Heartfelt Wishes in Shades of Green

by Joanne James15. March 2021 14:00

Happy Monday everyone - another Monday, another week! This week includes St Patrick's Day, so there are naturally lots of challenges that feature either the colour green, the theme of luck, shamrocks and generally all things Irish around at the moment! So today I'm sharing a card inspired by a few of them:


I was inspired by the sketch and photo over at Inspired By this week, and the lovely ladies over at Just Add Ink are asked us to create with shades of green. At The Card Concept the theme is the 'Luck of the Irish'. Whilst I don't know anyone who celebrates St Patrick's Day card and would appreciate a card, it's always a good opportunity to create a good luck card or something in green - such a soothing colour. I decided to make a clean and simple card that has a play on the word 'luck' that is perfect to send to a friend - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Shades of Green - I masked off my Basic White cardstock panel and used my chosen shades of green - Soft Sea Foam, Granny Apple Green, Call Me Clover and Shaded Spruce - with my blending brushes to create a trio of columns of blended ombre greens, deepening in colour towards my sentiment and lucky clover/shamrock at the base. There is something so calming about shades of green used in such a simple way I think - don't you agree? 

Heartfelt Wishes - The sentiment I used on my card today comes from the 'Heartfelt' stamp set and is the perfect play on the word 'luck' to show appreciation for someone's friendship and seemed to fit the theme perfectly, with a card that I could actually send to someone! 

Pierced Blooms Lucky Clover - I created my shamrock or lucky four-leaf clover from a five-petal floral die from the Pierced Blooms Dies. I simply snipped away part of one of the petals to leave me with 4 leaves and a stem:


I finished my clover with a gold faceted gem to add an extra detail to my focal embellishment (from my collection rather than the pot at the end of the rainbow I hasten to add!)


Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your day; I have just received a '911' from one of the James Juniors imploring me to bring a snack at school pickup - clearly lunch was lacking today and I think my growing 13 year old son has hollow legs at the moment! Whatever did we do before Whats App??! So off to sort before I head out on the school run! I'll be back tomorrow with my card for this week's new challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.


Comments (11) -

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
3/15/2021 3:27:14 PM #

WOW....your shading is perfection!  How in the world did you do your masking so PERFECTLY!?  And the tip about using the flower as a shamrock...so stinkin' clever!  I believe you are a paper engineer for sure!  Love this!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
3/23/2021 8:39:25 PM #

You are too kind! My masking was a combination of post-it notes on the outside and two narrow strips of old washi tape between the columns - nothing fancy!

Esther Asbury
Esther AsburyUnited States
3/15/2021 7:42:08 PM #

What a pretty card! I love how you created the stripes and your CAS design! Thanks for playing along at The Card Concept!

Patrice Easton
Patrice EastonAustralia
3/16/2021 4:35:38 AM #

Love the gradient of your blending, Joanne! Perfection. The only people I know who deserve a card on St Pat's day are my parents in law for their wedding anniversary...but of course that's a whole different kind of card. Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink again. x

Silke Ledlow
Silke LedlowUnited States
3/16/2021 1:03:56 PM #

Beautiful card Joanne! Love your take on this weeks Sketch...awesome CAS design! Thank you for sharing!

VickyUnited Kingdom
3/16/2021 3:54:04 PM #

Oh Joanne, you've outdone yourself with this design! I love the strong vertical lines and how beautifully the greens you've chosen blend together. Then you've cleverly created a shamrock out of a flower die - and I love the way you embellished it with the single gem. And then you chose the perfect sentiment and placed it in exactly the right position! I love it!
Lol at your James Junior! I remember the days of having to bring snacks to every pick up! Vicky x

Michele F
Michele FUnited States
3/16/2021 5:00:08 PM #

We are the lucky ones - Irish or not!  LOve your shades of green - perfect rendition of Danni's sketch this week, Joanne!  Plus one tiny shamrock for luck!

Chantell Randall
Chantell RandallAustralia
3/17/2021 12:15:45 PM #

Lovely card Joanne.  I really love your green panels - they look great against the White background.  Chantell x x

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
3/17/2021 8:10:32 PM #

I'm such a sucker for ink sponging, so naturally I love what you've done here!

Rochelle Blok
Rochelle BlokAustralia
3/18/2021 12:30:13 AM #

This is such a gorgeous CAS card, Joanne! Your ink blending is stunning and those greens really pop against the white. I love your clever little clover too. Thanks for playing along this week at Just Add Ink. Rochelle xo

danni reid
danni reidUnited States
3/19/2021 2:51:33 AM #

WOW!  This is SO gorgeous, I love your card Joanne, this is ingenious use of supplies and fantastic masking and shading!  Thank you for inspiring us @ IB this week!

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