Graduation Card for Austin

My Grandson, the Graduate!

The handsome young man in this photo is my grandson, Austin. The lovely young lady next to him is my 21-year-old granddaughter (Austin’s sister), Lindsay.

This was a proud day for me, “Grammie.” It was Austin’s high school graduation. Not only did he graduate with excellent marks, but he received a special award (which also included cash) for his strong contribution to the school; for his good nature; school involvement; big smile; polite and respectful attitude toward teachers, staff and students; and, for his ongoing voluntary work, mentoring (and play) with autistic students. He’s headed off to college this fall to study Television Broadcasting. Maybe we’ll see his handsome, smiling face on the tube, one day. (His real passion is for film-making, though, so maybe we’ll see his name on the Big Screen!). Now that I have done my bragging–as every good grandmother must do–let me show you the card that I made for Austin.

I decided to go with an easel card, so I would have more space for graphics and text, as well as for a personal note.Here is the front of the card, with its tiny diploma, all tied up with a black bow. I’m so finicky about details, that I actually created a real little diploma, complete with Austin’s name, date, school name, and so on. Silly, huh?
Instructions on how to make an easel card can be found at Splitcoast Stampers).

 

 

 

This is a view of the easel card when it is opened part way.

I added three small black pearls to hold the easel part up. The message says, “Class of 2012.”

 

 

The really cool “mortarboard” paper matched the plaid, perfectly! Yay!!

The happy graduate, clicking his heels together, is one of Mo Manning’s fabulous digital images (her images are also available in rubber).

The photo below shows the card fully opened, with the message that I wrote and printed out for the middle panel; the hand-scrawled text above is just another note from me and my husband.

 

We were giving Austin a gift certificate for his college book store, so I created a gift card holder on the back of the card.

 

 

 

 

I didn’t photograph it, but I also created a custom cardstock envelope/box for the card.

All, in all, I was happy with the overall result and Austin seemed to really like it, too.

Well, Austin’s next graduation will be from college, and I’m already starting to put ideas for his card into my Ideas File! As a Virgo, my motto is, “You can never be too prepared!”

You can see more of my creations on my Globug Ideas Pinterest page.

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