Incire Shamrock and Shamrock Card

Incire Shamrock!  And just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.  Today is the second of many Incire inspired designs.  Yesterday I made bookmarks to introduce you to the Incire technique. Go to that page for more info on the technique.

The cuts and folds add so much to these shamrocks.  They are a lot of work though and I have classified them as advanced projects but they actually are easy to cut.  The hard part is the folding.

The final dimensions of this card is about 6X6 so a square envelope that size is needed to mail the card.  But isn’t it perfect for St. Patrick’s Day?The single would be perfect for a scrapbook page embellishment.

You will need:

Paper Selection

I found some nice Cricut two sided cardstock for these two projects.  The paper must be two sided so that the contrast in color is featured.  Just as I said yesterday though white is a color too.  Origami paper works nicely for the individual shamrock.  I haven’t found any origami paper big enough for the card. 

Cutting the Card

Cutting the card is the easy part of this project.  But with all the intricate cuts be sure that the card cuts all the way through.  I generally cut the project twice by hitting the C button on the machine before unloading the mat.  It is frustrating not to have the paper cut properly when you are folding.  And the paper tears easily if you tug.

If you are making the card, you need to pick the primary side (for the front) before you start cutting and face that side down on the mat.  For the single shamrock you can decide later after you cut, if you want.

I used a font called Maker Penwriting  in the SVG file for the card. Jennifer Maker designed it and will give it to you for free.  Just search her blog.  (The design space file uses an Access font called Alien.)

Assembly

I just copied most of the folding instructions from yesterdays post but I changed what was relevant to the Incire Shamrock. 

These projects don’t have score lines because they would be so small.  The paper folds easily though.  First put the primary side facing up.  Then fold all the little tabs straight up, like this:

Tucking

You can start tucking at the top or the bottom of each row on the shamrock.  Then tuck the raised pieces in the opposite way they were cut so that the back color shows.  Each tab is tucked beneath the part next to it.  Don’t worry if you tuck it in wrong, just un-tuck back to where the error is and try again.  Nothing at this point is glued and comes undone with just a little pull.

Finishing Up

Once everything is tucked in you will have one tab left at the end of each row.  You can cut it off if you want, but I prefer to glue it down continuing the pattern.  The single shamrock can then be glued to a base piece or a scrapbook page. The card can be folded at the score line and is finished.  The inside of the card where the back of the Incire folds are even looks nice.

And your Incire Shamrock Card and Embellishment are done!

I hope you enjoyed this project.  Next we will be making the Flower Incire Patterns shown below.

Incire Flower
Incire Flower 1
Incire Shamrock and Shamrock Card

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