Friday, January 14, 2011

Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #53 - Graduate Owl

This week the challenge at Inkspirations is a wonderful sketch:-

& here is the card I created for my niece, who recently completed her Bachelor of Science (woohoo, go Sarah!):-


I've kept to formal colours with this card, but added the quirky owl to make it fun.   The entire card front has been embossed with SU's Lattice Embossing Folder.  The texture this folder creates is just gorgeous & it looks great used either side up.

Both the mustard & the "latin script" panels have had the edges sponged.

I've punched the owl & given him a set of outstretched wings using the scallop oval punch (a big thank you to the lovely Christine Blain for this clever idea!)  I've created a mortarboard for him using the curly label punch to get the peaked section over his eyes & then freehand cut the sides, top & the tassel.  He has also been chalked, glazed & popped up on dimensionals:-

I thought I would be really brave this week & add a special ribbon detail to this card.  Usually I will stick to a knot or bow, or just keep my ribbon flat but this time I have really challenged myself & used "scrunched ribbon".  Gasp!  Actually it's pleated, I couldn't challenge myself THAT much!  lol

The ribbon is simply attached to the card by the decorative brad with a tiny dab of adhesive behind the pleats.  The right tail of the ribbon is completely loose, but sits beautifully.  :)  I am really happy how it turned out.

Hope Ms. Sarah B.Sc. likes it!

Now there is lots of lovely eye candy from the rest of the Team to get you inspired & creating, so make sure you go check it out & play along:-

 The Challenge Site



Card Components
Cardstock:  SU Basic Black, Whisper White, More Mustard & Early Espresso, Bazzill Linen Black, White Photocopy Paper (Rolled Degree)
DSP:  Kaiser Undercover
Stamps:  SU Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Inks:  SU Basic Black, More Mustard & Crumb Cake
Other:  SU Scallop Oval, Wide Oval, Curly Label & Owl Punches, Dimensionals, Black Spica Glitter Pen, Clear Glaze Pen, Hodgepodge Hardware ("Genuine" Brad), Black Satin Ribbon (2 sizes)



Pam S said...

Oh my goodness, that little owl is just too cute!!!! Love it!

Paula said...

Loving the graduation Owl! Have to borrow this idea from you :-) Your ribbon detail is lovely Helen, as is the whole card :-)

Marisa said...

This little guy is beyond cute!!! Love his wings and your ribbon treatment is fabulous. I'm sure your niece will love it. Great use of this week's sketch :)

Lynne Armstrong said...

He's SOOO cute him :) Those BIG eyes are adorable and your pleated ribbon looks fantastic. Sarah will love this.
Hugs xx

Renée said...

oh Helen, this is wonderful! love the owl, love the colours!

Lee-Anne said...

What a perfect graduation card Helen. I love the colours and love the owl. Very clever to give him the mortarboard and certificate. Your ribbon treatment along with the gorgeous brad is perfect too. Great take on the sketch. Have a great week.

Carrie Gaskin said...

Oh Helen - I just love this idea. What a great personalized card for such a momentous occasion. I but she'll love it.

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Oh! I am trying to catch up on my blog hopping today ... but all it is doing is making my fingers so itchy ... I wanna stamp! This is fabulous, Helen! Hugs xxaxx

Christine Blain said...

This is absolutely adorable, my friend! What a beautiful, special card for Sarah. LOVE the mortarboard and little rolled-up certificate. The ribbon looks very elegant.

Cindy Major said...

Oh wow, I like this little guy, he is so cute!!! Love the various details you added on him and to the card. Nicely done!!!

Cindy :)

Beedubya said...

ACK! He's adorable! I love the wee tassle! This is fantastic, lady!

xoxox B.

Bronwyn Eastley said...

Congratulations! We love what you have created using the Owl Builder Punch and have linked your project to our challenge blog this week –