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Happy Graduation


I am happy to finally share with you the Graduation cards I had made for the stores a month ago. I work way ahead on my DT Commitments, so that is why these cards are a tad late to share for graduation season. The layout for our Sketch this week at The Paper Players was the starting point for these designs. Sweet Laurie selected the perfect sketch and what I loved about it is, it’s just basic enough to let your creativity flow.

Here are a two others that I made while I was at it.

Here are all three.

Since the Grad die and hat is brand new to me I am linking up my cards over with Darnell over at NBUS!

Card Details: I started off making my own stencil out of these fun Spellbinder rectangle dies that have these fun jagged edges, they are so old and I have no idea what their official name is. Next, I sponged my backgrounds in various colors using Oxide Inks. Then I got out some fun background stencils-the heart is from Honey Bee Stamps and the star one is SU along with some white pigment ink and pounded away using a sponge applicator. The grad die and cap are from SSS, and the rest of the sentiment is from Verve. You can’t tell by the photos but 2 of the 3 grad dies have a shadow of vellum beneath them. I forgot to add it to one of them. The fun decorative victorian bevel is made with my large Fiskars cutter.

For more amazing inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the Design Team!


LeAnne Pugliese

Claire Broadwater

Joanne James

Laurie Schmidt

Anne Marie Hile

Ann Schach

Amanda Mertz

Debbie Crowley

13 thoughts on “Happy Graduation

  1. A refreshing design for a graduation card and one that can be reproduced in many colors. Even the school of your choice. Great idea!

  2. These are fabulous! It’s a great design, and looks so fresh and modern. A lot of work went into each card! And in New York, not very late for graduation. School just ended for my granddaughters on Thursday.

  3. Such a great design, Nancy. Not your usual graduation cards and that’s a good thing. Love the ink blending and the color peeking through the fancy edge.

  4. These are a great design and pretty colors. Really festive for the occasion.

  5. Awesome grad card…love the inked pretty!

  6. This is a fabulous graduation card! Love the sponged backgrounds! How creative to make your own stencil out of dies! These cards will make a few graduates very happy!

  7. These are super fun grad cards! I love the gradient colors and stenciled overlay; really gives great depth! Hope you have a great weekend!

  8. Nancy, your “off the grid” take on the sketch is so fun to see. These are perfect grad cards. Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend.

  9. These are SO COOL!! That little tassel just makes me want to squeal with delight! Great colors and fun way to use them!

  10. I LOVE how all of these cards turned out, Nanc’! Great color choices, and the gradient technique just adds to the fun. And every mortarboard deserves a sparkly tassel! Wonderful job!

  11. I love the stencilled background for your grad cards Nancy – the colour combos are so fresh against the crisp black of the diecuts. Love the sparkly tassels on the caps too!

  12. SO fun Nanc’! Love the beautiful colors on the clean layout and the detail on the bottom of the card is a sweet touch.

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