Thursday, May 04, 2023

The Inspector Einstein Graduation Card

Hello Everyone! Today, I have a very special card to share with you, made with the new Inspector Stamp Set from Tim Holtz and Stamper's Anonymous. My daughter is graduating from the University of Texas (they bleed burnt orange there) tonight,  and this is the card I made for her, full of lots of symbolism that I know she will understand as we have many inside jokes. I did my best to turn the Inspector into Albert Einstein, with all that crazy gorgeous hair, for the obvious 'she's so brilliant' reason, lol!  Despite a few mess ups made while finishing this up in the car on the way there, I know she will love this card. We could not be any more proud of her, and this huge milestone in her life that will really get her started on a whole new journey. I hope it inspires any of you who might be celebrating a graduation soon. 

I broke out the Specialty Stamping Paper from Ranger for this's my fav! I cut it to 4.75 x 6.75 for a 5 x 7 inch card. I applied the two oranges, Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey, from Tim's Distress Archival Ink line to the glass mat several times straight from the pad. I misted this pretty heavy with 91% Rubbing Alcohol and then ran the paper through the wet areas and picked it up and tapped it back it several times until most of the paper was covered and then I let it dry. I am always in love with the marbling effect that happens with this paper.

 Using The Inspector set, I first stamped the gauge face in Black Soot Archival and also stamped it onto sticky note for masking. I cut out the mask and placed it over the gauge and then stamped the alpha background in both orange inks again going different directions, BUT I added Black Soot Archival to the 'A' in the top left corner, and stamped the 'U' and 'T' by themselves in the lower right corner. I also added the Hashtags sentiments in Black Soot. I didn't stamp the numbers from the Register stamp, and instead stamped the date numbers 5042023 using a Rotary Date Stamp.

 I stamped the images I was going to cut out onto another sheet of SSP, BUT for The Inspector, I masked off his head and hat so only his face and clothing would stamp. I messed up on the light bulb with the grad cap (from Crazy Things set) so I stamped it again. I also stamped the diploma and bow tie and heart (that is very hard to see on his lapel). I colored these all in with Distress Watercolor Pencils and Detail Waterbrush. I added black hair lines for the top of his head with a non permanent pen, and then colored over with Hickory Smoke and Picket Fence pencils that blended with each other perfectly and the black pen. When dry, I used only the Picket Fence to create definite lines of white to finish his hair, side burns, and mustache.  I really love using the Pencils on the SSP, it's different as the water doesn't absorb quickly so the color moves around more.

I cut and folded the Kraft Cardstock card base to 5 x 7 inches, matted it with Black Cardstock, and added the card front. I adhered all the cut out pieces in place with two sided tape. I stamped another sentiment from Crazy Talk and mounted it onto Black Cardstock, then I die cut the letters from white and orange cardstock using the Varsity Alphanumeric Thinlits from Sizzix. I really choose the wrong color for the orange cardstock as this is more Crackling Campfire looking instead of Rusty Hinge colored for the burnt orange, and that is the only thing I would change, but I was on the road by then before I really noticed the colors. Oh well. I tried to color in the white stitching in the car over the letters so it is very sloppy looking, but when still the colored stitching looks nice. To finish it off, I added Glossy Accents to the glass in goggles, the light bulb, and the heart on his lapel. 

(Paper Trimmer, 91% Rubbing Alcohol in Mister, Stamp Platform, Sticky Note, Ink Blending Tool, Water Mister, Detail Waterbrush, Two Sided Tape, Scissors)
-Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Black Soot
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: The Inspector,  
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: #Hashtags, Crazy Things, Crazy Talk
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock, Black Cardstock
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Pencils:  Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge, Candied Apple, Tattered Rose, Kitsch Flamingo, Black Soot, Vintage Photo, Picket Fence
-Core'dinations Tim Holtz Adirondack Collection Cardstock
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits: Alphanumeric Varsity
-Ranger Glossy Accents 
-Black Pen, White Gel Pen
Thank you so much for stopping by here today! I'll be back again soonish. Until then, not only do I wish you'll get your hands creatively dirty soon, but MAY the FOURTH be with you!


  1. great grad card. my daughter graduated last December and my grand daughter will graduate next December. but both ceremonies are in May so have to get cracking for my daughter. fun idea. thanks as always for sharing and all the inspiration.

  2. This is really cool! I love all the layers - and the Varsity font is perfect for this card. Congrats on the graduation!

  3. Such a creative and unique card! I’m sure your daughter will love it.

  4. totally totally mind blown.. congratulations on the graduation of your baby!!!


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