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Graduation Wishes

Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan

A graduation wishes card does not have to fit in an envelope. Why not make one with a custom made box to house it? The instructions for making a banner card by using an accordion fold to fit it into the box are on another page, but the instructions for making a footlocker box can be found below.

" Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined".
~Henry David Thoreaux

graduation cards handmade

When I wanted to make a card for someone special who had just finished their basic training in the military, I immediately thought of my Dad's old footlocker. All of my young life he had dragged that footlocker with us as we moved around the world. It seemed to be something he attached special importance to.

Naturally, my thoughts next led to me think how I could make a footlocker out of cardstock. I don't know if soldiers still use these but it's a novel way to present a handmade greeting card anyway, right?

Making a footlocker isn't too difficult. All you need is a paper box made out of khaki coloured paper and some ink, and a scoring tool helps.

You may also like to use a small circle punch.

How to Make a Graduation Wishes Footlocker

  • First, make the box to fit the card project you have in mind (or make the card then make the box to fit it). Use cardstock that looks a bit like Khaki. I used Stampin' Up's Sahara Sand
  • Score lines randomly across the lid of the box to make it look older and scratched from use
  • Next take some lighter coloured ink (I used the colour Sahara Sand again) and grunge up the corners and edges of the outside of the box, and also the ridges made by your score marks, with an inked up spongedauber
  • Use a darker coloured ink or two (I chose Stampin' Up's Garden Green and Chocolate Chip) and some sponge daubers to define the edges and score marks even further. I scuffed the ink pads across the flat surfaces of the box as well
  • Then I punched a half circle in the lid edge to make the box easier to open, and it was done, except for the message I put under the lid using my rubber stamps and some paper punches

I also made a banner card to go into this box.

If you make a custom made box to give someone special graduation wishes or for any other reason, I hope you will let me see it. I just love seeing what you make. It gives me ideas as well to see your work and that keeps paper crafting fresh and fun.

Inside the custom made paper box

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