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How to make a Homemade Happy Graduation Card

Updated on June 4, 2012

I used my new Cricut Expression personal cutting machine to make this very easy and basic looking Happy Graduation homemade greeting card. The Cricut cartridge used for this homemade card is "Happy Graduation" which features just basic button to use on the Cricut machines. Each cutout has only two layers and they are featured side by side on the Cricut template.

Homemade cards are more than just greeting cards; they are an expression of your creativity and the time you took to make the card shows the recipient that they are special. You can create a card with custom colors and phrases specific to that special person you are making the card for.

A heavy weight cardstock was used for the base card and folded to become a 5 1/4" x 4" size; the standard greeting card measurement. I enjoy the fact that I could choose the colors of my card instead of settling for a mass produced card.

Because the Happy Graduation Cricut cartridge does not have background shapes for the graduation cutouts I simply used rectangles cut on my paper cutter. Each rectangle graduates to a size a bit larger so that it can peek out from behind the smaller rectangle. If you have a corner punch (sold in craft departments and at crafting parties) you can add a softer touch to the rectangles.

To finish off the card and add a splash of color I used yellow ribbon to tie the bow. Bow tying is easy once you have practiced a bit and it does take a bit more glue to adhere it to the card. I usually adhered the bow and hold my finger on it for a few moments until it is fastened. I also used a fine point scrapbooking pen to dot tiny dots on the phrase and graduation cap.

Source

Materials used and Machine Settings

  1. Cricut Cartridge: Happy Graduation
  2. Heavy Weight cardstock
  3. Black scrapbooking pen
  4. Yellow Ribbon
  5. Cricut Paper Cutter, Folding Tool, and Fine-Tipped Poking tool
  • Cricut Machine blade depth: #3
  • Cricut Machine speed: Medium
  • Cricut Machine pressure: Maximum

Happy Graduation Photos

cardstock folded for base card
cardstock folded for base card
Happy Graduation phrase
Happy Graduation phrase
Rectangles
Rectangles
Happy Graduation phrase adhered
Happy Graduation phrase adhered
adhered to card
adhered to card
Graduation Cap Cutouts
Graduation Cap Cutouts
Graduation Cap adhered
Graduation Cap adhered
Graduation Cap rectangle background
Graduation Cap rectangle background
Graduation Cap adhered to background
Graduation Cap adhered to background
cap layers adhered
cap layers adhered
tiny dots and yellow bow
tiny dots and yellow bow

Happy Graduation Step by Step

Base Card:

Cut a larger piece of heavyweight cardstock to measure 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Using a folding tool and on what will be the inside of the card, fold the cardstock in half with the finish base card measuring 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".

Happy Graduation Phrase:

Cut one <HappyGrd> sized 1 1/2" using the Happy Graduation base keyboard key. This will cut out the phrase. I used White cardstock.

Cut one rectangle to measure 1 3/4" x 3 1/2" using your paper cutter. This will be the background piece for the Happy Graduation phrase. I used a maroon print cardstock.

Cut one rectangle to measure 2" x 3 3/4" using your paper cutter. This will be the larger background piece for the Happy Graduation phrase. I used a white cardstock.

Adhere the phrase to the smallest rectangle then adhere them to the largest rectangle.

Adhere the finished phrase layers to the top center of your base card.

Graduation Cap Layers:

Cut one <Cap2> sized 1 3/4" using the Graduation Cap base keyboard key which is the left cap key. This will cut out the large base graduation cap. I used white cardstock.

Cut one <CapLyr1> sized 1 3/4" using the Graduation Cap base keyboard key which is the right cap key. This will cut out the top intricate layer of the graduation cap. I used a maroon cardstock.

Adhere the top layer to the bottom layer of the graduation cap. Small cuts will show on the bottom layer for a guide on where to place the top layer.

Cut one rectangle measuring 2" x 3 3/4" using your paper cutter. This is the rectangle for the graduation cap layers.

Adhere the finished graduation cap to the rectangle.

Adhere the Graduation Cap finished rectangle & cutout to the bottom center of the base card.

Ribbon and Dots Embellishments:

Tie the small yellow bow, making sure it is as flat as you can make it and adhere it to the card in the center right.

With the scrapbooking pen "dot" the first letters and parts of the graduation cap.

Done!

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