Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Graduation Card

Graduation season is upon us and I have several cards to make this year.  This simple design is great for a boy or a girl.  Once you set up a file in your software it is quick and easy to cut.  I got the free SVG design file from Kay at Clever Someday (she is extremely clever!) and you can find it on her site HERE.  Please be sure to leave her a comment to say thanks if you visit her site and download the file.

This is how the SVG file opened in my Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software.  You need to select the image and then click on the scissors icon on the top right to open the Cut Style window and add the cutting lines.

I thought the letters were a little too heavy for the card I was making for a girl so I used the internal offset to create slightly slimmer letters and shapes.  Then I selected both the rectangle and the Class of 2013 shape, centered them using the Align menu and right clicked and chose "make compound path" from the drop down menu.

I planned the card in the program but only cut the top layer with the machine.  The rectangle with the cut out is sized at 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches and I centered the image within that space.  Then I selected both the rectangle and the Class of 2013 shape, right clicked and chose "make compound path" from the drop down menu.

The shape cut very neatly and I now have these "leftovers" to use on another card if I want to.   I kept track of the centers of the two "0"s and the "A" and adhered them to the card front (rather than using or creating a stencil font).

The card base is cut at 7 x 10 inches and folded in half to make a 5 x 7 card.  The gold layer of cardstock is cut at 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches to allow for a border around the edge of the card.

Since the card base is dark blue, I needed to add a mat layer inside the card for a greeting and to provide a good spot for signing the card.  I used a Martha Stewart Wide edge border punch on the two long sides of a 7 x 4 3/4 inch rectangle of white cardstock.

The word "Congratulations" is cut from the font Sweetheart Script.  This is a very thin font.  I probably could have cut it at this size in vinyl but it was a little too thin for paper.  So I did a slight offset of the word to make it easier to cut and attach inside the card. 

The school colors for our niece are blue and gold - hence the color choices.  I was lucky to have a gold envelope in the correct size for the card.

The weather turned out to be rainy on the day of the party but we still had one very happy graduate!

High School graduations are just starting here in the Northeast.  Have the students in your part of the world graduated already?  Do you have lots of cards to make and gifts to wrap?  
After the rainy weekend we are looking at weather that may reach the 90's this week !

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  1. very nice gender friendly card. i'll be needing to make a few 'again' this year. i didn't download this file. i was warned it would harm my computer. i tried again, and a message came up, 'we warned you' do you still want to proceed. i backed out!

    1. Hi Kat,
      I am sorry to hear that you had a problem. I didn't get any warning or security notice when I downloaded the file several days ago. I am not sure what the problem might be but I would suggest contacting Kay directly through her blog - maybe she can help you find out what went wrong.

  2. Now that is a nice, simple, elegant looking card! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Janice,
      Thanks for the compliment on the card. All credit for the file goes to Kay so be sure to leave her a little note on her blog!


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