Graduation Invite Cards

Hello my crafty friends! I hope you are all having a great start to your week. For today’s Step by Step I wanted to walk you through how I went about making Graduation ticket invite cards for a good friend. She wanted to make it special, giving someone the ticket to her graduation ceremony. It meant a lot that she came to me to do this project. At first i was going to use the pocket method but that just didn’t sit right with me so I started looking around and saw those gift card holder dies, the half moon cut ones. I don’t have any of those dies so I did everything on my own and freehanded all the cuts and measurements. It took me awhile to figure out how to go about the card but last night inspiration struck big time and I knocked all six cards out in one evening. I made all of the pieces at the same time instead of one at a time.

I started out with a standard A2 size card made with Neenah 110lb Solar White cardstock. I then cut DCWV Glitter Brights yellow paper into 4.25″ x 5.5″. I took plain black scrapbooking paper and cut that down to 4″ x 5.25″. Then I took gold miri cardstock and cut that into 4.25″ x 2.25″. Her college colors were black and gold so I wanted to use all of the colors.

Next I took my black paper and dry embossed it with an embossing folder I actually got in a Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine issue. I flipped my base open to tab 1, as per the instructions on the flaps. Then, instead of going through to one side then doubling back I only sent it through once. Since it wasn’t heavy cardstock I didn’t want to run the risk of puncturing and ripping the paper.

This is where things got a little difficult. They do make dies to do what I’m showing you, to hold gift cards and such but I don’t own any of those dies so I freehanded the whole ticket holder. I measured an inch in from both sides, layed a ruler down where I had marked and drew a line across to the other side. I then measured to 4 1/8″ up from the bottom and drew the line that went straight down the middle. I then took a nickel and, with a line drawn on the coin, lined it up with the horizontal line with the cardstock being vertical. I then traced around that to give me a guide when I was cutting with my blade. I figured out that instead of rotating my hand to cut the shape, it would be easier and turn out cleaner if I moved the paper more and the blade less. This gave me a much smoother half circle cut than by doing it solely by rotating my hand. I used a marker to make all of the lines and markings and once everything else was finished I took an alcohol wipe and cleaned it off. Below is what it looked like when I finished.

To attach everything I used my much loved Scor- Tape. I used the half inch tape on the yellow and black paper. I used the quarter inch tape for the ticket holder so there wouldn’t be a chance that I would accidently stick down the little flaps. I lined everything up as best as I could so that they would be as similar as possible. Here is the final product:

That’s it folks! I hope you liked this step by step, leave your comments down below 😊 Until next time, XO

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