Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Eclipse Card for Graduation

Hi Friends,

It's that time of year - Graduation Season!  My son is graduating this week with his Masters Degree from UC Berkeley.  His dad & I are still trying to figure out how a young man born & bred in the Midwest ended up in California, but we couldn't be more proud of him.  We are heading west to celebrate with him and here is the card I designed for the occasion:

I started my stamping the "swishes" in the school colors.  These are from the Work of Art stamp set which is retiring this month.  I use this set a lot - it's great when you want a colorful, abstract background.  It's a set I highly recommend having in your stamp collection!  I used Night of Navy and Crushed Curry here.

Did you know...

Dark colors like Night of Navy can quickly fill your Stamp n Scrub with ink.  No worries, it's easy to clean!  Both of the fuzzy cleaning pads slide out of the plastic case and can be gently washed in warm water and Dawn dishwashing detergent.  Swish gently then rinse under running water until you can't see any more ink rinsing out.  Gently blot dry with a white paper towel.  If the towel shows any color, repeat.  When the towel stays white you're ready to let the pads air dry and then slide back into the case.

The sentiments on my card are both from a retired Sale-a-Bration stamp set called Sky is the Limit.  Perfect for this card!  I embossed the "Congratulations!" with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder.  I love Stampin' Up's embossing powders - they melt so much more quickly and smoothly than other brands I have used.

About the graduation cap...

I cut this from Night of Navy cardstock.  Starting with a 3/4" wide strip of cardstock, I cut an angle across the end of the strip.  I then took the angled cut end and lined it up with the 3/4" mark on the trimmer and cut the other end to make a paralellogram.  The bottom of the cap is made by taking a 1-1/8" strip of cardstock and nipping off 2 corners with an oval punch.  The tassle is die-cut from the Balloon Framelits Dies (also retired).

If you haven't tried an Eclipse card yet, they are super easy and so impressive!  I used the Large Letters Framelits on this one.  You can make one using any punch or die-cut that has enough surface area to mount Mini Dimensionals behind.  A dark card base gives a nice shadow effect behind the letters.

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