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Graduation Card Idea- Feature the Graduate

With Graduation right around the corner I am working on several Graduation things. I have already featured the yearbook project here several times, but today I am turning Graduation Card ideas. This example features the actual kid graduating (my son). As long as you are making a card, why not make it even more personal by featuring the graduate him/herself?

Here are the directions:

Supplies needed: Accucut Circle Frame Card Die (this is not necessary see directions below), white card stock or plain(ish) paper from Tim Holtz Paper Stash (Crowded Attic), Core’dinations Card stock in Stream, Versafine black ink, Flourish Script Photo Corners (left and right) and You rubber stamps (my own), Pan Pastels or chalks in rust and teal, Krylon Workable Fixative, circle punches, photo

Create a card measuring 4.25 inches wide by 5.5 inches long with a shape cut out of the front of the card (I used an Accucut die to make this, but you could do the same with other dies systems or punches or even circle cutters).

Cut a piece of white card stock or paper with very little pattern- I used a piece of Tim Holtz Paper Stash (Crowded Attic)- to 4 inches wide by 5.25 inches long.

Cut a shape out of this in the same location as it is on the card base, ideally using a larger shape than the shape on the front of the card although that is not critical. If you do so, it will give a mat around the shape.

Put aside the shape that was punched out for now. This background will mat onto the card base. Stamp the Flourish Script Photo Corner onto the lower left of the mat, and the matching stamp onto the upper right corner, using Versafine black ink. Stamp the word YOU in the lower right corner.

Use PanPastels or chalks to color the card mat with rust and teal chalks. Color the left over circle from the card mat as well. Spray with Krylon fixative to set the chalks.

Adhere the mat onto the card base. Adhere the left over circle on the inside of the card so that it shows through the open circle in the front of the card.
Punch/cut a picture of your child, spouse, relative, teacher, friend, etc using a matching shape to the one that is on the inside of the card. If you a shape that is smaller than the one inside, you will get a matted effect.  Adhere the picture to the shape on the inside of the card.
You could stamp, write or print quotes onto white card stock or macthing paper to use on the inside of the card. You may want to color the paper with the same chalks, as well.

Some ideas for sentiments are:

Amaze Me- Congratulations!!
Make Me Smile- I Love You!!
Are the Best- Thank You!!
Made My Day- Thanks for Being There!!
Deserve the Best- Good Luck!!
Look Amazing- Happy Birthday!! etc.

Here is the finished card- Enjoy!

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