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For the Graduate

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we’re celebrating graduates.  Create any project – card, gift set, card holder, money holder, scrapbook page, or any 3D item with a graduation theme.  For my project I wanted to make a gift set using my Top Not die.  I used Basic Black, Silver and Whisper White card stock.  After die cutting the Basic Black Top Notes I textured them with the Texture Plates Kit #4 Distressed plate.  I die cut two more Top Notes in Silver to outline the black ones.  Cut along he perforated line on the Basic Black Top Note then adhere the silver Top Note behind the Basic Black one. The graduation cap silhouette is one I created.  See below for template.  I rolled some Whisper White paper for the diploma and tied with Basic Black Satin ribbon.  I then stamped the sentiment (Curly Cute) and created the banner.

I created the card to hold a gift card.  I used the Two-step owl punch and created the cap from silver card stock.  The diploma is a strip of Whisper White then wrapped with retired silver cording.  I then adhered the owl to circle layers with dimensionals.

I hope you’re inspired to make your own graduation gift sets.  Hop over to Hand Stamped Sentiments, be inspired, create and upload your project.

Here’s my project.  Click the images to enlarge.

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Top Note box and gift card holder Top Note box
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Top Note box side view Gift card holder inside Top Note box
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Outside of gift card holder Gift card holder inside

All Stampin’ Up! supplies below may be ordered from my website or email me to place your order.

All products are Stampin’ Up! unless noted.

Top Note Box

Templates: click here for box template; click here for grad cap template

Size: 3-1/2” L x 2-1/2″ W x 1” D

Stamps: Curly Cute

Paper: Basic Black , Silver, Whisper White

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories: Very Black Satin Ribbon, Big Shot, Texture Plates Kit #4 Distressed plate

Technique: Stamping, Die Cutting, Embossing

Congrats Gift Card holder

Size: 3-1/2” W x 2-5/8”H

Stamps: Silhouette Sentiments

Paper: Basic Black , Silver, Whisper White, Digital DSP Night and Day houndstooth pattern

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories: 1-3/4” circle punch, 1-3/8” circle punch, Two-Step Owl punch, retired Slit punch, Very Black Satin Ribbon, retired silver cording, dimensionals, MIni-glue dots

Technique: Stamping, Die Cutting, Embossing

Hand Stamped Sentiments Inspiration Challenge #28

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments it’s an inspiration challenge.  The challenge is to use the photo from Pottery Barn to inspire your project, which can be a card, scrapbook page, gift item, etc. Take the challenge.  Submissions are due by noon on Monday, August 16th. I can’t wait to see your projects.   Remember you can use any brand of products to create your projects.

I really love the sunburst quilt on the wall so I used it as my background paper for the Top Note shape.  I printed the full size photo of the quilt on matte photo paper.  Click here for full size photo.  I then cut out the quilt portion I wanted on my Top Note Die then ran it through the Big Shot.  To add dimension and texture I ran the Very Vanilla layer through my Big Shot with the Perfect Details Texture Plate.  I then made a scallop flower and secured it with a 3/4″ circle from the background paper and a silver brad from the Hodgepodge set.  Click here for the fan fold flower tutorial on Splitcoasters.  I adhered the Top Note to the Very Vanilla layer, added the ribbon then adhered the scallop flower with mini-glue dots.

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All Stampin’ Up! supplies below may be ordered from my website or email me to place your order.
All products are Stampin’ Up! unless noted.

Project info:

Friends Sunburst card

Fan Fold Flower Tutorial: click here

Finished card size: 5.25″ x 4.25″

Stamp Sets: Tiny Tags

Paper: Card stock:  Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, non-SU matte photo paper

Ink: Cajun Craze

Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note die, Texture Plate Perfect Details, Scallop edge punch, Jewelry Tag punch,  Hodgepodge silver brad, Black Satin Ribbon, mini-glue dots

Techniques: Stamping

Another Graduation Gift Set

My niece in Oregon graduated last week and I needed to send a gift or card so I decided to make this adorable gift tote and matchbox dresser ensemble I saw on Laura Lin’s blog.  The instructions from Laura and my instructions for the matchbox dresser are here.  As Laura says they are addicting and I’m going to make more.  Since I am transitioning to the new Stampin’ Up! DSP, and I’m waiting for my order, I had to use non SU paper that I had in stock.  Sorry SU DSP and card stock fans.

I used the tags cut from the matchbox die to make little notes and I put one  in each of the drawers.  I decorated the notes with butterflies and rhinestones.  I used one tag for the top of the dresser and tied with the ribbon.

To give the card that extra touch I lined the outside flap of the envelope.

Graduation gift tote set

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matchbox dresser

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All Stampin’ Up! supplies below may be ordered from my website or email me to place your order.
All products are Stampin’ Up! unless noted.

Project Info:

Gift tote ensemble

Finished tote size:  6″ x 6″ and about 7″ around the top

Stamp Sets: Tiny Tags, Picture This, Go Graduate digital stamp set

Paper: 12″ x 12″ non-SU pink textured CS, 12″ x 12″ non-SU teal textured CS, 12″ x 12″ Penny Lane-Graceful Circles by My Mind’s Eye paper

Ink: Bermuda Bay Classic Ink (115655 retiring June 30, 2010), Melon Mambo printed from my inkjet printer for ‘Happy Graduation’ sentiment and Melon Mambo Classic Ink (115656)

Accessories: Big Shot, Top Not die, Matchbox die, Beautiful Wings Embosslits die, Scallop Edge Punch, Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, Medium Naturals white envelope, 1/16″ circle punch, non-SU celadon satin ribbon, Spare Parts fabric designer brads for dresser pulls, non-SU color rhinestones, non-SU white grommets

Techniques: stamping, die cutting

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