DIY Graduation Card and Gift Card Holder

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DIY Graduation Cap Card and Gift Card Holder

How to make personalized graduation cards for the special people in your life.

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For the Graduation Card and Card Holder

I used The Maker’s Movement NEW Graduation Cap Die Set and the NEW Donut Box Gift Card Holder Die Set.

If you are a Cardmaker/Paper Crafter, make sure to check out all NEW RELEASE Stamp & Die Sets now available. So many cute sets!  (and I promise, I will have more on the donut box later)

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Directions:

  • The pieces for the Graduation Cap were die-cut out of Black Glossy Cardstock* and edged in gold using a Gold Chisel Tip Calligraphy Pen*.
  • The gold layer for the card is Rinea Foiled Paper which was adhered to the card base using a Tape Runner*.  
  • The tassel and button on the cap were made using the gold foiled paper adhered to cardstock and then die-cut.

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  • I used the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of the foiled paper.
  • This picture is when I used the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the purple foiled paper for the gift cardholder.  
  • I also added adhesive to the gold foiled paper used to create the letters on the front of the card.

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  • Die-cut the gold foiled paper (with adhesive added to the back) using the alphabet die and Crossover II Die-Cutting System*.
  • The adhesive on the back of the foil makes the letters stickers and easy to adhere. 

LETTER ALIGNING TIP…If you’re a perfectionist like I am and want to align the letters as straight as possible. Use Gridded Transfer Paper* to help you line up the letters. Place the front of the foiled letters on the adhesive side of the transfer paper, remove the backing off of the foiled paper and transfer the letters onto the front of the card.

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To Make the Graduation Cap Gift Card Holder:

  • To make my gift card personal, I chose to make my graduation cap purple to honor the school colors of this year’s graduate.
  • Add adhesive to the back of the foiled paper using the Xyron Creative Station*.  (see previous picture)
  • Die-cut the pieces of the graduation cap using the Crossover II Die-Cutting System*.
  • Die-cut the base of the gift card holder out of black glossy cardstock and the New Donut Box Die.
  • Fold the box on the score lines and adhere to side tabs to create the box.  
  • Adhere a small piece of paper on the inside of the box to finish creating the lid.  
  • Adhere the Graduation Cap pieces onto the top of the box.  If you would like a little dimension, add 3D Adhesive Foam Squares to the back of the cap before adding it to the box.

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  • Add a little personality on the inside of the box with graduation-themed scrapbook paper.  
  • Insert candy, gift card, or cash for a graduation gift they’re sure to love.

A Quick and Easy DIY Gift for Her

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Need a quick and easy gift for Mom or that new Grad in your life?

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 Deflect-O Photo Frame Pencil Cup*                                      (*affiliate link)

This pretty pink pencil cup from Deflecto is cute all by itself.

But add some decorative washi tape, a couple small pieces of decorative paper and

a few random stickers and you have a special gift ready to give.

Make it extra special and add a couple photos of you and her together.

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I wish I could tell you where to find this cute pink rosebud washi tape.

My daughter gave it to me as a mother’s day gift a few years ago.

I’m sure with the huge variety of washi tape available you’ll find one just as nice.

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If pink’s not your style?

Here’s a project I did last year using Deflecto’s Black pencil cup. ↓

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Quick & Easy Washi Tape Make-Over

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Smiley Face Graduation Pencil Topper

What every Graduate needs.  A Smiley Face Graduation Pencil Topper. 

And because this little guy’s feeling really special, he needed a bow tie.

To make the Smiley Face Pencil Topper you’ll need:

  • 2″ Smoothfoam Ball
  • Sanding Block or Fine Sandpaper
  • Craft Knife
  • Yellow and Black Acrylic Paint
  • Pencil
  • Black Cardstock or Black Chipboard
  • Red Twine
  • Black Brad
  • Black Gingham Ribbon
  • Craft Glue
  1. Lightly sand ridge from the smoothfoam ball.
  2. To make the top of the ball flat, cut a small portion from the top of the ball with a craft knife.
  3. Paint the ball with yellow paint.
  4. Paint the top portion of ball with black paint and paint on face.
  5. Bore a hole into the bottom of the ball big enough to fit the pencil.
  6. Using the red twine, make a small tassel.
  7. Cut a 2″ square piece of black chipboard.
  8. Punch a small hole in center of the chipboard.  Insert ends of the tassel and black brad.
  9. Glue Mortarboard onto top of the Smiley Face.  Insert onto pencil
  10. Make a small bow tie from black gingham ribbon and glue onto the front of the pencil.

This project was created for and sponsored by Smoothfoam.

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Throw Back Thursday: Class of ’79

This time of year it’s Graduation Time.  Time for all those “know it all Seniors” to Graduate.           I remember it like it was yesterday.

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A month or so ago, I received an invitation for my 35th Class Reunion.  Has it really been that long?

My son came up to me while I was looking at my old High School Year book and said to me              “I’m glad I didn’t have to live during that time, everyone looks so weird.”

I said, “What do you mean weird, we weren’t weird.”

I had my signature look, the old man’s vest “borrowed” from the Drama Club Prop closet, my long knotted scarf hanging loose around my neck.  I was cool!  

I remember 1979, rolled up “Chic” jeans, Disco, Bee Jees, Saturday Night Fever (my first “R” rated movie), sleep-overs, Steak and Shake on Main Street, my first plane ride (to Hawaii!!!) and a few other things I probably shouldn’t mention.

Anyway back to my reunion… 

At first, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to go.

I was afraid that if I didn’t go I’d regret it, but, not sure how I’d feel if I did go.  All the old insecurities came racing back.  I do not look anything like that freckled face, skinny 100 lb. girl with the long dark hair (and signature look).  But of course, I’m sure no one else looks like they did either.

So… I did what any gal would do, I messaged my girlfriends.

After much discussion and procrastination, It was decided that we’d all meet and drive together.  It was also decided to ditch the hubbys and go stag.  Just like old times.  (Girlfriend code, of course!)

In a few weeks, we’ll meet at the old High School for a tour and then later in the evening we will all meet in the country for our reunion to be held in a barn.  We’ll dance to the music played by an old classmates band and probably have a night we’ll be talking about for years to come.  It’ll be fun seeing the old gang to talk, laugh and catch up.  (and I’m sure we’ll all have an extra pound or two)

I wish I knew where that old vest was, I really should have returned it by now.