St Patricks Day Origami has to mean Shamrocks, right? That's what I thought of anyway, and why I decided to make a shamrock for a card I am sending to a friend.
But it won't end there...
I found a tutorial that showed me how to make my Shamrocks.
So following their steps, first I cut my Stampin' Up! Fresh Floral Designer Series Paper (DSP) into 3' squares. I chose Lemon Lime Twist as my colour as it seemed the most like a shamrock to me at the time, but Tranquil Tide would work well too.
I needed two squares per shamrock. So I made a few more.
I also needed to practice making them before I used my good DSP, so I started with copy paper 3" (7.5cm) squares.
Next I needed to cut the squares in half to make two rectangles. So I did that:
Next I needed to start folding them. I folded each rectangle in half lengthwise, then folded the folded edge in like it shows on the diagram at ActivityVillage.
The finished folded rectangles looked like this when I was using my scrap paper a a practice go:
Once I got the fold right with the scrap paper, I folded my leaves out of the actual DSP. And I started to see if I could make four leaf clovers out of them:
I think shamrocks need a stem. SO I cut some thin pieces of Old Olive cardstock, scored them twice length-ways and used my Fast Fuse to glue them together. This way my stems had more dimension than flat cardstock strips do on their own.
I liked the look of the stems with the Shamrock, then I started wondering if everything was the right size for a card?
So I made a card.
I stamped my greeting in Versamark and heat embossed it in gold. Then I ran the edges of my Whisper White cardstock along the Versamark pad and then through some gold embossing powder, and edged my card stock in gold.
Then I took my Fast Fuse and laid some down where I wanted the middle of my shamrock to be. I added the stem piece first, then fit the leaves evenly around the middle, adding more Fast Fuse if I needed to.
I layered my Whisper White on some Tranquil Tide card stock, then some Tranquil Tide DSP, then onto a Lemon Lime Twist card base.
And voila! I had my card finished.
Then I started wondering how my St Patrick's Day Origami Shamrock would look on a scrapbook page....
With just a little playing around, I could see that the shamrock was going to fit well on the 12" x 12" page.
This one was made out of 3" x 3" square paper, so you could make them smaller or larger to suit your own project.
You can see that the shamrocks will look great on the top of a box too.
When you assemble them, you can cut a small square of cardstock to place your Fast Fuse on. Then you will be able to place them where you want on a box lid or side. This is a 3 1/2" (9cm) square box with the same shamrock I made gracing the top.
I hope you make lots of St Patricks Day Origami Shamrocks now.
What else would you like to see made for St Patrick's Day? Let me know below. And I would love it if you would show me your own four leaf clover projects!
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