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Using Layering Stencils for a Lucky Card | Featuring Taylored Expressions

If you ask most people, they don't send cards for St. Patrick's Day. I mean, it's basically an Irish drinking holiday right? lol. St. Paddy's Day is usually revolves around everything green and good luck. I think this lends itself well to reminding friends and family how lucky we are to have them in our lives, so THAT is why I make cards for this holiday :)

For my lucky card, I started off with a 4.25" x 5.5" sheet of Neenah Solar White Cardstock. I prepped my paper with my Taylored Expressions Powder Tool, and used Taylored Expressions' Argyle stamp from the Argyle Stamp & Stencil Combo to stamp the beginning of my argyle pattern with Wow Slow Drying Embossing Ink. I then sprinkled gold embossing powder over the ink and heat set it with an Wagner Embossing Tool.

Next, I pulled some green Catherine Pooler Dye Inks (Garden Party, Lime Rickey, Grass Skirt) in light, medium, and dark green colors. I began ink blending with the first stencil using the light green (Garden Party) and TE Blending Brushes. Next, I used the second stencil to ink blending with the medium green (Lime Rickey). Lastly, I ink blended with the darkest green (Grass Skirt). I wanted there to be an obvious difference in shades in all 3 colors, so after seeing what the ink blended panel looked like, I reapplying the stencils and did more ink blending to get more definition between the 3 shades of green.

I cut down the finished ink blended panel to 3.75" x 5". Then, to make this panel pop, I pulled some Sizzix Gold Mirror Cardstock and cut it down to 4" x 5.25" to use as a matte for the panel. I also cut down some TE Dill Pickle Cardstock to 4.25" x 5.5" to give the panel an additional green border. I adhered the panel and two mattes together, then adhered it to my 4.25" x 5.5" Top Folding Card Base -- side note, I cut and and score these myself from Neenah Solar White Cardstock.

Next, I cut down some more Dill Pickle Cardstock to 2.75" x 2.75". I decided to heat emboss my sentiment in gold to match the panel. I prepped the panel for heat embossing, and stamped the sentiment "A good friend is like a four-leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have (Irish Proverb)" from the TE Good Friend Stamp Set. To add some dimension, instead of adding a gold cardstock matte like I was originally thinking, I inked up the edges of the sentiment panel with Grass Skirt ink, which gave the sentiment a bit of a glow in the center, making it pop some more. I used some 3L Foam Adhesive Squares to pop the sentiment up in the center of my card.

I finished off the front of the card with some shamrocks that I die cut from TE LIGHT GREEN Cardstock. The shamrocks came from inside the TE Little Bits - Shamrock Coin Die. I also popped these up with small pieces of foam tape. I finished off the inside of the card using the sentiment "Happy St. Patrick's Day" from TE's Shake Your Shamrock Stamp Set and CP Grass Skirt Ink.

I can't wait to send this to a friend to let her know how lucky I am to have her in my life :)

Check out the LIVE REPLAY below for a real-time view of how I created this card!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting :)


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Neenah Solar White Cardstock: Taylored Expressions Mini MISTI:

Taylored Expressions Powder Tool:

Taylored Expressions Argyle Stamp & Stencil Set: Taylored Expressions Blending Brushes: Taylored Expressions Dill Pickle Cardstock: Taylored Expressions Good Friend Stamp Set: Taylored Expressions Little Bits - Shamrock Coin Die:

Taylored Expressions Shake Your Shamrock Stamp Set:

Wow Slow Drying Embossing Ink:

Wow Gold Embossing Powder: (equivalent to Martha Stewart Gold EP)

Wagner Heat Tool: (updated version)

Catherine Pooler Garden Party Dye Ink:

Catherine Pooler Lime Rickey Dye Ink:

Catherine Pooler Grass Skirt Dye Ink:

Swingline Guillotine Trimmer:

Sizzix Gold Cardstock: 3L Regular & Thin Foam Adhesive Squares:

EZ Runner Grand Tape Adhesive:


Pam Watson

Hi, I'm Pam, and welcome to my Blog where I share all of my crafty adventures!



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