Hello everyone! First of all let me apologize for my absence, I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted. But sunshine, fresh air and spending time in the garden have been the story of the day(s) around here and my poor blog has been sadly neglected. Hope this finds you all well and enjoying some lovely weather wherever you may be.
With June just around the corner (how in the heck did that happen by the way??!!), high school graduations will be celebrated very soon and in our family we have two grads this year. So I decided to make some cards for them to hold a monetary gift. The first card is for our nephew who is going to be the valedictorian for his graduating class (way to go!) and I used one of the tags that I made in Marjie Kemper's class as the focal point.
The background image is a vintage report card from a Crafty Secrets Vintage Typography CD and I die cut the letters for 'Congratulations' using Tim Holtz's Alpha Numeric thinlits dies.
Inside, I added a pocket (cut with an Eileen Hull Recipe Card die) to tuck a small envelope into.
The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Life Quotes stamp set and I found the cap and book image online.
I made the envelope using some digital papers from Vectoria Designs and then added the twisted floss cording as a pull to mimic the tassel on the graduation cap. A piece of old ledger paper was added to the left side so we can write our message of congratulations to our wonderful nephew.
The second card I made is for our beautiful and talented niece who is also graduating from high school this year. I decided to go with a vintage garden theme and used layers of stamped and embossed cardstock behind the main panel.
I made some of the flowers using Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals die and the others are paper flowers that I purchased at Michaels. The 'Congrats' banner was stamped with a TPC Studio Decor Sentiments stamp and I then hand stamped the letters and strung them on a piece of button thread.
The layered cardstock in the background was stamped and clear embossed using Tim Holtz's Damask stamp (love!) and then coloured with multiple colours of Distress Ink in greens. The edges were distressed and then aged with more Distress Ink. The middle pink panel was stamped with a Crafty Secrets Floral Art stamp in the same manner as the back panel and coloured with Distress Ink's in multiple shades of pink.
In keeping with the vintage garden theme, I stamped a garden fence and gate using a Crafty Secrets Hardware stamp set and then tied the 'gate' closed with more button thread and added a tag cut with the Tim Holtz Tiny Tabs and Tags die. When opened , the gate reveals a secret message for our wonderful niece.
On the inside of the card, I added a piece of damask paper on the left side so we can write our message to her and on the right side I made an envelope from the same paper to hold a monetary gift. The butterfly was punched using an EK Success butterfly layering punch and the sentiments were die cut from black card stock using a new Die Versions Everyday Complements die I just got.
I am going to link my vintage garden graduation card to a couple of challenges:
Anything But Cute Mixed Media Challenges - Challenge #1 May Vintage Garden
Mixed Media Monthly - Challenge #12 May Flowers
I hope that our grads will enjoy their cards, they were made with lots of love and pride for the two of you. Wishing you both a life filled with joy, adventure, love and discovery; let the journey begin!
So that's all I have for now my friends, I have to get a move on and finish up my May tag for Tim's 12 Tags of 2015; I have the burlap glued onto my tag and just have to assemble my elements and get it put together. I'll be back soon, I promise and until then happy creating!