Today I’m sharing with you some graduation cards. Two of them are for a couple of workmates, Izaskun and Alex, who are defending their PhD theses these days. The other two are for my nephew Telmo and for my sister-in-law María, who just finished their school year. In fact, I just wanted to use all the images from Mama Elephant “Page huggers” stamp set, because they’re sooo cute 🙂
First, I stamped all the images on Bristol paper with Versafine Onyx black ink and colored everything with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I don’t have the coordinating dies, so I fussy cut everything and used my craft knife to cut the paws.
Background panel: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Lovely Day. Background stamps: Lawn Fawn “Science of love”. Distress inks: Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio. Diecut: Mama Elephant “Hooray”. Sequins: Little Things from Lucy’s Cards “Twinkle Lights Sparkly Shaker Selection”.
Background panel: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Lovely Day. Background stamps: Lawn Fawn “Science of love”. Distress inks: Cracked Pistachio. Embossing powder: Wow “Bluetiful” Diecut: Neat and Tangled “Celebrate”. Sequins: Little Things from Lucy’s Cards “Twinkle Lights Sparkly Shaker Selection”.
Next, I die cut four pieces of watercolor paper using one of Mama Elephant “Peek a frame” dies, the one with rounded corners. As I wanted to use emboss resist technique, I stamped repeatedly different stamps on each background with Versamark ink and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder, except for the bunny card, where I used Wow “Bluetiful” embossing powder. Then, I inked these panels with different Distress Inks: you can check the products I used on each card in picture captions (click the image).
Background panel: Lawn Fawn Beachside paper pad. Background stamps: Lawn Fawn “Science of love”. Distress inks: Fossilized Amber. Diecut: Neat and Tangled “Celebrate”. Sequins: Little Things from Lucy’s Cards “Twinkle Lights Sparkly Shaker Selection”.
Background panel: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Lovely Day. Background stamps: Lawn Fawn “Just for you”. Distress inks: Picked Raspberries and Tattered Rose. Diecut: Mama Elephant “Hooray”. Sequins: Neat and Tangled.
For the sentiment, I die cut four times the words Celebrate (Neat and Tangled) and Hooray (Mama Elephant) from white cardstock and layered them together. I also die cut four different pattern papers using Mama Elephant “Peek a frame” big die. Next, I adhered these pattern panels to card bases, and glued the rest of the elements.
I added Glossy Accents to the glasses and some Wink of Stella to the die cut words. I also glued some sequins here and there to add some interest.
Finally, I decided to use these super cute ninjas and this is my card:
First, I used Lawn Fawn “Small stitched ovals” dies to die cut a window in my card base and a big oval from dark blue cardstock. Then, I used Mama Elephant “Cityscape” dies on black, grey and white cardstock and blended Memento tuxedo black ink into the white die cut piece to get a dark shade of gray. I trimmed pieces of yellow cardstock and glued them on the back of the cityscape die cuts, glued the three die cuts pieces and used the oval die on them. Then adhered this skyline to the blue oval piece and everything into the inside of the card.
Then, I stamped the ninjas, gifts, shurikens and the flower bouquet with Memento Tuxedo black ink on white cardstock, colored the images with alcohol markers and fussy cut everything. On the front side of the card I stamped repeatedly the “hi-ya!” sentiment and the shuriken using Mama Elephant Winter ink to get a soft pattern. Then I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink. The diagonal element of this card is the thread I sandwiched between the spinning ninjas and held to the corners of the card with the big shurikens. Last, I adhered the other two ninjas to look like one of them is running along the thread and the other one is sliding along it, on their mission of delivering the presents 😉 Last, I adhered the last ninja to the inside of the card with a pile of gifts.
Today I want to share a spring themed “congrats” card I made for the current Little Tangles challenge. I have bought some Neat and Tangled stamps and dies lately and I was looking forward to use them! This card features Neat and Tangled and Simon Says Stamp collaboration stamp set called “Cute Chicks”, designed by Elena Roussakis. I totally love this set. Is one of the happiest stamp sets I have seen! Plus, I love Elena’s work as a card maker and also as a designer. She designs amazing stamps!
The theme of the current Little Tangles challenge is “rainbow” and as I couldn’t decide between light and bold colors, I made two cards.
First, I masked the top of two pieces of Bristol paper with post-it note tape and blended some colors in rainbow order. The inks I used in each card are listed in the corresponding image caption. I sprinkled some water and dried it up with a paper towel after few seconds.
I die cut the word “congrats” using Neat and Tangled “Journaling Alphas” dies. Then I stamped the big drumming chicken and the two little chicks and I colored them using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. Both cards are colored in a very similar way. After the coloring, I adhered a piece of acetate behind the front panels and glued the little pieces of the “o”, “r” and “a”. Then I put foam tape in the back side of the panels to make shaker cards. I filled the shakers with “Twinkle Lights Sparkly Shaker Selection” from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. Then, I adhered the card bases to the panels and stamped the sentiment “Hope this puts a spring in your step” on the inside of one of the cards because I plan to mail it to my friend Nora that just defended her PhD thesis.
I love how these cards turned out, I think they are super happy cards.