Cap & Gown Graduation Series

Hello Everyone! I know graduations are sneaking up on everyone at what seems to be a rapid pace!  We have my daughter graduating from college this weekend! Im still wrapping my head around that one!!

With all the festivities in mind I wanted to give you some last minute ideas and inspiration for a quick graduation card. I will be using Stampin’ Up!’s Cap and Gown Cling Stamp Set.

Planning these out I thought it would be fun to really focus on our local community schools and branch out just a tiny bit into the surrounding areas as well as my daughters University.

The 4 card designs I will show you this week will have 6 different color combinations. I also have 1 card design that I only have one color combination for. We might just sneak in super fun explosion box as well!!

Let’s get going on these cards. I tried to keep them fairly simple for everyone. Please remember that the color combinations can be changed to do any color that is needed!

Our first card is a slim line card using Stampin Up’s Cap and Gown Cling set as well as Stampin’ Up Alphabet A’la Mode Dies – Just the numbers!

Slim line cards have a very different measurement than the standard cards. This also means you will need a different kind of envelope. I will touch on that at the end!

Measurements for this card (I will only be using the colors for one card in the measurements!) :

Basic White Cardstock: 7” x 8-1/2” scored at 3-1/2” – base of the card

Basic Black Cardstock: 3-3/8” x 8-3/8”

Poppy Parade Cardstock: 3-1/4” x 8-1/4”

Basic White Cardstock: 3-1/8” x 8-1/8”

After you cut your paper to size and score your base, pull out the numbers 0,2 and 4 from the Alphabet A’la Mode Dies. Line up the numbers in order 024 at the bottom of the 3-1/8” Basic White. Once you have that lined up, cut the numbers out with the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. Run it through again with only the number 2 at the beginning of the number sequence.

      *SAVE THE NUMBERS!!! I use them in the next card tomorrow!!

As an alternative for the numbers, if you want to simply things even more, you can stamp the 2024 at the bottom of the same piece with the school color – for this sample I would use Poppy Parade stamp pad.

Stamp the word “CONGRATS” at the top of the 3-1/8” Basic White piece and “CLASS OF” above the numbers, both in Tuxedo black.

        ** Funny story: my “Class Of” saying is different from the one in the stamp set because me the brilliant one that I am lost my stamp shortly after pulling it out. The renegade stamp has been discovered and returned to it’s proper place.

Next stamp the robe in the school color of choice and the cap in black or the second school color.

On the inside of the card you will want to stamp your sentiment: I used the sentiment “you did it!”, and stamped it in tuxedo black in the center. I also grabbed the scroll stamp and stamped it directly under the words as well as in the outer two corners.

Let assemble this card up!!

You will want to use your preferred adhesive for this, I love my Multipurpose Liquid Glue. It is so forgiving and gives you just a little time to adjust the paper as you need.

Again, I am doing only color combination but the concept is the same for all of them.

Attach the 3-1/8” Basic White to the 3-1/4” Poppy Parade cardstock.

Attach the Poppy Parade to the Basic Black and then attach to the Basic White card front.

Easy Peasy!

To add just a little bit of a pop to the card, grab those iridescent foil gems and lets change the colors!

Grab the Stampin’ Blend that coordinates with your colors – Dark Poppy Parade and Dark Basic Black for me- Color 2-3 gems in those colors. Simply “paint” them with the blends. Let them dry for a few seconds and now you have custom color Iridescent Foil Gems.

Attach those around the card and we are all done.

For the envelope:

You have a couple options here. You can use a legal length envelope that you can purchase at a store or you can make your own with DSP. They are super simple to make.

Here is a downloadable template for you. I am a visual person so hopefully this will help.

Slime Line Envelope Template

As a mom with a graduate I understand how busy crazy things are getting right now. With that in mind I would also like to offer you an option that I normally would not do.

I have a bunch of these already made up in a variety of colors. If something catches your eye and you would really like to make it but have no time, reach out to me and we can work something out. All of these are available for purchase.

I will be back tomorrow with another fun and simple card for you! Below you will find the entire list of products I used with links to them in my store.

Happy Stamping!!

Product List

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