Making My Sister’s St. Patrick’s Day Card

Although we aren’t Irish, my sister loves St. Patrick’s Day, and I try to make her a card every year.
I started with Jolee’s Boutique embellishments that I bought at Joann’s. The piece I’m using is primarily cream colored, so I used Recollections cream colored heavyweight card stock cut to a 5 1/2″ wide by 4 1/4″ tall card base. I also cut a piece that was 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and put it into a shamrock embossing folder and ran it through my Vagabond. I used a green pigment ink and rubbed the ink pad over the shamrock paper, then put Ranger clear embossing powder on it and heat set it. I used my Fiskars guillotine trimmer to cut it to 5 1/2″ tall by 2″ wide. I put tear tape on the back of the shamrock strip so it would stay attached to fun foam and used Tea Dye Distress Ink with a stencil brush to brush all four edges of my shamrock strip.
Putting the card base in the MISTI, I used Inspired by Stamping Lines stamps and stamped with the same ink as the shamrock, then used clear embossing powder and heat set the lines as well.  I flipped the card in the MISTI, so the lines were on the exact same place on both sides of my card.
The embellishment from Jolee’s has loops on either side of it, so I tied silver thread on both sides and wrapped it around the shamrock piece and put tear tape on the back to push the excess thread into it. I put a piece of fun foam on the back and more tear tape on the back of the fun foam and placed the shamrock piece between the lines on the card base. Sometimes the tear tape doesn’t hold it, so use a little wet glue to ensure it stays in place.
My Creative Times “I believe in Leprechauns” stamp set was used for the inside sentiment. I used the Tea Dye distress ink and brushed it around the outside edges of the card, and then used the same stencil brush to ensure there was more ink on the edges.
I used peg stamps, large and small shamrocks, from http://www.pegstamps.com on the inside of the card and on the envelope with Lucky Clover distress ink.

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