Is there ever a time when working ahead can be a bad idea? Sadly, yes. Still, the show must go on. When I sat down to make this card 2-1/2 weeks ago, college and high school graduations were in full-swing. It seemed to be a perfectly appropriate time to showcase a graduation card. As the weeks passed, though, I realized that graduations would be all wrapped up before I could share this fun card. The inspiration is still there – switch out the numbers for a birthday card or send a belated congratulations to your favorite graduate. Here’s my card:
Shawn deOliveira, my super-talented team member and friend, picked this week’s colors. I adore them! Here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:
- Thoughtful Banners. The words “happy” and “graduation” are from a new photopolymer stamp set in Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Annual Catalog called Thoughtful Banners. With almost 50 words for endless pairings, this is a great set. While the set pairs with the new Duet Banner Punch (a great new bundle!), I paired the words with the longer banner in Number of Years and cropped it with the banner die in the Large Numbers Framelits. Here’s a peak at this fun, new bundle:
- Banner Placement. You can make this card with different numbers and combinations of sentiments. If you are going to place a banner over the number, though, it’s very important that you play with the placement a bit before adhering the banner. You don’t want to cover up elements of the number that make it difficult for the recipient to read the numbers, and placing the banner too high or too low (no matter the size of the banner) can obstruct the number. QUICK TIP: After you have adhered the Stampin’ Dimensionals to your banner (but before you’ve removed their backings), slide the banner up and down the numbers to find that perfect placement that balances your project.
- Designer Series Paper Stacks. Designer Series Paper Stacks are such a great deal – they are available in all colors families. The stacks for the In Colors, though, are a MUST HAVE. For just $22, you get 40 sheers – 4 each of 2 double-sided designs in each of the 5 In Colors. While you can certainly build your card around the patterns on this paper, they are perfect for a quick-and-easy background.
Stamp Sets: Thoughtful Banners, Number of Years Papers: 2015-2017 In Colors Designer Series Paper Stack, Sahara Sand, Night of Navy, Mint Macaron, Thick Whisper White Inks: Night of Navy Accessories: Large Numbers Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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Catalog Launch. Yesterday was the launch of Stampin’ Up!’s amazing 2016 Annual Catalog. What fun! If you missed it, click on the image below to see yesterday’s post and to download your catalog today!
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