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Monochromatic Magic: Cathy’s View

Irish Laughter

By: Cathy Peper, Artistic Guide

Finished Card Size:  4.25 by 5.5 inches


Shamrock (Stampabilities)

Sentiment (The Stampsmith)
Glossy White (Kromekote)

Fresh Asparagus Card Stock (Gina K)
Solar White Card Stock (Neenah)
Patterned Paper , Once Upon a Springtime (Graphic 45)
Alcohol Inks:  Meadow, Lettuce and Citrus (Ranger)

Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Adirondack Citrus (Ranger)
Doily Lace Border Punch (Martha Stewart)

Ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon)
Bow Easy (Posi-Bendr)
Labels 8 (Spellbinders)
Felt blender tool (Ranger)
Sponge (for blending)
Double Sided Adhesive (Scotch 3 M)
Double Sided Tape (Viva Las Vegastamps)
Zots (Therm O Web)


When I began working on this challenge, I had no intention of making a Saint Patrick’s Day type of card or of using green for my monochromatic color.  I like almost all colors, including green, but it's not my favorite color.  I pictured using pink, purple or blue, but I started playing, got out my alcohol inks and this is what evolved.

  1. Using a blender tool with a felt pad, add about three drops of each color of alcohol ink.  Pounce blender tool on a quarter sized sheet of glossy card stock to make the polished stone background. 
  2. Stamp three shamrocks on green background and cut out. 
  3. Make card base from Fresh Asparagus card stock.
  4. Cut patterned paper to fit base and trim the bottom edge with the border punch.  Trim paper to show an edge of the green card stock and adhere.
  5. Using double sided tape, attach ribbon to top of card.
  6. Using the same ribbon, make a bow with the bow easy and attach to ribbon border with Zots.
  7. Stamp sentiment on white card stock with black ink and cut out with the Labels die.
  8. Keeping the paper in the die, apply citrus ink with a sponge to the verse.  This leaves a nice white border around the die cut.
  9. Adhere sponged piece to card and glue the three shamrocks around the sentiment as shown.
  10. For a finishing touch, cut out a small fairy from the Graphic 45 paper and add her to one of the shamrocks.
  11. This card could be sent for any occasion or kept until St. Patrick’s Day.


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2 Responses »

  1. Wonderful card. The sentiment is very nice.

  2. I love the sentiment and the lace border. Beautifully done. TFS