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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Congratulations Graduate!

My son's girlfriend graduated from a Master's program in June and this is the card I made to celebrate her achievement. I used the university colours of gold and black to make this fun 'spring' card.

I cut and folded a piece of 5 1/4" x 10 1/2" True Black card stock using this tutorial.  The black dotted paper was cut using a Nestabilities Classic Square and then attached to the square front card base.

The main focal point was created using several layers of card stock: 
* Harvest Gold die cut with Inverted Scallop Circle (Nestabilities)
* The frame (Tag-It's #10) was stamped with Smokey Shadow onto white card stock, and then some of the details were coloured with markers (blue, green, violet). The inside of the frame was punched with a 1 3/8" circle punch so it could reveal the stamped images below. The outside of the circle frame was punched with a 1 3/4" punch. The frame is made from 3 layers of punched circles, so it stands away from the background images, for added dimension.
* The cap (Tag-It's #4) and sentiments (Close To My Heart: Express Postage) were stamped on the inside of the circle.
* A small yellow satin bow was added to highlight the sentiment circle.

* Another piece of black dotted paper was cut to fit across the bottom of the card. Harvest Gold card stock was cut with a Photo Finishers die and then stamped with two sentiments (both from Fillable Frames #3).  
* Blue and Green Sparkles (Close to My Heart) were added to the sentiments and the cap for a bit of shine!

* I also added a square piece of card stock to the back of the 'spring' portion of the card, so that I could add a little note.

Card Details:   (PTI, unless noted)
Stamps -  Tag-It's #4, Tag- It's #10, Fillable Frames #3, CTMH: Express Postage
Inks - Smokey Shadow, Hawaiian Shores
Paper - True Black, Harvest Gold, Stamper's Select White;  Making Memories: Small Black Dots
Dies - Photo Finishers Die Collection; Nestabilities: Classic Squares, Inverted Scallop Circles;
Other Supplies - EK Success 1 3/4"  & 1 3/8" circle punches; Offray 3/8" Yellow Satin ribbon; Marvy Markers; CTMH: Blue & Green Sparkles.

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.


Lorraine said...

Cool grad card design, Karen! It's beautiful! I bet she loved it!

Leigh said...

How cool is this??? Fabulous card, Karen!

carol (krillsister) said...

Beautiful card. Love the wee bit of color around the sentiment.

IamDerby said...

So unique! And the colors on this are fabulous!

Nerina said...

WOW! This is fabulous! I love the way you've used the university colours - and they look fantastic for a formal card like this.

The way you've designed the card is ingenious, I think you're incredibly clever!