Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Do It Yourself Graduation Cards

With everybody doing their own thing from birthdays to weddings to other occasions, it only makes sense that this applies to graduations, too. There is no set rule that you have to use the same invitations that everyone else is using. It doesn't make the event any more official or unofficial of you "do your own thing", which is exactly what I did here.

I started with a graduation stamp that I already had in my collection, basic black and white cardstock, embossing powder, VersaMark ink and a heat gun.

I got inspiration from an awesome invitation website called Pear Tree Greetings.

I trimmed my 12x12 inch cardstock to make a 4.25 x 12" strip and folded the top portion approx. 2 3/4" from top, and the bottom approx. 3.5". You want to make the final product 4.25 x 5.5 so it will fit in a standard invitation size envelope.

I stamped my graduation cap image using Versamark ink and poured black embossing powder on it and heat embossed. You could also use clear embossing powder but I couldn't find mine (or ran out). Clear would be more versatile if you chose another cardstock for the card.

I also rounded the corners on the top flap.

For the inside, I used a 4x5 photo, leaving a bit of white around the photo and mounting it on colored cardstock and placing it in the center of the inside flap. I wanted the senior portrait to be the focus.

For the bottom flap, I printed out the announcement, trimmed and matted it on white cardstock.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill (Black, white, teal), Graduation Stamp (Paper Salon), VersaMark Ink, Black Embossing Poweder (Ranger), Heat Gun, Corner Rounder.

Since I'm still in the process of creating these, I'm going to print out a small card for family and close friends with details on a small dinner party immediately following the ceremony.

This idea could easily be adapted to any occasion. I hope you were inspired by this simple way to create your invitations and thanks for stopping by!