Hello! It’s graduation time. Whether it is a kindergarten or a college graduation, it’s that time. Well this cute Grad Cat by Sunny Studio Stamps comes to the rescue. For a youngster or a young adult, Grad Cat can share appreciation and congratulatory wishes for the graduate in a clever and fun way. I’m using the following products from Sunny Studio Stamps:

Grad Cat stamps and coordinating dies

Crepe Paper Streamers dies

Bright Balloons dies

Hayley Uppercase Alphabet dies

Inside Greetings Congrats stamp set 

Subtle Grey Tones 6″ X 6″ paper pack

To make this 5″ X 7″ card, I added a 5″ wide X 3-3/4″ tall neutral-striped pattern paper to the bottom section of  my card base that measures 5″ wide X 6-1/4″ tall. Next, I stamped, colored and cut out the Grad Cat and a dozen books for the front. I colored the books using Copic Sketch Markers in the following colors: BG09, BG18, BG49, YR27, YR24, Y21, B93, B45, B41, R89, R39, YG67, YG17, YG03, Y28, and 100. I also used E09, E19, E53, E55, E43, R00, R20, 100, C7, and C5 for the graduate cat.

I positioned everything in place on the card front, overlapping the books in random piles. I attached a balloon at the top, allowing the balloon to extend 3/4″ beyond the top edge of the card. The balloon extension plus the length of the card base equals 7″ total so it can still fit inside an A7-sized envelope. Everything was glued in place, including the balloon’s string.

I stamped the meow sentiment from the Grad Cat set and the “congratulations” from the Inside Greetings Congrats stamp set on the front. Finally, I die cut the “GRAD” letters using the Hayley Uppercase Alphabet dies, added highlight marks to the teal letters, using my white Gelly Roll pen, and added the word to the card front.

For graduations, I typically give money so inside the card, I added a leftover strip of the striped pattern paper to hold a gift card, cash or check so it does not fall out when the card is opened. I also stamped more sentiments from the Inside Greetings Congrats stamp set to finish the card.

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