Good morning stampers!  It’s another rainy day here and I’m afraid we might float away.  My garden needs some sunshine but just this week we harvested our first veggies that we grew with our own hands.  So it has been an exciting week so far.

Since we have been lacking in sunshine here, I decided to make my own using the Sunburst Thinlit to create a graduation card for my nephew.  Kids get out late here in NC due to missed days of school because of snow so we are still in graduation season.  My nephew is graduating high school and going on to NC School of Arts for college.  We are very proud of him so I wanted to create a card with some shine.

I still love this Shine On DSP that was in the Occassion Catalog and wish I had bought about two more packs.  I cut the striped pattern using the Sunburst Thinlit die and also cut a piece of basic black  using the same die.  I glued the two dies together off setting the striped shiny paper so that the black die cut peeked out from behind.  
I cut another piece (4 1/8 x 5 3/8) of the Shine On DSP for my card base using the tick mark patterned paper.  This piece was layered onto a top folder A2 card base made from basic black cardstock.  I then glued the sunburst dies onto the front of the card and cut off any excess that was hanging off the sides.
To make the graduation cap, I cut two squares using the Layered Square Framelits out of basic black. I drew on the v-shape using a pencil on the smallest square and then used my craft knife to cut out the shape.  The two pieces were glued together and I added the tassel I made out of silver cord.  I just love how this little cap came together and it was a lot easier to make than I originally thought it would be.
The cap was popped up using dimensionals and positioned to be in the middle of that sunburst.  The sentiment is from Happy Happenings and was heat embossed in some silver embossing powder after being stamped in Versamark onto some basic black cardstock.  I layered the black card stock onto a piece of silver foil paper to make the sentiment stand out.  This was then popped up in the middle of the card using dimensionals.  For a final touch I added some black shiny star shaped sequins.
Even though the card has some shine to it, I still think it works for a masculine graduation card.  I plan to put a little cash inside as an extra surprise and hope he likes the card.  I will have a video on how to make this card either later today or tomorrow at the latest.  I just need to sit down and do my editing along with the voice over.  So be sure to stop by again for the video

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