Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day--Free Dream Scheme Week

I have recently learned to love St. Patrick's Day. Oh, I always loved the green and the shamrocks, but have recently been enjoying the celebrations with the help of my friend and neighbor, Amy. We have a three year tradition of going to the Irish pub around the corner. We eat, drink, sing and have a fantastic time with our husbands and friends.

Anyway, in celebration of this fun holiday, I am using the free week to show a St. Pat's card.

This is the card that I used for a tutorial for Scrap Tales. The actual card is hanging at the store. I made another one (slightly different) for Lynell's blog this week. Its twin is also hanging up at Scrap Tales.

So, here is the tutorial:

SUPPLY LIST: Black Cardstock, Shamrock Paper, Dreamweaver stencil LS 58, Dreamweaver stencil LM 283, Alcohol inks in green, pearl, Alcohol Blending tool, Alcohol Blending Solution, Tan Spellbinders mat, Die cut machine, embossing mat

1) Emboss stencils through the die cut machine using metal and the tan Spellbinders mat. I used the shamrock three times and celebrate once
2) Use your blending tool with felt and alcohol inks to color all of the metal pieces. I used Meadow, Pesto, and Pearl Mixative
3) Sand the back of the Shamrocks. You can use a nail file block to get into the small crevices. It is better to go over the edges of the shamrock than to not sand enough.
4) Replace the stencil onto the shamrocks and hit with the alcohol inks again. It is better to have the ink felt a little dry. Do not get too damp.
5) Remove stencil and let dry. Touch up the sanding if needed
6) Sand Celebrate lightly to reveal word and leave green on background.
7) Make black card 5 ½ inches high, 4 ¾ inches wide
8) Cut shamrock paper 5 ¼ inches by 3 inches
9) Remove backing on celebrate and stick with a slight black border to left hand side
10) Attach paper with slight black border to right hand side
11) Cut shamrock metals close to design and create small black mats for each approx. 2 inches by 1 ¾ inches for mats.
12) Lay mats and metals on cards to see how you like the placement. I chose off kilter.
13) Attach metal to mats and all to card
14) Trim top and bottom of card.
15) Clean shamrock stencil with Alcohol Blending Solution

I hope you enjoyed today's post. Check out the other DT posts. Also, check out my plaid one at and HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!


  1. Both of your cards are fantastic Laura!! Have a great time with friends tonight!!! Happy St. Patty's Day!!

  2. This is a beautiful card, as is your card on Lynell's blog! Alcohol inks are so much fun to use and the metal embossed shamrocks look great. I especially like the background you did (on the card on Lynell's blog) using the striped background stencil. Now all I need is some corned beef, cabbage and a green beer to complete my St. Patty's Day!

  3. Hi Laura ....I wish I could live closer to you so I could come and just watch you create. As usual you card is fantastic, I love every thing about this card.
    Have a great time celebrating tonight, Happy St. Patrick's day.

  4. Love the effect from the sanding! This card and the one on the Dream It Up! blog are fabulous!

  5. All I can say is WOW WOW WOW

  6. Great card Laura, I love both versions! Happy St. Patrick's Day.

  7. I was excited to see this second card too, Laura. They are both gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your creations with me.

  8. Cheers! To my boxty/reuben eating, green beer drinking, friend! You are the pot of gold in this rainbow of a neighborhood. Mwah!

  9. Dang girl, you are on a roll!! Love both the cards. Fantastic! I agree with Georgia, wish you were my neighbor so you could inspire me!!!