It’s Graduation Time!👩‍🎓

Hello friends!  It’s started to really warm up over my way, so now it’s time to stay indoors and have some crafty play in the cool air! I will be trying out some new goodies too! Yay!

A few weeks ago or so, I was commissioned to create some graduation cards using certain school themed colors for a few local grads in my area so I wanted to share what I came up with.

 

I made a set of 3 graduation cards each one of a different style/design and I was told the color theme for each school/college to use along with the instruction of adding a pocket or place holder to fit a gift card inside.  So I pulled out what graduation themed stamps I had in my stash and came up with a few different designs you can see below…

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I dubbed this card “hassle with the tassel”!🤣

The colors were to be purple and gold.  I just used my paper trimmer to trim out my cardstock to make the “V” line to mimick a grad gown and then I created the grad cap with a square piece of cardstock.  The tassel was made with some gold metallic thread which was so very slippery that I went through like 4 “globs” of it to create a final tassel that looked decent enough to attach to the cap!  Oh my goodness!🤨

I used gold mirror cardstock for the accent layers and I had a greeting for the sentiment from an older Stampin’ Up! set in my stash…(hadn’t pulled these out since my youngest graduated back in 2015!)  I added the year along the neckline.

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And then to add pockets, as instucted, I took the Lawn Fawn Diagonal Gift Card Pocket die for the inside corner of the card along with stamping a sentiment for the grad.  (All of these cards were made for females graduating, so I knew this would work!)

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For my next card, my colors were blue and yellow.  Being limited on my grad stamps, I’ve used the same greeting as the card above, but this one was used in a slightly different way.

I wanted to have this card look like the “appearance” of a graduation cap flying in the air.  So I took this “Spring Card” idea to make it so that although it lays flat to place in a regular A2 sized envelope, it springs up like this for display.  I added some stamped clouds in the background along with the year and greeting at the bottom.

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When you turn the card over on the back, you can see that I’ve stamped a greeting along with leaving a blank spot for a message or to sign a name.

You can also see the little area at the top where the thumb hole spot is to place a gift card inside the pocket that I created.  Thought that was a fun little card display for the grad!

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And for this last card, the colors were the same purple and gold colors to work with.  I still wanted to work with the grad cap scheme as my supplies were somewhat limited and I wanted to come up with some different and unique designs for each.

So this is my take on a “Twist Turn Card”.  This was so fun to do and actually super simple!  I took parts of an older stamp image I had and used it for the stamping on this design.  I die cut some numbers for the year and of course the design of the card mimicks the square grad cap.  The tassel actually came from a Stampin’ Up! balloon die set and fit nicely with this.

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So when you open up this card, this is what it looks like on the inside with a nice little gift card slot at the top along with a stamped sentiment on the inside and space to write a personal message too.

Thanks so much for dropping in today!  I hope you’ve enjoyed my graduation themed cards and were inspired!  If you’d like to know how to make any of these cards, just let me know and I can show you!😉

I have some fun things coming…so I’ll see you soon!!

Challenges:

  1.  Creative Fingers – #188 Anything Goes
  2. Sweet Stampin’ – Diecuts/Punches (Used both on all of them!!)
  3. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2024 Anything Goes
  4. A Bit More Time to Craft – #118 Anything Goes
  5. Papercraft – Geometric (Squares, diamonds, circles, triangles)
  6. Creatalicious– #189 Anything Goes optional: no design paper

35 thoughts on “It’s Graduation Time!👩‍🎓

  1. This post just goes to show that we don’t need a lot of supplies to make great cards for any occasion. These are fabulous with the mortar boards and tassels and each design is so unique and special. I love the clever hidden gift card enclosures too and that strip of gold woven through the 2020 looks festive and totally fun! I love how you put these together – what a great gift for any grad who basically got robbed of the best and most special time of his or her life with this pandemic!

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  2. Vicki, these are wonderful! I’m sure the recipients are thrilled! Great job on each card, dear friend! Thanks for sharing them with us!

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  3. Lovely cards, the tassle, gift card and just amazing designs.
    We so don’t need a lot of new goods to make our work spectacular as you have done so here.xx

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  4. Oh my goodness. You really went above and beyond. Even if you say these are easy folds/creations, they look and are super impressive. Each so different, even the giftcard holder.

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  5. Oh Vicki, these are all magical! I saw them on FB and just am in awe of your talent – such fun folds and very prersonal touches make these fabulous! That’s so sweet to see your name peeking out – is that a business card? LOVELY idea! Great for including in swaps, too! Congratulations on your commission – VERY VERY well deserved! Hugs!

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  6. Oh wow! These are all just magnificent, Vicki! Congratulations on your commission – well deserved with your talent! I am loving how you made personal touches for each one and how your little card is peeking out where a CG would go – is that a business card? Perfect idea especially for swaps! Love these and be happy because these are VERY VERY fantastic! Hugs!

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    1. You’re so sweet Kelly! Thank you so much!! Yes! I’ve placed a business card where the gift card holder would be placed. These cards match my watermark logo! I had someone design it for me and I love it! 🙂

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  7. Oh, these are all incredible, Vicki, but the purple and gold really grabs me! Wonderful fancy folds and so beautifully personalized. Great work,my friend. 😀

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  8. Vicki, they are all wonderful, and what super designs. I made my Granddaughters card for her Graduation from College (with honers in Fine Arts Education) and she called me to thank me for the beautiful card. Made this Grandma feel special!

    I’m certain the gals that receive these cards will love them as well.

    hugs
    Sue

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  9. Three gorgeous graduation cards Vicki!! I love the designs and details, especially the fabulous gift card holders/pockets! The recipients are going to very pleased with their cards!
    Hugs, Tammy

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  10. WOW -you came up with three great graduation cards.But think I have to put #1 as my favorite, just because it is so simply designed and has just the right amount of shimmer and shine. Love the card with the gift card holder on the inside, I bet you could also put $$$ in the pocket as well. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  11. Wow you are so creative Vicki….Marvellous and unique graduation cards. The ‘hat’ theme works so well and looks amazing. Fun idea to add the gift card pocket too x. Amazing, unique and fabulous….I love them x.

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  12. Your cards is beautiful and so elegant looking. Thank you for sharing your wonderful project with us at Creatalicious Challenges . Hugs Neva

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  13. What a fabulous, cheerful design. It really pulsates with the inherently upbeat joy of graduating.

    You’re sooo lucky to have AC. We don’t have central air or window AC systems at our house and absolutely bake during the summer months. For better or worse, lol, one thing you can count on here in Canada though is that winter will always return, so that fact helps to make the toughest of the heat a touch easier to handle.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

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  14. Hey there!
    Thanks so much for joining our Papercraft-Challenge, make sure to come back soon and play along with our new challenge aswell =)
    I’d be super excited if you come say hi on my blog aswell!
    little-crafts.com
    Hugs, Lia

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