The front is pretty standard. I used our Silver Foil Paper and the Arrows Embossing Folder. I love the look of the embossed foil, even though you can't see much of it on this card. I also used the Blue Ribbon Stamp set. I think it's probably the only stamp set I own that specifically says 'congrats grad'. So it worked out. Really the front is not the 'wow' part of this card anyway.....
.....it's the inside that makes you say 'Wow!' This card has two 'insides'. I'll explain more in a minute. First let's talk about this hat. I thought it would be uber cute to have a pop up hat inside. Well graduation hats are not normal. If you've worn one you know. I couldn't get it to look right, so after a couple tries I thought, "Why am I trying to reinvent this, surly someone has done it." I searched Pintrest for a 'pop up graduation hat tutorial'. Finally I found this one. It was easy to understand and it worked perfectly!
Now because this hat takes up a good deal of space on the inside I decided I needed to add another layer to it. You have to have somewhere to write a note, even if it's just a quick one. So I trimmed this card down by half and inch and attached it to a sturdier card base of Smoky Slate.
So now I have plenty of room to write, the hat stands alone anyway. Of course if you wanted to add a pocket for a gift card or money that could be easily done on the Smoky Slate layer. I'm so pleased with it!
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!