Congrats Grad!

Is it Friday yet, makers??? I am still having inky fun down here in Texas. This is an envelope for a gift card (or mini slimline card) for DD’s friend graduating 8th grade. She has an adorable little lab and thought this stamp would be a perfect addition. I am entering Tic Tac Toe’s challenge today. Layers: many layers of ink and paper. Blue: clearly Lace: a lace die cut border used to create a ground for my lab grad to stand on (also, hard to see but a lace stencil with the texture paste was used on the UL and LR)


  • Papers:  Strathmore 117lb Mixed Media Paper
  • Stamps: Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs, Crazy Things, Pennants, Correspondence CMS225
  • Stencil: THMST046, Mini Stencil set 46
  • Dies: Crazy Dogs, Lace Border Die from stash
  • Distressed Oxide Spray: Prize Ribbon
  • Distress Oxide Archival Ink: Prize Ribbon, Black Soot
  • Distress Paint: Prize Ribbon
  • Distress Oxide Ink: Tea Dye, Stormy Sky, Walnut Stain
  • Texture Paste: Distress Crackle Paste Icicle
  • Tim Holtz Collage Paper: Typeset Composer
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Acrylic paint: Folk Art Blue Color-shift, white gesso
  • Tim Holtz – Sizzix Thinlits Crazy Dogs
  • Embellishment: Wink of Stella Gold Glitter pen
  • Stamping Platform: Mini Misti


Cut your envelope out of mixed media paper and score. Glue the collage paper to the paper and allow it to dry. Cover with a light coat of white gesso mixed with colorshift paint and allow to dry. Paint with Distress Paint and drip water on wet paint, lightly dry paint, and remove paint with a paper towel until you are happy with the resulte. Apply the texture paste to the upper left and lower corners with the stencil. Once dry, spray corners with Distress Oxide Spray and add water allowing it to drip until happy with the result. Using Prize Ribbon Archival Ink, stamp the envelope with Correspondance stamps as desired; these stamps are difficult to see in the photo but add interest to the background in person. Paint the opposite side of the envelope with paint or use ink to cover the opposite side. Fold and glue your envelope. Stamp and cut the pennant, dog, graduation cap, and diploma using Archival Ink. Color the dog with Distress Oxide Ink and a water brush. Cut out the lacy ground and cover with Prize Ribbon. Cut the right paws apart to allow the dog to hold the diploma. Glue pieces to the front of the envelope. Add Glossy Accents to the nose. Enjoy!

Challenges entered: Tic Tac Toe Challenge, SSS Monday Challenge, Critter Crazy Challenge, SSS Wednesday Challenge, Double D Challenge

9 thoughts on “Congrats Grad!

  1. Oh my gosh, that puppy is just the cutest. What a wonderful graduation card, I love it!! Lots of great work here, and great take on the challenge. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at Double D, hope we see you back again soon!
    Judy~ DD DT

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