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January 16, 2023

Congrats! Super Graduate!

Hello, Heffy Doodlers! Tallie here with you again today.

I have a friend who has finally completed his PhD corrections after a very long wait, so this card is all about customising a card scene, especially for him! The ability to customise our handmade cards definitely gives us a bonus over other card retailers! I chose the Super Dudes and Dogs stamps as the main characters, with Teacher’s Pet, Elfish Antics and Home Sweet Home to provide some of the customised props, and the Special Day Sentiment Duos to add the sentiment.

I started out, as usual, by planning out my scene. This is important to make sure you get a balanced scene. I used my MISTI tool to arrange the elements and work out what I needed to stamp first – this involved a little bit of masking!

On some alcohol marker friendly cardstock using some Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink, I stamped the elements in foreground to background order: the pup, the super hero, the mug, the books and then the van. I used Post-It Notes to mask off the elements one by one so I could both stamp the correct order and ink up the background.

Next was the fun part – stencilling! I started with some Tumbled Glass, laying down a base layer of colour. I then went in with the Zapp Attack stencil, using some Brocken China to get a little more depth of colour. I like to use a stencilling brush instead of a foam pad as the overall effect is softer and you have more control over the amount of ink you lay down. I removed the stencil and laid a little bit of Pumice Stone down to ground the image.

And now my favourite part – the Copic colouring! I used my markers to colour in the scene, making sure I used my friend’s University colours to customise it. I made sure to use Warm Greys for the clothing and Cool Greys for the hair and fur so that it wouldn’t all blend into an amorphous blob!

The finishing touch was to add the sentiment from Special Day Sentiment Duos stamped out in some Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink – this is perfect for those crisp sentiments!

A perfect card to say congrats to a very smart cookie!


Please see below for information on the supplies used in this post.

January 16, 2023

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