Handmade Graduation Card

Hi! I am back with a graduation card to share with you this week. As I have said in my previous blog, the month of March is an exciting month for card markers as we can draw a lot of inspiration to several events and celebrations happening this month. I, for one, got my hands full as my daughter’s birthday is this month, but I was still able to squeeze in a card for graduation. Whether you call it Graduation Day, Moving Up, Step-Up Day, or Recognition Day, it is important that we acknowledge the hard work and celebrate the success of our dear students whether they be family, relatives or friends.

Creative Muse Handmade Graduation Card

Handmade Graduation Card @creativemuseatwork

In this card, I used the cute ConGraduations Stamp Set. I don’t think these stamps are still in the market but I got this a few years ago. Iย  just love how cute the stamps are drawn. The supplies that I used for this card are: cardstock (Cream, black, gold, red, and brown (woven textured)), ConGraduation Stamp, dotted rectangle and circle Framelits dies from Sizzix, scalloped circle die for the badge, Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, WRMK Score and Trim Board, Big Shot Die Cut Machine, Tsukineko Embossing Pad, Memento Tuxedo Dye Ink, Ranger White Embossing Powder, heat gun, Shin Han Touch Twin Markers, Winsor & Newton Promarkers, Zig Graphic Twin Markers and other basic crafting supplies.

First, I scored and cut the cardstock with the following measurements: Cream base – 6 and 1/8″x 4 and 3/4″ (portrait fold), black – 5 and 3/4″ x 4 and 1/2″, gold – 4 and 7/8″ x 3 and 5/8″, red – 4 and 5/8″ x 3 and 1/2″, brown – 3 and 5/8 x 2 and 3/8″, small cream paper for the stamp in the center – 3 and 1/2″ x 2 and 1/4″. For the ribbon badge, gold strip – 4 and 1/2″ x 5/8″, red strip – 4 and 1/4″ x 1/2″ and for the red sentiment tag – 1/2″ x 2 and 1/2″.

Next I die cut the badge for the card using the Sizzix framelit dies on my Big Shot Machine and I stamped the little girl in graduation robe and the oxford cap and color them red. I know it is unusual to see a red graduation robe, but when I graduated in law school, the academic regalia hood color my university used is red so I thought it would look nice in this card. I also heat emboss the Happy Graduation sentiment in a red cardstock using my Ranger White Embossing Powder. Make sure to brush the paper first with an anti-static powder to keep the powder from sticking on places you don’t want them to be. For the ribbon, I glued the red strip on top and center of the gold banner. I made a fish tale cut on the other end to resemble a badge ribbon.

I assembled the card by adhering the cardstocks together. First, I glued the gold, red, brown and cream paper with the stamp on the black cardstock then on top of the cream card base. I just eyeballed the center of the card. Next, I assembled the badge together. I fuzzy cut the oxford cap and glued it on top of the badge. I glued the red and gold ribbon at the back of the badge and adhere it at the upper left side of the card with a foam tape to to add some dimension. Lastly, I placed sentiment below the cream and brown frame with a foam tape as well.

Creative Muse Handmade Graduation Card

Complete project Handmade Graduation Card @creativemuseatwork

This card is bigger than the standard card size. However, you can also create a smaller version of this. I have a lot of scrap paper in my stash and most of them are already cut so I decided to just use them. I hope you like this card. Thank you for stopping by and I’ll see you on my next blog!

 

 

Valentines Day Bear Card

Hi there! I’m back with a new card to share with everyone. It’s a Valentines Day card we can give to our family and friends to express our love and appreciation.

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Valentines Day Bear Card @creativemuseatwork

In this project, I used my Valentines Bear Set Stamps from Art Impressions which is perfect for the occasion. I also used a few love-inspired stamps from my collection. The materials I used are the following: Cardstocks (white, black and red), American Crafts pattern paper from their Hip Hip Hooray Paper Pad, Winsor and Newtown Markers, Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black, Tsukineko Embossing Stamp Pad, Ranger White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, and other basic crafting tools.

For starters, I cannot find a good Valentine message on my stamp collection that I could I use for the card so I decided to print one using Adobe Illustrator. You can always opt to do a handwritten message. I got the message from a Facebook post of a dear friend of mine.

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Using my WRMK Scoring Board, I scored and cut my cardstock. The measurements that I used: ( I sort of made some allowances in case I need to trim it down) White: 5 1/2″ x 10″ then I fold it in half,ย  Black: 5 1/4″ x 4 7/8″, Yellow pattern paper: 5 1/8 x 2″ and a white strip in the middle: 5 1/8 x 5/8 of an inch.ย I used a non-Valentine inspired pattern paper as I wanted to make the message and the decorations standout.

I used my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform to stamp the bears. This tool is quite helpful when you have to stamp over and over again to make a good impression most especially on big stamps like what I used in this project. I also colored them using my Winsor and Newton Marker. I do not have a coordinating die for these stamps so I had to fuzzy cut each one. I heat emboss the sentiment on a piece of red cardstock with a white embossing powder from Ranger then cut it using my paper guillotine.

To assemble the card, I glued the two pattern papers first in the black cardstock and then the small white piece in the center before I adhere it on top of the white cardstock which will be the base of the card. Next, I put all the stamps together in the center. I used a Scotch foam adhesive for the sentiment to pop-up. I stamped an extra bear with a string of hearts inside the card right next to the message and colored it as well to complete the project.

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Valentines Day Card finished project @creativemustatwork

I really had fun working on this card and I hope everyone would also be inspired to create their own. Till next time and happy crafting!