Monday, March 13, 2023

Pinwheel Technique Used for St. Patrick's Day Card Idea

St. Patrick's Day is coming later this week, so I felt like having a little fun here. This card is so shiny like a Pot of Gold! It definitely has an abundance of dots and spots all over it too! The little Leprechauns helped me design this wacky card layout.

The main focal point is the Pinwheel technique which is really easy to do using eight 1 1/4" squares. I used two different sheets from the Regals 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper assortment.

For the base - Cut two squares 2 5/8" of Gold Foil and using your grid paper placemat, position them so all 8 points are precisely aligned. Once you have that, then go ahead and adhere them together. 

Lay your 1 1/4" squares out as shown in the diagram above. You will carefully only adhere half of the each square to the base, with the last square being slid under the 7th square and ending up over on the 1st square. I suggest you practice before doing any adhering so you understand the pinwheel well.

I did my pinwheel a little different, by gluing just the squares together using my grid paper, then I mounted on a Gold Foil layer, with careful fussy cutting the edges until it looked good. 

With another scrap of gold foil I punched out four mini hearts, adhered with glue dots to the center of the pinwheel and finished off with a Gilded Gem.

The card base is Stampin' Up!s Shaded Spruce color (my fav!) with a layer of (retired) Pear Pizzazz foil die cut with the (retired) Spots and Dots die. I suggest to use a sticky lint Tape Roller to get all those dots out before they fall on the floor or stick to your clothes!

Once that is adhered to the card front, mount your pinwheel on dimensionals and affix as shown in the photo.

The lucky day stamp came from (retired) Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set stamped in Shaded Spruce ink on Basic White, then punched out with a 1" circle punch and mounted on a 1 1/4" circle punch also raised up with Dimensionals.

Finish up your card by applying a 4" x 5 1/4" Basic White layer inside the card for your personal message. Adhere and trim some matching Shaded Spruce Designer Series Paper 2 3/8" x 6" to the exterior flap of the envelope.

I hope you have fun giving the pinwheel technique a try. Let me know if I can be of any help to you!

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