Saturday, March 1, 2014

'Tis a Sweet Irish Lassie

     It's Saturday and that means another challenge has started over at Open-Minded Crafting Fun.  We have four more fabulous sponsors this fortnight (Dilly Beans, Flat Friends, The Stamping Chef, and Whoopsi Daisy) and a great new theme, "Something Green."  Well, not only am I getting prepared for the green of spring, I'm thinking of St. Patrick's Day and my own Irish heritage.  Today's card is a tribute to all of the above.  The image is from The Stamping Chef and it's called "Louisa Mae."


I used the sketch from The Outlawz Sketch Challenge this week.


      I tried a new technique on this card which I learned about a couple of weeks ago.  It has to do with "velvet" glitters which I discovered over at Sparkle n Sprinkle (challenge theme -- use loose glitter, EP or flocking), which are micro fine glitters with an incredible look and feel.  Let me tell you about making my card and we'll get to the glittering technique in order.

     I colored the image with ProMarkers, and then die cut it with one of my framing dies from Spellbinders.   I kept the outer (negative) piece, chalked the edges of it with mint green chalk, then laid it back around the frame piece.  I took a piece of sticker paper, peeled the paper off one side and laid the image and outer piece onto the sticker paper.

     All the open holes in the die cut frame were now "sticky" so I sprinkled on Mountain Mist velvet glitter, burnished it into the sticky holes with my finger, brushed off the excess glitter into a coffee filter I had put under the image piece, and then I cut the outside shape of  the chalked piece to what you see on the card.  Peeling off the paper from the back side of the image piece let me adhere the image right to the card front (after laying down the green newsprint paper, of course.)

     I added the triple bow and the shamrocks (also die cut from sticker paper and glittered), then the sentiment, pearl swirl, and gems in the corners.  I wish the sparkle of the velvet glitter showed up better in the photo.  I guess you'll just have to take my word for how sparkly it is IRL.  I love this sticker paper technique and plan to do a lot more practicing with it.  I want to try some other masking techniques with it as well.  In case you're wondering, yes, I had glitter everywhere!  lol  But that's because I seem to be a glitter magnet when I try to use anything more than the teeniest pinch of it at a time.

     Challenges:
Baffies Kreativladen -- Anything goes
Creative Moments -- Anything goes or swirls/ pearls
Divas by Design -- Sparkle
Digi Sketch -- Anything goes
House That Stamps Built -- Black, white & 1 color (green)
I {heart} ProMarkers -- Die cuts, no punches
Lexi's Creations -- Monochromatic
Paper Pretties -- New technique
Passion for ProMarkers -- Make it digital
Perfectly Rustics -- Shades of one color
Simon Says Stamp -- Pearls

     I have three posts today and one of them is as a new DT member so be sure to check out each one of them.  I assure you, you'll find lots of green so you can pretend it's spring or just celebrate the Emerald Isle.  :-D  Happy Stamping  NanaConnie

25 comments:

  1. What a fab card,love the image.xxx

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  2. So gorgeous in green! Great card NanaConnie and sounds like a great technique as well! Hope you're well....have a lovely weekend!
    hugs Jo x

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  3. Do I see green again!!!! VERY cute and pretty. Love that image and you've framed her out to perfection.
    Lynn

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  4. Fantastic card and a wonderful image. Love the frame around her. Love how you applied the velvet glitters (they are my favorites and feel so smooth) too. So glad you shared this for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge too!

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  5. Must say I love this card,beautiful background and delightful image!!
    hugs
    Glenda

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  6. Beautiful ST Paddy's card, love your great design, thank you for joining us at Creative Moments
    Alex x

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  7. Very pretty, great inspiration for our "use green" challenge at Open-Minded Challenge this fortnight. I wonder how many of us do have a bit of the blarney in us, I know I do. lol.

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  8. Loving the green!!
    thank you for sharing it with us over on the passion for promarkers challenge blog
    hugs Lou xx

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  9. Another lovely card. Love the green newspaper and the pearls. Cute image too.

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  10. Loooove this great image and how you have colored it up. Fabulous embellishments as well!!!

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  11. Hi Connie, what a gorgeous card. I love the image and your colouring is fab. Thanks for joining us at PFP this week. Hugs, Denise x

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  12. Great looking card! Love all the green and the sweet image. Thanks for "making it digital" and playing with us this week over at PFP.
    Love n Hugs
    Marie

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  13. Hi, I am back, this time to thank you for joining us at lexi's Creations with this fabulous card!
    hugs
    Glenda

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  14. Love this little Irish lass. (Now I'm not Irish, but have some Irish friends!) So I'm making wearin' of the green right now as well. Thanks for the deets on how you did the sticky paper & glitter. It made a lovely mat for your pretty image. Love the green newsprint too. It glittered very nicely on my monitor. Love these glitters that you burnish to velvet. Will be joining as your newest follower & hope you find time to visit me too! TFS

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  15. Oops, guess I was already a follower & didn't realize it! Will be back to enjoy your work!

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  16. Stunning card with fab coloring and lovely sparkling....thanks for playing with us at Divas by Design!
    xxx Margreet

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  17. A gorgeous card, I love your design and great background. Your image is adorable and lovely detailing!!

    Thanks so much for joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge,
    hugs
    Heather xx

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  18. Stunning Card love the background and the wonderful colouring. Love Alison xx

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  19. This is gorgeous and perfect for our make it sparkle challenge at Diva's by Design.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.
    Hugs Sharon. x

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  20. Fantastic colours, and a beautiful image. Thanks for sharing it with us at I Love ProMarkers. Hugs from Lisbeth

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  21. What a sweet card! I love the image and all the sparkle! Thanks for joining the Sparkle N Sprinkle challenge.

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  22. Great "green card" Connie - and a wonderful technique for using the negative portion of your die cut! Love your darling little lass, too - such pretty colors of green and wonderful coloring!

    Now to put on my other hat. Thank you for joining us at Sparkle N Sprinkle this month! I hope you will submit more of your pretty cards to the challenge in the future!

    Thanks for the extra link to SNS in your blog post! hugs, Donna {Creative Smiles}

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  23. Cute card, love the greens. Thanks for joining us at Perfectly Rustics.

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  24. Adorable, I done two cards in green, its a color I never work with before. So its funny to see others in green!! Thank you for play with us at Creative Moments this time, hugs Kate, CO leader

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