It’s that time of year again….time to take our hats off to the grads! This year, I am one of those grads….FINALLY. I have been nothing but a student my whole life and now I’m moving on to be a real pharmacist, yay! No more moochin off the hubby, time for this wifey to bring in that bacon Well, what better way to start the celebration than announcing your graduation to friends and family!?
Graduation announcements are traditional reminders of commencement. There is a range of options from a fancy embossed announcement from the university or photo announcement with the basic info and a grad pic. These announcements can range from $2-7 each, some being more expensive than wedding invitations!! I’m not rollin in the dough yet, so I’m makin my own announcements, and you can too…..
Here’s what you need:
- White/Cream Cardstock
- Computer Printer and Ink
- Colored Cardstock
- Hot Glue
- Border Stamp
- Ink Pad
- Embossing Powder
Step 1: Start by drafting your announcement on word or publisher. There are lots of different formats you can use, here’s the format I used:
The Dean, Faculty, and Graduating Class of 2011
Announce the Graduation of:
GRADUATE NAME, DEGREE
From GRADUATE UNIVERSITY
Step 2: Print off the announcements on cardstock. Print extra because between the cutting and stamping you are bound to make some mistakes
Step 3: Cutting! Now for the fun part….I suggest you set up in your favorite lounger with a good show and bottle of wine because the cutting is the hardest part! Be sure to leave about 1.5-2″ on the margin of the side you plan to stamp the border on. Here are the dimensions I used:
Colored Cardstock: 5″x7″
Step 4: Stamp your border! You can choose a fancy border like this or something more classic like a dotted or bold line. If you are not into stamping you could easily just run a ribbon along the border!
Step 4b (optional): Embossing! After stamping, spread embossing powder over the ink. I used a clear glitter embossing powder because I love sparkles After shaking off the extra powder, heat and watch the stamped image turn begin to glisten!
Step 5: Add backing colored cardstock to announcement using double stick tape. I used about 3-4 strips per card, covering the border sides.
Step 6: Time for ribbon! You can tie bows, or simply tie a knot as I did here. I love adding ribbon to invites and announcements…just gives it a little more personality Fasten each ribbon with a dab of hot glue.
NOTE: You will burn your fingers…..but thats life!
Here’s my final product! This took me the daytime portions of my weekend, but I was not very focused and there was a lot of socializing involved I’m sure you could bang these out in a night if need-be.
Alright, now you have all the info you need to make your own graduation announcements! What do you think, gonna give it a go?? Would love to see your final product…..send me a pic :)
Hats off to the grads of 2011…..WE DID IT!!