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Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Graduation Card, All Things Unity and CAS-ual Fridays


Seems like forever since I made and posted a card! A bad cold does nothing for your creativity, I've decided. Plus, it seems to be dreary and rainy so much lately, and I like natural light for crafting. However, I'm almost over the cold, and there was just barely enough bright(ish) weather today to make a graduation card that I need for next week. 


I don't have any graduation-specific stamps, but owls are often used to symbolize graduating, so I inked up this little guy from Unity's Mix-Up of Cuteness set. It's the first time he's seen ink, so this card qualifies for the current All Things Unity challenge (ATU #31) to break out Unity stamps that haven't been used before. The graduation theme means this also fits the current theme challenge at CAS-ual Fridays (CFC4). I took advantage of the ten minutes of sunshine today to colour him with Prismacolor pencils. I drew the mortarboard and cut it out of a paintchip -- it provided the right amount of gloss for the look I wanted. Besides, how can I resist a Mickey's head paintchip called "Mickey's Pants"? I used maraschino baker's twine for the tassel and to tie the rice paper diploma, since McGill's colours are red and white. The recipient of this card is graduating with a degree in English and Drama, so I used a page from A Midsummer Night's Dream as the background. (Thanks, Google Books!) It's a simple card, but it makes me smile!

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up real red cardstock, Disney paintchip, rice paper, Unity Mix-Up of Cuteness, Versafine onyx black ink, Prismacolor pencils, Twinery maraschino baker's twine, black brad, dimensionals
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15 comments:

Meg said...

Lindsey!!!! I am in love with this card!!!! This is one of your best ones yet! I love the owl, the coloring on the owl, the motarboard, the diploma, the fact that you used Mickey's pants, the fact that you used A Midsummer Night's Dream, the red border on the sides. Holy scrap, girl, you are rocking and rolling on this one!!!

Michele Gross said...

Super cute! Love the little scroll and the texty background :) Thanks for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Laura Davis said...

Awwwww this is so cute!
Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!
Laura

Emily Leiphart said...

I agree with Meg, Linds. This has to be my most favourite card you've ever made! You are definitely over your cold!! I love everything about this, especially that you upcycled a paint chip AND you used Shakespeare. I memorized an entire act of that play for English class in high school. I was actually Ferdinand. LOL!!! Oh wait, that was The Tempest. Well, I love Shakespeare regardless of the play. ;) Did I mention that I love this card?

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

So cute and clever - I'm loving your innovation in making up for the fact that you had no graduation specific stamps. Brilliant! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!!

Heather T said...

What a great card. I love seeing the way people use text in a card; it inspires me. And your owl with mortar board is very cute.

Angela said...

Set your heart at rest/The Fairyland buys not the child of me/his mother was a votress of my order...

Yeah, I've taught that one a few times :) It's my fave. After Hamlet.

Speaking of faves -- nice card, Linds! Love the little grad owlie!! I know the recipient will dig it, too.

Virginia L. said...

Love your creative take on the grad card!!The owl is PERFECT for this!!The added touches with the diploma and grad hat are fantastic!Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!!

Janna Werner said...

Lindsey, one more super sweet card in this fab colour combination! Gorgeous idea to use a text for the background, love the 3d effect of the paper and twine!
Have a lovely day, Janna

Karin said...

I love your creative grad card made with no grad stamps?!!!? Totally cute and I love the little hat and diploma :) The colors are perfect and great for a boy or girl too!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

HOW cute is that little owl! LOVE it! And you've never inked it before---girl get that stamp out and ink him again:) LOVE IT! LOve that little hat and diploma! LOVE :) Thanks so much for joining in the fun and playing along with us over at ATU!!

Sara Henton said...

Just so stinkin cute!! Thanks for playing along with us this challenge at All Things Unity.

dahlhousedesigns said...

Oh, I absolutely ADORE this card! What a fabulous design.

lisa a.

sunghee said...

Great grad card! Love the owl wearing the cap! and adding the diploma, wow!!!

Jocelyn said...

WOW!!! I LOVE your card! Everything about it is just so cool. That mortarboard you made is to-die-for! Are you going to enter it into PC Gallery Idol (go for it!)?

Glad you got to take advantage of a little sun.