Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day to all!  Whether you've got a lot of Irish in you or none at all, it's still a day to celebrate with a pint of Guinness and to wear some green!

My family (on both sides) comes from New England, generations back we've been here.  One side was here when the Mayflower arrived and the other arrived on the Mayflower, with other branches sprinkled in as well.  I have a miniscule amount of Irish in me.  So little in fact it amounts to... well,  actually, none.  Yes, for a girl born and bred South of Boston, the chance that we have little to no Irish is amazing, considering the Irish population around here.  Even my husband has little Irish in him. 


His NAME is Patrick!  And I count on him to rid my little island (my 1/3 acre of land) of all the garter snakes he (or I) can find!  Couple that with the fact that March 17th is his 1/2 birthday, well.... I guess we'll celebrate!!!  YAH!!

This week the Dreamweaver Design Team has a free week.  No theme, no colors, no sketch, just do what we will and what we want!  So, of course, I chose....  Some Saint Patty's day cheer!

I used several stencils for this design.  First the background is done with the new large plaid making stencil.  One way, it's colored in gold ink and the other is in green ink.  I also did a little bit of gold Dreamweaver paste and then a little bit of the green Dreamweaver paste for the center portion of the plaid design.  **NOTE:  The colors in real life look very similar.  The colors in this picture look way off.  Sorry.**  This technique takes some time to do as you need the first layer (in my case, gold) to dry completely before you can turn your stencil and paste the other side (green).  Today wasn't a great day for that as it's been raining all day.  But once I turned on the stove for dinner, I placed the large pasted piece on the stove and it dried before dinner was done!  (I did NOT put this on the burner!)

While that was drying; I used the stencil LL381, a celtic knot with the Green Dreamweaver Paste. 

Oh, and a  little note about the paste.  When you open the jar... it looks like a light green color.  This is not the final color.  Once dried, it deepens in shade and ends up being quite a different color then you see in the jar. 

Before the paste was dry completely on the celtic knot, I sprinkled just a little bit of clear glitter on to the drying paste.  It's stuck in there now and adds a nice sparkle to the card.  I used the Gold Dreamweaver Paste on the Celtic Heart knot, LM178 and let that dry.  Using some scissors and an exacto knife to cut out the open areas I then adhered it onto the celtic knot.  Pop that up entirely, add a little typed sentiment of "Happy Saint Patrick's Day!" and I'm good to go!

I hope you enjoy and I hope you enjoy something green today!


Kristi said...

Love it so very much! Love the plaid and the celtic knot! AWESOME

Louise said...

Great job cutting out that celtic heart, you have a lot of patience! Happy St. Patrick's Day

Wendy said...

Great job Kim!!! I feel the irish love all over this greeting. I hope you have a super St. Paddy's Day!!!

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

I never would have thought of layering those knots, but it looks great like that. Beautiful detail in this one Kim.

Pam Hornschu said...

Great layering of the Celtic stencils!

Liz Martin said...

Great work (and patience) cutting the Celtic knot. Each knot is beautiful, but together they are stunning.

Laura Drahozal said...

I really like the layering of the celtic knots--I am not sure I would have ever thought of that very cool idea.

Terrece said...

WOW! Great card. Love how the copper sets off the green and visa-versa. Really great card!!

Lee Kellogg said...

Oh Wow! Plaid and knots! What a wonderful card. Good job!