I had a good reason to buy graduation stamps and dies this year: Laurel is graduating today from the College for Creative Studies! In the last 4 years, her dad and I have gotten to watch her blossom from an unsure freshman with artistic talent to a skilled illustrator who has found her own style. We are very proud of her, and it's going to be quite a thrill to see her walking across the stage today to receive her diploma.
I have been particularly taken with Taylored Expressions releases lately, and the latest but one had some great dies and stamps for graduation. For the card I ended up making for Laurel, I grabbed some of these and got busy. Lookie:
GOJUS! (YILM!) I decided to make a shaker card since I had the awesome Sunshine mix from Simon Says Stamp to keep in theme with my yellow and black color scheme (CCS colors!)
I used the Sun Ray stencil from My Favorite Things in the background.
I love this little stamp for above the line of the graduates, something I "borrowed" from Taylor's own card on her sneak peek post!
I love this Picture Perfect Celebrate frame, but I turned it on its side and made my card horizontal. I used a mat of brushed gold to create a nice touch of gold under the black.
I used the tiny Hats Off die to dress up the inside greeting, cutting the tassel from brushed gold.
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