In the United States, May and June are big months for graduations, whether from kindergarten, middle school, high school, or college. It's a great time to begin the next chapter in our lives. I actually love the word, "commencement" because I like to focus more on what's to come rather than what we've left behind. A new beginning is in order for graduates this season and we'd like to say a heartfelt, "Congratulations!" to you all.
Stamps Used in This Project-
Supplies Used in This Project -
- Paper Piercer
- Paint Brush
- Glitter Glue - Crystal
- Paper Folder
- Gold Paint Pen
- Green Twine
- White Crochet Thread
- Black Mini Brads
Papers Used in This Project -
- Card Stock - White, Light Green, & Black
Inks (VersaColorTM Pigment Inks) Used in This Project -
Instructions for Making the Graduation Cap -
Take a piece of white card stock and cut a piece measuring 9-3/4 inches by 4-1/4 inches. Use the pattern below to measure the fold lines. Notice that the two top corners will be cut off rather than folded.
Mark the fold lines with a pencil and then used a Scor-it! BoardTM to emboss the fold lines. When you're done, your paper will look like this:
Next, fold the commencement cap so that it looks like the image below. Make sure to refer back to the pattern to see which way to fold each of the fold lines. "Mountain" means that the fold will go up; "Valley" means that the fold will go down.
Now that the commencement cap is folded, it's time to make the tassel to go on it. First, though, punch a hole in the center of the cap...
Next, locate the white crochet thread. You'll need 24 inches at the most.
Wrap the thread around your fingers (or an object that is about 1-1/2 inches wide). Make about five or six revolutions. If you make too many revolutions, the tassel will end up being too fat to fit under the brad which is used to attach the tassel.
Slip the thread off your fingers and, using another piece of white thread, tie the bundle together at the top. Trim the bottom ends straight across.
Use another piece of white crochet thread and tie it around the tassel, about 1/8 inch from the top.
Locate the black brad and use it to attach the tassel to the commencement cap. If you discover that your tassel is too fat, simply pull out some of the strands. Set this piece aside for now and get ready to make the interior pieces of the card.
Instructions for Stamping the Sentiment Panel Inside the Card -
Take a piece of white card stock and either cut or draw a piece to measure 3-1/8 x 4 inches. You can either cut it out before you stamp or stamp first and then cut it out. I stamped first, so the impressions I made at the edges of the panel would be smooth.
So, let's stamp.
Using the Bearded Flower Open Mini Peg Stamp and some black ink, stamp a pattern of flowers.
Using the Striped Ripply Foliage Mini Peg Stamp, stamp some impressions with green tea ink.
Using black ink, stamp the Buds Six on Stem Mini Peg Stamp next.
Last, stamp the Curled Berry Sprig Mini Peg Stamp in black ink.
Now that we're finished stamping, we'll color in some of the flowers using some of the ink cubes and a dry paintbrush. Dip the brush into the cardinal ink and paint a few flowers.
Next, clean the brush in some water and wipe it completely dry. Paint some flowers in royal blue ink.
Last, paint a few flowers in Neptune ink.
Using the glitter glue, fill in the remaining flowers.
Now glue the sides and the bottom edges of and attach it to the commencement cap card. This will form a little pocket into which you can place your gift card or money for the graduate.
You'll make the sentiment next, then a light green panel to cover up the hole you made when attaching the tassel.
Instructions for Stamping the Sentiment -
Take a white piece of card stock and cut it to measure 2-3/4 x 2 inches. Prepare to stamp the following: stamp the sentiment stamps in black ink. Then stamp some of the leaves in green tea ink. Stamp a couple of flowers in green tea ink. Last, color in the flowers with canary ink. Cut the resulting ensemble out and set aside for a moment.
Using black ink and white card stock, stamp a flower and butterfly. Color them in, like so... and cut them out.
Glue the butterfly and flower to the sentiment you made in the previous step.
Next, cut a piece of paper to measure 2 inches by 2-3/4 inches Then use the royal blue ink pad to scuff the edges. Glue the sentiment to this piece.
Next, glue the sentiment to a slightly larger piece of light green card stock. Last, glue the sentiment to a slightly larger piece of black card stock.
Glue the sentiment onto the floral panel you stamped earlier.
The last thing to do for the commencement cap is to make a decorative panel to hide the prongs of the brad that hold the tassel in place. So take a piece of light green card stock and cut it to measure 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches. Then trim the edges using the gold paint pen.
Glue the panel inside the cap.
Set the commencement cap aside for now.
Instructions for Making the Card Front -
Take a piece of light green card stock and cut it to measure 8.5 x 5.5 inches. Fold it so that it has an overbite of about half an inch. This is to allow the commencement cap to fit inside (you'll make a decorative strip in the next few steps to make up for the gap). Use the black ink cube to scuff the front edge.
Take a separate strip of light green paper and, using black ink, stamp a vertical row of butterflies. Then use the gold paint pen to trace the right border of the butterflies. Glue the strip behind the front flap of the card, like so:
Make a decorative panel to go on front of the card by stamping just like you did for the panel inside the commencement cap card. Make is as small or large as you want. The one I made was 1-3/4 x 2-3/4 inches.
Next, glue the commencement cap inside the card.
All you have left to do is to tie some ribbons around the front of the card. At the end of making this card, I found that adding just a little bit of red in the wings of the butterflies tied the colors together nicely.
Slip some cash or a gift card inside the pocket you made earlier.
I hope you enjoyed our version of the commencement cap money card. I enjoyed it because the end product has moveable parts and I got to stamp too! Let us know if you liked it; if you try it for your special graduate, we'd love to see how your card turned out.
Have a great couple of weeks until we meet again. And as always, Happy Stamping from Rubber Stamp Tapestry!
Renee Britt Lewis, Contributing Writer