'Tis the season of graduation. The hostess at my last party had a request for some graduation ideas. She is a brand new stamper with limited supplies, so this card could be replicated with ease and minimal supplies. I did use my Big Shot w/ the Texturz Background Plates on the Very Vanilla base (I just love using my Big Shot for the extra detail), but this step could easily be omitted and still be a cute card. I used the 1-3/8" Square Punch to kreate the first Basic Black square. I don't have any larger square punches, so easy enough to use my paper cutter to kreate 2 larger squares (cutting about 1/8" larger) in Brushed Silver and Basic Black. Layer them together and used a Silver Brad to pierce through the center. Before piercing your brad through, you'll want to tuck your little ribbon under the brad too. Tip: Use a paper piercer or crafting needle to pierce through your 3 layers of cardstock and ribbon and then slip your brad through - much to thick to try and push your brad through without some help. I frayed the edges of my ribbon easily by cutting the ribbon straight across and it usually begins on its own with a 'stray' thread. Continue to pull pieces of thread until you get your desired amount of 'fray'. Now you've got your little grad cap, pop it up on a dimensional and its a very cute 3-D accent. Diploma: easy peesy - took a strip of copy paper, rolled it and tied it off. Attached it next to my cap with a small Glue Dot. Can you believe I don't have a single stamp that says 'congratulations'? With all the sets I own, I couldn't believe it!! But this sentiment from A Little Birthday Cheer, I think fits perfectly. Stamped in Basic Black once on the Very Vanilla base and then again on a piece of Very Vanilla scrap with VersaMark and then sprinkled with Black Embossing Powder. Tip: You will need to use either Craft Ink or VersaMark for your powder to stick to and once heated up with your Heat Tool, you will achieve a glossy raised image. I love embossing, such a great effect!
After the embossed image cools a bit, I popped out the sentiment with my Word Window Punch and then 'fed' it through the punch again to get just the 'you' portion. Popped that up on a dimensional and the card was done.
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Stamps: A Little Birthday Cheer (115018)
Paper: Very Vanilla(101650), Basic Black(102851), Brushed Silver(100712)
Ink: Basic Black(101179), VersaMark (102283)
Accessories: 1-3/8" Square Punch, Word Window(105090), Black Embossing Powder(109133),Heat Tool(100005), Big Shot(113439), Texturz Background Plates(114512), Silver Brads(109109), Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon(109064)