Monday 1 May 2023

Graduation card with Road Trip die by Tim Holtz

This will be a special blog post for me. Not just because I'm hosting the May challenge of the Country View Challenges, but also because I'm saying goodbye to the CVC team. This and my second inspirational project will be the last ones I do for the CVC. It was a fabulous 8 years in my life and the CVC team was a fantastic team. Thank you for letting me be part of the team. 

So the May challenge theme is Vehicle and my first card was made for my handsome nephew who is graduating from primary school. In Hungary, kids usually leave primary school at the age of 14 and start secondary school.

And here is my tutorial. 

The background was created with Distress paints. The bottom part was made with Hickory Smoke paint. For the upper part I used Stormy Sky with a hint of Cracked Pistachio.

The pine tree was coloured with Distress inks, Rustic Wilderness and Mowed Lawn.

For the traffic sign, I took a 300 gsm watercolour paper and an old Sizzix embossing folder by Tim Holtz, the Woodgrain (656644). I inked the embossing folder inside with Walnut Stain, then embossed the paper. Here I got a paper with nice woodgrain pattern. I spritzed with water and spread the brown ink everywhere. Of course the deeper brown remained in the recesses. But I wanted to stamp on it, so I ran it through the Sizzix machine again with all the plates and make it flat. 

The sun and the clouds are from old and retired My Favorite Things die sets. These had the perfect size for this scene. But I cut out the eyes and mouth with the Sizzix Circle Play die set. The sun was coloured with Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed. The edge of the clouds were inked with Iced Spruce. 

The two largest parts of the car were painted with paints but I mixed colours, so I don't give you an exact recipe. All the other parts were just cardstock papers.

What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Road Trip Colorize (666288)

Sizzix Thinlits die,  Circle Play (663868)

Sizzix embossing folder, Bricked&Woodgrain Set (656644)

Stampers Anonymous, Noteworthy (CMS446)

My Favorite Things, Puffy Clouds Die-Namics

My Favorite Things, Sun, Moon&Stars Die-Namics

Ranger embossing powder (black super fine)

Ranger Distress paints 

Ranger Distress inks


So if you have a project with a vehicle or vehicles, please don't hesitate to join our May challenge where a randomly selected winner can have a £20 voucher in the Country View Craft Shop!


  1. Such a fun card! Loving how it all came together with all thos Tim Holtz paints and Thinlits - perfect 😊. Thanks for choosing such a great theme and wishing you a Happy May! Hugs, Jo x

  2. Fabulous Monica ! He will love it ! Happy May to you and hope to see you around ! x

  3. Fun way to personalise a card! Your nephew will love it!
    Have a great month. x

  4. This is fabulous Monika, full of great ideas. Take care and have a very happy May, Sue xx

  5. This is so very special, dear Monika! he will love it!
    Have a very happy May! Evelyn xxx


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