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



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