Tuesday, May 22, 2012


My Matron Of Honor just graduated from the Saskatchewan Police College on May 25th. She did things like getting pepper sprayed, driving and shot gun training. So I thought she deserved a very special Graduation card.
I've never made a side step card before. I had a cut file for one that I imported into my Silhouette. However once I got it cut I discovered that the left side/front panel was only 2". Well that would make for a very small image. So I did some tinkering in the Silhouette program and made it 3 1/4". Much better. I used Frantic Graduate digi stamp from Sassy Cheryl's Digis. I colored her using Prismacolor pencils. I'm getting better. I've done a lot of browsing around Google images of colored digi stamps. I haven't tried blending yet but my shading is getting better. I drew some more grass at the bottom. Then I used my Silhouette to create a mask for my image and some clouds. I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Pine Needles and Broken China to do the sky and grass backgrounds. I've never 'masked' before. It was tricky because I wasn't sure how to tape my small clouds down without covering the clouds. I did it by working in sections and moving the tape. Really like the look.
For my sentiment I used MachineScript font and adjusted the character spacing until all the letters were touching. Then I used the weld button under the modify tab to join them all together. I used the offset button to create the mat. The Police hat was a Silhouette image. The badge I downloaded from the Internet from the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada. I sure hope that's not illegal ;o) The accents are fabric covered, striped brads.
My lessons learned: I used my B00 Copic to outline my image AFTER I did my masking/inking. That worked really well because my mask was just a bit larger than my image so my inking did not go right to the edges of my image. The outline filled that space really well. This was a lot of work to put together, took the whole day, but soooo worth it. I really like the way it turned out, especially my coloring.
I'd like to share my card at:
Paper Pretties graduation, closes May 22,
Moving Along with the Times keep it real, closes May 23,
4 Crafty Chicks graduation, closes May 23,
Stampin' Sisters in Christ build up your card/layers, closes May 27,
My Craft Spot congratulations, closes May 28,
Sassy Cheryl's favorite color combination (blue & white), closes May 28,
The Crazy Challenge 3D, closes May 28,
Tuesday Throwdown 3D, closes May 29,
Papertake Weekly national colors (red & white), closes May 29,
Creative Card Crew dimension, closes June 3


Lisa Jane said...

what a fabulous card - i love the design
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week
Lisa x

Sue B said...

Wow! what a fab design! the image is wonderful and you've coloured it so beautifully, Gorgeous colours and embellies and I Love how you've used the badge.
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week and Good Luck in the Challenge!
Hugs Sue xx

Sassy Cheryl said...

What a wonderful side-step card. It's simply wonderful and beautifully colored.
FAB color combo. Thanks for playing along in the Sassy Cheryl's Challenge this week.

Shannon White said...

Goodness is this ever Fun and Fabulous! What Wonderful side step card! Love the Sweet image and the terrific embellies too! So glad you could join us at Tuesday Throwdown! 8-)

Anonymous said...

Fabulous card Barb! Love the way you've put this together.

Thanks for playing along with us at Papertake Weekly this week and good luck.

Diane Noble said...

Barb...thank you so much for entering this fun card into our challenge this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ. We appreciate your participation so much!

Candace said...

Wow...how cute and FUN!!! Thanks for playing along with us at Stampin' Sisters in Christ!!

Sue from Oregon said...

Barb, this is sure to be treasured by your dear friend...so much time and love went it to it! She really should frame it! Thanks for sharing with us at our May challenge at Great Impressions! ♥ Sue Kment

Pat said...

Hi Barb! I love it! What a fun graduation card. Your matron of honor will thoroughly enjoy receiving it! Brilliant coloring...and the side-step design is perfect!! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sassy Cheryl's! Hugs. Pat Frank

Ann English said...

Barb, this is wonderful! I love all the details and dimension.
I am so glad you joined us for the "Fave Color Combo" challenge at Sassy Cheryl's this week!

Kate said...

This is such a fun card - and just perfect for your Matron of Honour! Isn't it wonderful to be able to make a fitting card for any occasion? I'm sure your friend will treasure this one.
Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

Small Bits of Paper

PS I'm always delighted to find fellow Canadian bloggers. I'm from Ontario!

Gwen said...

This is a great card, it just makes you feel happy! Thanks for playing with us at my craft spot.