Saturday, April 11, 2020

Ink. Stamp. Share April Special Blog Hop

Welcome to the Special April Ink. Stamp. Share Blog Hop as we share our creative ideas to help you through this challenging time. Our theme for this hop is Anything Goes, so you will get to see a wide variety of projects beings shared by fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from all over the world. I hope our creations will help inspire you to create your own wonderful projects to help life your spirits.
 For my card design today. I thought I would share a graduation card. With everything that has been happening, my heart breaks for the Seniors of 2020 who have watched as their end of year events have disappeared. At this time of year, I normally start creating graduation cards and I decided that I would still follow the same tradition, because I know that one day we will get to celebrate their big day and I want to be ready when it happens. 
 Our high school's colors are blue, black and silver and I have found that Balmy Blue is a good match for the blue. I chose to use Basic Black cardstock for the card base and added a layer of Balmy Blue Designer Series Paper from the Subtles 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper Pack (item #149615). To create the large sentiment, I heat embossed the Congrats sentiment from the Seriously The Best stamp set (item #151712) onto Thick Whisper White cardstock using Shimmer Black Embossing Powder and then die cut it out using one of the large ovals from the Layering Ovals Dies. I also die cut a scalloped oval, slightly larger than the oval, from Silver Foil using a scalloped oval die from the same die set and attached them using Snail Adhesive.
For the smaller sentiment, I used the image from the Witty-Cisms stamp set (item #151686) and heat embossed it with the Shimmer Black Embossing Powder onto a scrap of Balmy Blue cardstock. I die cut the image using a small circle die from the Layering Circles Dies and attached it to a scalloped Basic Black circle die cut using the same die set. For the ribbon, I took a piece of Silver 3/8" Metallic Edge Ribbon and colored it with the Dark Basic Black Stampin' Blend Marker.

To assemble the card, I looped the ribbon and attached it to the card front using Mini Glue Dots. I attached the large sentiment over the top of the ribbon using Stampin' Dimensionals and then added the smaller circle using Stampin' Dimensionals so that it slightly overlaps the large sentiment and is centered between the ribbon. To embellish, I added three small Basic Rhinestones that I colored using the Dark Basic Black Stampin' Blends Marker. This clean and simple design has just enough bling and sparkle to make it special but would still be suitable for a boy or girl graduate.  Both of the stamp sets I used today can be found in the January-June 2020 Mini Catalog and the remainder of the products can be located in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. 

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today. I hope that my card design will help inspire you to create your own celebration cards to help celebrate the special events during this difficult time. Through creativity, we can make a difference.

Now it's time to visit Rebecca's wonderful blog and see what she has to share with us for this Special Blog Hop. Just click the Next button to visit her blog or use the Roll Call List below to find your way. I hope you enjoy the rest of our blog hop. 

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If you live in the U.S. and do not already have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, please contact me and I would be happy to help you with your creative projects. 

Until Next Time
Happy Stamping,
Tricia Butts
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24 comments:

  1. Lovely card Tricia, very nice folded ribbon tucked behind too.xx

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    1. Thank you Stacey. The ribbon reminds me of the graduation gown color. I love how easy it is to color this ribbon.

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  2. That's lovely Tricia to think of good times ahead. Lovely card x

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    1. Thanks Rochelle. It's not always easy, but I try to focus on the positives ahead. These kids have so many disappointments right now.

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  3. Great idea combining both sets! Nice card!

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    1. Thanks Libby. They work well together for graduation cards.

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  4. great card, thank you for joining us for our special hop, Stay Safe x

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    1. Thanks Laura. It was fun being a part of this hop. Hope you are safe too.

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  5. Great card, I matched my son's Uni colours to his graduation card, so special :-)

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    1. Thanks Nigezza. I love when I can find Stampin' Up! colors that match with my kids' schools.

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    1. Thank you Deb. It was fun to create something different and look to the future.

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  7. Great card Tricia, I love those big bold words, thanks for sharing x

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    1. Thanks Jo. I love the sentiments in that stamp set. It's one of my favorites.

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  8. Beautiful card for a lucky grad. TFS!

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