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Erin Go Bragh Card

Hello everyone!  Barbara here with a fun card for St. Patrick's Day!  
This month, the design teams from both Altered Pages and The Robin's Nest are working together to promote each companies' products.  So, be sure to visit both blogs for loads of inspiration.  

Supplies Used:

Altered Pages Collage Sheets:  AP 3008 - Erin Go Bragh (Wishing you a fine St. Patrick's Day)(Erins harp poem)(Erin Go Bragh); AP 416 - Victorian St. Patrick's Day (Shamrock); AP 1401 - Glorious Green (Butterfly)
Patonce Cross rubber stamp
Metallic rub-on cream (Kit #2)
Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen (Black)
12"x12" Double-sided green card stock (cut to 6" x 10")
The Robin's Nest:  Kiwi sorbet glitter cardstock; Fresh Mowed Grass dew drops
Blue/green print paper for tag (2-3/8" x 4-1/4")
Corner Chomper (Cloud/Scallop)
Versamark Ink
Peeled Paint Distress Ink
Detail gold embossing powder
Medallion 3-in-1 punch (EK Success)


Trim double-sided green card stock to 6" x 10", fold in half for card base.

Trim Robin's Nest Kiwi sorbet glitter cardstock slightly smaller than card front to allow some of the card color to show.  Punch four corners with scallop corner chomper.  Adhere to base card.

Punch strip of double-sided green paper using medallion punch.  Trim strip of blue/green print paper to approximately 1/4" x 6".  Weave this strip through punched strip, as shown.

Adhere along left side of card.

Trim "Wishing You A Fine St. Patrick's Day" image.  Layer image to reverse side of print paper cut slightly larger than the image to show a tiny border.  Edge with gold metallic rub-on on cream.
Below is a close-up of how the metallic cream looks on the edges.  I just love how it looks.
Stamp Patonce Cross onto reverse side of blue/green print paper using Versamark ink and detail gold embossing powder.  Cut out cross shape.  
To make the tag, trim blue/green print card stock to 2-3/8" x 4-1/4", punch both top corners using scallop corner chomper.  Adhere both the collage image and stamped cross image, as shown.
Adhere butterfly image to a piece of lightweight chipboard and trim.
Edge image with black Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen.
The butterfly is going to be used as a pocket to hold your tag.  To determine where to place glue onto the back of the butterfly, simply turn it over and place tag so that you can see where it will fit behind the butterfly.  This is where you will place the glue.

Adhere butterfly pocket to card front, as shown.

To finish off the back of the tag, trim Erins harp poem, edge with Peeled Paint distress ink, and adhere to center of tag, as shown.
Now simply insert the tag into the butterfly pocket.  (See photo of finished card above).

To finish off the front, I added Robin's Nest dew drops to the tag, the border, and the card corners.  I love dew drops because they always add so much interest and a bit of dimension, and they come in a huge variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.  Here is a close up of the tag with the dew drops added to the cross.  What a difference, don't you think?
To finish off the inside of the card, trim blue/green print card stock to 1-5/8" x 2-1/8", adhere "Erin Go Bragh"image that has been distressed with peeled paint around the edges to center. Adhere to inside of card.

Trim large shamrock and adhere to inside of card, as shown.  This carries the theme of your card to the inside and makes for a pleasant surprise for your recipient.

The fun thing about this card is that it is a bit interactive for the recipient.  They can remove the tag and read the fun poem on the back, pull it out, use it as a book mark, whatever their pleasure.  And if you are not a card maker, you can always make just the tag and attach it to your bottle of wine, or six pack of Killian's beer to take to a friend's home for a St. Patrick's Day gathering.  

So have fun with it, and be sure to pop on over to both Altered Pages and The Robin's Nest to see what creations both design teams have in store for you this month, as well as their fun products. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful week, and I wish you all a Happy St. Patrick's Day!




  1. Fantastic!!! Great tutorial!!!

  2. Beautiful card for St Pat's Day. The technique could be easily adapted to another occasion by swappin colors or papers. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Charming card - love the embossed Patonce Cross - it really adds to the vintage-y look of the piece.

    I have every intention of stealing a couple of ideas for the tag pocket - love it! Thanks for the little tutorial!

    Good job!

  4. Fabulous card Barbara! I love that it's interactive too! Great job!

  5. Barbara You always astound! The beauty you create is so very wonderful. All the elements come together so perfectly. THANKS for sharing with us.

  6. I am loving the card and the tag! I like the trim you put on the side of the card!

  7. What a charming card. I love it!

  8. Beautiful Barbara, I love the border strip and the way your butterfly holds the tag it all comes together wonderfully! xx

  9. Such a clever card! Love your butterfly pocket! What fun :)

  10. Great tag! Love the butterfly pocket and the vintage St. Patrick's Day card image. Anne, yourmainestamper

  11. Wow thought the cross was metal at first glance - love the way you share the 'workings' of such a great creation!



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