By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
It’s one of the best times of year again. It’s time to honor all of the graduates and their hard work. As everyone’s mailboxes fill with those wonderful announcements, take some time and get a start on the many cards you will be needing in the upcoming weeks. These graduation cards are the perfect start. They can be decorated for the graduates’ colors and personalized for a young lady or gentleman.
Begin by creating a 4” x 6” card base from cardstock. You can use the base for the first layer of the card or cut another piece of card stock to match the color of the graduation gown and adhere it to the front. This will allow you to use a dark color on the front and have a light colored card base for stamping a sentiment to the inside if you’d like to do it that way. If you use a dark card base you will need to use a light colored ink for stamping such as a white ink.
Cut the following pieces of cardstock for the collar: one 3” x 6” piece which will be either the graduate’s school color or the white for the black and white gown, one 2 ½” x 5 ½” piece which will be the color used on the base of the card, one 2” x 5” piece that will be the same color as the first piece and one 1 ½” x 4 ½” piece that will be the shirt or the skin tone for the card for “her”.
Now, find the middle of all the pieces and mark the center on the bottom as shown.
Line up the paper in your paper trimmer by placing the center mark on the cutting groove and lining the top right corner up with the groove as shown. Cut down the paper.
Line up the center mark again (or that corner if the mark was trimmed off during the first cut) and line the left corner up with the cutting groove and cut down the paper.
Repeat this step for the 3 remaining pieces.
Layer each of the pieces on top one another (except for the white piece if creating the “His” card) adhering each layer with a tape runner.
This is what the card will look like at this point without the very top piece.
If you are creating a card for a young man, make a small cut in the top of the last white piece with a pair of scissors and slightly fold back the edges to create an open collar. Adhere it to the rest of the card.
Cut 2 squares that match the rest of the card that measure 2’ x 2” and 1 ½” x 1 ½” and adhere them together. Stamp the date (or a sentiment) onto the top piece using the Martha Stewart Custom Stamp Setting Kit and your choice of ink pads.
Add fun to the day by giving this special card to a new graduate. Personalizing it will make it special to anyone who receives it and bring joy to his or her big event. Start creating extras now so you are also prepared for all of the big days you will receive invitations to this year!