I really like how this graduation card turned out. My friends daughter graduated high school yesterday and her school colors are brown and gold, but I didn't know this and used black and gold. The base is a black 5.5 x 4.25 cardstock. Next layer is 5.25 x 4 yellow cardstock, followed by 5 x 3.75 black cardstock and lastly a 4.75 x 3.5 white cardstock embossed with bubbles and dots. The graduation cap is cut out at 3 1/2 and popped up with pop dots.
I lined the inside with yellow and white cardstock and stamped Happy Graduation.
For the gift I took a small plastic paint can (found at Michel's) and filled it with rolls of money and butter mints wrapped in $1,000,000 paper. Hence the statement I wrote in the card All of your hard work has "paid" off!