A Graduation Card

It’s the time of year for graduations and I found myself in need of inspiration for making a card.  In my search,  I came across the Stampin Up graduation digital image of graduates standing side-by-side with only their gowns and feet visible. It made me laugh because I have seen the same at past graduations that I have attended.  The added bonus was that it was available in digital format, so I could make it whatever size I desired for my card. Optimized-CardFront

The process was to first choose my envelope and determine the size of the base card.  In this case, my envelope measured 5.25″ x 7.25″, so I cut the base card 10″ wide x 7″ tall; scored the 10″ width at 5″ and folded it in half; which resulted in a card that measured 5″ wide x 7″ tall. I chose white cardstock for the card base and black cardstock for the middle layer, cut 4.75″ x 6.75″.

My first design decision was what size to make the 3 pieces on the front and how I would transcend from one piece to the next.  Basically I placed the grad feet where I liked them best and that determined the size I needed for the backgrounds above and below.  I chose black grosgrain ribbon between the sections. Optimized-Front Pieces

When using Copic pens my favorite cardstock is Neenah Classic Crest Cover, Solar White.  I like it because when doing a print and cut, it gives a nice clean cut, whether using my KNK Maxx Air or Zing machine.  I looked for background papers to complement the graduation feet and didn’t find anything I liked, so I decided to make my own, using the same cardstock that I had cut the feet from for continuity of color.

For accuracy and speed in assembly, I chose to cut all the front pieces, using
the print and cut method.  To create the grad hat background, I imported the desired clip art by clicking on  the Pixel Trace Button at the top of an empty Make The Cut screen.  The first thing was to create a texture that can be printed with registration marks.  This picture illustrates the settings for making a printable texture. Optimized-CapAsATextureIn MTC  After creating the texture, the next step was to create a rectangular shape that can be filled, creating a background.   The picture below illustrates the diploma imported, texturized, resized and turned to create a pleasing background that is somewhat scaled to the graduate feet.  The same was done with the grad hats.

Optimized-DiplomaTextureIn MTC

With these two designs completed, the next step was to combine them on one 8.5″ x 11″ mat because that was the size the cardstock that I was going to print and cut my designs from.


This step gave me registration marks that printed with the diploma and grad hat backgrounds.  These are the same registration marks used for the next step of actually cutting the shapes.  When all shapes were cut, assembly was fast, easy and accurate.  I tucked the ends of the grosgrain ribbon in between the card base and the black piece in the middle, which completed the front of my card.

On the inside I chose to include a pop-up grad hat and banner from Extreme Cards & Paper Crafting, which I cut from the same black cardstock that I used on the front of the card.


My final touch was to add a tassel to the hat and  my signature on the back, which I cut from vinyl.  This is a perfect reason for saving all those tidbits of vinyl that you might have thrown away before.



27 thoughts on “A Graduation Card

  1. Fantastic, Lynn! Fun ideas inside and out! A good use of PNC to make your own paper. I like the contrast of the black and white.

  2. Lynn, You amazed me again with your creativity. I love the way you colored the feet. It makes me wish I knew someone who was graduating!
    Another great job!

  3. Looks marvelous! Love your detailed directions that allow us to recreate it, especially for those of us who are challenged, like me!! Thanks!

  4. Neat! I have 2 grads this year myself..one from 8th and one from high school. If I hadn’t already planned mine all out already, I would definitely have used this idea. Perhaps I’ll save it for pigletta when she graduates jr. high in a couple of years 🙂

  5. Love this card, Lynn, and especially the tutorial. I just bought MTC and now I have to learn to use. I also like P & C so will be practicing.
    Where do you get the Stampin UP digital files? Looks like something I’d like to take a look at. I love the digi file you found with the feet. Although this card seems simple, I can see a fair amount of labor went into making it, however, being able to make several at a time really appeals to me. Once again you have outdone yourself, AND I love the humor of the feet. Thanks for sharing.

  6. The newer stamps are in svg format I believe. Makes them easy to resize.

    • Okay, I liked this first card so much, I went out and bought the stamp set and used your idea to make a set of 12 for all of the graduates this year. I just love the look of them! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  7. If only I can remember this in a couple of years, when my next grad is ready!

  8. Lynn, I always I am asking myself how to make a card to looks a little bit funny but that it looks beautiful too. And you showed me a new idea, I love it. Thank you for sharing..

  9. Pingback: I used Lynn’s project on Team KNK to create very similar Graduation Cards

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