more beautiful...your cards or the calla lillie!
Love that ticket card :)

*Paula* said...

Beautiful cards! And I am so jealous of your calla lily!

vtpuggirl said...

I wish we had calla lilies growing! I always think of green too, but I was pleasantly surprised by the shade of green you chose, very muted and pretty.

milkcan said...

Gorgeous cards! The ticket one has me so inspired!

Audrey said...

so cute -- and LOVE LOVE LOVE those tickets!!!

Stacey Michaud said...

Your cards are so inspiring! I love the one with the tickets!

Lucy Edson said...

Beatuiful cards!! Love the ticket strips!

Dawn said...

Thank you for visting my blog! I love your cards..What a wonderful blog!

Natty said...

I love the ticket card especially - fab idea! :oD

MollyPeckham said...

I am in love with your cards, Linda!!!!

debb said...

These two are fabulous- thanks for the inspiration! debb

Heidi Van Laar said...

These are both fabulous! I LOVE the fun!