Thursday, March 1, 2012

St. Patrick's Day!

Not the biggest of card-giving occasions, but there sure are a lot of fun options to play with. I do have several customers who like to have special St. Paddy's birthday cards, so I make sure to have a few to choose from. I had a great time making this card last week:

Supplies: image from Waltzingmouse Stamps (digi);
standard circle Nesties;
Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Dusty Concord, Broken China distress inks;
Tsukineko Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Sparkle) &
Ranger Perfect Pearls Mists (turquoise) 

Sparkly! and poppy-uppy ;)
Oh, this was messy and fun! The image is coloured twice, the second time fussy-cut & popped up on the die-cut piece. I did the first 'layer' of colours (watercolouring with Distress inks), let it dry, and then went over it again with more ink for shading.

The background was made by smearing the ink pads all over a piece of white cardstock, then using a dry sponge blending over the whole piece. Then I flicked water here & there, and when the whole thing was dry, I sprayed it with both colours of glitter mist. Messy, but super fun to make.

Bizarrely, no pod people appeared on the snow day. In fact, it just got better - they were HELPING EACH OTHER calmly. It's OK though, they were back to fighting & threatening each other with violence by the next day. {whew!} that was a close one! lol

xoxo,
Jessi

13 comments:

Jingle said...

Oooo! This is so pretty! I LOVE the background and the way you brought the same colors into the image offsetting it with the bright white circle! Very nice!

fairyrocks said...

Beautiful card, thanks for explaining your background process, very clever. Love that you 3-D it too,

CinnamonSally said...

Such a pretty card Jessi, love the texture you have created and the wonderful sparkle!

Sparkly Pink Star said...

this card is awesome, loving the background and the sparkles!

Emily Keaton said...

Whew! Sounds like you narrowly avoided the pod people invasion! Had to laugh--that was too funny :D.

This sparkly and poppy-uppy card is So fabulous, Jessi! I love all the details you added, and that background is very, very cool. I'll bet that this is one of the first cards to go when you set up shop on Saturday!!!!!!!!!

Barb said...

stunning design jess! i LOVE your coloring. that image is awesome and you've made it even better :)

lostinpaper said...

What an awesome background! Great card Jessi, I don't think I've ever given a St Patrick's card to anyone...

~Tammy~ said...

A super cool background and an awesome focal image for St. Patrick's Day! I do give St. Patty's cards, but this year I am slacking!

walchowDesign said...

This is so beautiful, Jessi! Love the colour combination and the shimmer bg is just beautiful! Great job!

kingstonmama said...

Oh, this is really beautiful, Jess. I love the colors and the shimmer. That background is just amazing. :) Ann Y.

Lisa Arana said...

The background is well worth the mess!!! Gorgeous.

Jen W. said...

Okay, when I first saw this I thought you had cut out all those clovers individually!! I was hugely impressed by your madness. :) I realize now it's one image (although still a fussy cutting workout)! Love the background!

Glad your real children returned... :)

Bonnie said...

There aren't a lot of St. Patrick's Day stamps out there. I hadn't seen this one. It's beautiful and I love the way you laid it out and the background!