Registered: May 9, 2006 Location: southeast US Posts: 19
Fri, May 12, 2006 @ 8:37 AM
I found clipart of a mortarboard that was fairly simple, and sized it so that the square part was approx. 3"x3" to fit the 1/4 card. On the square, I pierced the paper about every 1/2 inch (each side has 6 holes). Bring the thread (I used 2 strands of metallic floss) up through the paper and use tape to secure the thread on the back. Beginning in one corner of the square, I did a long stitch across to the opposite corner. For the next stitch, I moved one hole clockwise for the starting and ending holes. Continue doing this until you have thread through all holes in the square part. (Try http://www.stitchingcards.com/page.php?jssCart=11491618f0b88c9bc3c1c3dec9950aed&xPage=instructions.html for easy instructions.) Then backstitch to outline the square.
For the bottom part of the cap, I pierced the paper roughly every 1/4 inch and backstitched. Once you've finished stitching, use tape to secure the end of the thread on the back of the cardstock.
After the stitching was completed, I made a tassel from metallic floss, using all 6 strands, and attached it to the center of the mortarboard.
Then I printed my base card on the PC, scored, folded and attached the mortarboard.