Glittery Grad Card

We are still right in the prime of Graduation season and I have a sparkly card that any Grad would be happy to receive!

I started with some Pop Tone Black Licorice cardstock and Gold Glitter cardstock with a stitched rectangle and frame dies for this card.

I wanted the skinny frame to be cut out of the center of the rectangle and inlay a gold glitter frame in its place. I used some low tack tape to keep the two dies in place – it was easier for me to center the frame and run it through at the same time as the outer rectangle.

I also used the skinny frame die to cut out a piece from the gold glitter stock.

I will be using the inner rectangle and the outer thick frame for the finished card and I wanted to add some gold splatter. I used a paintbrush and some gold liquid watercolor to add splatter to both pieces at the same time.

The easiest way I have found to put this together is to use a base piece of white cardstock that I put adhesive all over. I used the Cougar Super Smooth White 110# cardstock here and this is an A2 sized panel.

First, I put the outer rectangle piece on lined up with the edges of the white panel, and then lined up the gold glitter skinny frame up against the first piece.

Then the inner black piece fits perfectly inside the skinny gold frame!

And viola! The base of our card is done.

I used the leftover inner rectangle piece from when I cut out the skinny frame from the gold glitter cardstock for the next step. I am using a big word die with some delicate pieces so I lined the back of the gold glitter cardstock with double sided adhesive. This will make the word into a gold glitter sticker and I don’t have to worry about putting glue on all the little pieces of the die cut.

I cut out “Dream Big” from the adhesive lined glitter cardstock and now we have a sticker!

Cut Cardstock has some beautiful thick vellum that was perfect to use to cut out the shadow for this word die. I used the Vellum 48# for this and it was perfect. Since the vellum is translucent, we have to hide the adhesive behind the gold letters, so I put some thin strips of black foam tape only on the vellum where the gold glitter cardstock was covering it. I used black foam tape here since this is going on a black panel – if any of the adhesive peeks out from the gold letters, it won’t be as noticeable since it is the same color.

I gold embossed a graduation cap on another piece of the Pop Tone Licorice cardstock and cut it out to add to the top of the ‘Dream Big’ letters, added some gold glitter drops and our grad card is finished!

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