Somebody liked my card!!!

Somebody liked my graduation card!!  I opened my email today and saw a letter from somebody I did not know, but the subject was Your awesome graduation card!, so I opened it.  Susan Vater wrote that she saw my card on Kay Kalthoff's blog, and she googled my name, and found my blog!  I am so excited that somebody that does not already know me found my blog.  Makes me want to post every day, well, someday it will happen:)
Susan said she loved the graduation card that I posted on April 5, and wanted to know how to make the graduation cap. So, since I had just cut pieces for my friends to do this card at my upcoming card buffet class, I ran to get pieces and take a picture. But, I grabbed some scrap paper, my cutter & punch and took a photo of how easy it was to do. 
I used a 1" strip of black paper, and cut a piece about 1" long at a 45 degree angle. I taped a piece of scrap paper to my cutter to mark the angle, and then just cut a bunch.  Then, take the same 1" strip and put it into the Fancy Flower punch, which gave me the 2 scallop cuts at once.   You could use a circle or oval punch to achieve the same thing, but this game me consistency.   I cut a bunch in a row, since the bumps would be hidden under the top of the mortar board.  I used 1/8" black satin ribbon, which I tied in a knot, and then cut off an inch, for the tassel.  You can see the details better in the photo on the red, and yellow pieces I made.  Later, I decided that embroidery floss, knotted, would make a better tassel, and that is what we will use for our class.  I just adhered it to the top with a glue dot under the knot (squish it so it fits under your knot).  The swirl was stamped twice in black, the hat was attached with Stampin dimensionals, and the butterflies were attached with glue dots.  The salutation was stamped on the card, but later I stamped it on an oval and backed with a scallop.  Here is the card I used in the final swap version.
The idea for this card came to me almost immediately after a friend at Kay's house asked if we would be making graduation cards at our card buffet.  She said that her daughter was graduating and she was looking for ideas for cards.  My idea was that this card could be made in school colors, but I did random colors.        
My friend, Debby Filiowich, does the card buffet jointly with me, and she has some wonderful grad card ideas, too.  You can check out her cards here. We have been stamping and scrapping together for many years, and we compliment each other so nicely.  Even though our style and taste is different, we still like the same things.  We are doing a craft sale together in a few weeks, and we are looking forward to that so much.  We will have to show you what we are making as they get done.
Stamps:  Joys of the Season     (Priceless, which is retired, also has a great swirl), Tagtastic
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black, Not Quite Navy, Daffodil Delight
Punches:  Fancy Flower punch, Scallop Oval punch, Large oval punch, 
Dies:  Beautiful Wings Embosslits die,
Ink:  Basic black


  1. Excellent tutorial, Mary! I really like that you created a guide for your cutter! GREAT JOB!
    Hugs -

  2. Lightening strikes twice Mary. I found your card on Pinterest and had to track you down for instructions. Thanks so much for having the tutorial on your blog. I appreciate your sharing

  3. Hi Mary, thanks for the great tutorial. I found your card on Pinterest and was able to track back. My granddaughter graduates from college in May and I plan to make her a card very similar to yours! By the way, your card has been "repinned" many times. It's a great card.


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