This is my card for the teapot party this week. It's tickle week, and Sue gave us a lovely challenge to provide inspiration for the cards we are making for each other.
The claddagh image symbolizes loyalty, love and friendship, and I thought it was perfect for this week. It was downloaded and printed on white cs twice. It didn't print very clearly, so I added some detail with Prismacolor pencils. To give the crown and golden ring a bit of sheen, I colored over them with a Prismacolor blender pencil and burnished with a q-tip.
I cut the image with SB stitched circles dies, and hand stitched the piercing using gold metallic embroidery floss. I fussy cut the shamrocks from the second image and attached them with rolled Sookwang tape for dimension and Multi Medium where dimension wasn't needed. I added Glossy Accents to the crown and heart.
The focal image was backed with a piece of Stick It adhesive and matted with a mirror gold die cut. I added shimmer to the shamrocks (you could make a song out of that :) to the tune of Tiptoe Through The Tulips!) using clear Wink of Stella.
I'm really pleased with how this came out; I hope my tickle partner likes it as well!
As always, thanks for looking!
ETA: I'm so sorry for all the misunderstanding about coloring this image. It was downloaded as a pre-colored digi - I just used my pencils to enhance the image. I realize it wasn't clear in my description above from all the comments about my wonderful coloring, LOL! I wish!
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 GMT Views: 679
Registered: February 21, 2007 Location: Bucks County, PA, Just north of Philadelphia Posts: 17651
Wed, Apr 01, 2015 @ 1:36 PM
Oh, I would love to get this one - everything the claddaugh symbolizes is epitomized here on SCS in the teapotters group especially!! Love your hand stitching on the circle and the coloring on the shamrocks, crown and heart - clearly this is a work of your heart and I really LOVE how it looks with the fussy cut shamrocks popped up!! What a blessing to the lucky gal that receives this!!
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Registered: August 15, 2007 Location: Twin Cities MN Posts: 35191
Wed, Apr 01, 2015 @ 1:50 PM
Who wouldn't like to get this lovely card Jody! The claddaugh is perfect for this challenge and you've really made it so special with the gold hand stitching, the fussy cut shamrocks (+ sparkle) , and your fabulous coloring! It's just beautiful...:)
Registered: March 31, 2008 Location: Eastlake, OH Posts: 22665
Wed, Apr 01, 2015 @ 6:11 PM
Beautiful, Jo! I love the idea of printing twice and adding dimension to it! And wow, those stitches on the dies are tiny! What itty bitty stitches you did and how time consuming that must have been. I do love how you added the gold and shine with the blender and Q tip! Tiny Tim is now echoing in my head!
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Registered: July 27, 2007 Location: Dublin, Ireland Posts: 101734
Thu, Apr 02, 2015 @ 7:44 AM
Now that's a great choice of image, Jody! I remember my BIL trawling the shops to find a nice Claddagh ring to take back to his wife in Australia. A lot of people here have them as wedding rings too - well, maybe not a lot, but certainly some. What a perfect card for the Tickle.