Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Wee Bit O' Blarney

Well I could not think of a better way to kick off my designing at 
The Rubber Cafe, than to do a little card making for my 
favorite holiday....St. Patrick's Day!   I used the versatile
Large Celtic Rosette stamp from here at The Rubber Cafe

The Celtic Rosette was embossed in a soft brown on
Pugnacious Signature Paper in white.  I cut it in half,
and attached the halves to the embossed background
with about 1" in between, which I filled in with the strip of
 black cardstock and the yellow seam binding ribbon.  The 
shamrock piece is canvas colored with Faber-Castell
I've included close ups of the steps:

I spritzed the canvas with water, then colored it with
the gelatos, adding the lighter color in the center:

Next I started blending them with water and a stiff paint brush.

Once I got the blending where I wanted, I dried it a bit with 
a heat gun, and then traced the shaped I wanted.

Next I cut out my shamrock, distressed the edges, and it was ready
for my card.  A bow, button and twine finished the card. 

Because I just absolutely love the Celtic Rosette, I couldn't
help but make a completely different card to show it's versatility, 
this one using fussy cutting and layering of the stamp:  
I stamped half of it on each side of a square, with black ink, as the 
bottom layer, then added a rosette embossed in brown, then a rosette
embossed in green, fussy cut and popped the image up with foam tape
for added dimension. Finally the center piece was embossed again
in brown, and popped up as well.

It's all layered onto MME "Come Away With Me" paper, then embellished 
to perfectly position and hold them in place!

Thanks for stoppin' by the Cafe', and hope you enjoyed this
wee bit o' the blarney today!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' Large Celtic Rosette
Paper: The Rubber Cafe'- Pugnacious Signature Paper-white, MME 6x6 Come Away With Me; basic black and olive cardstock
Ink: Versamark, Ranger- Black Soot, Distress Ink; Gelatos: Faber-Castell Greens
Adhesives:  The Rubber Cafe'- Scrap Happy Glue, foam tape
Embellishments: The Rubber Cafe' - Golden, and Crystal Clear- Jellie Dots;  Lemon Tart-Trendy Twine; Golden Rod, Hug Snug Seam Binding; misc button
Other: WOW- Metalline Green and Earthtone Nutmeg - Embossing powder; Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing folder, Decorative Border punch; Canvas


Michelle said...

Beautiful cards! I LOVE that canvas shamrock!

Lynda said...

Really cute cards Laura.

Holly B said...

This stamp is so versitle and so timely in your presentation for St. Patty's Day. Love them both!

Laura said...

Laura, these cards are so pretty. I especially like the canvas shamrock colored with the Gelatos.

Victoria Freze said...

we do not celebrate ST.Patrick's Day here but I'd love to just to create such beautiful cards! they are so pretty, Laura!

Tcee said...

Love this and your use of Gelato's...mmmm! Love it! Great job Laura...

Vee said...

love, love, love the fussy cutting. both cards turned out great.

Heather said...

Laura, beautiful cards and I'm thrilled that you used one of my favorite products....gelatos!! They're so much fun!

Lucy E. said...

Great shamrocks and roses! Congrats on your first post, Laura!

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