simple handmade graduation card

Everyone knows at least one person who is graduating from school (whether it's preschool, grad school or somewhere in between), so let's make a handmade card in honor of the occasion. Here's what you'll need to join me in the card making fun:

A variety of colored card stock -- I used dark gray, light gray, light blue, pale yellow and goldenrod

An envelope

A cutting mat

An Xacto knife

- A metal ruler

- Paper glue

- Basic scissors

- Markers (Mine are fine-tip Crayola)

- Yarn

-Fabric tape

- Hot glue and glue gun

Use your mat to find the center of your card base (color 6 - 5.5 " for this card), and then score it by running the knife lightly down the center once or twice. Fold in half. I wanted the inside of my card to be a different color, so I did this twice and then glued the sheets together with the paper glue.

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Next I cut out the shapes. I cut out an off-center large diamond shape, a rectangle, four small stars, three large stars and three shooting star tails (each 2.5 inches long and slightly curved). I freehanded one large and small star, and then I traced around them to make the rest of the stars. 


Next I made the tassel for the cap. Cut four one-inch pieces of yarn and tie them together with a 3.5 inch piece of yarn. If you want to make a more advanced tassel, don't cut your one-inch pieces -- simply wind them back and forth and tie them off with the same piece of string. It's a little more complicated, but it looks more like a tassel.


For the front of the card, I used the hot glue gun to adhere my shapes because I like the 3-D effect. I also added a piece of fabric tape along the side. 

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On the inside of the card, I laid out my three stars. I used hot glue to attach the stars and paper glue to attach the star tails. To pull the design together, I added another piece of fabric tape along the bottom.


This might be the easiest card ever. Happy card-making, everyone!

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