Summer is all about graduation parties. I was invited to a graduation party and made this card for the graduate. This card was simple to make. Here’s how I made this graduation card.
Graduation Card Supplies and Tools
- Neenah Solar White 110lbs Cardstock- for the stamped images and card base.
- Blue Cardstock- for the sky
- Green Cardstock- for the grass
- Copic Sketch Markers
- Fox- YR21,YR15,YR68
- Plane- V01,V15,V17 and N2,N4
- Hero Arts Intense Black Ink- for the stamped images
- Hero Arts Hero Hues Black Dye Ink- stamping sentiment
- Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
- Lawn Fawn Stamps
- Upon a Star Stamp set and coordinating die set
- Plane and Simple Stamp set and coordinating die set
- Smart Cookie Stamp Set
- Die cutting machine
- Paper cutter
- Precision Scissors
- Scoring Board
- Foam Tape
Graduation Card Directions:
Creating the background.
Cut 4”x5.25” sky blue textured card stock twice. One will go on the front of the card and the other will go on the inside.
Creating the Fox, Bunny, and Plane
For this card, I used Lawn Fawn Upon a Star, Plane and Simple stamp and die sets and Smart Cookie stamp set. These images have been previously stamped and colored for my on-the-go coloring kit. All I had to do was cut it out using the coordinating die with my die cutting machine. If you don’t have the coordinating die and a die cutting machine, just use a precision scissors to cut the image out.
Coloring the Fox, I used YR21,YR15,YR68 Copic Sketch markers. The best way, for me, is to start with the lightest color, then the darkest, then the medium, and back to the lightest. I start with the lightest because it will saturate the paper and help me blend better. Start with YR21, the lightest color, and color the whole image. With the darkest color, YR64, color anywhere you believe a shadow will be. Then use YR15, the medium color, and blend it next to YR68 and then back with YR21 to blend it with YR15.
Coloring the bunny, I used E50,E51,E53 Copic Sketch markers. Follow the steps above when coloring the bunny.
Coloring the Plane, I used V01,V15,V17 & N2,N4. Follow the steps above when coloring the main parts of the plane. When you color the windows of the plane you will follow the same process but only using two colors.
Cutting the Grass
Cut a 4”x5.25” green cardstock placed the grass border die straight across to the desired length, how high you want the grass, and put it in the Gemini to cut. Cut two grass cutouts because you will need one for the front of the card and one for the inside of the card.
Cutting the Clouds
Using the clouds from the Plane and Simple die set. Cut all three clouds on white cardstock. There is coordinating stamps and you may choose to stamp the clouds and then cut them out.
Stamping and Cutting the Banner and Banner Sentiment
The banner and sentiment stamps and coordinating die are from the Plane and Simple set. Using a stamp platform, place a piece of white cardstock in it and stamped the banner using Hero Arts black dye ink. Then stamp the sentiment inside the banner. The stamp platform made it easy for me to center the sentiment in the banner. Then used the banner die to cut out the banner.
Stamping a sentiment inside the card
I used the sentiments in the Plane and Simple stamp set. Since the inside of the card will have a sky and grass background, I cut a 3”x4.5” white cardstock, so you could see parts of the background. Using my stamp platform, I centered the sentiment in the middle of the white cardstock and stamped the whole sentiment with the Hero Arts black dye ink.
Putting the Card together
Glue grass cut-outs to the blue cardstocks. You should have two identical sky and grass backgrounds.
Using one of the sky and grass background, place the clouds, plane, banner, fox, and bunny in desired location. Once you got all the images in place start adhering the images to the background. For this card I glued the two big clouds to the background then used foam tape to adhere the smallest cloud to the medium cloud. Then I used foam tape to attach the plane, banner, fox, and bunny.
Cut a 4.25”x11” white cardstock and scored it at 5.5”, using a scoring board. This will make a vertical card base. Glue the background with all the images to the front of the card base. Then glue the other background to the inside of the card and then glue the white cardstock you stamped the sentiment on.
I hope this was helpful and will inspire you to create amazing cards. Check out my other card making inspiration posts, Birthday card, Anniversary card, and Mother’s Day cards. Like always, I would love to see what you all make, post your pictures on my Facebook page.