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Shamrocks
for St. Patrick!

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Shamrock Silhouette Cards
for St. Patrick's Day

What you will make:

Make St. Patrick's Day cards that feature silhouettes of shamrocks. Your card can feature a single large shamrock or four small shamrocks that fill the card  front. The first card closely follows the instructions in the Leaf Silhouette Cards tutorial for making a sponged paper card, while the second card uses shamrocks cut out from green paper.

The techniques for making silhouette cards and sponging are explained in the Leaf Silhouette Cards tutorial from Aunt Annie's Greeting Card Class. See this tutorial for detailed instructions, and if you are new to card making, review other Greeting Card Class tutorials for ideas and basic techniques. For how to make envelopes, see the Four Patch Cards tutorial or see the Envelopes to Make craft project for envelope templates and instructions.

Tip: Checkout more St. Patrick's Day crafting fun!

Here's what you need:
  • White card blank: 4¼″ by 5½″
  • Green or white cardstock or heavy paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Ruler and pencil
  • Optional: Paper trimmer, colored pencils, markers

This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make Shamrock Silhouette Cards

Read through the instructions before starting.

Scroll down to see the materials and instructions for both card designs. Refer to the Leaf Silhouette Cards tutorial for step-by-step instructions.

#1: Sponged shamrock silhouette
Sponged shamrock silhouette card
Materials:
  • - Two shades of green acrylic paint
  • - Green paper or cardstock, 3¾″ by 5″
  • - White paper or cardstock, 3½" by 4¾"
Tools:
  • - Sponges
  • - Plastic lid or plate
  • - Paper towels

Prep work: Cut the green and white paper or cardstock to size, 3¾″ by 5″ and 3½" by 4¾", respectively. Print out the shamrock templates on cardstock or heavy paper. Select one of the larger templates and cut it out. The sample card uses the template second from the left.

To make the card: Follow the instructions in the Leaf Silhouette Cards tutorial, steps 3 thru 7. In Step 3, use the white rectangle to trace and cutout the shamrock. In Step 4, sponge the green rectangle using the two colors of green paint you selected. In Step 7, glue the sponged green paper to the card before gluing the shamrock silhouette.

#2: Four Shamrock Silhouettes
Card with four shamrock silhouettes
Materials:
  • - Green paper or cardstock

Prep work: Cut two 2 1/8" by 2 3/4" rectangles from the green paper. Print out the shamrock templates on cardstock or heavy paper. Select two of the smaller templates and cut them out. The sample card uses the first and last templates

To make the card: Follow the instructions in Step 3 of the Leaf Silhouette Cards tutorial to cut out shamrocks from the two rectangles of green paper. Follow the instructions in steps 6 and 7 for cutting and gluing the shamrocks, but for this card all the cut pieces will be glued down to form the design on the sample card.

That's it! Now you have the idea! Examples of shamrock silhouette cards

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to make the card.
  • Think about the person getting the card and the card's sentiment.
  • Think about the card and imagine how it will look.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Project Pattern

Tip: Cut shamrock shapes freehand or use this printable pattern with four styles of shamrock templates in three sizes to make St. Patrick's Day silhouette cards. Use the larger size for one shamrock on a card, medium for two shamrocks, and small templates for four shamrocks.

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Tip: Use two medium-size silhouette cuts to decorate a card. These leaf silhouettes were cut from 2½" by 3½" rectangles. You can do the same with the medium-size shamrock templates.

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