Sunday, May 18, 2008

Hi All - sorry that it has taken me so long to post. I get involved with these projects and I have a hard time concentrating on anything else. There was a time when I could do 5 things at once but I guess that ability dwindles with age !! LOL !! I have a friend that I think was trying to get me to post again because she made it a point to say that she was checking my blog hourly to see if I had done anything yet !! I guess that hint was pretty subtle, don't you think? Thanks Lana, I've been obsessing ever since. Now that I'm posting, I may be able to sleep better. Ha, ha, ha !!

Well, I finished the graduation announcements that I was commissioned to do, by a coworker. I sure hope that the graduate and her Mom like them. Excusing all sense of modesty, I really like them !! LOL !! That is really a good thing because it sure is hard to work on something that you don't like !!

The school colors are black and red so I decided for a black card base and accent with red matting. I r wanted to do the lettering in gold leaf on the front but I was running into a lot of complications. My glue pad dried up and I didn't have a refill, I didn't have the right size alpha stamps and I didn't have the right Cricut cartridge so the alpha didn't work !! I vacillated about this for two weeks which really put me behind.

So, I decided to just print it out on the computer. I'm so glad I did. I had to make 25 and doing the gold leaf or the embossing would have been way too time consuming. With the right font on the computer, it looks a lot more professional too.

Hint: When you are printing a verse off of the computer and need to trim down to fit a card, insert a dialog box around your verse. I'm working in Microsoft Word when I do this. Make sure that it is about 1/8 inch larger (use the ruler guides on the left and top of the viewing area) than what the final piece needs to be. That way you will be trimming them all the same size and you can trim away the dialog box and no one will
know !!

So, here is the card front and inside. On the inside I also put a 3" x 4" matt and I used the slot punch in the upper right had corner. I adhered it to the top of the inside of the card and this is where the graduation picture can be inserted. It won't fall out but the receiver can take it out easily.

I also used some simple flourishes that came from two different Papertrey sets. I stamped them in gold metallic because I just wanted to add a bit of pizazz. The white paper is Neenah bright white card stock - love this paper and it is really a pure white. Black and red paper is Stampin' Up. I also used my Scor-Pal to do ridge line around the perimeter of both the front piece and the inside piece. I think it steps it up just a bit in overall design.

Well, I hope you like it. I also had a class this past week. I'll post those creations soon. I hope everyone has a great week and I hope we all have wonderful Spring weather to enjoy.


Valerie said...

These turned out wonderful!!

Heather McNally said...

YAAAAAAAAAY - I love them!!!! Elegant!!

Tex said...

Whoa, Stevie!
These are totally awesome indeed!

Way to go, way to go!


KooKie said...

These turned out GREAT Stevie!