Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Graduation Cards

As most of you already know, I make cards and other paper craft project and sell them at a local consignment store in my town. The shop owner asked me to make Graduation Cards, Mother's Day Cards, Holy Communion Cards, Sympathy Cards and Thank You Cards. That was about a month ago, and so far I've only gotten the Graduation Cards done. I made about twenty Graduation Cards, but I'm only featuring some of them today. I have no idea how I'm going to finish all the other cards. Between working part-time, and taking care of a family and house, there just isn't enough hours in the day! Plus, I really need to get outside and cut down all the winter garden foliage of my 2 acre perennial beds before the daffodils start popping up! Ugh! If only I could live without sleep! LOL!
Anyway, onto the cards. The colors of the major high school in my area is Blue and White, so most of the cards have that color scheme. The other high school colors in the area are red and white, and purple and gold, so you'll see those colors too. I also made some cards with just plain black and white in case someone wanted a card for a graduate that didn't go to any of the local schools. I kept all the cards pretty simple since I was mass-producing and also because half of all the recipients will be boys and I know they don't like a 'fluff'. LOL!
The first card shown I also did in blue and white as shown below. I used my computer to type up the schools name and graduation year. The dry embossing was done with a Cuttlebug and the 'Congrats' Embossing Folder. The 'diploma' is from the retired Stampin Up! set 'Tassel Time' which I bought on Ebay. I also used a graduation cap die from Cuttlebug for the first card.
The second card uses the same 'Tassel Time' set and the new set from Stampin Up! 'Congrats!'

The fourth card also uses 'Tassel Time', but I used the 'hats off' sentiment from the retired Stampin Up! set 'Eventfull'.

The Hat on the fifth card is from 'Tassel Time'. I mounted up the main image panel on dimensionals.

The hat on the sixth card is from 'Eventfull'. It is also mounted up on dimensionals.

I bought this cute stamp on the seventh card at my local scrap booking store but unfortunately cannot read the label on the side of the wood block to let you know what company it is from. The artist's name is Carolee Jones if that helps. I made this card in red/white and purple/gold too but I'm only picturing the Blue and White one. I colored the big star with a silver gel pen so its nice and sparkly in real life. I pierced little holes all around the card using a paper piercer. The diploma is a Cuttlebug Die.

For the eighth card, the hat is from 'Tassel Time' and is mounted up on dimensionals. Sentiment is from 'Congrats'. The stars are adhesive embellishments given to me by my Divine Secret Sister (MaryAnnK) on Splitcoaststampers. Thanks Mary!

I used this months sketch from 'Sheetload of Cards' for my ninth card. The hat is from 'Eventfull', sentiment is from 'Congrats', and the stars are Cuttlebug Dies. The designer paper is unknown. The card stock colors are Naturals Ivory, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, and Bravo Burgundy.

For my tenth and final card, I used the Caardvarks Sketch Challenge. The stamped background and sentiment are from 'Tassel Time', the year is from retired Stampin Up! 'Brushstrokes Numbers'.
I hope I have given you some ideas for Graduation Cards of your own to make. That time of year is approaching fast!
Have a great day! Amy


  1. I can't believe that you not only made so many cards but that you made them all diferent. My favorite ones are ones that are presonalized with the school's names and colors. Great job. I'm sure the store owner will be thrilled.

    I know what you mean about not enough time in a day. But, at least for myself, I really find that I have a lot more free time than I will admit. I just need to set my priorities better (i.e. get away from the computer every once in a while :-)

  2. These are FANTASTIC!!! I agree with Susan ... can't believe you made them all different but they are all wonderful!! Love how you used the cuttlebug here ... perfect and the customized school colors is an excellent idea ... I'm sure they will sell well!!!

  3. Wow! You did an awesome job with this ones! I am looking around for ideas, I am glad I found you! Well done! Thank you for the inspiration!


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