Picture Perfect Saint Patrick’s Day

by Aimee Dow

You know what's awesome? Ink Pads. You thought I was going to say stamps didn't you? Well this is a stamp company blog and Altenew does make pretty awesome stamps, but today I'm crushing on ink pads and their truely stella uses. See here's the thing, unlike your run-of-the-mill cardmakers and scrapbookers I loath theme papers. Christmas collections tie my stomach in knots, I don't think I've bought a birthday collection and as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, I have never even seen a Saint Patrick's Day Paper. Which is kinda really weird as I LOVE Saint Patrick's Day. Just let me show you…


Ohh look at my bubba. This was Eva's first Saint Patrick's Day. Eva was actually named after my nana, who was a nun and a nurse from Ireland (Saint Patrick's homeland). It's an amazing story, but too long for here or to be written on a page. So I put a whole page of typed journaling on the back of the layout.


The color palette was derived from the Amy Tangerine Plaid paper, but you've seen enough of my layouts now to know that I don't do full page pattern paper layouts. I also had this XO cut file I wanted to use. That's when inspiration struck – I'd make my own pattern paper to back the cut!


I used a textured white cardstock and turned the Buttercream, Forest Glades and Desert Nights ink pads upside down and stamped in a random pattern. Admittedly I could have used the Warm Sunshine instead of the Buttercream, it was a better match for the plaid, but when I tried it on my scratch paper it really took over. How fantastic does it look though?


Once my backing papers were sorted out, I laid down some detail with the leaf stamp from the Beautiful You stamp set in Jet Black. It gave me a really great base to build upon.


I used the ‘Picture Perfect' stamp from the Say Cheese stamp set as my only journaling on the front because frankly it sums it up perfectly to me. A few more stray vines and a scattering of puffy stickers and it's done!


I'm pretty chuffed at how this one came out, if I do say so myself. And there isn't even a Kelly Green Shamrock in sight *wink, wink*.

Aimee Xx


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SueB July 22, 2016 - 4:01 AM

Oh this is gorgeous, like you I am not a fan of bought papers…although I do buy the odd one or a cheap small pad of them …for my grandchildren to use as it makes them want to craft more when they see a quick result when making a card. Your plaid background is beautifully done and I love the colours. Would love to hear the story of your Nan sounds intriguing…

Eveline van Heijst July 22, 2016 - 7:41 AM

That’s a great layout.
I’m not a fan of themed papers either.


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