Doing the Graduation Polka-Dots!!!

Tis the season of Graduation and for many they are doing the Graduation Polka…..Dots!!! Teeeheehee! I know when I graduated….10 years ago!….I was doing all the dances. You couldn’t pay me to go back to school so graduation was a big celebration!!! As it should be!

Graduation Polka-Dots, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is perfect to have on hand for any occasion even Graduation!!! I have done this card in boy colors like this and in girly colors like this sample! Not let’s get started on this fun debossed card!

I started with a Pacific Point card base. Then I took a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) and ran it through the Big Shot with the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder in the middle. I have found that stamping over the top of the de-bossed image turns out the best when you stamp on top of the Stampin’ Pierce Mat. This mat has some give for the cardstock to press into rather than a hard surface like the table. I used the Happy Celebrations Stamp Set to stamp the polka dots all over and make the greeting pop! I went with Pacific Point Ink and Cucumber Crush Ink. I stamped the dots all over the cardstock, some in full strength and some as the stamped off shade of ink.

For this card, I highly recommend going back to the ink pad each time and if you want the lighter shade, then stamp off onto a scrap piece of paper rather than on the card. The reason for this is because if you fall half off the cardstock, it makes the second stamp image have a line on it. Also, if you stamp over the celebrate greeting, the second stamp will have the letters in a darker ink so to avoid this, just go to the ink pad each time! 🙂 My favorite part of stamping with photopolymer, is that you can see the ink and paper touch! It’s so cool! Be sure to stamp the dots with firm even pressure so that your ink hit the cardstock around each piece!

Now that the focal point is complete, I wrapped some Silver Metallic Thread around it and secured the ends to the back with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Since it is a Man Card, I didn’t want to go all out with ribbons and bows but a little thread is perfect! I added  more Stampin’ Dimensionals all over to raise this layer up from the Cucumber Crush layer (4″ x 5-1/4″). Finally, I added this piece to the card base! Perfect!

I love Graduations but they always make me cry. Just that amazing accomplishment and moving on to the next step in life is so fabulous and makes me emotional! It’s still crazy to think I graduated 10 years ago! How many years since your last graduation? Let me know in the comments below!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


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