He’s Goin’ the Distance

Today I had the distinct honor of participating on the Colloquium Committee for a colleague and friend.  As part of concluding his Master’s program he was presenting on all that he has learned over the two years, his vision, and upcoming plans.  Having completed the program myself just last year, I know how busy and stressful it can be — especially at the very end.  So to celebrate I, of course, had to make him a card.

As I was trying to think of the best way to convey the pomp and circumstance of the occasion, Cake’s song, “Going the Distance“, began playing in my mind.  To understand why, here are a couple lines from the song:

He’s going the distance.
He’s going for speed.

Because he’s racing and pacing and plotting the course,
He’s fighting and biting and riding on his horse.
He’s going the distance.

I then had a vision of a runner’s silhouette breaking through the finish line — exactly how I wanted to convey my excitement for my friend’s final, graduating presentation.

Card with a runner breaking through the ribbon and the message, "You did it!"

You did it! card

Alternate view of "You did it!" card

View of the runner bursting through the ribbon

"Celebrate" message inside the "You did it!" card

“Celebrate” message inside the “You did it!” card

Through some Google searching I found the perfect image.  I printed it out, and cut it out with the curvy finger-swivel blade.  I used a contemporary black and white striped designer paper as the background, and decided it needed a little extra color.  I then used a bright yellow cardstock and cut out a circle — as the sun behind the runner, also a perfect place to stamp the message, “you did it!”.  I used red wraphia and cut a jagged edge through it to create a ripped effect in the finishing line ribbon.  I used the 3D adhesive squares to add dimension to the runner and set him over the sun and paper.  I glued the wraphia across the front and curled up the edges to give the effect of the bursting through the red ribbon.  On the inside I stamped “Celebrate” with red ink and embossed it with red dragon embossing powder.


  • “Me and My Big Ideas” Black & White decorative paper
  • Bright yellow cardstock
  • red wraphia
  • alpha rubber stamps
  • Celebrate clear rubber stamp ($1 bin at Michaels)
  • Stamp N Stuff Red Dragon embossing powder
  • Cranberry ColorBox Ink

Hope you enjoy the final product as much as I did.  And to those of you who are finishing your own “races” — may you continue going the distance and enjoy your own celebrations!


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