Glittery Shamrock Card

March 20, 2014

It’s Karen Aicken here with today’s blog post.  I know that St. Patrick’s day is past, but a good luck card can be used any time of the year and I thought you would enjoy seeing the card I sent to a long-time friend who is Irish. The card is larger than I usually create – it’s almost 5 x 7″;  the card base is white card stock. The green patterned panel was trimmed slightly smaller and I inked the edges of them. Both were set aside while I worked on the ‘shamrock’.

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I have to confess – this was my first time using the Double Sided Adhesive and the Silk Microfine Glitter. I love how fine it is, and how SPARKLY! I used the Heart with Wings die to cut six hearts from patterned paper and three from Double Sided Adhesive for a total of 9 identical hearats. I peeled off the backing and added an adhesive heart to each of three patterned paper hearts, then scored the center line so it would fold up a bit. Peeling off the backing sheet to expose the adhesive, I sprinkled three hearts with Spring Peridot Silk Microfine Glitter and rubbed it in well to polish it. Els has a YouTube video HERE showing you the technique, if you want a visual. That gave me 3 patterned paper hearts and 3 glittering hearts.

Then I outlined each of them with a gold Sharpie marker, spread a bead of glue down the back fold of the glittered heart and attached the glittered ones to the patterned paper hearts. Now I had 3 layered, glittery hearts! I wanted the sides of the hearts to lift a little, so I attached small pieces of foam tape in between the hearts layers close to the fold AFTER the glue had dried.

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I wanted to add the Gold Heart Peel-Offs, and while they adhered just fine to the glittered hearts, the next time I would add them first THEN add the Spring Peridot Glitter.  I love Tombow Markers, so added some colour to the open heart shapes with a dark green Tombow.  Then I added a gold Lace Fan Peel-Off border to the top and bottom edges of the green panel, then attached my layered hearts to form a shamrock shape. Hmmm … it still needed something in the center, and a stem too.

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For my second confession I have to show you the very first heart I glittered. I had the bright idea to lightly sprinkle the Spring Peridot glitter then add Warm Diamond to allow the patterned paper to show through. It turned out NOT so nice looking, so I set that heart aside and cut another one to glitter with the green. But I just couldn’t TOSS the ‘goofed up’ heart.  Instead, I used the smaller heart die that comes in the Heart with Wings set and cut a heart for the center of the shamrock, then trimmed a piece off the left edge on an angle for the stem. These were outlined with the same green Tombow marker and attached to the Shamrock. I added green seam binding then attached the panel to the white card base.

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For the inside, I cut a smaller folded card and cut the Lucy Label Pop Up. The Pop it Ups dies are unique in that you get to choose what size card to use AND where on the fold you want the pop up to be. I wanted the Pop Up to be towards the top, rather than centered.

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I still had some of the green patterned paper leftover, so I cut the Lucy Label again with a piece just big enough to cover the edges of the label. A few snips of the excess, and I had a perfectly shaped patterned label to attach over the white one. I inked the edges of the label before gluing it down. The letters were done by hand, and coloured with the same green Tombow Marker and Tombow Blender Pen. Then I cut the letters out and glued them to the patterned label.

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The Lucy Label comes with an optional, additional bump out and I decided to use it for this card.  I cut three more small hearts from scraps of the patterned paper and hand cut a stem. For the circle, I used the one from the Big Flowers Set 1 die set. All the edges were inked then I added smaller gold Peel-Offs from the Heart Peel-Off sheet. They were coloured with the green Tombow Marker and Blender pen and the shamrock was assembled and attached to the heart bump out. I penned the word ‘you’ and added colour with Tombow Markers.  Done!

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My fellow ECD Design Team-mate Frances thought this would make a nice ‘Good Luck’ card so I thought I’d mention that suggestion as well.  I sure enjoyed playing with the Elizabeth Craft Designs Silk Microfine Glitter, and you will be seeing more and more of it on my cards.

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Please be sure to stop by my blog, as I use lots of ECD products and there is a new post almost daily.

While I have included links to all the Elizabeth Craft Designs products I used for this card, I also wanted to add that the green patterned paper is by DCWV and the seam binding is from Stampin’ Up.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  • Pam March 21, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Very pretty, love the Lucy Label pop it ups done on it’s side, thanks for sharing!

  • Frances Byrne March 20, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    loving all that glittery good luck 🙂 … thanks for mentioning me too

  • Mary Prasad March 20, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Lovely card!

  • Helen Cryer March 20, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Glittery heaven!!! Your tutorial is great Karen, and very easy to follow.

  • Kelly Booth March 20, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Such a Pretty card….I Love all the Sparkle!!

  • Linda K March 20, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Really enjoyed your tutorial. Thanks for showing us your “goofed” heart and what you did with it. All of us have trials and errors in our art. Your finished card is just wonderful. Thanks so much.

  • Raquel Mason March 20, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Loving the glitter & those Gold Peel Off Lace Border stickers. Wonderful card Karen.

  • Mary Ann Evans March 20, 2014 at 7:23 am


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