Saturday, May 28, 2011

Graduation Cards

Today has been a fun day of stamping with my granddaughter Shannon.  She needed three graduation cards, one which is for her sister and the other two for friends.  As I have told you before, Shannon has been stamping with me for most of her life (she is 13) so when she comes over I tell her to pick out the papers, and stamps she wants.   She is so creative and always comes up with wonderful designs and she has done it again today.  I set and work with her and teach her new things and tell her about new products she might not know I have, such as new Nestabilities or punches, but she makes the decision on what she wants to use and the designs.  

This first card is designed for her sister.  The only graduation stamp we had to work with happened to be just what Shannon wanted.  It is from the JustRite "Favorite Occasions" stamp set.  She stamped it using black ink and cut it out with circle Nestabilities.  I showed her how to die cut the opening in a piece of card stock to make sure it was the perfect size to fit around the image.  She loved that new technique.  Her smaller circle fit perfect around the graduation cap.  She sponged around the edge of this circle to help make it stand out.    She did the same thing to cut out the border around the salutation.   Her sister's school colors are  yellow and blue, so she cut two Spellbinders, Floral Doily Motifs, in these colors to back the stamped image.  She rotated them so you can see both colors.  She used numbers from one of my JustRite monogram stamps sets.  Luckily I had the vertical stamp block because she wanted the year stamped down the side.  She also wanted "sparkly" gold embossing powder to emboss the year.  It does look much prettier with the sparkly gold rather than the normal gold embossing powder.   She found some of the Martha Stewart double punched borders I had in a drawer and used that along the bottom edge of the card.  She wove ribbon through the opening then added blue rhinestones across the border.  Can you see the detail on that graduation cap?   We used a gold bookmark tassel to create this.  We cut off most of the tassel so it was just the perfect size for this cap.  Glue was added across the stamped tassel and the real tassel attached.  She added a blue rhinestone to the center of the cap.  She also completed the inside of the card with a wonderful verse.   

She needed two red and silver graduation cards and created the following cards using the same JustRite stamp.  She used silver ink to sponge around the design and silver embossed it.  There is a layer of silver card and also red under the image.  She used two different sets of Nestabilities for these.  Again she stamped the year down the side and added a double punched border at the bottom,  She added a strip of ScorTape across the middle of the border than placed three rows of silver cording side-by-side to complete the card.  I am always very proud of her work.    

 Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you are having a great weekend.

You can purchase the JustRite stamps used on this project from Joan's Gardens.


Betty Benton said...

Enjoyed getting a look at Shannon's gorgeous cards -- give her my greetings, would you?

Chrissy said...

What a clever,talented young girl, lovely cards, super colours,big hug from me...well done.
[mmm...better watch my back with these young ones sneaking]
Maybe I could get lessons in colouring??


Kerrie said...

She must take after you, the three cards are just gorgeous Shannon!... well done!... you now have to get a blog and enter a few challenges!


A very talented yound lady! Love the cards. Go Shannon!

Auntie Em said...

What a talented granddaughter you have. Love her pretty grad cards and all the great design techniques she used. They will mean so much to her friends and sister!
Thanks for sharing them! :)

The Other Patti Sue said...

Well she is certainly a chip off the ole block! She has your talent for sure! Her cards a absolutely wonderful!

Anonymous said...

thanks, perfect timing for me, my granddaughter graduates June 10th.


Heartwarmers from Vicki said...

Shannon is very creative! Those cards are great. The blue and yellow will make a great sketch for me to use on cards next year. :)

Mary G. said...

Wow, these are wonderful! I need to make a grad card and wasn't sure quite what to do. Thanks for the inspiration!


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