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Well here is my take on St Patricks day! I must admit when I first saw the theme I was like "oh no!". The only things I could think of were green leprechauns, shamrocks, rainbows and pots of gold. (very stereotyped but hey!) I had no inspiration whatsoever, but I asked for help over on the waltzingmouse forum, and someone suggested celtic. Well that was all I needed! I've loved celtic knotwork for many years, and was bought a celtic design book for my 15th birthday (almost 15 years since!). It gives instructions on how to create your own hand drawn celtic knots. So I dug it out and found a few designs to do. Heres a link to the book if you're interested Celtic Knotwork designs
The book gives really detailed instructions, so its pretty easy, but very satisfying!
Heres a picture with the 4 designs I'd chosen to try.
I decided to paint the inside of the design with distress inks, as I wanted a more subtle green, and its easy to use with water.
I started by using very strong colour around the edge, then watered it down and added a middle layer, and finally I used just water to blend the whole design.
Now the design was the easy bit, I then had to decide how to make the card, so I cut the design using my nestabilities circles, and layered it onto some suede paper in a sagey colour that matched really well.
I used a plastic circle mask and put the white 5" square cardstock through my cuttlebug with my No More Shims embossing mat. This gave a great pattern which complimented the design. I wanted to incorporate some gold into the card (well gold and green are very Irish!) so I used my gold ink pad and brushed it over the embossing. I also used a sponge to add the gold ink to the edge of the card and around the design.
I hope you like my take on Irish!