It’s your lucky day! Chasity is here to have some fun with a shamrock card tutorial!
Kelly Creates Supplies:Paradise Watercolor Pencils, Moonlight Marker, Multicolor Fineliners, Multicolor Bullet Tip Pens, Watercolor Paper, Small Brush pens, Watercolor Lettering Brush Set, Rub Ons.
Other Supplies: White Cardstock, Green Cardstock, Adhesive, Pattern papers (Amy Tan- Picnic in the Park Collection) Paper Bows, Puffy sticker Hearts, green Baker’s Twine, Rainbow Paper and word Pattern Paper (Pebbles- Kid at Heart), Paper Trimmer.
Hey Lettering Friends! It’s March, and I wish I could tell you that Spring is here, but it’s still snowing and cold here in Utah! I am thankful for the precipitation though; hopefully we won’t be in a drought in the summer months. I am ready for the warmer weather that is for sure! We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in March, and it’s also the hub’s birthday! We decorate the house, we turn everything green, and we get visits from the sneaky Leprechaun who brings treats!
Today I am bringing to you a tutorial to help you use your supplies and create fun shamrock cards to celebrate your inner Irish!
We all collect products, and I want to help you use some of them! I have a plethora of products that I need to finish or use for the first time.
Some of those products in my Kelly Creates collection that I want to use are Rub ons and Watercolor Paradise Pencils. I started by grabbing a sheet of Kelly’s Watercolor Paper and the Island and Sea Foam Watercolor Paradise Pencils.
I drew some shamrocks with the Sea Foam Paradise Pencil. Remember there are all shapes and sizes of shamrocks. I drew a traditional shamrock and a four-leaf clover. To help you draw these designs, think of the leaves as heart shapes.
I filled in the shamrock in with the Paradise Pencil and started shading parts of it darker. I shade by layering more of the pencil over the same areas.
Then, I used the Island Paradise Pencil to add a darker color around the edges of my shamrock. I colored based on what a real shamrock looks like and where it’s darker and lighter.
Once I was happy with the way I had shaded, it’s time to add some water!
I used the #1 Watercolor brush from Kelly Creates, and added some clean water to the shamrock to transform the pencil coloring into watercolor. These Watercolor Paradise Pencils are great for small projects, especially if you’re not ready to jump into painting with Kelly Creates Watercolor Inks. These Paradise Pencils allow you to have a little more control.
I kept adding water to the shamrock until I was happy with the blending. If you want to add more color or create darker hues, wait until it dries and color again with the Paradise Pencils, then add water, to repeat the process.
I then started on the four-leaf clover. I repeated the same process, adding a little more of the Island Paradise Pencil to make it darker than the previous shamrock.
I repeated adding water with the Kelly Creates #1 lettering brush, and let it dry completely.
Now it’s time to dress up my shamrocks! This is where Kelly’s Rub Ons come in. I cut out the “make a wish” rub on and placed it on the stem of the clover. The rub on has a wax paper backing that I left on until I was ready to rub it on.
I removed the backing and placed the Rub On below the clover across the stem. Use the wood burnish stick that comes with the Rub Ons to transfer the saying onto the paper.
I then cut out the “hello” from the Rub Ons and repeated the same process. You could hand letter these sentiments if you want to, but remember I am trying to use products!
I also love how vibrant the black Rub On looks layered on the green leaf. The quality of these Rub Ons is so great!
Now it’s time to add some fun to these shammies! I trimmed the shamrocks/clovers down with my trimmer.
I wanted to make a third card that I left just coloured with Paradise Pencils and didn’t add water to. So with the leftover watercolor paper, I repeated the same steps for coloring the shamrock with the Watercolor Pencils, but I did not add water. You can totally use the Paradise Pencils like traditional colored pencils!
I also wanted to embellish this one a little different than the first two. I used rainbow colors of Kelly Creates Fineliners and Bullet Tip Markers to outline the shamrock with dots.
This is a fun way to add a rainbow to the card. I love the way this turned out! Think outside the box and try a some different techniques!
Next I used the Kelly Creates ‘Palm’ Small Brush Pen and lettered the word “lucky” with some fun flourishes.
Using the darker green ‘Emerald’ Small Brush Pen, I shaded the top of each letter and added a light highlight line on each letter with the Moonlight Marker.
I finished the cards by adding green cardstock mats. Then I cut some cute rainbow patterned paper that I had on hand (use those supplies!)I also added some Puffy Sticker embellishments and a paper bow and baker’s twine.
Here are up close photos of each card so you can see the final projects!
I hope that you give these lucky shamrock cards a try and use some supplies that you have on hand! If you create some cards, be sure to share them with us on social media with #kellycreates. We love seeing what you create! I hope that each of you have a very wonderful St. Patrick’s Day, and get a visit from the sneaky Leprechaun!
For more crafty lettering ideas and inspiration, follow Chasity on Instagram @chiciscre8ive
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