Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Time to Celebrate

'Tis the season of graduation. The hostess at my last party had a request for some graduation ideas. She is a brand new stamper with limited supplies, so this card could be replicated with ease and minimal supplies. I did use my Big Shot w/ the Texturz Background Plates on the Very Vanilla base (I just love using my Big Shot for the extra detail), but this step could easily be omitted and still be a cute card. I used the 1-3/8" Square Punch to kreate the first Basic Black square. I don't have any larger square punches, so easy enough to use my paper cutter to kreate 2 larger squares (cutting about 1/8" larger) in Brushed Silver and Basic Black. Layer them together and used a Silver Brad to pierce through the center. Before piercing your brad through, you'll want to tuck your little ribbon under the brad too. Tip: Use a paper piercer or crafting needle to pierce through your 3 layers of cardstock and ribbon and then slip your brad through - much to thick to try and push your brad through without some help. I frayed the edges of my ribbon easily by cutting the ribbon straight across and it usually begins on its own with a 'stray' thread. Continue to pull pieces of thread until you get your desired amount of 'fray'. Now you've got your little grad cap, pop it up on a dimensional and its a very cute 3-D accent. Diploma: easy peesy - took a strip of copy paper, rolled it and tied it off. Attached it next to my cap with a small Glue Dot. Can you believe I don't have a single stamp that says 'congratulations'? With all the sets I own, I couldn't believe it!! But this sentiment from A Little Birthday Cheer, I think fits perfectly. Stamped in Basic Black once on the Very Vanilla base and then again on a piece of Very Vanilla scrap with VersaMark and then sprinkled with Black Embossing Powder. Tip: You will need to use either Craft Ink or VersaMark for your powder to stick to and once heated up with your Heat Tool, you will achieve a glossy raised image. I love embossing, such a great effect!
After the embossed image cools a bit, I popped out the sentiment with my Word Window Punch and then 'fed' it through the punch again to get just the 'you' portion. Popped that up on a dimensional and the card was done.

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Happy Kreating

Stamps: A Little Birthday Cheer (115018)
Paper: Very Vanilla(101650), Basic Black(102851), Brushed Silver(100712)
Ink: Basic Black(101179), VersaMark (102283)
Accessories: 1-3/8" Square Punch, Word Window(105090), Black Embossing Powder(109133),Heat Tool(100005), Big Shot(113439), Texturz Background Plates(114512), Silver Brads(109109), Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon(109064)


Tiffany said...

Very nice Kim! Classy and clean!!!

Melissa said...

So creative! I like it!

Ann Schach said...

Awesome card! I will add it to my graduation card arsenal! You were right...we were on the same wavelength! How cool is that? :)

Kris said...

Very cool, Kim!

I hope your workshop ladies liked it.

Mary Fish said...

So clever! love the tassle and diploma! Hugs, M

Patti said...

Your hat is very creative!


I love this!! I love how you made the hat and the diploma. Great job