Wednesday, March 16, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Card with Chris

I wanted to make a special St. Patrick’s Day card for a very special friend. I knew it had to have two elements—a step card and another stained glass embellishment—and it had to fit in an A2 envelope (4.25x5.5 inches).

I started with the step card. Taking a piece of cream cardstock and my Scor Pal, I measured out a center step card. Laying the card on my Scor Pal I scored and folded as shown below. (Note the red-dotted lines should be folded as mountain peaks and the blue ones as valley folds.)

My stained glass element is the rainbow. I found a coloring book page that had one I liked and shrunk it down to a 5.5 width and then printed it out. I took a sheet of acetate and taped it over the rainbow and filled in the colors with my Stickles. I used Christmas Red, Orange Peel, Yellow, Green, Midnight Blue, Dark Blue, and Lavender. The cloud was colored with Icicle Stickles. I set this aside to dry for the night and moved on to making my background paper for the rainbow. To make this I took a scrap of cream paper and cut it 4.25x 5.5 and my homemade cloud-maker. To make your own just cut several scalloped circles at different sizes and tape the smaller ones around the largest one at varying depths.

Then using Broken China Distress Ink and my Tim Holtz blending tool, I laid it near the bottom of the paper and inked the edges. I then shifted the cloud-maker slightly to the right and slightly up the paper, inking as I covered the sheet. (Save the cloud-maker; it can be reused.) Once done, I trimmed it to the shape of the front of the card and glued it down with Scor Tape.

Going back to my computer, I found the Wish for a Friend , printed and mounted it on a piece of cardstock 2 7/8 x 3.5. Edges were inked with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink. I also put a small strip of magnetic tape on the back so it could be put on her refrigerator. I put this aside and took out my Copics and colored in a Phee McFaddell image from the internet: Greens: G05, G07, G09; Browns: E13, E17; Shirt: E0000; Skin: E000, E01. I used the Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut Cartridge to cut the pot at the end of the rainbow (4 inches) and the shamrock (2 inches). The leprechaun and the shamrock are attached to the middle step using Glue Dots. Then using SCAL and my Cri-kits pens I wrote Happy St. Patrick’s Day (1.75x.5). I used the same label from the Embossing Plus Fanciful Labels to cut both the sentiment and a piece of cardstock. I used my Cutter Bee Scissors to trim out the middle of the cardstock tag, so I could layer them and glue them together. This was mounted on the front of the card using Glue Dots. Then I trimmed around the rainbow and used Glossy Accents to glue it to the step card and used Glue Dots to put the pot over the end of the rainbow.

May you all find a pot of gold at the end of your rainbow, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

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  1. Love love love these step cards! Your creation is awesome!

  2. Awesome the clouds and the coloring. Gresat idea for the cloud maker.

  3. Fantastic ART, this! Diann

  4. Gorgeous Art Chris!!! *Hugs*

  5. Sorry, been sick and I am now trying to catch up but I wanted to tell you how wonderful your card is. I can't get over that rainbow.

  6. Chris, this card is soo cool. Love the clouds. And the rainbow is fabulous. Wonderful card.

  7. Thanks for showing how you made the clouds, I'll have to try this! Cindy

  8. Love your pot of gold card, especially the rainbow, thanks for showing how your scored the card and made the cloud. Thanks for sharing.

    dbjb1519 at yahoo dot com

  9. That is so cool! I would love to see how you inked the cloud. I guess I am having trouble visualizing it.


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