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Congrats to the Graduate Frame

Be still my heart - my youngest son is graduating from high school!  Hi, it's Maureen with you today, and I was so excited to see my son's Senior pictures come in the mail.  I knew that the shots looked great, but they were even more so when they were printed!  I ordered several to make scrapbook pages and other crafts, but I wanted a special picture to put in a frame.  And I chose the Clear Scraps interchangeable 3D Base and Square Frame for this very shot!


I was also excited to see the newest options in the 3D Word-n-Shape categories...there's a new Congrats with Hat set that seemed to be made for this very occasion.  Yay!  I've started with a base coat of acrylic white paint on the word "congrats" first.  Then I got out my Distress inks and started shading a layer of gray, then black, in an ombre pattern going up the title.  I added a black acrylic paint sponged on the very top.


I wanted this display to look very masculine, since the shirt in the picture is very colorful.  So, I've chosen some simple black, gray and white patterned papers from my stash to allow the picture to stand out.  I've traced the bottom base shape on the back of a patterned paper, cut it out and then glued it on with a tacky glue.  I took a box cutter blade to the inner ridges.  The top piece is painted with an acrylic black paint.


To set out in decorating the front, I've traced the front frame piece and graduation hat in 2 other patterns of paper.  The frame middle is cut with a blade again too and glued to the front of the frame.  


The wood part of the frame then is mounted on the back panel with tacky glue, and I've taken care only to glue three sides down so I can slip the picture through the top.


For the graduation hat, I was going for a bit of dimension, so I mounted the top of the mortar board with some foam pieces first.


Did you know it's really easy to make a tassel?  I like to make these for lots of projects, so I took a red bakers twine, wrapped it around my fingers several times and cut off the end.  Next, I slipped another piece of twine between my fingers and tied the loops together.  The final step is to trim the loops off at the bottom - easy breezy!  Simply glue this tassel on to the hat wood piece with tacky glue, and a fun button embellishment to hold down the rope piece.


I also am using a really cute chipboard diploma from the Graduation Chipboard Embellishments set that I wanted to add - this was painted black, mounted on some printed paper and trimmed.  I found a red ribbon and embellishment to glue to the middle to make it look like it was wrapped in a ribbon.  And, then - don't forget the white gel details!


At the last minute, I added a red star behind the graduation hat to pull more of the school colors into the display.  It makes everything pop and will look really snazzy on a table display for a party later on.


Do you have any graduations to attend this year?  If so, I hope you'll consider this project as a gift or for decorating at a party.  This is such a fantastic way to display those great memories you want to share with others.  


My additional supplies are listed below - I hope you give this a try, and thanks for stopping by!


Additional supplies:  acrylic paint, tacky glue, Distress inks, patterned paper, red bakers twine, assorted embellishments, red ribbon, white gel pen, box cutter or sharp blade



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