On my Facebook page, CutieQ Cards n Crafts, I posted a status update asking for ideas of what to create for the blog.
One “liker” put that she wanted to see cards with a graduation theme.
I LOVED the feedback. It helped keep me focused. All day I was thinking about what sort of things to make and when I came home from work, I rushed to the craft table and started working.
I made two cards with the color scheme of red, black, and white. My high school colors were pretty those, so I tend to gravitate to it when working on anything “school” related. Go Rebels! Hee hee..
I had some old “Congratulations” paper that I purchased from Joann’s about two years ago. I used it when my dear Hubby graduated with his Masters Degree. I used it to make the “thank you” cards to the people that were so kind to support him on that big day.. I wish I took pictures of it..
This is a standard sized card 5 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in. On the Cricut, there is an actual diecut of a graduation cap with tassel on one of the cartridges. But my craft desk is an absolute disaster and I didn’t have room to pull out the trusty Cricut Expressions 2.. so I made the graduation cap myself. I drew out a diamond and then the curved bottom part. Then, I cut out another diamond to layer on top of the card to give the gradutation cap a little more dimension..
I don’t know if you can totally tell, but there are layers! I freeform cut the tassel.. so it’s totally NOT perfect.. then I made little strips from the end to make it look more like a tassel. It looks ok, but I think I’ll stick to actual diecuts from Silhouette or Cricut from now on.. I punched a tiny circle using my Crop-A-Dile and carefully placed it on top of the tassel to make it look like a real graduation cap.
I handwrote the sentiment on the red strip. I think I’ll use a bolder tipped pen next time because the sentiment gets lost in all the red and the patterned paper..
The next card can be interpreted as a graduation card.. it’s definitely “inspired” but not obvious..
Get it? Light bulbs? Ideas? School? Learning to create ideas?
Ok.. it’s a stretch.. but I think it could work.
I played with a little bit of heat embossing. I don’t do it often because I’m not good at it.
Notice the warping?
I stamped and heat embossed it AFTER the entire card was made, which caused the entire card to warp, and the washi tape border to lift a little bit. Next time, I will stamp and heat emboss the piece of cardstock BEFORE adhering it to the card. That should fix my warping issue.
I initially wanted clear heat embossing power for this project, but I accidentally poured the pearlized embossing powder onto the stamped images.. I don’t think it turned out too bad. But at this angle, you can see how the washi tape border got all warped and funky from the heat gun. I handwrote the sentiment again, but you can always use a “congratulations” stamp if you have one.. I have tons, but still chose to handwrite it. Sometimes that personal touch makes it seem more sentimental..
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