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How to Make a Great Good Luck Graduate Card

Updated on May 30, 2012

It's Graduation time from High School, College, and even now some of the lower grades celebrate moving up to a different level such as elementary to middle school. With the achievement of graduating comes the celebrating which includes a card for the proud graduate. A handmade card is special because it was made specifically for the graduate.

This card was created using one of my new Cricut cartridges called: Happy Graduation. This cartridge features an owl in various poses all having to do with being smart and graduation along with Graduation phrases, decorative borders, and even a gift box you can create.

The cartridge is one of the basic cartridge packs which includes an instruction card, cartridge, and the template. Each of the owl cutouts are only two pieces; the large shadow layer and an intricate overlay for the top layer. One the instruction card the shadow layer is on the left, the top layer to the right of it. Each phrase is a one piece cutout for which you can cut a background piece of cardstock. Tiny Graduation caps and confetti can also be cutout along with a Graduation gift box. All of these shapes can be cutout on cardstock using the colors of the Graduate's school if you choose.

Good Luck Graduate Card

Good Luck Graduate card specifics

Cricut Cartridge: Happy Graduation

Cricut Machine Pressure: Maximum

Cricut Machine Speed: Medium

Cricut Machine Blade Depth: #3

Cardstock for Base Card and Shape cutouts

Photo steps

Base Card
Base Card
Ribbon Layer cutout
Ribbon Layer cutout
Ribbon Layers adhered
Ribbon Layers adhered
adhered to card
adhered to card
Phrase Cutout
Phrase Cutout
Phrase adhered
Phrase adhered
Ribbon Layer White cutout
Ribbon Layer White cutout
Owl 3 cutout
Owl 3 cutout
Owl 3 adhered layers
Owl 3 adhered layers
Owl 3 adhered to ribbon layer
Owl 3 adhered to ribbon layer
Adhered to card
Adhered to card
Caps cutout
Caps cutout
Confetti cutout
Confetti cutout
Ribbon Layer small
Ribbon Layer small
Adhered
Adhered
small ribbon layered adhered
small ribbon layered adhered

Instructions for the Good Luck Graduate Card

Take a piece of cardstock and trim it to measure 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". This will be the base card. I used a shiny gold heavy weight piece of cardstock.

Fold the cardstock in half for a finished base card measuring 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". Fold the cardstock from the inside so the finish on the front won't be damaged.

For this card I chose the colors of our local High School; the card can be customized to show your school's specific colors.

Scalloped Circles

Cut two <RibbnLyr> sized 1 3/4" using the Real Dial key and the base keyboard key. This will cut out the smaller scalloped circles. I used White cardstock.

Cut two <RibbnLyr> sized 2" using the Real Dial Key and the base keyboard key. This will cut out the larger scalloped circles. I used Gold cardstock.

Adhere the small scalloped circle to the larger ones.

Adhere the two finished circles to the bottom right and bottom left of the card.

Phrase

Cut one <GoodluckGd> sized 1 3/4" using the Real Dial key and Flip button. This will cut out the phrase "Good Luck Graduate". I flip the paper over and use the Flip button for a better cut with intricate letters. I used a maroon print cardstock.

Adhere the phrase to the center bottom of the card overlapping the circle layers.

Owl and Background Scalloped Circle

  • I chose the Owl3 shape for my card but any of the owl shapes can be picked instead.

Cut one <RibbnLyr> sized 2 1/2" using the Real Dial Key and the base keyboard key. This will cut out the largest scalloped circle. I used White cardstock.

For the Layered cutouts remember the shadow layer is to the left of the top layer on your template.

Cut one <Owl3> sized 2" using the base keyboard key. This will cut out the bottom layer of the Owl3 shape. I used gold cardstock.

Cut one <Owl3> sized 2" using the base keyboard key. This will cut out the top layer of the Owl3 shape. I used maroon print cardstock.

Adhere the top layer to the bottom layer of Owl3 matching up the scores made on the bottom layer for placement.

Adhere the finished Owl3 layers to the large white scalloped circle.

Adhere the finished piece to the middle of your base card centered between the two circles already adhered.

Graduation Caps and Confetti with Small Scalloped Circles

Cut one <Caps> sized 1 1/2" using the base keyboard key. This will cut out the small graduation caps. I used maroon print cardstock.

Cut one <Confetti> sized 1 1/2" using the base keyboard key. This will cut out the small pieces of confetti. I used maroon print cardstock.

Cut six <RibbnLyr> size 1" using the Real Dial key and the base keyboard key. This will cut out the smallest scalloped circles. I used peach cardstock.

Adhere each of the confetti pieces and graduation caps to the small circles.

Adhere the small finished layered pieces to the right and left side of the card.

Finished!

You can cut more of the confetti and graduation caps to decorate the inside of the card too.

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