Friday, June 27, 2014

Graduation Card and Announcement for My Nephew

Hi Dreamers!
It is that time of year again when we send the young out into the world--the poor things.  LOL  My youngest nephew graduated from high school this month.  My brother asked if I could make an announcement for him.  I thought I could give it a try.  Here is the announcement that I made in Photoshop Elements.

I also needed  a Graduation card for him.   Still trying to think of a nice gift.......  His party is in July, so I still have time to come up with something.  Here is the card.

Materials List:
Stamps: Sense of Time, Aged to Perfection, Itty Bitty Backgrounds--Retired Stampin' Up sets  
Ink: Jet Black, Rusty Brown, Saddle Brown --Stazon 
CS: White, Black, Orange
Brads: black and orange
Cooper Wire
mono printing Plate
Acrylic Paints: white, brown, red, and yellow


  • Make a card from orange CS
  • Use  a mono printing Plate to mono print the background---to see a tutorial on how I use the mono printing Plate, go here.   Note: I only brayered on the ink and did not press anything into the paint for this background.
  • Cut the background to size and add a layer of black CS

  • Begin stamping with the clock face in Jet Black ink.  I used Stazon inks as I was stamping on paint
  • Stamp the gears and other stamped elements
  • Use the Itty Bitty Background stamp to add the dots in black and brown inks

  • Add three brads  to the upper corner of the background
  • Add the wire wrapping around to the back side and secure with a Zot
  • Attached the stamped background piece to the card base with Zots 3-D dots
  • Stamp the sentiment on a leftover piece of the background
  • Layer with black CS and add to the  card front

  • On the inside, do a bit more stamping and add another sentiment---This one is from DRS Designs

Ans now, how about a few challenges for my Grad Card!!!
Simon's Wednesday Challenge: anything goes
Crafty catz: anything goes
Stamping for the Weekend: anything goes
Ruby's Rainbow: stamping
Scribbles Designs: say it with a sentiment
Lori's Mandarin Orange Photo art

I hope you enjoying summer!!  We are having great weather here in Michigan.   I was out in the yard today watering and weeding.  Put in a few more tomato plants that I had left over.  I bought a few too any.  So I just tucked them in here and there in some of the flower beds.  Not sure what I will do this weekend.  My husband will be busy with his band--playing at the country club.  Maybe I can get some cards made!!  Have a super day!  See you next time.  Love ya.


  1. A wonderful graduation card, Karen! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  2. great card and congrats to the graduate

  3. love your card and the sentiment, thank you for joining our challenge at Crafty Catz and hope to see you again

  4. What a lovely male card, I am sure your nephew will love it!! thanks for sharing!!!

  5. Fantastic card, 100% male and perfectly stamped. Love these colors. Thank you for joining our 'anything goes' challenge at Crafty Catz and please come back tomorrow for a brand new one.
    Anna xxx

  6. Fantastic stamping.Such a fabulous creation for a man.Thanks for joining in with us over at Ruby's Rainbow.Good luck.Hugs Debbie x

  7. A great graduation card - love the design and layers of texture and colour. Thanks for being part of Mandarin Orange Monday #100:))

  8. Oh, this is so cool! Love the orange ink and the stamps are perfect on a male card. Well done!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Ruby´s Rainbow this fortnight. Good luck and hope to see you back soon!

  9. Happy summer. your creative card♪

  10. Fabulous grad card! Love all the details...

    Thanks for joining us at Scribbles Designs....
    Sandy S (Owner/Designer)


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