When I saw this idea by Holly at Ink, Paper, Stamps, I just knew I had to try it. I've made lots of different projects, including take out boxes, with my Petal Cone Die (retiring, 40% off), so it made perfect sense when I saw it. The graduation cap is basically a take out box turned upside down, with the card attached to the top.
I made a few modifications (no white on the base of the cap, texturized the "button" on the top, and used a different punch at the end of the tassel).
The bottom of the cap opens like this. You close it just like you'd close up a cardboard box. Sorry the picture is a little blurry. My camera just did not want to focus on it, no matter what setting I used.
The Petal Cone die for the Big Shot is so versatile, you don't want to miss out on getting it. Unfortunately, since it's on the retirement list, you only have until Monday, June 3rd to order it. While you're there, check out the other great products on the retirement list.
Still on the fence about it? Google "Petal Cone die, Stampin' Up" and choose Images at the top. I've also posted some projects here on my blog, though I have to say, I've made many more items with this die than I've posted.
I stamped the inside of the card with Pure Gumption. I'm not sure why I didn't take a picture of it.
You can always use black for graduation caps and gowns, but when I know the school colors, I like to personalize it. We made these in the April Club and some of the ladies made theirs in Brilliant Blue (retired) with a Crushed Curry (returning color) tassel, which matches our local high school colors.
The tassel was made with the Tasteful Trim die and the Scallop Oval Punch.