Monday, June 22, 2015

Masculine Graduation Card by ~ Tracey Sabella

Hi everyone, it's Tracey here to share a masculine graduation card featuring Donna's fabulous products. Our son-in-law completed his graduate degree this spring, so I wanted to create something extra special to celebrate his accomplishments.

Gold leafing is hot right now in paper crafting and something I've never worked with in all my years of crafting. I tried it out with Donna's new E-Z Stars by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L™ and adore the results. Let me know what you think. All the details can be found below in my Tips and Techniques section. 

Tips and Techniques
I've been scheming how to incorporate gold leafing into some of my projects, and Donna's E-Z stars came to mind since they are tacky on both sides. I randomly placed the E-Z Stars on the dark layer along with another next to my sentiment and one in the bottom corner. I laid a snippet of gold leaf paper over each star and brushed away the excess with a stiff paint brush. See how they reflect the light? It really is a breeze to use gold leafing with E-Z Stars!!

I also stamped the top layer with a grungy stamp using gold leaf adhesive, then applied the gold leaf in the same way.

There are so many ways to use Donna's new Canvas Ribbons by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L™. Here I colored and grunged up a strip of canvas ribbon with several colors of Clearsnap Mix'd Media Ink then stamped Donna's Ruler image onto the canvas ribbon using Mix'd Media Inx. I trimmed it out and adhered to a strip of dark patterned paper.

I rubbed Donna's brown Pigment Powder onto one of Donna's 3D Foam Keys by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L™. I then layered a metal key on top of the foam key for extra dimension.

I colored a snipped of wrought iron fence chipboard with black Mix'd Media Inx, then rubbed with brown and gold Pigment Powders to give a metallic sheen. Yes, I did turn it upside down for a touch of gothic grungy texture below the ruler. All the paper layers are inked with Mix'd Media Inx and distressed with Donna's Zutter Distrezz-it-All. 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

I hope you've been inspired to try out some gold leaving with
Donna's E-Z Stars by by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L™!

~ Blessings ~

Donna Salazar Products

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L™
Canvas Ribbons
Pigment Powder ~ brown
E-Z Stars
3D Foam Keys

Mix’d Media Inx ~ Truffle, Stormy, Honey, black, Leather


Donna Salazar Designs
Rubber Stamp ~ Ruler

Partner Products
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L™ ~ Crafty Power Tape
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L™ ~ Crafty Foam Tape

A complete product list can be found on my blog HERE.


  1. Lovely! Those gold stars....drool...& such a wonderful masculine card:):)

  2. This looks amazing, love all the layers and great masculine colors..

  3. Absolutely stunning Tracey!! Always love your tips and tricks and this one with the gold leafing is fabulous .. great inspiration!! Love this!! xx

  4. Ahhhh - love this one Tracey. The colors and layers are perfect. Makes me think.... they measured up and now have the key to the future! j.