Using my Cricut, I placed Gold/Gold Star Struck Foiled Paper on an older Cricut mat and cut the letters at 4 1/2". I've found using an older/less sticky mat is the best when die cutting Rinea Paper Foils. I used medium pressure and medium speed. The letters cut well with the exception of the "R" - my blade dragged across the top. So I simply popped in a new blade and recut the "R" without a problem.
While still on the Cricut cutting mat, I like to remove the excess foil from around the letters first. I find it easier to release the letters from the Cricut mat when done in this fashion.
I then die cut black cardstock to use as shadow letters for the foiled letters. Placing Beacon Adhesive's Tacky Glue on the foiled letters, I adhered them to the cardstock letters.
Next I used Emerald/Emerald Star Struck Paper Foil to die cut the year at 1 1/2"..
Again, I removed the excess foil around the numbers first.
Because the numbers were very fine, I put them through a Xyron Sticker Maker and adhered them to cardstock numbers.
Using chipboard pieces, I cut cardstock and graduation papers to fit.
I added some star paper across the bottom of each panel then added the letters. The numbers were placed along the bottom of the panels.
I placed the twine through the holes in the chipboard panels so now the panels can be hung anywhere.