I decided to turn this owl into what I'm calling a Pop-Out card (though I'm not sure that's the official name of this particular card fold). It was pretty easy to create in my Silhouette Cameo Designer Edition. Let me tell you a bit about it before I get back to the star of the show, Mr. Owl.
To start, I created a rectangle 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and placed a perforated line 2 1/8" and 3 3/16" in from each side. This will fold to be a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card. So it should look like this....for now.
Next, I moved my my totally assembled owl image to the center of the card base and traced him just around the outside edge. I removed the image, but left the trace and then selected divide in the Modify window..
To create my owl, I used card stock to match the patterned paper and then attached him in the center. I colored the tassel and medallion on the diploma with gold leaf pen for some sparkle. Here are a few more pictures:
I did a mirror image of the owl and converted the individual pieces to print only, cutting only the outside edge, but before doing that, I removed the diploma and used the sign from the WHOOray Owl and placed that on my owl. I did a mirror image on the inner mats as well since my owl was reversed, they had to be as well. I left the outer panels blank for a personal message, but they could be used for a sentiment or even more patterned mats. Here are a few pictures of the back.
And that's a wrap except to share a tidbit of information about the wise old owl. I'm not really sure how the phrase originated, but a little research reveals the owl is pretty much a "bird brain". Certainly not trainable; like parrots, for example. Here's a list of ten of the world's smartest birds...the owl is not among them. Maybe it's those piercing eyes that make us think of the owl as smart.
Anyway, congratulations to all the graduates this month. Now go out and conquer the world! And, after you're done, come visit me at Katydid Cards to say hello.