Congrats Grad!

Yup, it’s that time of year again…school is out already here, proms and graduation have already happened and kids are either sleeping late or getting up early for their summer jobs.  Up north, the kids still have just over a month till graduation so you’ve got some time yet to make your Congrats cards, and I’m here with an idea for you today!

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My first criteria was I wanted to use my new MISTI tool!!  (Got it for my birthday after many less than subtle hints…)  And since I have several people to send graduation cards to this year, I needed a way to stream-line the process.  This is where the MISTI comes in handy!  First, let me just explain what the MISTI is.  It’s an acronym for Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented and I’m sorry, but I’m going to come right out and call LAME name!  But see, after they put so much effort into designing a truly incredible stamp tool, there was nothing left for coming up with a more intelligent name.  So MISTI it is.  Never mind.  Once you use it, you will forgive them ANYthing.  How it works, is like a book.  It has a front cover or door on one side, and on the opposite side is a foam pad, some super duper magnets and and some graph paper.  You stick your stamp(s) to the inside of the door, ink it up and stamp your paper that’s being held in place, immoveable, by the magnets.  And if your inking isn’t perfect, well tada, just ink it up again, and close the door again IN EXACTLY THE SAME SPOT!!  (Sorry, I yell when I get excited about something).  And if you need to make 10 cards exactly the same, well the MISTI is your best friend!  Youtube some MISTI videos and you’ll get a much better idea than I’ve been able to describe.  But the best news of all….Lori just listed the MISTI and accessories in the store!!  Now it can be your birthday too!!

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Anyway, my grad cards.  I went through all my stamps.  I had tons that say all those nice congratulatory sentiments, but none with images like mortar boards or diplomas. Or panda bears in cap and gown.  How do I not have any stamps of graduating pandas??!

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I should point out here, that this was my first time using the MISTI and I actually did one thing wrong.  I should have arranged the stamps in the bottom right corner of the door so that I could just lay my card stock neatly up against the ruler edges for perfect arrangement.  I got around that by penciling a line around the first card, and using that as a guide for the subsequent cards.  But really, there is a better way.  Next time.

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I decided to combine a bunch of those sentiments to fill in a whole card front.  And I would stamp them on black card stock, heat emboss with white powder and then rub on some Stazon Opaque White ink for…..you guessed it…..a chalkboard full of congratulatory greetings!

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After stamping and heat embossing all of the cards, I used a Tim Holtz ink dauber with the Stazon Opaque White Ink, rubbing it around each of the sentiments to look like a messy chalkboard does after long use.

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Sorry, this has gotten long.  To quickly finish…I glued the black card stock to folded cards then die cut a variety of different sizes of red hearts.  I glued them in place, then either covered them fully, or “scribbled” a design on each heart with red Stickles.

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Pretty simple in the end, but when you are making a bunch of the same card, quick and easy is the way to go!  And if you don’t have any graduates in your life this year, think how cute this card design would be, if you used a variety of “thank yous” and gave it to a teacher for a job well done!  I hope you’ve gotten some inspiration today and I really hope you’ll give the MISTI a try!!

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This post was written by Norine on May 25, 2016

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Going to a wedding…

Recently I had occasion to need, not one, but TWO wedding cards and wouldn’t you know, both weddings had purple in their color scheme.  Well purple might not be my favorite color, but I recognize when I’m beat.  So I pulled out the watercolors and inks and set about to make it all work.

This bride and groom stamp from Stampendous is a favorite go-to when I need to make a wedding card.  Here are a couple of ways to use it.

For this first one, I scribbled on vellum with 2 shades of Copic markers and then used a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol to moosh the colors all blendy like that.  After it was dry (and I did have to run the iron over the vellum to flatten it again, and it’s very important to do this BEFORE stamping and heat embossing the image or this happens.  That’s my ironing board cover)…

iron…I stamped the image on the vellum and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I also stamped the “happily ever after” sentiment all over the card front and adhered the vellum to the card front so it shows through.  Wrapped a bow around it and went to the wedding!

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I totally thought of this later, but it’s not too late for you.  If I had a do-over, I would hand-tint some white seam binding ribbon with shades of Distress Ink and water, and crumple-dry it.  Guaranteed cuteness!

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For the next one, I kept it nice and simple!  I just stamped on watercolor paper, and clear heat embossed the image and the sentiment, and then randomly painted shades of violet and lilac all over the image.  I tried to shade the bouquet and his suit with a little extra paint just to help it all stand out better.  And I liked it left minimal like that so I just added a few pearl dots and mounted it on a card base.  Lori has some beautiful adhesive pearl beads in the store that look amazing glued to the dots on the wedding dress!  File that in your Need To Know!

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Have an extra super day, and go make something purple.  Unless its a bruise.  Then don’t do that.

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This post was written by Norine on May 4, 2016

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