Awesome Grad!

By | May 9, 2016

My nephew Marc is graduating from San Diego State!  It’s so exciting, and we’re super proud of him!  He’s receiving a degree in Aerospace Engineering and already has a job lined up with Northrop.  Wow!!!

I received this great announcement in the mail this past week designed by my sister on Shutterfly.  It’s perfect; I just love the photos she chose.


I wanted to make a graduation card for Marc using his school colors, which are red, black and white.  I was inspired by a card I had recently seen by Tami White using the Dotty Angles stamp set.  Sadly, this great stamp set is retiring, so if you like it, you’d better act fast.

Dotty Angles is great for creating backgrounds like this one.  It’s a BIG stamp that just about covers the whole width of this card.  I stamped it first using Cherry Cobbler ink and then again using Basic Black ink.  The overall effect is like having confetti showering over the card.  It’s very festive.

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I don’t really have many graduation themed stamp sets.  So, I decided it would be fun to layer the wooden “congrats” from the Expressions Natural Elements over the Large Numbers Framelits Dies.  The bold numbers really make a statement.

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Next, I dug into some of my old Paper Pumpkin stamps for the graduation hat and word “Grad!”

Tip:  Add interest to your cards by stamping on different colors of card stock, such as the ‘”Grad!” on this card.  It’s a great way to draw the eye towards key elements.  Also, if you’re a Paper Pumpkin user and have this stamp, you’ll notice that the whole stamp says “Congrats Grad!”  I simply trimmed off the “Grad!” portion with scissors.

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The graduation hat stamp is very small, so I decided to place more emphasis on it by adding a black Candy Dot, creating a 3-D tassel out of a black strand I unraveled from baker’s twine, and using a dimensional to pop it up.

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I love being able to make custom cards in the colors I choose for a special occasions like this one!

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Supplies used on my card:

Have an amazing week!

Tami Hewlett



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