VIDEO: Graduation Card Tutorial // Gray Florals

May 18, 2017

This post and video could not have better timing for my life currently. In exactly one day from when this post goes live I will be walking the stage for my graduation. It is a surreal feeling knowing how much I have accomplished in my three years of college. I am excited to see what opportunities comes in this next year with new jobs and possibly moving out of state. I decided to make a couple of cards for some of my fellow graduates including my boyfriend. So without further ado, let's jump into this fun card tutorial.

I decided to go with a gold and green theme for these cards. I thought that the classic money colors would be perfect for some graduation cards since usually money is in the inside of the card. However, these would also look beautiful as a silver and gold theme or even the recipient's school cards. I also show you some options to finish off the insides of the cards as well! Enjoy the process video and I'll catch you down below for more details and photos.

I  hope you found the video tutorial to be helpful. I don't often do mixed media on cards, but I am really liking it! If you would like to see more mixed media techniques for cards let me know in the comments. Both of these cards start with a base of 110 lb. white cardstock cut to an A2 sized card base.

I cut pieces of kraft cardstock to 4" x 5 1/4". Then, I took a stencil that best fit my theme, which is a stencil from Echo Park. I used one of my favorite modeling pastes in this beautiful metallic gold. It is from Heidi Swapp and she also sells other colors as well. I simply just put the modeling paste through the stencil using a palette knife. I let these completely dry off to the side of my desk. Modeling paste does not take too long to dry as long as you don't put down too thick of a layer. So, be mindful of your thickness of your paste.

The tag die cuts that I feature on my card are from Michael's. I thought the sentiments on both of these cards were the perfect fit for graduation cards. I layered these on top of some doilies from my stash. I think this helps the sentiments pop since it brings in more white for contrast. With just the tag sentiment and the doily, I thought it was a little lack luster. So, I added more textures and colors to increase the interest in the card.

I used a velvet ribbon from Recollections in a deep green to add a splash of color. This also ties back to the color scheme I mentioned earlier. I still thought that the card looked very stiff and blocky at this point. So, I wanted to add one more thing. I decided to utilize this MSE stamp set that I purchased and hadn't used yet. I featured the grad cap and diploma stamp on some white paper. It would be fun to coordinate the color of the cap with the school colors of the grad you'll be giving this to.

I have two options on how I finished off the inside of these cards. In the first card I repeated the grad cap, and then included two sentiments from the same MSE stamp sets. Of course there is always the option of handwriting a personalized stamp set in side too.

One of my favorite parts of these cards are the embellishments on the outside. Some perks of being a scrapbooker and card maker include having so many supplies that work for both! I used tiny wood veneer stars to add a lot of dimension to the cards. I also used Jillibean Soup green sequins and Darice white and gold sequins to give a scattered confetti like look.

I went for a more simple sentiment on the inside of the second card. I know graduation has happened for some college grads, so congrats to them! Mine is right around the corner and I am so excited. I hope you're inspired to make some fun cards for the recent grads in your life. Thanks for stopping by!

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