Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Graduation Cards

I made 3 graduation cards today, each for kids from different schools. Instead of the traditional cap and gown motif, I used the "Journey" stamp from Define Your Life, then worked around it. This stamp set is retiring at the end of the onth...and I can't decide if I am keeping it or not! Everything used on these cards is from Stampin' Up!
The first card is for my nephew. He is such a good kid! Excelled in academics and wrestling, and he is very respectful to his entire family. I believe he will do great in college and beyond! I wasn't sure what image to use, but since I used the journey stamp, my husband recommended this "Sail Away" stamp from the holiday mini. It is only available until the end of August, so make sure you get it! I stamped it with basic black on whisper white, then lightly sponged with retired bordering blue. I rounded the corners, and mounted it on basic gray. The striped ribbon is retired, but a perfect touch for the black and red school colors. Extra large silver brads and dimensionals add bulk, but I will be hand delivering this card tomorrow!
My next card is for the daughter of a staff member. Her school colors are back and gray, so I added lots of basic jewel rhinestones to perk it up. My large butterfly was cut from a retired pattern stack using the sizzix butterfly die, and I added lots of butterflies I had in my stash from the beautiful wings embosslit die. The white piece was a scrap, already those scraps! Satin ribbon and retired elastic cord finish it off.
Finally, the youngest daughter of a long-time volunteer graduated. Her school colors are blue and white, so I decided to use some of my soon-to-retire Blueberry Crisp dsp, mounted on pacific point and very vanilla card stock. I stamped the grass from Inspired by Nature with crumb cake ink, and lightly sponged bashful blue in the sky. Another butterfly here, this one accented with a large antique brad and 2 basic pearls colored with my pacific point marker. I added some seam binding under the sentiment which is mounted on bashfu blue and pacific point.
Hope the kids like these cards...but odds are, they'll love the checks inside!
Inky {{{HUGS}}}


  1. I love these cards!! Esp the black & white cards. For me I love the black and white with the butterflies. Such a great idea and very elegant. The one with the boat is perfect for a man.

  2. What a wonderful collection of cards! Although they all are wonderful, I really love the first one with the classic color combo and the wonderful sentiment.


  3. Love the Blueberry Crisp die cut very pretty with the ruched ribbon!

  4. These are great! Love the "journey" sentiment, it's so fitting for a graduation card.

  5. What a great sentiment to choose for graduation cards!

  6. These are all just FAB Kim! I love them did an excellent job Hun!!!

    Thanks for the RAK too! Totally made my day!!!