Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve created this layout featuring the “Lucky” paper collection from Authentique Paper! Besides that this collection coordinates so well together, I have to admit that I always get excited when Authentique releases a collection that is a little more on the ‘guy’ side of things. I’ve mixed a few different mixed media techniques into this layout as well so that you could easily adapt this to other projects that you may be working on as well.
I started this layout with a sheet of 12 x 12 forest green cardstock. Using the ‘Criss Cross’ stencil, place the stencil over the right hand side of the paper and apply Delicata Golden Glitz with a Sponge Dauber to create the pattern. Allow the ink to air dry.
I wanted to add some subtle texture to the background before adding all of the layering pieces and decided that the Iridescent Chartreuse Creative Medium would be the perfect color for adding impact against the dark forest green background. Using a palette knife, I applied the Chartreuse Creative Medium through the ‘Weaving’ stencil placed horizontally about mid page. I then moved the stencil and also covered the top and bottom right hand corners. For a little more color, I removed the spray nozzle from a bottle of Fireworks Cottage Ivy and splattered randomly in the opposite corners of the page. I then sprayed Fireworks Pear Tart over the Cottage Ivy, then misted the entire background randomly with Shimmer Spritz Gold.
Now it’s time to start using that great paper from the “Lucky” paper collection from Authentique Paper to start pulling this green theme together! I took a strip of the ‘Lucky Five’ patterned paper and fussy cut along all the edges of the paper along with the pattern. Yes, a little on the OCD side of things and if you’re not that concerned you can most certainly just use a straight cut on the edges LOL Adhere this down as shown.
Using an foam alphabet stamp set that I’ve had for at least 10 years (maybe from Memory Makers back in the day?), I stamped the word ‘lucky’ with Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy onto the ‘Lucky Four’ paper that features swirled clovers in the background. I then fussy cut out each letter and edged them with the Pearlescent Ivy ink. Underneath I created the pendant strip from the plaid patterned paper featured on the other side of the ‘Lucky Four’ paper and layered gold ribbon with some green sequins along the top and bottom borders of the pendant before adding the letters with dimensional tape.
At this point I could start adding my layering pieces that were cut from different “Lucky” papers using the Labels Thirty Five dies set from Spellbinders. or this layout I used the two largest dies in the set just to give a little variety in the sizes. Some of the papers I sprayed with the Fireworks sparks, while other received a mist of Gold Shimmer Spritz and all had some edging with either Pearlescent Ivy or Delicata Golden Glitz.
Of course I had to add the image of my layout, my partner holding his clover wand and sequin tie while we were out shopping one day LOL I made the theme of this layout as ‘Lucky’ because I’m lucky to have such an awesome person in my life, and that if you look closely at the clovers found in the “Lucky” paper collection, their leaves are actually heart shaped. And of course there’s all those fun embellishments to add, including the die cut sentiments, shapes, and images from the “Lucky” collection along with some coordinating Prima flowers.
Here’s another great detail shot showing some of the textured backgrounds layered with the fun embellishments. The four leaf clover that’s in the top left of this image was fussy cut from the ‘Lucky Three’ paper, and the little clover in the center is from the die cut ‘Components’ sheet along with the sentiment mini pendant. The St. Patrick’s Day crest image is from the ‘Lucky Two’ paper.
And just in case this wasn’t enough inspiration for you on this St. Patrick’s Day, here’s another project I created using the “Lucky” paper collection that’s featured on the Authentique Blog with full step-by-step instructions to create you own last minute gift that would be perfect for a teacher or your friend sitting in the next cube at the office – sure beats those drab and boring green Carnations that always show up as the last minute gift!
Supplies for creating this layout:
Authentique Paper “Lucky” paper collection using 12 x 12 sheets, 6 x 6 Bundle and Components cardstock accents
IMAGINE Craft featuring Tsukineko Creative Medium Iridescent Chartreuse, Diamond Palette Knife, Fireworks! Cottage Ivy and Pear Tart, Shimmer Spritz Gold, Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy, Delicata Golden Glitz, Sponge Daubers
Prima Marketing Jamie Dougherty 6 x 12 Criss Cross stencil, Finnabear 7 x 9 Weaving stencil, flowers
May Arts ribbons and sequins
Spellbinders Labels 35 dies, Grand Calibur machine
Miscellaneous forest green 12 x 12 cardstock (base), foam alphabet stamps