Beautiful Balloons Graduation Card

Beautiful Balloons Graduation Card

At first glance, Stampin’ Up!’s Bright & Beautiful Suite looks like it only makes birthday cards. It does work well for creating birthday cards, but, I found it perfect for other occasions, too.

It’s that time of year to celebrate graduations of all kinds — from kindergarten, high school, college, and more. In today’s post, I share a handmade graduation card using elements from this brand-new suite. Find it beginning on page 14 of Stampin’ Up!’s 2023-2024 Annual Catalog. Be sure to watch the video (a Facebook live replay) to see step-by-step instructions for creating this card.

The sentiments “You Did It” and “Yay You” work perfectly to celebrate any and all achievements. 

Here’s a breakdown of measurements and products:

  • Basic Black cardstock: 11 x 5 1/4, scored at 5 1/2: 5 1/4 x 4; 2 1/2 x 3/4
  • Gold Celebrations Specialty Designer Series Paper: 5 1/4 x 2 1/2
  • Gold Foil: 5 1/4 x 1/2 (2), a piece to die cut the large balloon (Beautiful Balloons Dies)
  • Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, and Versamark to create sentiment (Beautiful Balloons stamp set)
  • Simply Elegant Trim (gold)
  • Basic White: 5 1/4 x 4 (inside of card)

The Gold Celebrations Specialty DSP adds a pop of fun into this card. You get three 12 x 12 sheets of different “celebrating” designs. I used just a small piece to make these great paper go a long way. 

Below, I made another one of these in silver. I just flipped over the Gold Celebrations Specialty DSP. It works! I’m not sure if there is an official color for graduation cards? Would you choose gold or silver? With this design, you could also add colored card stock that matches the graduate’s school colors.

Graduation Card Sample

Beautiful Balloons Graduation Card Video



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Graduation Gift Card Holder

Graduation Gift Card Holder

Spring is here, and summer is following quickly! (Especially here in Arizona where the temps are expected to hit the mid-90s. this week) Get prepared for spring graduations and spring and summer weddings.

Be sure to have some gift card holders on hand when you get those invites in the mail!

Paper crafting lends itself to a variety of gift card designs. I’ve shared several different varieties in past blog posts. Check them out here and here.

Today, I offer yet a another design. I grabbed this idea from two of my team members who made cards for our recent team gathering. The card below features a sentiment from the Slim Sayings stamp set and the Hey Sports Fan 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper, both found in Stampin’ Up!’s January-June 2022 Mini Catalog. 

Graduation Gift Card Holder

Graduation Gift Card Holder Cutting Directions

  • Start by cutting a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock in half the long way. You have a piece that measures 11 x 4 1/4.
  • Score this piece at 1 1/4 inches and 5 1/2 inches.
  • Fold the card in half and then fold the small piece “inside” the card to form a place to hold the gift card.
  • Decorate accordingly.

Watch the video at the end of this post to see how this one comes together.

Wedding Gift Card Holder

The wedding gift card holder above uses Stampin’ Up!’s Love & Happiness Bundle. I love the Gold Foil and the heat embossing for this card.

Wedding Gift Card Holder Inside

Here’s the inside of the gift card holder above. 

Graduation Gift Card Holder Video

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