Thursday, April 9, 2020

Graduation Card for my Niece - I Say Hello Stamp Set

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you my card that was supposed to be part of a Blog Hop today but I had computer issues last night and couldn't get the post done.  After letting the laptop do it's thing everything seems to be working fine.    Since my post was messed up last night I thought I would share my card with you again. I made this card with my oldest niece in mind; she will be graduating as part of the class 2020.  Her graduation has been pushed back from May until sometime in August due to the pandemic.  So I thought I would make her a nice card, because you know there's nothing better than a piece a cardstock with a fold in the middle.  Here's a look at my card.  

I Say Hello Stamp Set, Graduation Card, Rick Adkins, Stampin' Up!, Ornate Layers Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies

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So the first thing I did when I made the decision to make her a graduation card I went online and found her schools colors.  Once I found the school's colors I was like oh lord how am I going to make this card for a girl.  Her school colors were Red, White, & Blue.   Not the easiest color combo to work with without making it look very patriotic.  I then thought of using the Ornate Layers dies from the Ornate Garden Suite; which would be perfect to add a feminine touch to the card.  But, first I needed something graduationish.  So I happened to remember that the I Say Hello Stamp Set had a graduation hat in the set.  So I pulled my colors; I went with Real Red, Blueberry Bushel, and Whisper White.  And I went to town making my own designer series paper for my card.  

I Say Hello Stamp Set, Graduation Card, Rick Adkins, Stampin' Up!, Ornate Layers Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies

So I stamped the graduation hat in Real Red Classic Ink and Blueberry Bushel Classic Inks onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock and tried to make them look like they had all been tossed in the air.  It turned out really nice.  So since I was happy with the way the stamping turned out I then took the next to largest frame from the Ornate Layers Dies and die cut the whisper white piece.  I thought with all the little scrolls, and floral border it added a nice feminine look to the card.  I then took the largest frame from the set and die cut my piece of Blueberry Bushel Cardstock to make an outside frame.  I added the two together popping up the whisper white layer on Stampin' Dimensionals.  

I Say Hello Stamp Set, Graduation Card, Rick Adkins, Stampin' Up!, Ornate Layers Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies

I then added the card front to a Real Red card base cut at 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2.  I stamped the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel Classic Ink and the Graduation hat one more time on the sentiment strip in Real Red Classic Ink and die cut it out with my Stitched Rectangle Dies.  I popped the sentiment up on Dimensionals on the center of the card and added a few Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels around the card to finish it off and add a little bling to the card.  I hope that she likes her card when she gets it in the mail.  Thanks for dropping in today I hope you have a wonderful day.  

Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 

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