We have so many Graduations this year, so I have been working on a card for all the graduates, psst, if you happen to be one of those who may receive one, just pretend you didn't see it when I give it to you :-) .... So I looked around and got some ideas and believe it or not, when I started trying to plan the card I was thinking I would do something with an owl... As you can see, I went completely off the reservation on this one... LOL!!
I really love easel cards and I gravitated to that design as I started to think of a way to give something that could be more than a card if desired. My thinking is that the recipient (or in reality their mom) could take a picture of the Grad and add it to the front of the card and then you have a photo display!
For the easel base, I took a 12" x 6" piece of cardstock - make sure it is something thick. I then scored it at 6" and 9"
For the front, I cut a black 6" x 6" square and punched the corners with a Martha Stewart Double Loop corner punch that my WONDERFUL! FABULOUS! Friend from work LUCY let me borrow!!! I must digress for just a moment... Lucy is a wonderful person who loves to craft, it is so wonderful to be able to have someone I can talk crafty stuff with and we were talking about punches and she brought in her punched samples and let me borrow a few of her punches! Isn't she GREAT?
When trying to decide what to do with the front of the easel I just started throwing words into PowerPoint and somehow ended up with what you see here. You are more than welcome to print it out and use it on your project too. I used black for the "Congrats Grad" and "2011" and there are a few pages with some color variations on the remaining words.
As you can see, I cut out by hand a graduation cap and added a quilled tassel to the front. I used some of my special gold edged red paper just for that little extra shine and also used crystal glaze and some glitter on the cap (I do so love the bling!!)
The tricky part for me with these easel cards is keeping them standing - lol! So I added a strip of decorative cardstock (also punched with the MS Double Loops border punch). It is hard to see, but I used dimensional tape so that the easel would slide up to it and stay there. For a little extra support, I took a piece of scrap white printer paper and rolled a diploma which I tied with a thin red ribbon. It is hard to see in this picture, but the diploma is also painted with crystal glaze so it is also nice and shiny.
I hope you have a Fantastic Weekend!
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