May 17, 2007

Graduation...

Let me preface this card by saying that I am terrible at making graduation themed cards. Honestly. Part of the reason is that I didn't own any stamps in that style (until now), but mostly I guess it's due to the limited (in my opinion) theme. I mean, for a graduation card it's not as if I can stamp cute little animals (unless it's a kindergarten graduation), or flowers, or funky, artsy type images, right? So I have trouble.
A customer ordered a graduation card for her son. I became very nervous. PANIC! I forayed into Joann's looking for some help in the graduation stamp department and came home with one (ONLY ONE!) stamp of a cap. "Where do I go from here?" is all I keep thinking. I decided to focus on the colors of her son's school, red and grey, and to really play up some of my cuttlebug embossing folders. Here's what I came up with. *grimace*

It's lacking, I know, but considering the circumstances, I thought it worked out alright.

I don't have that nifty SU spiral punch, so I used a ribbon lacing punch and then cut slits to make it look like it was ripped out of a notebook. I embossed the congrats on it twice, added some rub-on letters for his name, then matted it with grey and red. I love Bazzill CS because of the yummy textures and this grey CS is one of my favorites. It looks like I used the aida cloth stamp that SU sells, doesn't it?
I stamped the grad cap with versamark on black, embossed it with white and trimmed around it. The little scroll diploma is just some CS curled up and a ribbon tied around it. When I embossed the "you did it!" on the black it didn't show up very well, so I rubbed it lightly with white chalk ink, matted it with white, added an eyelet, a jump ring, a globe charm, and called it done.
The tape measure stamp is from Stampers anonymous...I think. I don't remember who makes the graduation cap.
I'm giving it to the customer today, I hope she likes it.

9 comments:

Ila said...

Great Grad Card!! I think you did a fantastic job of this!!

Laura Hit said...

Seriously - I don't think its "lacking" at all. I love it! I love using the spiral punch, I love how the background layer is off a little, I love the ruler - honestly - I LOVE it. Way to go.

Shadowcatcher said...

Graduation cards make me nervous too, but yours turned out great. I love all the texture, the way you imitated the spiral punch and that globe charm is the perfect touch.

Peggy S said...

You really amaze me with your cards!! I love it! I was going to ask you what bg stamp you used .... :)

Ewokgirl said...

I think it looks great! Graduation is a little harder to work with because of its limitations, but you really did a beautiful job with it!

InspiredByInk said...

OMG... with all your catawalling I was expecting a BAD card... good lord girl. If all my BAD cards turned out this GOOD I could quit my day job! heheheh Think the kids would go for this? NOT.

ANYWAYS THAT's A FAB card so quit it already! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!! Who needs a spiral punch w/a mind like yours?

Hugs to ya!

Bobbie *Ü*

InspiredByInk said...

OMG... with all your catawalling I was expecting a BAD card... good lord girl. If all my BAD cards turned out this GOOD I could quit my day job! heheheh Think the kids would go for this? NOT.

ANYWAYS THAT's A FAB card so quit it already! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!! Who needs a spiral punch w/a mind like yours?

Hugs to ya!

Bobbie *Ü*

mary said...

It looks great!

Heidi said...

Great Job! You are amazing with all your talent!! When I 1st looked at the card I thought, "oh she used the SU spiral punch". I just got that punch and haven't even used it yet, but you don't even need one! What a great idea using the ribbon lacing punch! I don't think the card is lacking anything,just like it says you did it!! WTG!