Saturday, May 19, 2012

Making a Graduation Cap from Scraps and Punches


Here's how I made my graduation cap for the card I made yesterday.  First start with a 1" strip of Basic Black card stock.  Lay one point on the gutter of the paper trimmer, and the other end lined up with the 3/4" mark on the right side of the gutter.  Then cut!
 

Next flip the piece over, and line up the angle you just cut on the 1" line on the left of the gutter. And cut.


That creates the mortarboard piece - a perfect parallelogram!  


Then punch a 1-3/8" square using your punch and another scrap piece.



Stick the punched square onto the edge of a post-it note (easier to handle this way!).  
  

Use your 1-3/4" x 7/8" oval punch and place the bottom right part of the square in and punch.  I eyed this part, but I did place just a little more than half of the bottom right part in.  And punch!
 

Then I placed the bottom left part of the square back into the punch and punched off that side.  Again I just eyed it.  
 

Maybe I just got lucky, but it centered pretty easily.  I made three of them so far - and I guess I eyed them pretty well?!  If it doesn't come out very centered the first time though, try again on the same piece.  You'll still have plenty of space up top to stick to the mortarboard piece. 


Then here it is all stuck together!  Tah dah!! 


Thanks for stopping by,


Julie B

13 comments:

Linda said...

:)

Jeanette said...

Thank you. I would have guessed and eyeballed it and it would have been a mess and I would have said oh well. Thanks again!

Happy Little Crafter said...

This tutorial was a Pinterest pick! Thanks for posting your technique!

Anonymous said...

You gave me an ah ha moment with using the post it to allow you to punch smaller pieces. You have saved me SOOOOO much aggravation.

I love the card and thanks for the tip!

Deb B (Debadoo) said...

Thanks so much! I'd been wondering how to do these hats with the parallelogram pieces! Very cute card you put it on too!

obee said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I agree about the post-it and punching smaller pieces...

Gail S. said...

Woo Hoo!! You are awesome! Just needed a Graduation card and you came to the rescue :)

Victoria Selix said...

AWESOME! Thank you so much for all the details!

Wendy aka wendella247 said...

Thanks for the mini-tut on making the cap!

Annelies said...

Thank you for posting this, I really like the cap. I hope my daughter will pass her exams this year, so I can use it :).

depb said...

Thank you! I have to make a graduation card and wanted the cap on it but couldn't figure out how to do it. You saved the day!

Satomi Wellard said...

Thank you for sharing the great idea.

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