Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day...

Today I'm doing a project with the Chomas Creations Engraving Tip and Mini Gel Pen Holder together. I colored this Leprechaun a few weeks ago and set it aside, but I figured the big green day was coming so I better do something with him :)

I decided to to a technique that Amy has done with the Engraving Tip that I haven't tried yet. I used Core'dinations Cardstock Black Magic. The inner layer of the one I chose is green--what else??! I was making a card for a man so I thought this technique was perfect to give it a more manly look. Why did I decide to make a tent card? Because I like them and I also did one back at Valentine's Day with a Copic image I colored and figured I would continue the tradition. I made a file in my Gypsy for the background piece by adding shamrocks all over the rectangle. I used Real Dial Size the add the rectangle so I knew it would fit onto the front of my card.
To make the sentiment, I chose the saying Happy St. Patrick's Day.  I chose a new mat layer in the Gypsy and placed shadow of the sentiment on it.

 After it was done, without unloading the mat,  I changed to the Mini Gel Pen where my blade housing goes without moving the carriage. On a new mat layer on my Gypsy I placed the main image of the sentiment in the exact same place on the mat. 
I now drew the title in.
 Before I put my card together I sanded the engraved parts lightly with a sanding block.
 I colored in my sentiment with a Copic marker. I love Chomas Creations Gel Pens because they don't smear with Copics. Hard to find in a regular pen! 
You can also see in the picture above how I engraved a line around the sentiment base and shamrock base. Great way to add some texture to the card.
As I have said MANY times before, Chomas Creations Products add a whole new dimension to your Cricut. You need to go check them out HERE.

Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone! 

Cricut Cartridges Used
Paper Doll Dress Up = Shamrock @ 1"
Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art = Happy St. Patrick's Day @ 1.75
George and Basic Shapes = Rectangles @ 5.50" & 3.75"
Chomas Creations Engraving and Mini Gel Pen
Spellbinders Die to cut out Leprechaun
Copic Marker = G94


  1. your leprechaun is adorable!

    thanks for reminding me of my pens which i forgot i had :P. i do not have chomas tough.

  2. Soooo Happy St. Patty Day to you my friend, I love this creation that stamp is so cute and you know that your coloring is wonderful. I realy like the Emboss with the cricut idea and it worked great with the Coredination paper, thanks for the inspiration :)

  3. Such a great card! I haven't tried anything other then cutting with my cricut so far but you've got me really curious now about using pens/engraving tools - thanks for sharing!

  4. Very pretty card. I just love the engraving tip!
    Thanks for sharing!


  5. I had no idea about the engraving technique! Thank you for the tip!! Your card is soooo darn cute!! XOXO, Julie. :0)

  6. What a great card, Maria. I love how you did the embossing. What a great effect.

  7. WOW, another cool use for that engraving tip! Looks fab on the Core'dinations! Love this! xxD

  8. Oh Maria! I wish, wish, WISH that I lived closer because I would LOVE to take some of your classes! I just know I would learn so much! This is absolutely fabulous!!

  9. Love this! What types of pens did you use to color the leprechaun?


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