Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hats Off, Grad Anya!

Hi!  This is my entry for TGF's Hats Off to You Challenge.  When I hear the phrase "hats off to you," I think of congratulating a graduate so I decided to use TGF's Grad Anya.  And I literally wanted to take her hat (or cap) off too.

Since Grad Anya is a digi, I enlarged her just a bit and then actually colored her in on Photoshop.  It's the first time I've done that so it took me forever and my butt got sore sitting in my desk chair for so long.  Anyway, I finally got her all colored up and printed.  And my printer sucks so I didn't like the color once it printed.  It looks a bit more brown than burgundy or dark red that I was going for.  I cut her out and the cap.

I basically used the candy slider technique.  You can find a tutorial here on Kristina Werner's old blog.  Instead of using candy though I altered the dimensions to fit a giftcard.  I intend to place a check in it later since I'll be giving this away to my cousin who will be graduating this year.  I taped a piece of cardstock over the ribbon, and the giftcard is held in place with some removable tape onto the same cardstock. 

I made a little tassel with embroidery floss and held it in place with a brad.  You can find directions on how to make a tassel HERE

After assembling the slider card portion I attached the cap onto the ribbon with tape and cut off the extra piece of ribbon so you can't see it.  Then I attached Anya on so she meets her cap.

This is the back of the cap.  Looks a little messy.  I just tied a piece of embroidery floss around the ribbon ends instead of making a bow and then taped the small piece of cardstock for support.  Maybe my next try will be neater but sometimes my brain works faster than my hands and I just want to get it done to see if it works.

See, it works!  Just gotta remember to slide the card in and out gently.  I also put a little bit of glue on the tassel so it would not just fall in front of Anya's face.

Next time though I think I'd want to use brighter colors.  This one looks kind of dark and more boyish than girly.  Oh well ...

I hope I have a chance to play in TGF's CHA relay race too.  Thanks for reading and have a great day!


Berenice R. said...

Awesome project! Thanks for sharing :)

Cheryl said...

So clever with the hat! I can't stand it, it's so cute! Nice coloring in photoshop by the way.

Lorraine said...

Neat slider card! You colored her hair in photoshop?! Cool.