Are you ready, are you ready, are you ready?!?! It's time for the YOUR NEXT STAMP March New Release Blog Hop! If you've been hopping in order, you've come to my blog via the oh-so-talented-and-lovely ANITA (can that girl color, or what?). If you're not hopping in order (you rebel, you), that's okay, too. Just be sure to visit all the stops (you can see the locations via the linkymabob below) so that you can A) see all the fabulous projects the YNS Design Team and Guest Designers have created just for you, and B) leave comments at each stop so that you're eligible to win a $20 gift certificate to the YNS Store. You may think to yourself, "Oh, why bother? I never win anything..." STOP IT! That's stinkin' thinkin', friend. Why, just last week I won a $75 gift certificate to a great stamp-n-die store, and I had only a 1 in 87 chance. You've gotta be in it to win it, friends. So comment, comment, comment -- eventually, you will win. I guarantee it!
My sneak peeks for this month were all about my youngest son, Carter. My hop cards, however, are all about my eldest, Truman. He's a senior this year, and thus the new CONGRADS stamp set is especially close to my heart right now. Actually, I ALWAYS love a good graduation set, as that seems to be one of those annual events I'm always in need of several cards for. Take a look at CONGRADS, and you'll see why it's a must-have...
The hardest part of this card was the large, layered panel to the left. First, I stamped the mortar board image, then I masked it off. I wanted it to look like it was "sitting" on the sentiment. Next, using my MISTI (ok, I swear I'll quit talking about that thing soon...), I placed the sentiment just so and taped it off to be able to use multiple colors of ink to make the sentiment *pop* and add visual interest.
I then used Rectangle Nestabilities to cut the sentiment out. The tassel was stamped and colored a second time, then fussy-cut out and adhered to the first image. Once done with the initial image layers, I decided a little color-blocking would be the way to finish out the card, as well as a way to incorporate a few more sentiments from the set. One thing I really like (now that it's made) about this card: it can serve as a starting place for LOTS of grad cards, utilizing school colors where the Steel Grey and Robins Egg are in this sample, in combination with traditional black and Primitive White.
Next up is a little portrait of my soon-to-be-spreading-his-wings kiddo, using the new ADORKABLE stamp set.
Now here are a couple of things you need to know about Truman: he really is a scholar, but he's also a bit of a dandy. I mean that in the best possible way. If you need further proof, though, here is a photo of a pair of shoes I gave him for Christmas that he LOVES:
Need I say more? Thus, here's what I'm going to consider #4 in my 100 Card Challenge for Truman...
The outfit (khakis, Buks, tortoise shell glasses, and Harvard crimson sweater do resemble my boy, but that's where he'd probably draw the line. His hair, he would have you know, is shorter (thank heavens -- he was trying to grow it out like Thor's for a year or so, but it was just a stringy mess) and blonder. Carter (to give Truman a hard time) would surely say this looks like Kyle One (shout out to all of the South Park fans in the hizzy).
I created the little blackboard (Harvard is old school -- it probably still has blackboards, if any college does, don't you figure?) using layered Rectangle Nestabilities with kraft cardstock and backed it with Black Licorice cardstock before stamping out the sentiment in Sweet Tooth Pigment Dye Ink. The "wallpaper" was created by stamping a Linen Background stamp in So Saffron ink onto So Saffron Cardstock. The left-hand side of the image layer was looking a little nakey, so I added a few YNS Grape Punch Glittered Gumdrops to balance it out.
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