Obviously a congratulations card was needed, and after a few false starts I came up with this
I'm not sure whether I've made up a new card fold here or not - but it was just an idea that came to me while I was faffing about with a sheet of card, trying to think how to get the mortar board to sit at this angle.
If you imagine a regular square card base where the side that is usually the inside bit that you write on is flat and the usual front side is folded into an origami style triangle (there's a name for this fold, but I can't remember it) then that's how it starts out. I glued down part of the triangle so that only the side "hinges" and the upper section can stand up, this makes it much easier to display.
The mortar board is made separately and fixed into the folded section.
The card folds fairly flat and fits into a largish rectangular envelope
Materials and Tools
Black square card blank
Black pearlescent card, Gold card, White card
Black cord, Gold cord, black and gold paper for tassel, attached
with large black brad
White grained paper edged with gold ink, Blue ribbon and gold cord for scroll
Numerals and letters cut on Silhouette Cameo
This photo, taken from the other side shows the squash fold bit more clearly
I was quite pleased at how this turned out and I think the "mechanism" will work for other stand up sort of cards too so will be trying it out with other "front" ideas soon.
Hope you like it