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A Handmade Graduation Card Idea for a Graduating Musician

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This handmade graduation card idea is centered around a music theme. I was browsing through my crafting supplies and discovered a bunch of music images and patterns and it hit me! How about making a musical congratulations card?



If you have a family member or friend who is graduating, then consider a handmade graduation card idea that highlights their accomplishment be it music, medicine, art, or another special field.

This would have been a wonderful handmade graduation card to present to my future step-cousin-in-law who recently graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music last year and I kick myself in the butt for not jump starting my crafting itch then!

Regardless, this handmade graduation card idea could be for congratulating someone for a successful concert or performance - don't feel confined for using a "graduation" card idea strictly for graduations.

I did try something different with this handmade graduation card idea. I attempted to "age" the paper framing the postage stamp image and the "Congratulations" message.


Materials Needed:

  • Cardstock for the actual card - I used brown to match the patterned musical note paper that I had on hand.

  • Patterned paper - I had this wonderful aged looking paper themed with musical lyrics and notes.

  • Small Themed Image - I had this patterned sheet of different postage stamps that I haven't really used. A few of the postage stamps had some images of musical instruments, so I used that on the front of this card.

  • Scrap paper and cardstock - I used cream colored cardstock for framing the image and for writing the message. I also used a scrap of red patterned paper to frame the message.

  • Inkpad to "age" your paper along the torn edges. A brown inkpad would probably work best, but I only had a black and silver, so I opted for silver.

  • Paper Trimmer

  • Steel ruler - I used a the steel ruler to make the torn edges around the image frame and the message.

  • Glue or double sided tape (my new favorite adhesive for card making)

  • Bone folder

  • Inky black pen, if you are writing your message by hand.




Step-by-Step Instructions:
  1. Cut and fold cardstock to the desired size.

  2. Trim patterned paper to fit onto the front of the card. I made my patterned paper a little smaller to let the brown of the card show through.

  3. Trim around your image.

  4. For the frame for the image, use your steel ruler as a guide with the scrap cardstock to tear up along its edge. Tear a frame larger than the image so that you have a bold border around the image.

  5. With the same type of cardstock, using the same tearing technique, tear a skinny rectangle to write your message. You can always rubber stamp or print a message out from your computer.

  6. Write you "Congraulations" message on the cardstock.

  7. With your scrap patterned paper, cut a rectangular frame for your message - I used some red patterned paper that I had leftover to match the red in the image.

  8. To "age" the image frame and the message, gently "scratch" the torn edges of the torn paper against the pad of your inkpad. Do this to each side to get the desired age-y look.

    Note: I had to practice a few times to get it just right, so consider using a scrap piece of paper before trying the actual pieces you will be using for your card.

  9. To create an aged look all over the piece of paper, place the piece of paper on a flat surface (throw some newspaper or something underneath just in case the ink strays). With the pad of your inkpad, gently pat the paper - very gently.

    I had a small rectangular inkpad and I patted not-so-gently and there are lines where the edges of the pad were pressed on the paper and it did not look pretty.

    So again, consider testing out this paper aging technique with a scrap piece of paper before doing it on your card pieces.

  10. Glue your image onto the aged cardstock that you're using for the frame.

  11. Glue your message onto the patterned paper that you're using for its frame.

  12. Glue the patterned paper onto the front of the card (in my case the musical themed paper).

  13. Lastly, glue your image and your message onto the front of the card and viola - you're done!




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