Four Leaf Clovers
How rare is a four leaf clover? Apparently, there is one four leaf clover for every 10,000 three leaf clovers. That is, according to my random Better Homes & Gardens source. So, that is a 0.01% chance of any given clover having four leaves. Better odds than winning the lottery, but really pretty rare.
Also of note, apparently the word shamrock only refers to clovers with three leaves. I did not know this until today. You are welcome for that very important tidbit. The word comes from an Irish word that means “little plant”. Now you know.
Saint Patrick’s Day Traditions
What clover related St. Patrick’s day traditions do you have?
Growing up, we didn’t do much. We wore green to avoid getting pinched and would sometimes visit an Irish restaurant for lunch. Other than that, it isn’t a holiday I get overly involved with.
However, the clovers are cute and green is a great color. So, what are you waiting for? Download this cute clover file and get crafting!
And let me leave you with a quick tip for your paper crafting adventures. When I went to cut this clover out from my original post, I really wanted to pep it up a bit with a quick background clover.
So how do you quickly make a nice little background? It is easy with the offset tool. I know that Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator, and Silhouette studio have this handy tool, so I assume that Cricut users must too or they would be missing out on the party.
Simply click the shape (the clover in my case), and hit offset.
The default leaves a pretty wide border, so I typically make it a lot smaller. Then, if you have any bits inside the offset, you can simply ungroup and delete those extra bits. This will depend on whether your shape is a compound shape and what editing program you are using. In Silhouette Studio, it was one step with no extra bits. In Adobe Illustrator I had to delete some things. Sometimes you will need to “release the compound path” and then delete the extra bits. Often, I move the outline that I want out of the way to make deleting the extra bits easier. Lastly, put your offset under your original shape and voila – a nice layered shape! See, I knew you could do it!
If that didn’t do it for you, I made it even simpler. Here is the clover background shape to go with the clover in my original post. Now you have no excuses left. So, go forth and make a wonderful card.
This file is also available in my original four leaf clover post.