Tuesday, August 25, 2020

'OWL-right' Summer Grad Card for Nephew

Hello Again and Happy Hump Day to all! As August will become September before we know it and Summer begins winding down, that means Summer graduations, albeit virtual/digital ones instead of in-person. Another one of my fabulous nephews has graduated from John Hopkins School of Advanced Int'l Studies with a Masters degree and is already at work up in Washington D.C. I made this card to congratulate him.

Since he is a Texan, he knows well our state obsession with all things Matthew McConaughey, Texas' unofficial ambassador to the world, lol. (I personally pronounce it McCona-HUNK-a-Hey and yes I drool and sigh as I'm saying it). So, I know our nephew will get a kick out of my references to MM's first break-out role in Dazed and Confused, which is pretty much the Texas version of American Graffiti for those who've never seen it.

The owl is a Bugaboo image and I colored him with Promarkers and Polychromos colored pencils. I used a Split Coast Stampers sketch from 2012, resizing it to 5x7. I'm usually pretty good at sizing my digital images for the sketch, but this one printed out just a tad too big for some reason. Oh well. Using it anyway - artistic license! lol

Papers: SU card stock; miscellaneous papers by DCWV, KI Memories and Junkitz; K&Co. embossed vellum
Images/Stamps: Bugaboo, Inkadinkado
Inks: Promarkers, printer, VersafineClair
Dies: Spellbinders A7 Card Basics
Other: Polychromos colored pencils, Cuttlebug Congrats embossing folder, blue embroidery thread

I used some very old embossed vellum and also dry-embossed the vertical striped strip with a folder to highlight the "So Proud" section of it.

I computer-generated the "Owl-Right"' sentiments and cut them at an angle. I used embroidery thread for a messy and simple tassel and fussy-cut a stamped button for his cap, both to keep things flat for mailing.

The inside: I wrote him a special message printed on old-skool typing bond from my stash. I also matted both sides with a cool geographical word salad that I thought he would find interesting since he is wanting to serve in the State Department. I attached the folded sentiment sheet with a very thin strip of Scor-Tape.in the spine of the card base.

The back: I used more of the embossed vellum paper with leftover scraps and a stamped IO siggie.

Close-Up on the owl...isn't he proud!

Well, I hope you enjoyed the post and thank you coming by to visit me. I am going to be offline almost certainly after Wednesday early evening thanks to Hurricane Laura. I'd really appreciate prayers that the winds don't blow us or our 50-year-old home away. Because I am immuno-comprised with my multiple arthritis's, I cannot really afford to be exposed to COVID as my odds of survival would not be not great. I'm just praying God lets me continue to stay self-quarantined...and alive! Okay, see y'all on the sunshiny side when our electricity is restored! XOXOXO

1.  Split Coast Stampers Sketch #379-- Sketch is shown above
2.  TTCRD Anything Goes Week Beginning 25 August
3.  2 Crafty Critter Crazies #41: AG with a Critter -- Owl
4.  The Three Muses: Written Word
5.  Catch the Bug August Theme Challenge: End of Summer -- means graduation for some and I used Bugaboo's Graduate Bird image
6.  Mix It Up August Challenge: AG + Opt. Embossing -- I have used embossed vellum and an embossing folder to play the optional twist
7.  #JOSTTT020 August Designed by Angie McKenzie --  I chose bottom left diagonal to top right: Emboss / Button / Blue (I used embossed vellum and an embossing folder/ a fussy-cut stamped button on the owl's cap / used a lot of blue
9.  Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Week 32: AAG with Colouring -- I used Promarkers to color the owl.
11.  Passion for ProMarkers #557: Buttons or Bows -- I have a fussy-cut stamped button on the cap and a stamped bow around the diploma


Angie McKenzie said...

Absolutely LOVE your card, Aimslee! I'm sure your nephew will definitely treasure this card! Love your reference to HUNK MM... I feel the same way - lol! Your coloring of the owl is delightful and I love all the embossing and the play on American Graffiti. Thanks for participating in the #JOSTTT020 challenge this month! P.S. Praying for your safety and well-being as the hurricane weather heads your way.

Linda Mc Enery said...

What an awesome job you've done colouring this fun image! I love your card design and the embossed section is wonderful. Such a cute little button! Thanks for sharing this with us at Passion for Promarkers, and congratulations to your nephew!

brenda said...

A really fun and colourful card, thanks so much for joining in with our 'Make it Masculine' theme at Stamping Sensations challenge.

B x

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

This card rocks, Aimes! You know I love owls. Coloured up very nice and that thread tussle is a perfect addition. You pour so much love into your cards. I pray you and hubby are safe through this hurricane.

LeslieT said...

OMGosh, congrats to your nephew! And what an awesome card! I love owls and don't create nearly enough with them! Great design, as always!

Crafty KJ said...

This is just stunning! Such a great image and I love how you've embossed the wording you wanted on the papers - such a great idea! Also love the stamped button - brilliant when posting and the card is so personalised, I'm sure your nephew will just love it! Thanks for joining in with my challenge this week at Passion for Promarkers. Hugs, Karen x

jimlynn said...

You're absolutely right to pronounce Matthew's last name that way! Gotta love our Texas hunks!
LOVE your card too! Precious!
Thanks so much for joining us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!

Fiona said...

Such a fabulous card - I love the colours and all the elements. Thanks for joining in with us at JOSTTT this month - hope to see you again next month.

Let's Art Journal said...

Fabulous and fun, as always! Loving the owl and the dry embossed card - perfect 😀. I hope you're having a lovely week! Take care! Hugs, Jo x

Dawn Frost said...

LOVE the eyes on your owl, very cute! Thanks for joining Colour Crazy Challenges, good luck! Dawn DT

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Many thanks for sharing this fabulous owl card with us at Passion For Promarkers this week, so cute!
Lorraine DT

LeslieT said...

Back with a DT hat on! This is absolutely stellar! Thanks so much for sharing with us in our challenge over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog this month! We appreciate you joining us!
Leslie, MIUCB DT
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Bonnie Lynn said...

I love this even though you say the owl printed larger than you wanted. It looks fabulous as is. I'm sure your nephew will love this card. Please tell him congratulations from my household. Thanks for joining us at Catch The Bug for our End of Summer challenge. Bonnie Bugaboo GDT

Marlies said...

A lovely fun cute Owl card with lots of nice details. Beautiful made. Thanks for joining our challenge at Stamping Sensations. Marlies

The Crafty Den said...

What a fab card Aimeslee. I love the fun owl image and your colouring is perfect. Thanks for joining us at PFP this week and good luck in the prize draw. Hugs, Denise x

Alyson Mayo said...

H(owl) cute is this? Love that owl and the sentiment that goes along with it. Great card :)