Friday, June 03, 2011

Filigree Friday Free Graduation Printable

Phew!!! Got this in under the wire... it is still another  
Fabulous Filigree Friday!!

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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Enjoy! Copyright for Personal Use Antonella DeFalco


Judy Hall said...

I love the card and have to try an easel card. Thank you for the template.

Antonella said...

Thank you Judy! Glad you enjoyed the card - can't wait to see what you make with it!
Hugs, antonella :-)

Ann said...

what a great card. wish I would have thought of something like that. my husband's son just graduated last night

Donna said...

Beautiful card Antonella, the sentiment is beautiful and so is your colour combo :) Donna x

Antonella said...

Thanks Ann and Donna! I am having a lot of fun experimenting, but it was the need to pull a card together that pushed me to finally decide on what I wanted to do for all the graduation cards this year... I will be using this one (with some variations) for all of them!
Hugs, antonella :-)

Lucy said...

I saw this card in person and I really love it. I'll have to add it to my "list" of cards to lift.

Thanks for the purple font thanks for the use of my punch--anytime.

The reminds me of Have you ever tried that?

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

This is gorgeous and so perfect for graduation! Thanks so much for linking up!

Judy said...

Beautiful easel card. Thanks for stopping by. have a great week:)

Cecily said...

Wow - how cute are these!! And I know a couple graduates I can make them for - thanks for sharing them!!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

What a great card! The graphics are pretty cool~thanks for sharing!

LaVonne said...

Great card, thank you for sharing. And thank you for stopping by my blog and saying hi.

I appreciate it.

Enjoy the rest of your week.


Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Oh how cute! I too love easel cards but never thought of using the 'diploma' as the 'stopper'! This is such a beautiful card -- thanks for posting!

aggieam01 said...

Love the easel card. So super cute. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Have a great day!

Houses Built of Cards said...

Super cute card! LOVE the little diploma!!! Thanks for linking up with Patches of Pink!

Karen said...

Excellent work on this easel card, Antonella! Thank you so much for your sweet comment... I had to come to the compy just to pay you a visit. :o) I love the diploma and the decorative edges. So beautiful! I'm glad you linked up with Patches of Pink so I could bump into you. :o)

Hugs and blessings! :o)

Jaime Lyn said...

I really really like the idea of the easel thanks for the inspiration! Thank you for stopping by my blog today! !!! Wonderful card!

Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. This idea of yours is so CLEVER. I'd love for you to share it at my link party... thanks again ;)

Sallie said...

What a great card! I love the easel. Makes it so unique.

Mallory said...

Antonella! I had no idea what quilling was until I visited your blog! (Thanks for the comment on mine!)

I appreciate you checking my blog out! I'm your newest follower!

Full Circle Creations said...

Wow, Great card!



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