Monday, 17 July 2017

Congratulations

I was asked to make a graduation card for an ex-colleague whose daughter is graduating with a degree in town planning. She told me that she had been working in London recently and liked blues and greens. I'd made a card for her other daughter's graduation and she'd commented at the time that Milla wouldn't like anything so flowery.
With those thoughts in mind, I started off by using the Mo Manning graduate with rose digistamp, sizing it to go on an 8x8 card and printing it off on 160gsm paper, and colouring it in with my copics. I then fussy cut it, snipping off the rose that she was holding in her right hand.
I stamped and heat embossed with black embossing powder the sentiment using the MFT Well Connected Alphabet. To add some interest to the background, I inked up the Crafters Workshop 6 inch City Grid stencil with versamark and then pressed it down on the card over the sentiment and then heat embossed it in clear embossing powder. Hopefully Milla will spot the reference! I then repeated this to extend the background, wiping the edge strip of the stencil clean to blend the join more. I knew the join would be covered by the graduate, so I didn't worry too much about it matching perfectly.
As Milla had worked in London, I thought the Joanna Sheen London skyline die would work perfectly. I die cut it out of black card and added it to the top of the card, covering where the stencil stopped. The die was slightly short and so I cut it a second time and then snipped off a bit to complete the skyline, knowing that the join would be behind her head.
I faffed about for a while trying to decide what to put at the bottom of the card, playing with repeating the London skyline, but after discussion with Hubby, decided to use this town scene, part of the Tattered Lace Winter Town set, which was the perfect length. Hubby was also involved in the placement of the graduate. She fitted best where she is, but I was concerned that her feet weren't on the bottom of the card. Hubby pointed out that she was obviously jumping for joy at graduating, so problem solved! 
There was a bit of a gap in the bottom right corner and so I stamped the hat from the TPC Studio graduation set and fussy cut it out. The tassel was on the wrong side though, so I turned the hat over and drew in edge of the hat with a white pen to define it. I assembled the card on a mat of green cardstock and added the graduate on 1mm foam tape to add some more dimension. Simples (sort of)!

13 comments:

  1. Cara- what a fabulous card! Am sure the young lady loved it. A spare few minutes so a quick stop over! xx

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  2. So glad I read the blog and found out how you did this card. She is going to love it! So much attention to detail and love the subtle background. Loving the pop of green and such a unique and personal card x

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  3. Well I think you should get a degree in card planning! This is pure genius at work. Hugs Mrs A.

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  4. Fabulous graduation card, love the houses and buildings, perfect for 'Town planning' great
    student image too. Fabulous design.

    Kath x

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  5. Cara, that's a brilliant idea for a graduate card. Bet the recipient loved it. Happy crafty week, Angela xXx

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  6. Brilliant graduation card, Cara. I love how you've personalised it by all the details you've included. xx

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  7. Great card. I love the building dies. Skylines are so lovely.

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  8. Hi Cara, a superb card for a new town planner I'm sure both her and her Mum love it, love the soft map grid behind her and you did a wonderful job hiding the joins. Have a wonderful week... Megan

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  9. Cara what a fabulous creation this is. I have never done a graduation card and can think of none better than this. Fabulous Mo imagine, the whole construction is brilliant. Lucky we have those other halves help with construction hey.

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  10. awesome card....love all the details you added!
    xx Karen

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  11. What a fantastic graduation card! I love how you did the city lines in the background, so perfect for someone with a degree in town planning! The pops of green and red really create a wonderful colour contrast against the black and white background. Wonderful design Cara! sending hugs :)

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  12. This is so fantastic I love it, totally fits her degree, so clever. Love how your Hubby got involved. Mine harrumphs when 'crafts' are mentioned LOL. Glad you liked the NYT post, we love to dance, it is how we remain sane(ish). Cx

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  13. Great card Cara, my sister has a planning and science degree, it's superbly appropriate and constructed, well done, indeed, you ciever little vegemite!!!
    Thanks for sharing your inspiration!
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

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