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.

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