Graduation will be upon us very, very soon. Have you thought about buying all of those graduation cards? It can get a little pricey! Why not make your own? Here is a card that I made this week, intended for graduation. It is made out of a paper lunch sack that has been folded in half! How fun is that?!
This bag is white, but you could also use a regular kraft colored bag. Or, if you want lots of color, you can also get colored bags.
The design on this card was inspired by one that I saw while at an Team meeting this past weekend. I do not know who made that card but she had used a gel pack over the boat to look like water. I didn't want to go through all of the trouble to do that, but I did want to mimic that look. After I colored my image (from the TAC set "Pull Up Anchor") and cut it out using the oval Coluzzle template I covered it with VersaMark ink. Then, I took Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) and sprinkled it on top to cover the image entirely and heated it with my heat gun. Because UTEE is so thick, it will not cover the entire image in one shot and instead it makes a water drop effect. You can see this in a little more detail by clicking on the image and viewing it up close. I used shimmer chalk that TAC carries (GREAT product) to add a light splash of color to the white background, enhancing the "water drops".
You can also see the pictures of what the card looks like open. I glued a piece of Kraft cardstock that I had stamped on to the inside panel using the sentiment from the "Pull Up Anchor" set which is perfect for graduation and also the "Congratulations" stamp which comes from "Trendy Greetings". The sentiment says "Wherever you go, go will all your heart." (Click on picture to see it up close.)
There is also a pull out tag that goes inside the opening of the bag. The stamps that I used on that page are from the "Punctuation" set that is available during Spring Fling with a $30 purchase through May 31st. On this tag I can write a memory or sentiment or scripture verse to the graduate and it is also a great place to include a monetary gift. The "pull" on the tag is made by punching out two 2" circles, gluing them together and then attaching them to the back of the tag. Pretty simple.
You could use this "bag" card for so many other occassions as well. It would be great for anytime you are giving a gift card or monetary gift. It is also a lot of fun and sure to impress the recipient!!