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Custom Graduation Card

Saturday was a busy day. In the morning my church offered a card making event with one of our Paper Pumpkin kits geared towards Mother's Day. The class was full and I think they all had fun.

After that I went, briefly, to a silent auction event just down the block from my place. It was for a sweet family from my church, for the father who has cancer. Then, sadly a week before the mother passed away and the funeral was Friday. I'm sure the family is just overwhelmed.

I had picked up one of their freewill offering lunches to go, and had just settled in my chair to relax and partake, when there was a knock on my door. A lovely lady down the hall asked if I could make a graduation greeting card for their granddaughter. She had a specific phrase she wanted. I had given her husband a birthday card last week and he LOVED it!

I settled back down to finish my lunch and just was starting to relax into nap, when the phone rang. I had won a silent auction item and could I pick it up. SIGH. Yes, of course, be right there. So happy I went at that particular time, because I got to see one of the sons that is the same age as my son and daughter. He remembered me from over 15 years ago and even gave me a hug. Since I was out and about I decided to check out the Chic-fil-a food truck that was in town for a couple more hours. Picked up a couple sandwiches, one for Saturday and one for Sunday. (I don't like cooking for one.)

By bedtime, I was totally exhausted and managed to fall asleep at around 10:30. Then of course, I woke up at 4:00 and couldn't get to sleep because I started running through card ideas in my head for the card design. With such a specific phrase my ideas were limited. I selected two from Pinterest and set out to make the cards. I incorporated the school colors of purple and white in both cards, using Gorgeous Grape and Silver Foil.

This will be the first card option for my friends down the hall. I also added the school name but I have blocked it out for their privacy. I've left the inside blank for the to put their own greeting or will show them a few greetings have on hand for them to choose from. I CASE'd this basic design from Witty Cisms.

I created the sentiments in Word and used the RBG codes (found in my downloads and video on Youtube) to use the Gorgeous Grape font. The "congratulations" sentiment is from the Loveliest Tree stamp set, stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed in silver, as is the graduation hat. The stars are from the Give It A Whirl dies, which is retiring April 30, 2024. The label die is also from a retired Project Life die set, but you can use one that you have in your stash.

This second card is a gated fun fold made into a cap and gown. It is a slim line card and fits in a business #10 envelope. I CASE'd this from France Martin and did a couple of tweaks. I will do a video on this later this week.

Frenchie's card had 1/2" strips wide down the front, I like a little narrower stripes so mine are 1/4" I also used a brad to hold my tassel in place. I found an easier way to make a tassel from Aly Stamps, so I'll show that on my next video too. Again, I created the inside sentiment in Word and just cut it to fit.

I hope you enjoyed these! Watch for my video on the second card coming soon!

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