Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Cap & Gown Grad Card & Tute

Hi ya friends,
Today I have a cap & gown style graduation card to share with ya.
Here it is:
I made one similar to this one last year & thought I'd make another one & create a tute for those who have asked how I made the one from last year.

Here are the innies:

Lots of pics & details coming your way, so grab a cup of the good stuff & get crafty!
Here's what you'll need:

I started by creating a template for myself (which I will share with ya, of course :)
Start with a sheet of cardstock: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and score at 4 1/4"
 (or start with a sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock, cut in half to get 2 card bases.)

 Trace the template
and cut out that triangle section. Erase any pencil marks.

TRIM: cut 3 strips from 8 1/2" cardstock as shown in pic: 3/4", 1/2", 3/8"
 I used 3 colors to match the school colors but you can use as many as you want.

 Adhere all three strips together.

Cut the strip in half. (As you can see, I eyeballed "half" so it isn't perfect, but it's OK, really *Ü*
 Leave about 1/8" of "V neck" edge & adhere the trim. You want to be sure you have excess hanging from the top but doesn't go off the sides of the card base.

Flip it to the back & cut off the excess trim.

It should look something like this:
(Don't worry that the bottom edge of the trim doesn't look even. I got this!)

Moving on to the INNIES...
 Cut a white piece of cs at 4" x 5 3/8" (or cut a tiny strip off 5 1/2" ).  Find the center point (2") and make a mark with your pencil.

 I cut 1 3/4" down the mark i just made.

 Take the top corner edge & paper airplane fold it forward.

 Do the same thing to the other side. That creates the collar.

Adhere to the card base, making sure the collar is centered from the front.

This step is OPTIONAL:
 Add a couple of adhesive squares under the triangles to hold them down, but maintain dimension.

The TIE:
 I simply make a knot using  1/4" piece of satin ribbon. (you can use cardstock or wider ribbon.)

 Tighten the knot a bit...
 and trim off the excess.

Use glossy accents to adhere it to the shirt.

Here's what it should look like so far:
That trim edge still buggin' ya? don't worry, I GOT THIS!

Next, we'll work on the mortarboard:
I used a Square Nestie, but if you don't have one, simply cut a square 1 3/4". I like the way the die leaves a debossed edge. A 2" square will work too for those of you that don't want to fuss. I used the 4th largest die from the SMALL set.

 I also used it as a guide for making the tassel. I simply wrapped the gold floss around it a few times...
(By the way, NO, your eyes are not playing tricks on you- I have removed my Acrylics & my Gel nails that I've worn for YEEEEEARS... now they're shorties...tear, tear, but that's another story for another time...)
I digress...
 Gently pull off the floss & use the end of it to wrap around the top to create the tassle.

 Trim the bottom edge to the length desired- voilà!

 Pierce a hole in the center of the square

 Add a brad, but don't push it all the way down & open the prongs just yet.

 Decide on how much you want the tassel to hang & wrap the end under the brad. Now, press it flush with the square & open the prongs in the back. This will secure the tassel.

Add foam squares to the back to give it dimension.

Now we'll take care of those pesky trim ends by simply covering them up with the mortarboard *Ü*
You want to be sure the point of the board is just slightly over the tip of the "V". (see arrow)

Guess what comes next... yup! Dunzo! Like a boss :)

NOTE: Omit the tie if the card is for a female graduate. Add little pearls or blingy instead :)

Last Note: If you want to stamp something on the front, be sure you do it before adhering the mortarboard to make it easier.

Here's the finished card:

and a group pic:

Hope you liked my interpretation of this fun card style which leaves the door wide open for other types of these cards. Hope that you enjoy *Ü*

Oh, I also used the template on the scrub card:

Download the template---> HERE.

If there's anything that's clear as mud, let me know & I'll try to explain it better and/or answer your questions.

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Thank you for the step-by-step tutorial and template. Your cards are awesome.

  2. Hi Karli,
    I love your graduation cards. One of my boys is done with school this year also. Even though we don't celebrate it as big as you guys do in the States, I will follow your tut and make him a card just like yours. Thanks for the template.

    Oh and btw........I like your nails. ;-)


  3. Hi sweet Karli! Wow!! What an amazing card and love your tutorial! Your nails look fantastic! Love the light blue color! =) Have a wonderful day! Hugs and sunshine

  4. ooh wooooowwwww I love your tutorial really do much work on this card and amaing result you have made...I love your nail too it looks cool cause my teacher (in germany they are all so serious) they have a normal nail( sounds boring) and they are not so modish like you to have a cool teacher like you..psst I am your follower your cards nearly all....sorry I am not a liar if I like I will tell it if not I wont follow it :)

  5. Thanks for the tutorial. I have to make a card for my son's best friend who is graduating from a Theological Seminary University next month. This is an appropriate design for this. TFS

  6. Your tutorial is so clearly explained. Love it. Have pinned it here:Card Tutorials

  7. Wow!!!!!! Thanks so much!! Easy instructions


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