Graduation cards

One thing I learned about selling cards at a flower shop is that I always need to be at least one or two steps ahead of the upcoming holidays..

This month, I worked on graduation cards.

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These cards were super fun to make and they are easily customizable to reflect school colors. 

For the flower shop, I did yellow, red and blue. 

Aren’t these just the cutest? 

I even stamped the inside with “Happy graduation day!”

These cards are perfect for a grad!

Project 42 of 50 – Negatives..

Projects 10-39 left me with a large piece of yellow cardstock with these awesome little swirlies on it..

I knew I had to use them..

Again, here’s a card that could be a total “general use” card.  I didn’t add a sentiment to the outside, but I know I wrote something for the recipient on the inside.  I believe it was some form of “congratulations” on a particular achievement.. Again, my memory fails me and I don’t remember specifics.

I cut a chunk of the negative swirlies to make it fit onto a card.  I added a blue strip of cardstock.. put it on a craft piece of cardstock.. glued that to the white card base.. some faux stitching.. voila!  A card!

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I forgot to mention that I used the snow stamp from Lawn Fawn’s “Let it snow” stamp set and some VersaMark water mark ink to create that little speckled background on the craft cardstock.. I love the versatility of that stamp set!

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I punched bottom corners with a corner rounder.. something I don’t usually do, but the swirlies inspired me..

I like this card because it gave me a reason to make use of the awesome negatives that were created after making diecuts for another project.  I stretched the use of the diecut, and it was less waste..

In what ways did you use negatives for your projects?

Project 41 of 50 – Trees

In an effort of stretch the use of my Christmas stamps, I attempted to make another card to commemorate the many events that went on in the month of May.. believe me.. it was a busy month.  The hustle and bustle of events actually helped me get through the 50 projects challenge quite quickly.. so I was glad!

I forget what exactly this card was for.. I want to say it was a congratulations card for something.. but I’m not 100% sure what it was.

I used up scraps, again.   I’ve got TONS of cut up pieces of paper that I just can’t get myself to let go of.. I’m actually glad that I look through them first before attempting to cut up a fresh piece of paper.. ti’s been a great system for me.. even though I feel like I haven’t made a dent in my scrap stash..

I used the trees that came in the Lawn Fawn “Let it Snow” set.  I used Distress Ink in Evergreen Bough for the trees.

I faux stitched around the card using my American Crafts Precision Pen, which I LOVE!!

Here’s the card:

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Here’s another shot at another angle..

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It’s simple and I actually hand wrote a sentiment INSIDE the card.. and that’s the main reason why I can’t remember what this card was for!

I hope you enjoyed this card!

Project 7 of 50 – Happy Graduation

Graduations are all over the place.. this past weekend was no exception.  My cousin graduated with an MBA and my parents wanted me to make a graduation card for him.

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Now when I like a technique, I totally use it over and over again. For this card, you can see that I played with my Versamark watermark ink and my “Happy Everything” Lawn Fawn stamp set. I stamped “happy graduation” all the way down the craft colored cardstock in the watermark ink, then used the brown StazOn for the inked up sentiment.

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Actually, for this card, I did the StazOn Brown ink first, then watermarked around it…

I don’t really like seeing the seam between the two different papers.  For some reason, it bugs me.. I always find a way to cover it up with some sort of ribbon or washi tape.. in this case, I have tons of this white ribbon, so I’m trying to use it up on as many projects as possible… you may see this ribbon pop up again…

I’m not sure where the striped patterned paper came from. It’s in my scrap stash.. that’s all I can recall about that..

This was a super simple and reproducible card.  It can be made with different colors and patterned papers..

Enjoy!

Facebook request – Graduation themed cards..

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..

Anyway…
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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..

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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..

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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.

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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.

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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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