Four Leaf Clover Card

by Bibiana Martinez-Ziegler

Use heart dies to create a four leaf clover shaped card.

Supplies

  • Cardstock
  • Heart-shaped die or template
  • Die cutting machine
  • Ink & stamps to decorate each panel (Distress inks & Memory Box stamps used here)
  • Ribbon - about 1 yard
  • Hole punch
  • Upholstery needle (optional)

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Decorate cardstock as desired, in preparation for cutting out 4 heart panels.

  2. Step 2

    Use dies or a heart shaped template to cut out 4 identical hearts. Decorate the back side of each heart, if desired.

  3. Step 3

    Punch 4 holes in 2 of the hearts as indicated. These hearts will be placed to the center.

  4. In the remaining 2 hearts, punch only 2 holes to the inside, lining up with the holes punched in the 2 middle hearts.

  5. Step 4

    Embellish the heart panels as desired.

  6. Step 5

    Cut about a yard of ribbon. Thread and weave the ribbon between each panel to lace the hearts together, as shown in the diagram, leaving about a 12" tail.

    Note:
    To tie a bow closure to the front of the card, add a 3rd hole on the 2 bottom hearts and thread ribbons through to the front.

  7. Hint:
    Tape ribbon ends or use an upholstery needle to ease insertion of ribbon through the holes.

  8. Step 6

    Complete the lacing and adjust the ribbon as needed to center it in the panels.

  9. Step 7

    Tie a bow to secure the card shape and set it up for display. Trim ribbon ends. Additional ribbons may be added to embellish, if desired.

    Hint:

    Lightly heat the ribbon ends in a flame to prevent fraying.

  10. Step 8

    Embellish and complete the project.

Video!




Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Four Leaf Clover Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Absolutely beautiful card. Love it.
Really should point out tho that what you have created is a four leaf clover, not a shamrock which has 3 leaves. That's why it was used by St. Patrick to explain the holy trinity.
Kathleen Mc xx
Kathleen  |  Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 4:37 AM
This is such a unique and creative card. I love the talent it shows. Of course, I am Irish, so that makes it even more special!
Anne Fletcher  |  Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 6:05 AM
Beautiful and versatile! You could do LOTS of stuff with this. Love it!
Kimberly Dearing  |  Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 6:24 AM
Yes, Kathleen is right about the shamrock. But this could be adapted into three leaves, yes?

Also, rather than heating the ribbon ends, there's a handy liquid available in the fabric department of most stores called FrayCheck (although I think it is spelled differently). A drop on the ribbon end does the job and is durable. I used it on my daughters' hair ribbons (she's now 38) and dress trims, and it launders well,too. Of course, I don't think any of us will be laundering our cards!
EC  |  Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 6:29 AM
This is so cute! I cannot wait to give it a try!
Toni Storie  |  Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 6:38 AM
What a fabulous card! Hope to see more of your tutorials after seeing your outstanding work in the gallery!
Nancy Stislow  |  Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 6:56 AM
Yes Kathleen you're right - and I'm Irish! I should have caught that! I fixed it smile
lydia  |  Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 7:13 AM
This is stunning! I will be making this for the gals at work. Thanks for the great tutorial and ribbon threading!
Sue Simmons  |  Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 7:22 AM
lovely! And esp like the diagram of how to thread the ribbons - thanks!!
kathy wheat  |  Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 7:54 AM
What a lovely card, I like everything about it. There are only so many ways to make the heart shape a shamrock or better still a 4 leaf clover, you nailed it. Will be making these for shoe box night. Thank you for sharing.
anita whitson  |  Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 7:58 AM
FANTASTIC CARD....I have the hearts cut out...now to just get in and do it. Can't wait to see if I can do as well. thanks so much for sharing!
Diana E. Bishop  |  Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 8:11 AM
Love this card am anxious to try it.
Carolyn Norman  |  Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 8:21 AM
I'm brand new to your site, and this is the first card that I have seen...this is absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to try my luck at this 4 leaf clover, and give it to my 4 little granddaughters...I know they are going to love it. Thank you for sharing such a great talent. I can't wait to see what other surprises there are in store for me here!
Donna Cipriano  |  Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 8:49 AM
is this a mailable card. I love it but how could I mail it??
sherrie  |  Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 9:50 AM
Hi Sherrie - if you watch the video you'll see you can fold it flat for mailing. smile
lydia  |  Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 9:51 AM
Beautiful and ingenious in its simplicity. I love your designs since you never overload.
Sigrid Warren  |  Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM
This is such a different card idea...well demonstrated. Thanks for these tutorials on how to do the lacing. Definitely have to give this one a try!
Martie Rollin  |  Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 1:36 PM
Very nice, Bibiana. I also noticed the four leaves instead of three but love the clever design!
Melanie  |  Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 1:59 PM
Thank you so much. Love this!
Marsha Householder  |  Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 3:35 PM
This card is so you, before i even looked at your name i knew it was you. you do beautiful work on all your cards. i subscribe to your site so every few days i have a fabulous picture of cards to look at. keep up the wonderful work. it's very inspirational.
Kat White
Kat White  |  Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 3:50 PM

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