It’s that time of year again—the time when our high school seniors prepare to step into the next glorious phase of their lives and mothers, fathers and other caregivers from across the land curl up into fetal positions, wondering how they blinked and those seniors catapulted from Kindergarten to now.
For the record, I’m glad I’m not a mama going through this again. Last year was emotional enough and I figure by the time Cole is a senior (three more years), I’ll have more than recovered by then. I’ll totally be able to handle another graduation. I think of it like childbirth. What? What are you talking about? A graduating senior is so easy! And yes, I’ll do it totally drug-free this time!
That said, we have a handful of seniors this year for whom we’ll be attending grad parties and wishing well as they prepare to move onto the next chapter of life. That means only one thing: cash and cards are needed.
Last year, I made all of my grad cards using my Silhouette and this year, I had a new vision. I found a cute little cap at the Silhouette store, made one card and thought: “I could turn this into a free download if I created my own hat!” So that’s what I did, more or less. I bought a cute little cap graphic and turned it into a cut file. Then I created two options for the text and turned those into a printable PDF. Last but not least, I created a 5 x 5 card cut file using my Silhouette software.
Download here: CZ_GradCardFreebie
1. Print out your choice of sentiment onto 8.5 x 11 cardstock using the PDF file.
2. Load the printed sheet into your Silhouette and use the CZ_squarecard file to cut out your 5 x 5 card. (I’ve included a Studio 3 file, plus a version 2 file.) Fold card on score line. If you don’t have a Silhouette, just print the PDF and trim by hand to 5.5 x 10 inches.
3. Load a sheet of 8.5 x 11 black cardstock into your Silhouette and use the Studio cut file to cut out your hats. (Note: the Studio file hat sizes work with the design. If you are using one of the DXF or SVG files with another cutter, you’ll have to test out different sizes.)
4. Adhere the bottom of the hat to the front of the card and then follow with the top of the hat using a dimensional adhesive. (I am in LOVE with the Thin 3D Foam Squares from 3L!)
5. Add your note to the card and place in envelope. (I have these cool, clear envelopes I use for most of my hand-made cards, similar to these cards.)
6. Add a personal check or the always popular cold hard cash.
Here’s to the graduating class of 2015. There are some real keepers among you.
And to all of you who care for those seniors, I’m sending you some tenderness and love. Hang in there. You’ll be just fine.
And so will they.