It’s time for another Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop – what fun! The Be Inspired Design Team is a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from all over the world who are excited to share our themed projects with you. I’m so honored to be a part of this group of talented stampers!
For today’s Be Inspired Hop, we are creating masculine projects. Projects along the hop are designed to celebrate the men in your life – birthdays, Father’s Days, thank yous or congratulations. If you aren’t starting the hop here, then you probably just popped over from the amazing project shared by my talented Canadian friend Carolynn Sander.
Happy Graduation, Nathan!
Before we jump into today’s project, I have a quick fill-in-the-blank quiz for you. The child of my cousin is my _______. I’ve always called my cousin’s children my cousins (each is technically my first cousin once removed), but according to the Internet (which is never wrong), I should refer to my cousin’s son as my nephew and my cousin’s daughter as my niece.
I had to look up the answer to that question because my cousin’s son, Nathan, graduates from high school this week. I wanted to make a special card for my special nephew (I feel like I just gained a new nephew since I’ve always thought of him as a cousin). Card makers tend to have a hard time with colors on cards for men. Today, I’m sharing one solution for getting color onto a masculine project. Here’s the card I made for Nathan:
Before you determine that I’ve made a Hogwarts-themed card, please continue reading. Nathan’s graduation card has nothing to do with Harry Potter. 🙂
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Merry Merlot. It was really easy to pull color into this card for Nathan – I simply pulled his school colors into my project. Nathan’s path is similar to mine – he is graduating from my alma mater high school (Pumpkin Pie and Pacific Point) and moving on to my alma mater college (Merry Merlot and Crushed Curry). I decided to create his “congrats” card with strips of color from his new college – I glued strips of cardstock to the central panel on this card to create a striped background. What an easy way to choose colors that will be appealing! Merry Merlot is a new shade of red in the Regals family – a beautiful burgundy – that’s sure to be popular. Here’s how Merry Merlot compares with some of the colors you already know and love: To see my comparisons of other new colors in the new family colors, CLICK HERE.
- Special Celebrations. The strips of cardstock on Nathan’s graduation card are accented by a large circle of Thick Whisper White cardstock. Inside the circle is a sentiment from Special Celebrations that’s perfect for a graduation card: That big, white circle also serves as a design element – it creates a calm spot in the middle of a bunch of bold stripes. Your eye goes right to the sentiment but recognizes all that’s going on behind it. Here’s a look at the amazing, all-occasion sentiments in the Special Celebrations stamp set:
- Go Cougars! The College of Charleston, my alma mater (and soon to be Nathan’s), is an amazing school in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina. When I go home to visit Mom, I almost always head downtown to just walk around the campus. Love that place! The school colors are burgundy (VERY close to Merry Merlot) and gold (VERY close to Crushed Curry). Combined with Gray Granite, they are magic together. If you like this combination of Crushed Curry, Merry Merlot and Gray Granite, save this:
Stamp Sets: Special Celebrations Papers: Gray Granite, Crushed Curry, Merry Merlot, Thick Whisper White Inks: Archival Basic Black Accessories: Layering Circles Thinlits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I’m so glad you stopped by and hope you like my project. I also hope you’ll continue the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop to see more projects that I’m sure you’ll love. The next stop is my dear friend from down under, Louise Sharp at LouiseSharp.com . Click on the banner below to continue through the hop:
In case you get off-track at any point during the hop, here’s a listing of all the participants in this hop:
- Louise Sharp
- Janneke de Jong
- Jenny Hall
- Tanja Kolar
- Monica Gale
- Maike Beimler
- Carolynn Sander
- Brian King
Here are links to the products I used to create this card: