Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Graduation Time Is Here!

     Do you have someone special graduating this year?  "Sadly" we will be celebrating the grade eight graduation of both Rachel and Jonathan.  Where has the time gone?  It doesn't seem like that long ago that they were in kindergarten and Bumpa had to peel Rachel off of me to put her on his bus!

     But while the graduates are getting excited and shopping for the perfect outfit it is time for us to get working on their cards of congratulations! 


    When we think of graduation we often immediately think of a cap and tassel.  But where can you find a tassel?
    Click HERE to link to a great tutorial I found that will teach you to make your own tassel - and making it yourself, you can make it in the appropriate school colour!
     This is a photo tutorial so be sure to click on the photos for a larger view.  You'll see when you visit this link that the shape cut out of the template was made with a paper punch - don't worry if you don't have something similar because you can easily freehand the same basic shape and cut it with scissors.  The accuracy of this shape will have no effect on the quality of your tassel.  While the tassel being shown was actually made with crochet cotton you can most certainly get the same results using DMC embroidery floss - stocked at your local craft store!
     Is your embroidery floss organized?  If you are a very avid stitcher you may be spoiled enough to have an entire chest of drawers in which to store your floss.  However, most of us crafters keep our skeins wrapped on bobbins in a plastic floss box. 

    But which is the best bobbin to use to wrap your floss?  This is an ongoing debate - cardboard because you can write on it, or plastic because they last longer?  My favourite has always been plastic. Click HERE for some great tips on floss storage.
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                                                                                            Here are some more graduation card ideas to inspire you to make tassels!
      Look closely at how this card makes great use of your Spellbinder Nestabilities dies! (Plain Circles, Scalloped Circles and Labels 8)

     And finally, if you're looking for a card that will hold a gift card inside of it then Click HERE to link to the Hero Arts Blog for complete instructions for this folded graduation cap card!

Happy Crafting!

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