Hand-lettering and painting a diploma for a full class of 8th graders can be cost prohibitive for a small school. Instead of creating each diploma from scratch, I created each element individually. Then combined the pieces in photoshop. After having them printed in full-color, I calligraphed each graduate's name and added the 22 kt gold gilding.
Full diploma for the Marin Waldorf School 8th graders with red illuminated M by Katie Leavens
Names have been changed to protect the innocent

For more about the process of making the diplomas, I have a blog post with much more detail.

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