May 29, 2021

A Handmade Graduation Card in a Z- Fold Card Style

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It's Saturday again and that means a new theme at Allsorts challenge! Mervi is hosting and she would like to see "Any Celebration but Birthday". Hope you'll play along with us. This week we have Chocolate Baroque giving away a fantastic prize - Chocolate Baroque Ophelia stamp and three mini stencils. Remember you may enter up to 3 different creations for more chances to win!

Lesley of Chocolate Baroque will be back at The Craft Store on Friday 4th June at 9am and 1pm with different stamps for both shows both old and new along with loads of inspiration using them.


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This was the perfect challenge at the perfect time for me as my son is graduating from Highschool. He told me a few years ago that he prefers receiving my handmade cards more than a store bought one, so I definitely wanted to make one. And for a special occasion such as this one I decided to make a "fun fold" card.


The inspiration for this card came from one of our Allsorts entrants from a challenge last year. You can see it here. I did use different images and colors, but the main idea came from that card. She had used a SVG file, but I searched for card fold in a similar style (I don't own an electronic cutter) and found a Z-Fold tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers. 

I had this idea of using an eagle in flight image but had no stamp, so google came to the rescue and I found this gorgeous eagle coloring page which I sized down and printed on Neenah 80lb card stock. Colored with Copic markers and fussy cut using my Cutterbee scissors. 


This is how the card looks when closed. 


I used an old script type background stamp from Whimsy Stamps (no longer available) with white craft ink (options) on the black card stock. The stars are all die cuts.


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The brushed gold paper was part of a Hero Arts stamp kit. The graduation cap is by Stampin Up, another oldie. A wire which I had in my small jewelry making stash was used to make it stand up. 

Sentiments were typed up on the computer and printed out. "Embrace your Journey" came from Tim Holtz' Quotations sticker set



I feel like there is too much going on for my personal normal card style, but I do like to occasionally step out of my comfort zone.

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Creative Creases - Fun Fold // C.R.A.F.T. - Shaped Card // Creative Knockouts - For the Boys (C8) // Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes // Krafty Chicks - All Occasions // Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes // Crafty Sentiment Designs - Anything Goes // Path of Positivity - Anything Positive // Stamps & Fun = Creativity - Congratulations // International Art & Soul - Graduation 

52 comments:

  1. How the kids grow! Congrats! Gorgeous card;-))m

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  2. What a lovely card and congratulations on your son's graduation. #MMBC

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  3. What a fabulous card using this fun fold to display all the gorgeous graduation elements. Love the floating Mortar board, looks just like someone has thrown it in the air as they do for the photo shoots. I'm sure your son will love it.
    Lorraine

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    1. Many thanks Lorraine! I usually stay away from too many things, but thought it was appropriate this time :-)

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  4. It looks wonderful in this contemporary colour palette. Congrats to your son.

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    1. Thanks so much, Lynn. I tried to go with the school colors of black and gold.

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  5. Wow! That's a fancy Gradation card. You sure spent a lot of time on it. Congrats to your son. I can't believe he's graduating from H.S. already.

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    1. I can't believe it either Amy. Seems like he just started Highschool!

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  6. I guessed that might be for your Son Ellie, what a fabulous make, so different and something I am sure he will treasure as it's made with Mum's love.

    B x

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    1. Thank you so much, Brenda! He surely will!

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  7. Amazing design and shape for this celebrate card!! Big congrats to your son!!

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  8. this is brilliant and so clever, your son will love it xx

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  9. Wow, what a perfect fun fold for your son's graduation! Congrats! I just love all of the great details you put into it and know he did, too!! Thank you for playing in the Creative Creases Extravaganza Challenge and hope you will join in again soon.
    Debbie
    www.secretstamper.com
    Creative Creases Challenge for Fun Folds

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    1. Thank you so much Debbie! Glad I was able to join in this time. Might have to dig a little bit to share another creation I made previously, since this time we can link up old makes too!

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  10. A really super make Ellie, looks brilliant, a great shape of card and some lovely embellishments. Congratulations to your Son on his graduation.

    Kath x

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  11. Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge. Hugs Sylvia Hoekman-DT.

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  12. Wow, what a special card for your son! I know he will love this one with all the handsome elements and unique design! I especially like the white font on the black reminiscent of chalkboards! So happy you shared this delight with us at Path of Positivity! ~Katrina

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    1. Many thanks Katrina, hadn't thought of the white on black as a chalkboard idea, but you are so right!

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  13. Hi Ellie this is one fantastic fun card fold and beautifully crafted for your sons graduation a superb make
    hugs
    lorraine x

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  14. This graduation card looks lovely! I know a few people who may be graduating in a year or so
    Laila
    www.lailanblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Laila! It's been a tough year for this year's graduates, but they did it!! Congrats to all 2021 graduates!

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  15. This is so goood!!! Your son will love it!

    Jennifer
    Curated By Jennifer

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  16. Awesome card. Great design and so glad you shared over at Crafty Sentiments.

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  17. Congrats to your son! What a lovely card you've made him.

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  18. That's a beautiful card! Congrats to your son on his graduation!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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  19. Wow! What a beautiful card! I like this tricky technique. And a big congratulation to your son. Thanks for joining us at S+F=C.

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  20. Awesome card! Congrats to your son!
    Have a great day!
    Marilyn ❤️

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  21. Hello Ellibelle,

    What a beautiful card, I love the colours.
    Thank you for joining us here at CRAFT challenge, I look forward to seeing more of your lovely creations.

    Love Sue
    CRAFT DT

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    1. Thanks so much, Sue! Hope to join in again soon!

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  22. Fabulous graduation card.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge this week at CRAFT Challenge, looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx CRAFT DT

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  23. It’s a great fold! All the details you added are perfect for the graduate! Thank you for sharing your wonderful card with us at Krafty Chicks Challenge.
    Diane - DT

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  24. Very lovely Graduation card. I like all the embellishing you did along with the fold very nice.
    Thanks for joining us for the Graduation Challenge at International Art & Soul.
    Debbie DT

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  25. This card is so cute & clever! Everyone seems to prefer the handmade cards now.

    Thanks for joining us at International Art & Soul

    Hugs,
    Chriss - DT

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