Welcome, May!

May always makes me think of graduation as a former high school teacher, and this year is certainly pretty different when it comes to that. All the feels for the class of 2020 and the opportunities that they have missed amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

A friend mentioned something on Facebook about wanting to send cards to 2020 grads. I LOVED this idea, and I began compiling a list of seniors who I know, or at least I know their parents. I figured out the colors of each of their schools and concocted a design that I could use in various colors.

As I began mass-producing these cards, the one thing I kept thinking is that having the right tools and adhesives really made the process SO much easier! So I wanted to give a shout out to the manufacturers of the products that made creating these cards a simpler task.

To begin with, my Gemini Junior die cutting and embossing machine from Crafter’s Companion was indispensable! You’ll notice that this design is made up entirely of die cuts, so this beauty was super helpful. I also used Purple Tape from Therm O Web to secure the die cuts to the cardstock to prevent slipping.

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True confession… One thing I love about the Gemini Junior is that while it’s cutting a design, I have a few moments to clean up scraps or cut some card bases! I’m all about efficient use of time.

 Once everything was cut, I began assembling each portion of the card. The first task was adhering the Simon Says Stamp “the best is yet to come” sentiment to the shadow, and that’s where the Therm O Web Ultra Bond adhesive and Metal Tips came in. That combo makes for super-precise adhering without goopy glops. And as the name indicates, just a tad of the adhesive goes a long way! 

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In order to place the sentiment on the shadow, I reached for my Close To My Heart tweezers. And I used them to place tiny gems for the dot of the “i.”

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 To adhere the die cut rectangle to the card panel, I used the oh-so-handy EZ Runner Grand tape runner from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, and I also used foam squares from 3L in 2 sizes to pop up the sentiment and the mortar board. I love that they carry black foam squares which were great for the caps.

Finally, I used the Gina K. Designs Adhesive Dot Runner to adhere the numerals directly to the card front.

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I can’t wait for these cards to hit the mailboxes of these 11 graduates! I hope they take a little bit of the sting of missing out on the final months of their senior years. 

Thanks to Crafter’s Companion, Therm O Web, Close To My Heart, and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L for making great products to help us create fabulous paper crafts!

Praying you are well as we embark on another month!

 ~ Susan R. Opel, Editor-in-Chief