On Friday, one of the men who works for me reached a major milestone in his life. After taking 1-2 classes per semester for several years, all while taking care of his daughter as well as helping support his mother and younger sister, he finally completed his bachelor’s degree and graduated from Cal State Los Angeles. I’m so proud of him and all the years of hard work and perseverance he’s shown toward achieving this goal. Needless to say, such an occasion deserved a card. Since the school colors are black, gray, and gold, those are the colors I used for the card.
I started by creating my own embossed background paper. I used a piece of Basic Black cardstock from Stampin’ Up!® and stamped the mortarboard image from the March 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit repeatedly on it using VersaMark ink. I then heat embossed it in gold. Once that was completed, I used numbers from the Large Numbers Framelits to cut out the 2016 using my Big Shot.
I adhered a piece of Window Sheet on the back side of the black layer using some Tear & Tape. Next, I added strips of foam adhesive around each of the numbers to create four little separate shaker windows. I filled them with some of the metallic sequins collection. I then adhered the card base over the shaker windows to seal everything in place.
To decorate the inside of the card, I used sentiments from the February 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit along with the same mortarboard image I used on the front of the card. I thought these all worked perfectly for a graduation card!
To finish off the card, I cut out a banner using the die from the Large Numbers Framelits. I stamped the words “class of” on the banner using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set. I adhered it to the top center of the card using Dimensionals.
I’m entering this card in the following challenges:
- SUO Challenges – the current theme is summer celebrations.
- Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – the current theme is Father’s Day/For a Guy cards.
- Stamp, Ink, Paper – the current theme is cardmaker’s choice using a favorite stamp, ink color, or paper. On my card, I used one of my absolute favorite inks, VersaMark, because I love heat embossing and one of the my favorite neutral colors, Smoky Slate.
Until next time …