The truth? There is no such thing as leprechauns in Ireland so apologies to any would be believers in magical crocks of gold. The whole leprechaun thing was more of a Disney invention that came along with the likes of bad ‘oirish’ accents in films such as ‘Darby O’Gill and the Little People’.....So, now that the history lesson is over, let's begin. Here is my version of a shamrock catcher.
But fairies....they do exist, Oh yes and here in Ireland we do not mess with the fairies, ever! They are known to live in very special places called fairy rings, which are raised earthen circular mounds that you will see all over Ireland. You are welcome to visit them, walk around them, make a wish by all means .... But it is thought to be very bad luck to interfere with these mounds. Driving motorways through them, Bad Very Bad....Certain trees are revered too, especially hawthorns which country people will never chop down or remove for fear of disturbing the fairies who often live underneath and who are likely to wreak havoc if disturbed? ie, sour milk, cause crops to fail, animals to sicken and die.....
So don’t say ye haven’t been warned !
First, I found these 4-packs of mouse traps at my local Dollar Tree store (with art in mind, of course).
|Pre-shrunk shrink plastic|
|Completely shrunk shrink plastic|
Carefully remove the metal trap parts from the wood base and set aside. I used a heavy duty awl to lift the staples up and out. A screw driver may also work for this.
Re-attach the metal parts to the trap base. Place the shamrock beneath the clip to "catch" it. I used a jump ring to hang my saying from the top of the clip, as shown. At the last minute, I decided the metal was too shiny, so I added some gilder's paste in copper and verdigris.
Sin City Scraps Fairies Plate 2
Kaisercraft 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" Blae & Ivy paper pad
Spellbinders die-Labels 25 (size 3)
Emerald Green embossing powder
Clear embossing powder
Versamark ink pad
Black archival ink
Colorbox Frost White pigment ink pad
Distress Ink Peeled Paint, Shaded Lilac, Peacock Feathers
White PPA glue
Maya Road white paper twine cording
Smooch Spritz Emerald Sprinkle
Beacon 3-in-1 glue
White shrink plastic
Copper jump ring
Emerald green glittery nail polish
Light green tulle
Baroque Art Gilder's Paste - copper, verdigris
I sure hope you like my project today. I had so much fun making this. So be sure to check out the Sin City Scraps online store for more of their fabulous stamp designs and stamping products. And be sure to come back to the blog often for more inspiration from the talented design team.
Have a wonderful weekend, and Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Good luck to all,