It’s the time of year for graduations and I found myself in need of inspiration for making a card. In my search, I came across the Stampin Up graduation digital image of graduates standing side-by-side with only their gowns and feet visible. It made me laugh because I have seen the same at past graduations that I have attended. The added bonus was that it was available in digital format, so I could make it whatever size I desired for my card.
The process was to first choose my envelope and determine the size of the base card. In this case, my envelope measured 5.25″ x 7.25″, so I cut the base card 10″ wide x 7″ tall; scored the 10″ width at 5″ and folded it in half; which resulted in a card that measured 5″ wide x 7″ tall. I chose white cardstock for the card base and black cardstock for the middle layer, cut 4.75″ x 6.75″.
My first design decision was what size to make the 3 pieces on the front and how I would transcend from one piece to the next. Basically I placed the grad feet where I liked them best and that determined the size I needed for the backgrounds above and below. I chose black grosgrain ribbon between the sections.
When using Copic pens my favorite cardstock is Neenah Classic Crest Cover, Solar White. I like it because when doing a print and cut, it gives a nice clean cut, whether using my KNK Maxx Air or Zing machine. I looked for background papers to complement the graduation feet and didn’t find anything I liked, so I decided to make my own, using the same cardstock that I had cut the feet from for continuity of color.
For accuracy and speed in assembly, I chose to cut all the front pieces, using
the print and cut method. To create the grad hat background, I imported the desired clip art by clicking on the Pixel Trace Button at the top of an empty Make The Cut screen. The first thing was to create a texture that can be printed with registration marks. This picture illustrates the settings for making a printable texture. After creating the texture, the next step was to create a rectangular shape that can be filled, creating a background. The picture below illustrates the diploma imported, texturized, resized and turned to create a pleasing background that is somewhat scaled to the graduate feet. The same was done with the grad hats.
With these two designs completed, the next step was to combine them on one 8.5″ x 11″ mat because that was the size the cardstock that I was going to print and cut my designs from.
This step gave me registration marks that printed with the diploma and grad hat backgrounds. These are the same registration marks used for the next step of actually cutting the shapes. When all shapes were cut, assembly was fast, easy and accurate. I tucked the ends of the grosgrain ribbon in between the card base and the black piece in the middle, which completed the front of my card.
On the inside I chose to include a pop-up grad hat and banner from Extreme Cards & Paper Crafting, which I cut from the same black cardstock that I used on the front of the card.
My final touch was to add a tassel to the hat and my signature on the back, which I cut from vinyl. This is a perfect reason for saving all those tidbits of vinyl that you might have thrown away before.