Custom Glitter Color Shamrock Card

March 13, 2014

Hi Everyone! I’m Debra Hensley and I am so excited to share my first project for the brand new Elizabeth Craft Designs Team. St. Patty’s day is right around the corner- the perfect time to use the adorable 4-Leaf Clover Die and wish a dear one good luck!

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The card I created is a Joy Fold card. To make this, start with a white base cut to 4 1/4 x 8 ½. Score at 5 ½. Fold and crease well. The smaller center card is also on white cardstock cut to 3 x 8 and scored at 4. Fold and crease well.

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The pattern paper is from Authentique- the Precious collection-boy and the colored carstock is Bazzill. I inked all the edges of the pieces lightly with Vintage Photo brown ink before assembly.

Cut 2- 3 x 4 pieces of the pattern paper and adhere to the front and back of the short flap on the base card.

Cut 1- 4 x 5 piece and 1- 2 ¾ x 3 ¾ piece from dark green cardstock. The large piece goes in the inside of the large base and the smaller piece goes on the outside flap of the small card- add the ribbon to the smaller piece about ½ inch from the bottom before adhering it down.

Cut 1- 2 ¾ x 4 ¾ piece of light green and add to the inside of the small card.

To assemble, add a strong adhesive to the back side only of the smaller card. Close the card and place centered in the middle of the base card with the fold to the right. Adhere well. Open the flap and close the larger flap of the base card ( which should have the fold to the left), then close the small flap and your joy fold is complete! Now to decorate…

I wanted the Shamrocks to be the focal point so what better way than to make them sparkle! Die cut one large and one small shamrock from double sided adhesive sheets adhered to white cardstock. Die cut one small shamrock from pattern paper. Using the scraps of the double sided adhesive sheet, punch a small circle out for the center of the pattern shamrock. Using the remaining scraps, cut a strip approximately 3 x ½.

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Peel off lining of large shamrock, circle and strip and glitter with Forrest Green glitter. Polish well with your fingers to set the glitter in the adhesive and bring up the shine. You’ll see the difference!

For the smaller shamrock I wanted a similar color but a little brighter. This gave me the chance to mix my own custom color! I mixed half and half Forrest Green and Spring Peridot and created the perfect blend. You can create your own custom colors for any occasion. I store my new color in an empty glitter jar I had on hand but you can purchase new ones just for your custom blends HERE. You can find a glitter recipe list and chart to keep track of your custom blends for download on the ECD website HERE.

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Place a medium white button in the center of the large shamrock and a smaller button on the smaller one. Place the glittered circle in the center of the pattern paper shamrock. Cut a “v” out of each end of the strip for the banner look. Place the strip on the inside of the smaller card about 1/8″ from the bottom and sticking off to the left about ½”. Adhere the pattern shamrock on the inside flap of the smaller card about 1″ from the edge. Adhere the large glittered shamrock to the front of the small card at an angle to the left. Add the smaller glittered shamrock, on a pop dot, to the left with the stem crossing the larger stem.

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To finish and secure the flap, punch a 1 1/8″ circle from white cardstock. Punch a 1″ circle for the light green cardstock. Stamp the word “lucky” in black ink towards the bottom of the green circle. Mat on to the white circle. Tie a small knot in a cream color ribbon and adhere with a glue dot above the word lucky- this will be your closure. Add a small piece of foam adhesive to the bottom 1/3 only of the circle. Close the card and position and adhere the circle so that the foam adhesive is just below the bottom edge of the flap with the top part over the flap to hold it closed. When opening and closing you move the corner from behind the circle and place it back again to hold it shut.

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I hope you enjoyed making this card with me. It’s a classic fold that is very versatile made even better with Elizabeth Craft Designs dies and Silk Microfine Glitters!

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  • Reply Jean Heming March 14, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    ur card is super pretty!!!

  • Reply kellybooth March 14, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Such a Fun Glittery Card…Love it!!

  • Reply virginia March 13, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Love these folding cards. This one looks pretty easy. Thanks for the idea.

  • Reply Pam March 13, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Love the fold too, and the pretty glittered shamrocks!!

  • Reply ruryv March 13, 2014 at 10:25 am

    What a cool card. Love the fold. Have to take your class!!!
    Top of the morning to you!!!
    Maria V.

  • Reply Trena Killingsworth March 13, 2014 at 10:08 am

    You are just perfect perfect perfect for this design team …. really enjoyed making this card at class. I’ve seen the recipes for custom glitter colors on the EC website but have never tried…. well it worked just great in class! (can we say it was a muricle lol) Congrats again

  • Reply Jeannie March 13, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Congratulations Debra! Awesome card !!

  • Reply Karen Burniston March 13, 2014 at 6:55 am

    This is super pretty, Debra. I love that card fold – dreaming of a double pop-up in something like that ! Ha. Really lovely custom glitter, too.

  • Reply diceychic March 13, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Love how the card opens, and the pretty shamrocks!

  • Reply Robbye Thomas March 13, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Congratulations Debra on being on the design team. Loved making this cute card on Tuesday and love your classes.

  • Reply Raquel Mason March 13, 2014 at 5:34 am

    What a clever way of making glitter even better by a custom blend. I am certainly going to have to try it out.

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