Monday, 9 March 2009

Pot o' Gold Cards


We are having a gold rush in our England Stamping group . . . in celebration of St. Paddy's Day, we veered from the traditional green cards and went in search of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

The cards had to be predominately gold or have gold tones. We could use gold ink, gold embossing powder, gold twinks, gold colour mist, gold paper, gold embellishments, gold ribbon, etc. etc. etc. We could use other colours in the card, too; but gold should be the most prominent colour.

Here's how I made my golden shamrock cards.

Step 1. Cut your neutral coloured cardstock. I used a textured card. Put the cardstock in your embossing folder and run it through the Cuttlebug or other die cut machine.


Step 2. Run an ink pad over the high points of the cuttled cardstock. You can see that I used a script embossed image and ran a green ink pad over the top of the high points;


and, I also used a swirly embossed image and rubbed a red ink pad over the top of the high points.


Step 3A -- Cosmic Shimmers or Twinkling H2Os. Take a gold pot of Cosmic Shimmer, spritz it with water, let it soak for a minute. Dip a narrow sponge into the pot o' gold and apply the colour to your embossed image. Spritz more water into the gold pot as needed. Using Cosmic Shimmers or Twinks will be a very heavy gold colouring, masking most of the green colour that is rubbed on the high areas.


Step 3B -- Moon Glow Glitz Spritz. Use a shimmer mist, like a gold Glitz Spritz, and spray it over your embossed image. This will create a lighter result of gold, like my swirly cuttled image.


After the background cards dry, you may want to go back over the high points with your ink pads.


Step 4 -- turn golden hearts into a shamrock. The hearts were punched using the neutral cardstock. I sprayed the hearts with a golden shimmer mist and let them dry a bit. Then I applied versamark and thick embossing powder and heat set the hearts, using tweezers to hold them. While hot, I applied a second coat of thick embossing powder.


Optional: after the hearts dry, you can crack the embossed image all over to create a vintage crackled glass effect. I didn't do that for this project, however.

Take three hearts and turn them into the leaves of a shamrock. Add a curly bit of wire as a stem.

I used foam to stick down the St. Paddy's Day sentiment, locking the wire stem in place underneath.

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If you enjoyed this project and would like to participate in art swaps with other crafters living in England, please consider joining our group, Stampers of England yahoogroup. You can click the link at the top right to go to our yahoo site.