Monday, May 18, 2015

Graduation Wishes

Hi Chris here and today I would like to share with your this graduation card I made for my nephew with Sin City Stamps and ColourArte Twinkling H2Os and Radiant Gels. For my card I used:

Sin City Stamps: Globes;  Ship; Sequence Waste
Inks: Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black), StazOn (Black)
Distress Inks: Old Paper, Tea Dye, Weathered Wood, Scattered Straw
Distress Markers: Barn Door
Multi Media Paper : Pacon
Gauze Paper : DCWV
Brads, journaling pen, foam mounting tape, water brush, distress tool

To begin this card I started by stamping the Sin City Stamps Globes onto multi-media paper.  Your paper should be about an inch smaller than the size of your finished card.  I then tore the edges of my paper for a worn look.  (Hint: When tearing if you want to see the paper fibers in your tear, tear the paper toward you.  If you want a "neater" tear and no fibers tear away from you. )

I then wrinkled my stamp paper into a ball.  I admit it was hard to crinkle up that stamped image but the result was worth it *wink*

After I straightened out my paper I was left with this...

I then inked the crinkled stamped paper with Old Paper then Tea Dye Distress Ink. I was trying for a wrinkled map look so  I just kept inking til I liked the amount of color.  I then matted my paper onto a piece of gauze paper using brads.  

I then took a piece of scrap paper and painted it with the ColourArte Radiant Gels (Indian Copper) .  If I did this over again I would choose a thicker. sturdier piece of cardstock.  After the Radiant Gels dried I stamped over the background using Sin City's Sequence Waste and StazOn.  

I then matted my stamped Globe paper onto this background piece.  

 I then stamped the Sin City Ship onto my multi-media paper.

After fussy cutting out my image, I started by coloring my image first with ColourArte Twinkling H2Os (Meridian Blue) on the water.  Then colored the flags using my Barn Door Distress Marker.  I then used my water rush to paint the ship using Distress inks using Old paper for the sails, Scattered Straw for the boat trim, and Weathered Wood for the sky.

I added a hand written sentiment and attached the ship to my card using foam mounting tape. For the inside I hand wrote.... Congratulations on completing the first part of your journey into the future.  


  1. What a fabulous grad card, Chris. It is perfect for the male graduate, or you could even turn it into a birthday card for all those men out there. Loved your tutorial, too!

  2. I love the distressed map paper you created, just perfect!

  3. Absolutely love this and the way you created this.


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