Saint Patrick's Day is just around the corner... AND...it just so happens that on that day I will also be celebrating the BIG 5-0! (feel free to leave your condolences here... ha-ha). Actually, I'm only semi-weirded out about the whole concept of being eligible to join AARP... mostly I'm just glad I made it this far which I think I can credit to the fact that I have heard the secret to living a long life... keep breathing as long as you can. :-)
At any rate, if you can believe it, despite the fact that I am a Saint Patrick's Day "baby", I have NEVER (never, ever, ever) before created a Saint Patrick's Day card... so after 50 years (almost)... I decided it was high time I did so and what better way to create my first Irish-themed card than to use some Cheery Lynn Designs dies and embossing plates to do so, right!!?!
My biggest challenge in creating this card was the fact that I don't really own any papercraft products that lend themselves well to creating a Saint Patty's Day card, except for one tiny little stamp set I bought a year ago (when I thought I should finally make one after 49 years...but didn't). So I had to sort through my stuff and come up with something "green". I managed to round up some green ribbon, bling, ink and a bit of patterned paper featuring green too.
I started this card by creating a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 card base with cream cardstock. Then I cut a piece of patterned paper to 5 1/4 x 4 inches and embossed it using the Lattice1 die. I've talked about the Lattice1 and Lattice2 dies before, how I love them because you can choose to either emboss with them or actually die cut with them as well. For this project I decided to feature both aspects of this die, so I also used it as a die cut with more cream cardstock and adhered a strip toward the bottom of the card. I cut the Polka Dot paper with the largest Classic Large French Flair Nesting Die and trimmed it to fit the card front as shown.
I used the Circle Little Stackers Nesting Dies to cut and layer the cardstock I used to stamp the sentiment. These small circle nesting dies are perfect for stamping and layering, and now with the recent addition of the newly released Silver Stacker Layers it's so easy to find the perfect circle size to match all of your round stamps! Bravo Cheery Lynn Designs!
All that was needed to finish this Irish-inspired card was some bling from some green crystal Hot Rocks adhered with the Imaginisce I-Rock tool, a stamped sentiment and some ribbon. I have now officially created my first St. Patrick's Day card and with the help of Cheery Lynn Designs dies and embossing plates it was so easy too!
I hope you have a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day celebration and remember to stop by Cheery Lynn Designs blog every day for a new inspiring project using Cheery Lynn Designs products.