Simon Says Stamp + CZ Design – Grad Party

Hi crafty folk! Today marks a new release from Simon Says Stamp! The Sunny Days Ahead release offers many spring-themed products — floral, Mother’s Day, graduation, and more. Today I am sharing a project using the CZ Design Grad Party stamp set. When I began this card I thought to myself, “How do I properly channel my inner Cathy Zielske when I make this?”

I don’t have a bee costume, so that was out. I needed something from Target. I own one stitch of clothing from Target and it is a fleece jacket I bought for a camping trip 100 years ago. We stopped on the way to the camp site because it was as cold as snowballs and I grabbed that fleece jacket. So, I put it on my Target find and then queued up some good music.

Odd man out here, but I usually craft in the quiet. I envision Cathy listening to music when she crafts. I retrieve my classic rock playlist, put it on shuffle and off we start with Led Zeppelin – When the Levee Breaks followed by Elton John and some CCR.

I pulled all my supplies first and laid them on my craft mat all perfectly at 90-degree angles. I then explained Vanna Whited what supplies I had pulled (to the dog — I have no YT channel). I needed to get into this mode because Cathy’s style of design is so specific and simple, but striking. CAS is not my default. Could I do it? Could I stop adding when the time came? We shall see.

And now, onto the card…

The first thing I did was to take the large graduation cap from the SSS + CZ Design Grad Party stamp set and stamped it onto Neenah Solar White 80# using Altenew Sapphire ink. I did it twice in case I goofed on one. I next powdered the cardstock stamped the cap again with Versamark embossing ink and sprinkled WOW Embossing Glitter in Singing In The Rain. I like this powder because it offers glitter, but the ink color still shows through (it’s transparent). If I’m going to have one element on the page it’s going to bling dammit. I then cut out the cap. I don’t have them, but there are coordinating dies to the stamp set.

On a panel of Neenah Solar White 80# I used the SSS Clouds for Days Stencil with Altenew Caribbean Sky ink. On the lower portion of the panel, I used one of the sentiments from this great set with Versafine Onyx Black ink and quickly applied some Hero Arts Clear Embossing powder to the top.

I then adhered the background to a white card base and popped up the graduation cap with thin foam squares. To finish it up, I bedazzled it with PPP Clear Sequins.

I just stared at it. “Is this done?” I thought. I could add…NO. What if I…..NO. Back away. Here we have my CAS card and it was an exercise for me to stop, but I love the whitespace, and its simplicity. I think I psych myself out that I have to do all of this extra when I’m designing for a company. Not true. I enjoyed this.

(Ironically it’s the longest blog for one of the fastest cards I’ve completed).

To all of you parents whose kids aren’t able to attend a ceremony this year, I’m sending you virtual hugs. Congratulations to them on their amazing accomplishment. They will still change the world. ❤️


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