Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Congrats on your 2018 Graduation

I've finally got round to making my sons Graduation card which is taking place next month, very excited.

The photo inspiration at Fusion is a bookcase containing lovely bright primary colours and I'm going to apologise now for toning it down.  I wanted the stack of books to look like the old leather bound vintage ones you find in historical library buildings so fingers crossed its still OK to enter the challenge with a more muted colour scheme. 

The image is by Tim Holtz and called Schoolhouse Blueprints, I rather liked not having an owl waving a scroll or a cute creature wearing a gown and mortar board.  I think this looks more grown up and I know its definitely more my son.

I very roughly coloured the image with Inktense pencils then cut the year out.  The sentiments are from a Hero Arts stamp and die set.  Everything was matted onto black cardstock and the numbers raised with foam tape and that was the fiddly part by far.

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Sketch/Primary Bookcase (used the photo and the stack of books)
The Male Room - Inspired by a Film Title (The Graduate)
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes


  1. Wow, you don’t look anywhere near old enough to have a Son that’s graduating. Let me know your secret Claire:). Your card is fabulous and I do I love cards made with Kraft card. I’ve seen quite a few cards recently using die cut letters and they look great, this one is superb. Enjoy his graduation. I remember it being one of the most emotional times for me as a Mum. It seems like you one day you bring home this tiny bundle and the next minute they’re off to make their way in the big wide world x

  2. What a brilliant effect you've achieved both with the books and the year being mounted over the image.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at The Male Room.
    Linby x

  3. The way you blended the graduation year with the stack of books is genius and looks fabulous! Congrats on your son's graduation - he is surely going to enjoy this special card made just for him!

  4. No need to apologize for toning down the colors, Claire...this is such stunning card! I love the large numbers and how you die cut the stacked books! An awesome masculine graduation card and perfect for your son!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at Fusion Card Challenge!

  5. Something really different but so effective for a graduation card, many thanks for joining our June theme at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  6. Great card for your son Claire...I am sure he will love it...Congrats to him too. I like the book design as a change from scroll and mortar too. xx

  7. Well done on taking the grown up route Claire, it really is difficult to remember that they are not littleys any more!! This technique looks so impressive too xx

  8. Hi Claire, a fantastic graduation card for your son, love the year die cut from the stamped page and layered up... have a wonderful weekend... Megan

  9. I think this is inspired, I LOVE the card and the books in the year. Great film too, I was around when it was new LOL. Thank you so much for joining us in our Film Title challenge at The Male Room this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

    Faith The Male Room DT
    Daffodil Cards {My Blog}

    The Male Room

  10. Beautiful card you made in fantastic inspiration :-))
    Thank you so much for joining us in challenge at The Male Room this week. I hope to see you again in the next challenge.

  11. Love this masculine design! What a special graduation card! Thanks so much for joining us at Fusion!

  12. Love your take on the challenge theme - great card for a graduation! Thanks for playing along with us at the Fusion Challenge Blog :)

  13. This is such a cool and trendy technique and I love your take on kraft! Brilliant! Hugs, Autumn

  14. Fantastic card! Great job of the eclipse technique, it's a really nice design. Thank you for joining us at The Male Room - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT

  15. Love your take on the film title! The stack of books and the die cut date are just perfect. Thanks so much for playing along with our Film Title challenge at The Male Room. Deborah, DT. PS Sorry to be so late commenting!!


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