Make A More Difficult Shamrock Layered Mandala

This shamrock layered mandala is a little more complex than some of my layered mandalas. But don’t worry it is not as hard as it looks with my design.  To see all my layered mandalas, follow this link for a list of projects or look under the TYPE menu above and select LAYERED MANDALAS

The project is 5 layers, filling in each layer a little more with each level.  It creates a wonderful effect and is really a lot easier than it looks.  

You will need:
        • cardstock in various shades of green
        • Glue or Foam tape
        • Scissors
        • Frame (I used a 9 X 9 shadowbox frame)
        • Download File
Paper Selection for Shamrock Layered Mandala

This project can be made with any paper.  The colors for the shamrock parts were made with different shades of green.  Patterns would look very weird for everything but the background mat colors. Glitter and foil papers would look great though and add some bling to the project.

Cutting the Shamrock Layered Mandala

Start with the darkest layer and cut the designs upward in hue and layer.  This is a must!  That way you won’t lose any pieces and can line them up better.  Some mandalas have pieces that aren’t attached and are very symmetrical.  It is easy to lose pieces or get them turned around.

Be careful removing the shamrocks from the mat because the lines can be thin, the top layers especially.

 

Assembling the Layered Angel Wall Art

As you cut the layers, build up from the bottom.  Glue each layer to the one below it before you cut the next layer.  This way you don’t lose the little pieces.  

You can glue the layers together with foam tape or liquid glue.  Foam tape adds more dimension to the project but you end up using a lot of it.  When you cut it, sometimes it sticks to the scissors and makes them difficult to use.  Sandpaper cleans scissors beautifully.

Once the layers are all together, use a piece of cardstock that goes with your color scheme for a base if your shadowbox base doesn’t work.  Frame the piece with a shadowbox frame if you attach the layers with foam tape.  This gives you more room. If you used foam tape and want to use a regular frame, you should put foam tape between the mat and the glass along the edges to make the frame stick up far enough to give the project room.

 

And your Shamrock Layered Mandala is done. 

Fun Facts About Shamrocks
  • Shamrocks only have 3 leaves and is a different plant than the 4 leaf clover.  But both are clovers.
  • The shamrock is not the official symbol of Ireland.
  • Shamrock means “Summer Plant” and translates as seamrog.

  • Saint Patrick used the shamrock to teach about the Holy Trinity.

  • The shamrock was a symbol of rebellion of the Irish against the English.

Beautiful Lion Layered Mandala

This lion layered mandala started as an Access image.  I altered it a bit and made this beautiful wall hanging.  It is truely remarkable and you will love it!  The details of the eyes is especially wonderful.

The project is 7 layers, each layer adding a little more detail.  It creates a wonderful effect and is really a lot easier than it looks.  The color changes from the original design really make those details pop.

You will need:
        • cardstock in various shades
        • Glue or Foam tape
        • Frame (I used a 9X9 shadowbox)
        • Scissors
        • Download File
Paper Selection for the Lion Layered Mandala

This project can be made with any paper.  The colors for the lion parts were specifically picked to accent the details, but you can use whatever colors you want.  Patterns would look very weird for this project but subtle textures, foil or glitter papers might work and add extra bling.

Cutting the Lion Layered Mandala

Start with the bottom layer and cut the designs upward in layer.  This is a must!

Be careful removing the lion face parts from the mat because the lines can be thin with the cut outs.

Assembling the Lion Layered Mandala

As you cut the layers, build up from the bottom.  Glue each layer to the one below it before you cut the next layer.  This way you don’t lose the little pieces.  

You can glue the layers together with foam tape or liquid glue.  Foam tape adds more dimension to the project but you end up using a lot of it.  I really recommend using foam tape.  it adds so much dimension.

Once the layers are all together, you can use a piece of cardstock that goes with your color scheme for a base if you want.  Frame the piece with a shadowbox frame. I got mine from Michaels.

Just a tip:  The foam tape may stick to your scissors and make them difficult to use.  Clean them with a little piece of sandpaper then use the Fiskars scissor sharpeners to re-sharpen them if needed.  These scissor sharpener is a must have for any craft room.  I use mine all the time!

And your Lion Layered Mandala is done. Enjoy! 

Fun Facts About Lions
  • Lions are the only cats that live in groups.
  • A group, or pride, can be up to 30 lions, depending on how much food and water is available.
  • Female lions are the main hunters. While they’re out looking for food, the males guard the pride’s territory and their young.
  • A lion’s roar can be heard up to eight kilometres away.
  • Lions scent mark their territory, using their wee, to create a border.
From Fun Facts About Lions

Birthday Bling Coloring With Paper Embellishments

Birthday Bling coloring with paper creates wonderful embellishments for your cards and scrapbook pages.  I wanted some bling and had lots of patterned and glitter cardstock scraps to use up.  Add them to cards and scrapbook pages.

If you need to, read the general instructions before you start.  If you have done other coloring with paper projects, you may not need to.  Once you are sure you understand the basics, download the birthday bling coloring with paper SVG File.  The instruction sheet in the download file explains how to upload it to Design Space.

 This is the February Patreon project for The Crazy Cricut Lady.  The tutorial is free but to download the design you will need to first become a patreon supporter of The Crazy Cricut Lady site.  This is completely separate from my site membership and does cost $1 per month.  That helps me keep the rest of this site free and allows me to help pay for the site.  One project per month is posted on my patreon site but you get access to all past projects when you join and help support this site.  Consider joining my patreon supporters now.

 
 

You will need:

Paper Choice and Cutting Your Birthday Bling

Cut the outline from the black cardstock. Do not make the file any smaller than 4 inches tall or the black lines get too thin.  This makes the all the birthday bling coloring with paper projects a good size for cards and scrapbook pages.

Stick the outline to the contact paper and re-cover it with the protective backing paper.

Cut out the various pieces from paper scraps in your scrap bin.  I used glitter and patterned cardstock.  But you can use any color palette or weight paper you want. Just fill them in with paper that looks good to you.  You will be cutting the projects several times to get your colors.  Keep the outlines.  They are very useful.  I made some projects with them too.

Most project can use several colors.  I suggest that the balloon doggie be all one color or you have to “explain” how the balloon is different colors.

Placing the Pieces for Your Birthday Bling

Start placing the various color pieces on the projects inside the outlines with the tweezers. 

DO NOT TOUCH THE STICKY SHEET WITH YOUR FINGERS

When all the open spaces are filled, check to make sure all the paper is secure.  Press the protective sheet over everything and press sorta hard.  Anything that seems loose, glue down with the liquid glue and let dry for at least 30 minutes.  The glitter paper doesn’t stick well so you will be gluing a bunch.

Finally, with scissors cut away the contact paper around the outside leaving as much of the outside black line as you can.

Use the finished pieces as you like.  Here I made a some simple cards using the blank cards I bought a while ago. 

Balloon Animal Fun Facts
  • The earliest balloons were said to be made out of animal bladders, intestines or stomachs.
  • Despite the fact that balloon modelling seems to be the favorite trick of both entertainers and children alike, nobody is quite sure where the idea was originated from.
  • The largest modelling balloon sculpture by an individual measured 21.9m by 11.2m, and 3,961 balloons were utilized.
  • It is crucial to control the pressure of each bubble when twisting; otherwise the bubble will burst.
  • The most requested balloon “animals” are the doggie, the sword, the hat and the flower.