I made this graduation card for my niece, who soon is going to graduate from Brown University. She has a fabulous, high-powered starter job waiting for her in NYC in the fall, and I know that while she is excited by all of the new opportunities and changes, she is also a bit nervous. With this card, I wanted to celebrate this season in her life and to encourage her as she enters this next, challenging phase of her life.
I am absolutely smitten with the Concord & 9th Sophisticated Script Stamp Set! I may be overly enthusiastic because I have never liked my own handwriting, but WOW, I just love how with this stamp set anyone can create cards or paper crafting projects with beautiful script writing! I stamped the script fonts in two colors to highlight two messages: “believe in yourself” and “be you.” I used Simon Says Stamp Rose Apple Premium Ink to stamp out the “be” in believe and the “you” in yourself. The rest of the letters I stamped out in Versafine Onyx Black Pigment Ink.
Then all around the edges of the card front, I used a beautiful Magnolia Floral Stamp Set from Cherrylana Designs (a Ukrainian stamp company). Magnolias are a striking flower because the magnolia blossoms are so large and they are associated with perseverance, dignity and femininity — all things that I associate with my niece as well as the South, which is where my niece grew up. I stamped a flower, created a mask with scrap paper and washi tape to mask off the edges of the flower, stamped a second adjacent and overlapping flower, created another mask to mask off the edges of this second flower, stamped a third flower, etcetera. As I was stamping around the card front, I found I could re-use the masks so I only needed to cut out 4 masks and re-position them as I went along.
I didn’t want to detract from the CAS single layer card design with too much color, so I simply used a 0.05 pt. Copic Multi-liner Pen to just add hash lines to indicate shadows on the underside of petals and back petals. As a finishing touch and a little bit of sparkle, I added a dozen or so dots of Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard in varying sizes. I popped this card front onto a card base made from Stampin’ Up! Watermelon Wonder card stock (which seemed to perfectly match the Simon Says Stamp Rose Apple Premium Ink!).
This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
CASology Season Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Where Creativity Meets C9 One Layer Challenge #8
This is absolutely fantastic!!! We share similar feelings about Sophisticated Script. 🙂 Your niece is going to love it, and I love how your dual inking helps convey both messages equally. I just love cards made with such thought and care. Thanks so much for joining us for our One Layer Challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9!
Awww thanks so much Lindsey! I know my niece is going to love this card. She loves calligraphy so this Sophisticated Script stamp set was definitely a savior for me, her aunt with horrible handwriting! LOL
It is fab and so much fun ! brilliant idea and it looks lovely, Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge x
Thanks so much Tracy! I had fun creating this CAS card. 🙂
Another gorgeous creation! Thanks for joining the Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge!
Thanks so much Karen! I am so glad I found your challenge blog! It has been so much fun to play along! TFStopping by and leaving crafty love!
Absolutely love your sentiment! Beautiful graphic card with that wonderful pop of pink color! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!
Thanks so much Rachel! This card was really fun to design. 🙂
Stunning! Love how you made part of the sentiment in pink. Great design – definitely CASEable. So glad you joined us at CASology last week.
Awww thanks so much Sherrie! I am so honored that you think this card is CASEable! WOW!
Beautiful card. Love the flowers. Thank you for blessing us with your artwork here at Word Art Wednesday. Please join us again soon. Leaving you with the inspiration of the scripture from Jeremiah 17:7 (KJV) which says, “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.”
Thanks so much Jo Ann!