Graduation Shaker

On Friday, one of the men who works for me reached a major milestone in his life. After taking 1-2 classes per semester for several years, all while taking care of his daughter as well as helping support his mother and younger sister, he finally completed his bachelor’s degree and graduated from Cal State Los Angeles. I’m so proud of him and all the years of hard work and perseverance he’s shown toward achieving this goal. Needless to say, such an occasion deserved a card. Since the school colors are black, gray, and gold, those are the colors I used for the card.

Mel's Card Corner | Graduation Card

I started by creating my own embossed background paper. I used a piece of Basic Black cardstock from Stampin’ Up!® and stamped the mortarboard image from the March 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit repeatedly on it using VersaMark ink. I then heat embossed it in gold. Once that was completed, I used numbers from the Large Numbers Framelits to cut out the 2016 using my Big Shot.

Mel's Card Corner | Graduation Card

I adhered a piece of Window Sheet on the back side of the black layer using some Tear & Tape. Next, I added strips of foam adhesive around each of the numbers to create four little separate shaker windows. I filled them with some of the metallic sequins collection. I then adhered the card base over the shaker windows to seal everything in place.

Mel's Card Corner | Graduation Card

To decorate the inside of the card, I used sentiments from the February 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit along with the same mortarboard image I used on the front of the card. I thought these all worked perfectly for a graduation card!

To finish off the card, I cut out a banner using the die from the Large Numbers Framelits. I stamped the words “class of” on the banner using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set. I adhered it to the top center of the card using Dimensionals.

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

Until next time …

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  1. Kim says:

    You have made a card worthy of such a major accomplishment! He is going to love, love, LOVE it! So nice of you to do that for him.

  2. Tina Riddle says:

    Wow Melissa.. he will LOVE this! Seriously I adore a shaker card and this one is super cool! Love the background you created with the gold embossed graduation caps! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamp, Ink, Paper this week!

  3. Julie Gearinger says:

    Oh my, this is fabulous!! I am sure that your friend will be so appreciative of this card celebrating his wonderful achievement!! Thanks for sharing with us at SUO Challenges- hugs!

  4. sandym says:

    Great graduation shaker, Melissa! What a fabulous job you did embossing the hats and I love the shaker mix. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Stamp Ink Paper!

  5. Ginger Pelfrey says:

    This is a fantastic shaker card Melissa!! Congratulations to your friend. Thank you so much for joining us at Stamp Ink Paper this week 🙂

  6. Pam Staples says:

    Mel, Amazing Shaker card! So creative cutting out the numbers. Gorgeous color combination and so fun for a summer graduation card. Thanks for playing along with SUO! Challenges.

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