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For the Graduate...

Whew, blogging friends, it feels like I've ran a blogging marathon this week!  We've been having a Go-to Sketches PARTY, but now it's time to switch gears a bit and start the April Papertrey countdown!  Where oh where does time go?  I can't believe it's April already, but I say that every month, don't I? 

Nichole and the other stamp designers have done it again with another fabulous month full of great sets.  Today I get to help introduce to you a set that I think is really going to fill a void in the stamp market.  Today's set is "For the Graduate" and it features classy, well thought out images.  It also features a large label and matching die that stretch this set and makes it useful for any occasion, when paired with any of Papertrey's circular tag images! 

So first off, I know graduations are the time when many people (me included!) give gift cards.  Those teens can be impossibly hard to buy for and many times, they'd just like the cash!  So I created a fun gift card holder that resembles a small perfect for the graduation theme! 


Notice that awesome argyle print!!!  You're going to love the new background set!


The "Congrats" sentiment is from Communique Curves Sentiments and the font coordinates perfectly!


Scroll down past my projects to see a step-by-step tutorial on how to make you own!

Next is a card.  I couldn't resist going back to one of my favorite color schemes for a more feminine approach.  I also couldn't resist adding a cloudy background to the center image.  Scroll down to the end of this post to see step-by-step directions to do this yourself! 


This cloud technique appeared on a card by Andrea Vernagus in the March/April issue of Paper Crafts.  I just loved it and couldn't wait to try it myself!


And lastly is a non-graduation card using that pretty label along with a tag image and sentiment from Tags for Spring.  I love how this pretty label and matching die coordinate with so many of my favorite Papertrey sets!  Especially all of the tags sets we love so much!


I used the die to cut a window from the front of the card...


See that pretty argyle??  I love how it can be masculine or feminine, depending on the colors!  And it is sooo fun to stamp with! 


Alrighty....that's it for the projects, now for some step-by-steps...

Graduation Gift Card Book

Step 1.  Print the Desk Top Organizer template at onto Kraft cardstock, reducing the size by printing at 65%.    


Cut out the template, changing it a bit by trimming off the portion that would make the flap that folds over the top.  When trimmed it should look like this, to make a box.  Also there is no need to punch the 1/2 circle on the one side. 


Score, fold and assemble the box.


Cut a 9 1/4" x 3 1/2" strip of cardstock to use as the cover.  Score this strip 4 1/4" from each end.


Stamp the border image and year along the "spine" of the book cover.


To make the pocket, cut a 4" x 3" block of cardstock. 


Using the coordinating label die, diecut the cardstock as shown...allowing a portion of the die to extend beyond the cardstock.


Stitch the pocket to the left side of the cardstock strip.  Adhere the box to the right side of the strip.


Diecut one label and stamp with the graduate label image.  Stamp again using a different color ink onto a scrap of cardstock.  Stamp "Congrats" from Communique Curves Sentiments set.  Punch out. 


Layer the two images, adhering with foam tape.  Cut a 3 3/4" x 2 3/4" piece of cardstock to line the bottom of the box.  Adhere and adhere label.  Embellish with gems.


Cut a piece of cardstock slightly smaller than 4 1/4" x 3 1/2" to cover the front of the book and adhere.. 


Cut a 1 1/4" x 3 1/2" strip of cardstock, stamp with argyle background stamp and adhere to left side of book cover. 


Cut a 1" x 3 1/3" strip of cardstock to use as the closure.  Round two corners.



Adhere to cover and fold around to backside of book.  Use a small piece of velcro, a magnet or other closure of your choice to secure. 


Embellish front with diecut and stamped labels. 


To create the cloud background:

Stamp the label image onto cardstock using True Black ink. 


Punch several small partial scallop ovals to use as masks.  Punching them from light weight paper such as copy paper will give better results. 


Use a bit of removable adhesive to adhere the punched ovals to the stamped image.


Use an ink pad to sponge over the image. 


Remove the punches to reveal your clouds. 


Punch out the image and adhere to a second diecut and stamped image.



Graduation Gift Card Book
Stamps:  For the Graduate, A Little Argyle, Take Note, Communique Curves Sentiments
Ink:  Smokey Shadow, Scarlet Jewel, Summer Sunrise, Fresh Snow
Cardstock: Rustic Cream, Scarlet Jewel, Smokey Shadow, Kraft
Other: Desktop Organizer template, corner rounder, circle punch, gems

Dream Card
Stamps:  For the Graduate, Communique Curves Sentiments, Star Prints (tiny star)
Ink:  True Black, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist
Cardstock:  Stamper's Select White
Dies: Tin Type impression plate
Other: Green Boutique patterned paper, Aqua Mist buttons, gems, Rustic Cream button twine

Mother Card 
Stamps:   For the Graduate, A Little Argyle, Tags for Spring
Ink:  Hibiscus Burst, New Leaf, Sweet Blush, Spring Moss
Cardstock:  Stamper's Select White
Other:  1 3/4" circle punch, New Leaf and Spring Rain buttons,Hibiscus Burst Satin ribbon, Rustic Cream button twine, Prima flower, Little Yellow Bicycle patterned paper