Thursday, May 10, 2012

CC2 - #4 - Graduation Time

I've missed the past couple challenges that Linda Ledbetter has sent out into blog land for the Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge, but not this week!! For new folks, this is all about Tim Holtz and his amazing teaching book, Compendium of Curiosities #2 which you can purchase here. This week it was about faded layers which he describes on page 43.

After seeing Linda's piece, a big ole' light bulb went off in my head about using die cuts with mask material. So I set out to make a very sweet girl a graduation card.

I started with a piece of manilla paper cover stock and applied Evergreen Bough, Shabby Shutters, and Peeled Paint distress inks to the bottom portion of the paper. On the top I used the new Shaded Lilac, Spun Sugar, Stormy Sky, Broken China, and Tumbled Glass distress inks....very lightly. Next I used the tall grass embossing folder on the bottom of the piece. I laid down my new mask of the branch tree and mostly used the same colors on top of the mask to get a nice blend and a faded picture of the tree. I was careful to avoid the bottom of the tree and used a little sponge finger dauber to color the top of the grass. Next I put some picket fences on one Tim's stamps from the Floral Tattoo collection for a bit of extra interest on the background.

Then came the fun part!!

I used the Tattered Floral Garland die cut and cut out a bunch of the smallest leaves and flowers. I'm really into beads lately, so with my trusty Scotch adhesive in hand, I glued down beads for the flower centers.

I used one of Tim's new kilt pins to attach a heart, a muse token which says Knowledge, and a Dream charm. They seemed like a good combination for someone headed off to Arizona next year for college.

Finally I used one of Wendy Vecchi's stamps for the sentiment. Now I all I have to do is write the inside and slip her a few bucks!! Tis the season.


  1. Sara this is so pretty what fabulous details and I love those charms,well done.
    Have a nice weekend Hugs Elaine

  2. Sara, it is absolutely gorgeous, so much to look at and beautifully embellished.

    Thanks so much for the congrats, you are very kind to mention it. I am still on a bit of a high, it is the first thing I have properly won and to get it from Tim Holtz is just amazing! Thanks again. Hugs, Anne x

  3. Beautiful! Love the flowers and all that cool hanging stuff.

  4. Oh, Sara, this is gorgeous! I'm so glad you were able to join the challenge-- you did an absolutely masterful job on the Faded Layers, and created such a lovely graduation card. I have no doubt the young lady will be thrilled to receive it!

  5. Hi Sara, what a lovely card the overall effect is so delicate and pretty Happy crafting Toni x


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