Congrats Grad Pinata Card

Graduation time is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only is it a time for celebration, but I get super crafty trying to come up with new card designs and decor. I think this card is my favorite and can’t wait to use it for other celebrations.

I’m going to call it a pinata card since I’m really not sure what it’s called.

How to make the card…The card base is a standard 4.25×5.5″ card and the frame was cut at 4×5.25″ with the inside cut .75″ around. This was created using two rectangles and slicing the smaller rectangle from the larger one in Cricut Design Space. This card is for a male graduate, so I searched Cricut Design Space for a male graduate as well as a “congratulations” sentiment. Don’t you love the font on this one? An offset was added to it so it had a base to sit on.

Cricut Design Space Cutting Tip: When I clicked on “Make It”, the white mat had the frame and sentiment next to each other. I didn’t want to waste paper, so I moved the sentiment to the center of the frame. Saved paper and I may be able to use this portion on another card.

I used the graduates’ school colors for my color selection – Cougar Smooth White Cardstock, Red Pepper Cardstock and Black Licorice Cardstock.

Foam tape was used to create a well for money and some confetti. This card is created similar to a shaker card with one big exception.

There is no clear acetate on any of the layers.

Once the cash (or gift card), pull tab and confetti are placed in the well, remove the tape liner and adhere a piece of tissue paper. The tissue paper needs to cover the well but also leave some of the stickiness on the sides for the fringes. The tissue paper holds the goodies inside until the string is pulled to reveal the insides.

You can use an assorted colors of fringed tissue or crepe paper rolls. I stacked all three colors on top of each other and then used a pair of fringe scissors to cut them.

Starting from the bottom, layer the fringed pieces until you reach the top. Remember, the only adhesive is on the right & left sides of the frame. Once that is complete, add adhesive to the back of the frame and adhere directly on top of the fringes. Be sure that the pull tag is inside the frame. You may have to trim some of the fringes from the sides and bottom to clean it up a little.

And here’s the after:

Fun, right? I hope this encourages you to make some of these too.

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