Midweek Creations With Jo Ann: Home Is Where The Heart Is

My grandmother came to America from the Clan of Farrell, in Ireland…which makes me one quarter Irish. As a proud woman of Irish descent, we always greet each other on St. Patrick’s Day with “The top of the morning to ya!” I gave you the morning so your response would be, “And the rest of the day to you!” With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I just had to incorporate green into today’s card. And of course, I threw in some shamrocks for some Irish luck!
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Today’s card starts with the adorable Mr. Snailman Stamp Set. It is a small set with a great price point and is fabulous for a card as well as a fun way to dress up your envelopes.

You can always add to your stamped image to expand it’s usefulness and give it your personal touch. I wanted to give the snail a look of fantasy and whimsy so I turned the package into a house with a chimney and added a few shamrocks. I added a little more to his cap to make it bigger. The lines were penciled in and then traced over with a Copic 0.3 Multiliner. Halfway through my Copic coloring I decided to add a second story, another chimney, some segments to the snail’s shell, and a few more shamrocks. You can never have too many shamrocks!

I had no desire to fussy cut around all those tiny shamrocks so I cut the shape out with a Deckle Edge A2 Die. To give it a vintage look, I edged it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a sponge dauber.

If you don’t have a large shamrock die, which I didn’t, you can cut three heart shapes and make your own. Many companies have heart die sets to choose from. To create a stem I cut one from the leftover scraps. The paper is Striped Silly, from Sunny Studio. This too was edged with Distress Ink.

I cut colored cardstock, using different sizes from the Deckle Edge set, to build the card base. Each piece was distressed and aged with the Vintage Photo Ink.

The sentiment is from the Lawn Fawn Happy Village Stamp Set. It is really easy to line it up on a small strip using the Creative Corners in your MISTI.  It was stamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts White Detail Powder. 

Everything was glued down with glue or a tape runner. The snail and the sentiment were given dimension with Scotch Foam Tape. Everything was glued to a #110 Neenah Cardstock card base.

I love the whimsical and vintage look of this card. It reminds me of a children’s book illustration! You can click here for another look at the Mr. Snailman Stamp Set in use.

I will leave you with this Irish blessing:

May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire.

As always, thanks for joining me today. I look forward to creating with you again here at Trinity! You can also find me on Instagram at jadanchik or on my blog at jadanchik.com for more product detail.

Joyfully, Jo Ann

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