Friday, June 15, 2012

Recessed Graduation Card

Hello Krafters!

Today I am sharing a graduation card I made for my SIL. Her school colors were red and white. I wanted to stay with that color scheme. They pattern paper inside the frame is from the High school Stack by DCWV.

Front of the card:

Since I did not have the right pattern paper for this project, I decided to make my own for the front of the card. I took a graduation cap stamp and randomly stamp it on some solid card stock using Versa Mark. I used some Lindy’s Stamp Gang Embossing Powder. I love how this embossing powder leaves a nice shimmer on the cardstock. It almost makes it look like pearlized cardstock!  I took my ticket stub punch and used that one the edge of the pattern paper.

The frame was cut from the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge.  I wanted to add texture to the frame because it was too plain. I embossed that with the African Batik embossing folder. The layer was placed on pop dots for dimension and for the “recessing”. For the diploma, I simply rolled a piece of scrap cardstock. The graduation cap was cut from the Wrap It Up cartridge (I think). Instead of using the tassel from the actual cut, I made my own from floss. The tassel is secured with a brad which was colored with Smooch. I stamped the sentiment with Stampin’ Up ink and added pearls using a red Viva Décor Pen.

The inside:

I took the same pattern paper from the recessed portion of the card and used the same punch I used on the front. It was layered with a piece of cardstock for the sentiment. The sentiment layer is also acts as a pocket for her monetary gift.

That is it! I wanted to keep this card simple and easy to make. I hope you all enjoyed today’s project! Thanks for stopping by, Krafthead~


DCWV High School Mat Stack

Recollections Cardstock-Red


Cuttlebug African Batik Embossing Folder

Elegant Edges

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Embossing Powder

Versa Mark


Viva Décor Pen

Antique Linen Distress Ink

Black Soot




We R Memory Keepers-Ticket Stub Punch

Pop Dots


  1. Super fab for graduation. Love the money pocket too!

  2. Love the money pocket idea, the whole card is wonderful!

  3. this is just adorable!!!!!!!! Great job! I bet she loved it!

  4. Great job, love the embossed details, great pocket idea