The Tassel is Worth the Hassle!

This is the second lesson in “Graduation Card Making 101″…quick and easy graduation cards featuring images from the Great Grads stamp set. Once again, this card focuses on matting to make a statement, and can be adjusted to reflect the school colors of the graduate’s school. Oh, by the way, making the little tassel really wasn’t a hassle at all!
  • Using Stampin’ Write Markers, ink the “Grad” stamp from the Great Grad set with Handsome Hunter (or appropriate school color) for the letters, and Basic Black for the mortarboard. Stamp on Whisper White card stock, and mat onto Basic Black, followed by Real Red and Brilliant Blue card stocks.
  • Adhere to Whisper White and attach to a card base. Tip: I used Handsome Hunter, a school color of this graduate.
  • Ink the “Congratulations” sentiment using Handsome Hunter, Real Red, and Brilliant Blue Stampin’ Write Markers and stamp onto a strip of Whisper White card stock which is slightly wider than your card. Tip: “Huff” on the stamp to remoisten the inks if necessary.
  • Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig, perfectly place your stamp in order to make a continuous stamped image.
  • Mat onto Real Red and cut to the width of your card. Adhere at the bottom of the card base.
  • Ink the mortarboard section of the Grad stamp and stamp again onto Whisper White card stock. Cut out using your paper snips. Using a scrap of embroidery floss, fashion a tassel and adhere to the underside of the mortarboard with a Mini Glue Dot. Place this mortarboard with tassel in position above the original.

This is a quick and easy card, yet it can be totally customized to the school colors of your choice! Graduates, move your tassels!

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Stamp Set: Great Grads (114976)
Inks: Stampin’ Write Markers in Handsome Hunter(105116), Real Red (100052), Brilliant Blue (100057), Basic Black (100082)
Card Stocks: Whisper White (100730), Basic Black (102851), Real Red (102482), Brilliant Blue (100721), Handsome Hunter (105122)
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Congrats, Grad!

As a full time teacher, my stamping time is at a premium. That is why when faced with making graduation cards for my Seniors, I strive to make cards that are quick and easy, yet striking and individual. This card utilized the Great Grads and Congrats stamp sets, plus the Diamond Pattern Texturz Plate from Stampin‘ Up! Backgrounds I, which I quickly passed through my Big Shot Die Cutting Machine. Matting makes all the difference with this card, while the Very Vanilla and Basic Black color selections add a touch of formality and elegance! Over the next few days, I will be adding more “Quick and Easy” graduation card options. In the meantime, today’s lesson in “Graduation Card Making 101” will commence!

  • Using the Big Shot and Diamond Texturz plate, texturize a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. The Corner Rounder Punch adds interest to two of the corners. Adhere to a card base of Basic Black. By referring to the picture, you can see how I left justified the Very Vanilla to add visual interest. Tip: Texturizing is a quick way to add depth and dimension to a card, and so easy with the Big Shot.
  • Make a paper ribbon from Basic Black card stock and once again use the corner rounder on the two right hand corners. Adhere to the Very Vanilla texturized mat. Add a small snippet of Very Vanilla Grosgrain ribbon on the right hand side.
  • Ink the “Congratulations” sentiment from the Congrats set with Basic Black ink. Use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to perfectly place this on Very Vanilla card stock. Adhere to the Basic Black paper ribbon. Tip: If you have difficulty positioning your stamps, try the Stamp-a-ma-jig. It is one the tools that I cannot live without. Please note the Congrats set was available during Sale-a-bration. But, don’t despair…The Hugs and Wishes stamp set also contains a similar Congratulations sentiment!
  • Ink the “Graduate” circle from the Great Grads stamp set with Basic Black. Stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock, and trim into a square. Use the Ticket Corner Punch on all four corners and mat onto Basic Black. Use StampinDimensionals to position onto the Basic Black paper ribbon.
  • As a final touch, position three black brads on the left hand side of the Very Vanilla texturized mat. Tip: You can perfectly place your brads with the Brad and Paper Piercing Template that is included in the Mat Pack. Once again, it is one of my must have tools.
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Stamp Sets: Congrats (SAB 113770), Great Grads (114976), Hugs and Wishes (114986)
Ink: Basic Black (101179)
Card Stock: Basic Black (102851), Very Vanilla (101650)
Tools: Big Shot Die Cut Machine (113439), Texturz Plates—Stampin‘ Up Backgrounds I (114512), Corner Rounder Punch (109047), Ticket Corner Punch (107214), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Mat Pack (105826)
Embellishments: Very Vanilla 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon (109055), Shimmer Brads (Making Memories)
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), StampinDimensionals (104430)

Charmed…I’m Sure!

Gift bags are a snap with the Sizzix Big Shot and “Bag with Scallops” Bigz XL die! Add “To the Nines” Specialty Designer Series Paper and you’ll have a true “Designer Bag”. This little charmer is sweetly Victorian and draws us back to a gentler era…
  • Using the Bag with Scallop die, run the “Sage Shadow Herringbone Dot” paper through the Big Shot. Tip: Since I wanted a two-color bag, I placed my paper only over the body of the die. “To the Nines” Designer Paper is a slightly heavier card stock which is just perfect for making gift bags and boxes.
  • Next, run the die through the Big Shot again, but this time place “Chocolate Chip Paisley” paper over the section of the die which contains the sides of the bag. Tip: For a “ta-da” factor, I also cut the scalloped top of the bag using a small piece of Chocolate Chip Paisley so that I would have a layered effect.
  • Assemble the bag using Sticky Strip adhesive. Tip: This adhesive is double sided and extra-tacky, and perfect for three-dimensional items.
  • Punch a strip of Chocolate Chip Paisley using the Eyelet Border Punch and adhere to the bag with SNAIL Adhesive.
  • As a final touch, a button from the Button Latte collection was “tied” to the bag using Chocolate Chip Paisley “string”. Tip: Don’t throw those scraps away…small strips of scrap paper can be used as string and ribbon!
Design Tip of the Day: Select your Designer Series Paper to reflect the feeling that you want your bag to convey. This Victorian Charmer was designed as a gift bag for a friend who loves antiques. It held an antique brooch, and was just perfect for the occasion. A switch to “Rockabilly” and you have a bag fit for a “tween”! There are so many choices, and with Stampin‘ Up!s newest promotion, you have the opportunity to stock up on Designer Series Paper. Buy three Designer Series Paper and/or 12″ x 12″ Textured Card Stock and pick one for free!
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Paper: To the Nines Designer Series Paper (114038)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Eyelet Border Punch (113692)
Embellishments: Button Latte Collection (114333)
Other: Sticky Strip (104294)