Enjoy the Journey Graduation Card
Hello, Friends! Welcome to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday! Today I’m sharing my Enjoy the Journey graduation card made with papers, stamps, and dies from the fabulous Celebrate the Journey Collection. It’s a quick and easy masculine card that would work perfectly for all those graduations coming up in May and June. You’ll find a complete list of supplies and detailed tutorial at the end of this post.
I love the strong masculine images found in this collection. It really makes it a snap to put together a great card. I used some fun embossing techniques and put that incredibly versatile Luggage and Tags Die to good use as well.
I used a lot of natural fibers to heighten the masculine feel of this card. Jute String and hemp cord were braided together to top this tag. I love the ease of cutting out these sentiment circles when you use the Once Upon a Time die. The custom tag was cut from the vintage map in the paper collection. The fact that it is neutral in color meant that I could add my inks and customize it to coordinate perfectly with my card.
Here’s another circle sentiment paired with hemp cord and jute ribbon.
I also braided hemp cord and jute string across the top of the card, tying knots at either end. It’s a great masculine look.
The inside of the card carries over the theme from the front with a stamped tag, more of those great circle sentiments and another bit of vintage map paper. Our youngest son will be graduating from his Master’s program in just a couple of weeks, and I think this is the perfect card to mark the beginning of this new chapter in his life.
Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out the projects from the rest of the design team…I know you’ll be inspired. Sharing Heartfelt Creations Wednesday with you makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.
Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC: Paper: HCDP1 241 Once Upon a Time Collection; Stamps: HCPC 3596 Celebrate the Journey Sentiments PreCut Set, HCPC 3597 Luggage and Sentiments PreCut Set, HCPC 3598 World Map Pre Cut Set; Dies: HCD 744 Once Upon a Time Die, HCD 745 Luggage and Tags Die, Spellbinder Standard Large Circles Die; Other: 452255 Grand Calibur
Other Product Used: Paper: Olive Green Cardstock, white cardstock; Ink: Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink, Forest Moss, Old Paper and Vintage Photo Distress Ink; Clear Embossing Powder, Silver Embossing powder, Versamark Embossing Pen; Other: Natural Jute Ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon) Green Hemp Twine (RRR) Natural Jute String (RRR) Sewing machine and black thread, Foam Dots Adhesive, Glossy Accents, sandpaper or distressing tool, 1 1/2” scallop circle punch, hot glue gun or strong white glue
Direction: Create a 6” x 6” card base from olive green cardstock. Lightly sand the edges.
Cut the Discover paper from the collection to 5 3/4” x 5 3/4”. Stitch around the edges with black thread, using a messy stitching technique. Use the Versamark Embossing Pen to trace over the word “discover” and heat emboss with silver embossing powder. Use the Versamark Embossing pen to trace over the pocket watch globe and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Heavily distress the edges and ink with Vintage Photo DI.
Stamp two sets of the Pre Cut Sentiments, one with black and one with green ink. Emboss with clear embossing powder and die cut. Use the tag die to die cut the compass rose from the paper and ink the edges with Forest Moss DI. Mat onto olive green cardstock. Fussy cut the word LIFE from the black embossed circle sentiment. Ink with Forest Moss DI and cut a fishtail on the right hand side. Use foam adhesive to secure over the green die cut sentiment. Punch scallop circle from scrap paper, ink the edges with Vintage Photo Ink and use foam dots to mat it on the sentiment circle. Glue onto the tag, as shown. Braid natural jute string and green hemp twine together and run through the top of the tag as shown. Set aside.
Use double sided adhesive to secure the natural jute ribbon to the base of this panel. Wrap green hemp twine around and secure with a knot. Use foam adhesive to attach the completed tag to the left hand side of the card at an angle, as shown.
Mat “the World” sentiment onto an olive green circle that you’ve cut with the Spellbinders circle die. Use foam adhesive and glue to secure to the card. Glue to the card base. Add Glossy Accents to the word “Discover” and set aside to dry.
Add a braided length of natural jute string and green hemp twine to the top of the card, looping and tying knots as shown. Glue down with hot glue gun or strong white glue.
Interior: Cut a 4 3/4” x 4 3/4” square of the vintage map paper and a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2″ square of another patterned paper from the collection. Ink the edges and layer as shown. Die cut a tag from white cardstock and stamp with the HCPC 3598 World Map using Old Paper DI. Run jute twine and green hemp twine through the tag top. Stamp with “enjoy the journey” and glue onto squares as shown. Add die cut embellishments.