You know what’s awesome? Ink Pads. You thought I was going to say stamps didn’t you? Well this is a stamp company blog and Altenew does make pretty awesome stamps, but today I’m crushing on ink pads and their truely stella uses. See here’s the thing, unlike your run-of-the-mill cardmakers and scrapbookers I loath theme papers. Christmas collections tie my stomach in knots, I don’t think I’ve bought a birthday collection and as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, I have never even seen a Saint Patrick’s Day Paper. Which is kinda really weird as I LOVE Saint Patrick’s Day. Just let me show you…

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Ohh look at my bubba. This was Eva’s first Saint Patrick’s Day. Eva was actually named after my nana, who was a nun and a nurse from Ireland (Saint Patrick’s homeland). It’s an amazing story, but too long for here or to be written on a page. So I put a whole page of typed journaling on the back of the layout.

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The color palette was derived from the Amy Tangerine Plaid paper, but you’ve seen enough of my layouts now to know that I don’t do full page pattern paper layouts. I also had this XO cut file I wanted to use. That’s when inspiration struck – I’d make my own pattern paper to back the cut!

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I used a textured white cardstock and turned the Buttercream, Forest Glades and Desert Nights ink pads upside down and stamped in a random pattern. Admittedly I could have used the Warm Sunshine instead of the Buttercream, it was a better match for the plaid, but when I tried it on my scratch paper it really took over. How fantastic does it look though?

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Once my backing papers were sorted out, I laid down some detail with the leaf stamp from the Beautiful You stamp set in Jet Black. ItĀ gave me a really great base to build upon.

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I used the ‘Picture Perfect’ stamp from the Say Cheese stamp set as my only journaling on the front because frankly it sums it up perfectly to me. A few more stray vines and a scattering of puffy stickers and it’s done!

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I’m pretty chuffed at how this one came out, if I do say so myself. And there isn’t even a Kelly Green Shamrock in sight *wink, wink*.

Aimee Xx

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