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Your Creative Connection: How Tiny is This Chalkboard Graduation Cap?

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On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, I’m part of a showcase of around the world demonstrators called Your Creative Connection.  We all create projects around a theme and this week’s theme is “How Tiny is This?” and I’m sure we will get a lot of variety on the projects.

I have been meaning to make a graduation card for my niece, who just graduated from Nursing School, so I decided to use the stamp set Round of Applause to make her card.  In this stamp set, there is a tiny graduation cap that I thought was perfect for the theme and my card.

Round of Applause stampin Up stamp setThe Round of Applause stamp set also had some perfect sayings that I was able to use on the inside and the outside of the card.

When working with small images, I find the easiest thing is to either randomly stamp the image or to layer the image up.  I did both methods on this graduation card.  I used the chalkboard technique in the background.  I randomly stamped the hat with Whisper White ink on a piece of Basic Black cardstock.  Then I swiped some more White ink, with a sponge, around the edges and a little across the front of the card so that it looks a little bit like a dusty chalkboard.

round of applause graduation cardFor the main image, I decided, because it was so tiny, that I needed several layers. I stamped the graduation hat with Memento Black ink on the tiny die-cut shape. I used the Tasteful Labels dies for the tiny middle white piece and the outer silver foil piece.  You can see the complete list of supplies I used for this card at the end of this post.

tasteful labels dies

I love the look of the Tasteful Labels dies and layered together.  I also added a circle punch out with Pool Party cardstock, which also helped tie in the card base and ribbon colours.   I also stamped the graduation cap again on a scrap piece of white cardstock and then quickly sprinkled clear embossing powder on it so I could heat emboss the graduation cap so that it really pops.  Then I cut out the image with my Paper Snips Scissors so I could raise it up with dimensionals to make it even more of a feature element. With the foil elements and the raised up elements, my focal piece almost looks like a little badge.

My favourite accent on this card is the little tiny graduation diploma scroll that I added to the front of the card. I made it using a piece of computer paper that is 1 3/4″ x 4″ long. And I just rolled it around a thin paintbrush and secured it closed with a glue dot. And how cute is this teeny tiny bow I made using the lovely shimmery Pool Party Sheer ribbon?

round of applause graduation card

I hope that my niece enjoys her one-of-a-card homemade graduation card.

Check out what my fellow demonstrators did with the “How Tiny is This?” theme. And be sure to check out the complete supply list for my graduation card below.


Your next stop on the Your Creative Connection tour is the lovely Jennifer Pauli from Germany.

Next on the Your Creative connetion Tour

If you get lost in your travels, here’s a complete list of everyone on this tour…

See the last Creative Connection Tour here.

To shop for any of the items on this card you can visit my Online Store here or see the pictures of the supplies below.

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