Surprise! Graduation Thank You Card

Surprise! Graduation Thank You Card


Here is the third of the three designs I came up with for graduation thank you notes for my kids.  For this one, the front is deceivingly simple, but when the card is opened, a decorated cube jumps right out of the card!

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How fun is that?!

There is a panel inside for a handwritten message that is seen after the cube pops out.


The greeting was downloaded and printed from a file called “Free Wedding Text Digital Stamps” I found online at Digital Doodling.  This same “thank you” was on the front and on two of the sides of the cube.  The “class of 2017” on the other two sides of the cube was a digital image I found at

Black and white card stock was used, along with a rubberband inside the cube that allows it to fold flat and pop open.

The cube is from a Silhouette cut file called “Insta-Cube Card Graduation” (design id #198862) which was designed by Lori Whitlock.  In addition to the cube base (and a box that holds the cube which I did not use here), the file contains graduation elements with which to decorate the cube, but I did not use them for this project.  I think the cube is meant to be the card, but I needed mine to have more space for writing, so I just put the cube inside another card.  Here is a video showing how to assemble the cube along with other themed sets that are available.


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Pop-Up Graduation Thank You Card

Pop-Up Graduation Thank You Card



Here is the second of the three designs I came up with for graduation thank you notes for my kids.  For this one, I used the Sizzix “Platform, Spinning 3-D” Bigz Die (#656029) designed by Karen Burniston which caused the hand-written message to pop out at the recipient when the card was opened.

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Because my pop-up element was kind of big, my overall card needed to be big to accommodate it.  My card, when closed, is 5 1/2 x 5 inches.  (When the card is closed, the edges of the pop-up note line up pretty closely with the decorative panels on each side.)  If the pop-up element were smaller, the card could probably fit into an A2 sized envelope.  Instead of creating a custom envelope, I ended up using envelopes meant for cards measuring 5 x 7 which allowed room to the left to carefully position the tassel so it didn’t get all wonky when mailed.

Kraft card stock was used for the card base and tag.  This tag with the greeting was downloaded and printed from a file called “Printable Thank You Gift Tags” that I purchased from Concertina Press.

I purchased the tassels (ready-made) on amazon.  The black panel across the middle was debossed with a Darice Circle Background embossing folder.

The foiled background panel was from a file from the “Graduation Digital Paper Pack” by DeerCustomDesigns that I purchased on Etsy.  It was printed on laser printer paper with a laser printer  and foiled using  Gina K Red Velvet Fancy Foils and my mini Heidi Swapp MINC foiling machine.  (A laminator can also be used.)


The inside panels were matted on Gina K Red Velvet card stock.  The side panels are from a digital paper pack called “Thank You Papers” by AMB Illustrations that I also purchased on Etsy.

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Graduation Cap Thank You Card

Graduation Cap Thank You Card


(I’m sorry I keep sharing “out of season” projects, but I’m still trying to catch up…)

In addition to all the graduation cards my kids needed to give, they also needed a few thank you notes as well.  I decided to make 3 different designs so if they all received a gift from the same person, the gift-giver wouldn’t receive 3 of the same thank you card design.

This first one was popping up all over Pinterest so I thought I’d give it a try.  The cap opens to reveal the handwritten note.  (It’s kind of a small area, so Kelly needed to write small.  She was actually able to fit more on there than I did on my sample!)

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Gina K Red Velvet, black and white card stock was used.  The stamps are from the Fiskars “Monumental Moments” set and the Hampton Art set #SC0752.  Glittery Recollections brads were used as the tassel buttons on the tops of the caps.

I made the tassels from red embroidery thread and brush fringe.  (This fringe was very difficult to work with because there is one thread holding it all together, and I kept losing pieces as I tried to separate it to tie the embroidery thread around the tops.  I had pieces of red fringe everywhere!!  I felt like I was all thumbs!  Maybe if my fingers were daintier…)

HERE is the tutorial video I used to create this card.


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Class of 2017 CAS Graduation Card

Class of 2017 CAS Graduation Card


(Inside: May you celebrate your graduation remembering special memories from your past and exciting dreams for your future.  Happy Graduation.)

This clean and simple graduation card features a greeting from the “Curly Cute” set (retired?) by Stampin’ Up that was stamped with versafine onyx black ink.  The “Class of 2017” was a digital image I found online.  The sentiment inside was by Northwoods Rubber Stamps.

The white panel on the front was embossed with a Sizzix/Stampin’ Up “Stripes” embossing folder.

You may recognize the elements on this card from one I recently posted:


My kids had gone through a whole bunch of cards for their friends, and we still needed more!  (I guess with three of them, there is a larger need than usual!!)  I still had the supplies out for this photo card, so I whipped up a few of these CAS cards for them to give.

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Foiled Graduation Cards

Foiled Graduation Cards


(Inside:  Sincere Congratulations and Best Wishes on your Graduation Day.  May the future hold success and happiness for you.  Happy Graduation)

As I mentioned yesterday, my kids needed quite a few graduation cards for their friends this past spring/summer, and I made several, simple designs that were easy to duplicate.  I had never done foiling before, so I thought I’d give that a try.

Here is a sample made with silver foil.


Etsy , with its huge supply of digital papers and images, is a great source for elements to print and foil (if you have access to a laser printer).  You can find a huge variety of designs in a range of prices, and once you own the files, you can print as many as you like, as often as you like.

I created the background panels from a file from the “Graduation Digital Paper Pack” by DeerCustomDesigns.  I imported the image into Printshop and added the blank text box in the center so I could stamp my greeting.  Once the panel was designed, I printed multiple copies with my laser printer (foil transfers to toner but not ink), trimmed them to size, and foiled the panels with either Gina K Red Velvet Fancy Foils or Therm O Web Silver Deco Foil and my mini Heidi Swapp MINC foiling machine.  (A laminator can also be used.)

The greeting on the front is by Rubber Stamped.  The inside sentiment is from Northwoods Rubber Stamps.  I used Gina K Red Velvet, black and white card stock.  The foiled panel is on laser printer paper from Staples.

The frame on the first sample was created with my We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board.

This background is from the “Black and White Digital Paper Pack” by LittlePandaDreams also purchased on Etsy.  This could be used for a number of occasions.


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