Part of my heritage is definitely Irish, and celebrating St. Patrick's Day was something my family did big time when I was a child. No matter if it was a work/school day, dinner was corned beef, and everything that could be tinted green was. Green mashed potatoes? Yum!
Now, though, I no longer live in a euro-centered society as I did back then in the eastern part of the U. S. Mainland, so it's not as big a deal here in Hawai'i. But the grocery stores do have corned beef and plenty of fresh cabbage to go with it. What they don't have is a lot in the way of St. Patrick's Day cards! Good thing I like to make my greeting cards! And my class last weekend enjoyed making a supply of them, too.
Today's card features something that almost always makes me cringe. But I don't think anyone else around me is much going to be bothered by the fact that what I have here behind my stamped image is a 4-Leaf Clover, and not a shamrock. What's in the image stamped with the stamp, Lucky Shamrock, is more like a real shamrock! Now that I've gotten that little bit of trivia out of the way, I can focus on the card itself.
This is a card that uses what I prefer to call the inlaid embossing technique. You've seen it here on my blog before, most recently in a Valentine's Card. In fact, I used the same large heart on that card as I did on this! Yup, what you're seeing here are four hearts punched from Garden Green Card Stock arranged with their points together, adhered to some Pear Pizzazz Card Stock that's been cut with the Stampin' Up! Exclusive Sizzix Top Note Die, and finally embossed with the Stampin' Up! Exclusive Square Lattice Embossing Folder. I cut a piece of Whisper White Card Stock with the Top Note Die, sliced it in half and let the top and bottom peak out from behind the top layer. I mounted it all on a card base made from Garden Green Card Stock, and adhered the stamped image, punched with the 1-3/4" Circle Punch. For a bit of shine to the card, I filled in the little stamped shamrock with some Crystal Effects. It dries to a nice enamel-looking shine.
I wish I could claim credit for the basic design, but I have to give that credit to fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Tammy Fite. Once I saw this card I just knew that I had to copy it. It's not exactly as she designed it, but the whole concept is definitely hers!
I'll be sharing a couple more St. Patrick's Day cards with you over the next week or so. We had a lot of fun making them in my class, and I hope you'll have fun with whatever you might make for St. Patrick's Day!