Need to make a graduation card for someone special? These easy homemade graduation cards were made with the super versatile Celebrate Today stamp and die set and can be put together in less than 10 minutes! Perfect when you are crunched for time, but still want to give a handmade card to let the graduate know how much you care!
My son is graduating from high school at the end of May. (Just 7 short weeks from now – Yikes!) So I wanted to create a special handmade card for him in celebration of his achievement. Sometimes I have a hard time coming up with masculine cards, but I think this one is perfect to give to any new graduate whether they are male or female. The cute little balloon with a graduation cap is so happy and cheerful. I just love how this turned out!
Supplies needed for these DIY graduation cards:
Please note: There are a few other things you will need to make this card, but you probably already have them on hand, like a paper trimmer, cardstock, ink, etc.
To learn more about any of the items needed to make these handmade graduation cards, just click on the image below.
Instructions to make these homemade graduation cards:
Step 1: Cut cardstock with your paper trimmer
- White Cardstock: 8.5″ by 5.5″
- Orange Cardstock: 4″ by 5.25″ (use any color that matches the recipient’s school colors)
- White Cardstock: 3.75″ by 5″
- Black: Cut a 1.25″ inch strip. Then cut it at an angle to form one edge of the mortar board. Not changing the angle, slide the piece of paper over 1.25″ and then cut again. This will give you the parallelogram that you need for the graduation cap shape.
Step 2: Score the card base
Score the 8.5″ by 5.5″ piece of cardstock at 4.25″ to make your card base. (If you have this paper trimmer, it has a scoring blade on it. So you can quickly score your cards to get nice crisp fold lines.)
Step 3: Masking
Place the star mask over your piece of 3.75″ x 5″ piece of white cardstock. With yellow ink and a sponge dauber, sponge over the mask to create the star pattern on your cardstock.
Step 4: Stamping
- Using brown ink, stamp the sentiments Happy and Graduation on to a piece of yellow cardstock.
- Using orange ink, stamp the tassel onto a piece of orange cardstock.
- Optional: Use brown ink to stamp the Congratulation sentiment into the inside of the white card base.
Step 5: Die Cutting
- Using the balloon die from the Balloon die set, cut the Happy Graduation sentiment into a balloon shape.
- Using the tassel die from the Balloon die set, cut out the stamped tassel.
- Using a numbers die set, cut the numbers for the year from Basic Black cardstock
Step 6: Assembly
- Use adhesive to stick the tassel to the mortarboard. (I recommend using the Xyron Sticker Maker for adding adhesive to any small die cuts. Makes things much easier!)
- Glue the mortarboard to the top of the balloon die cut.
- Cut a 4″ piece of baker’s twine and use Tombow Mono Adhesive to glue the string to the bottom of the balloon.
- Use adhesive to stick the balloon to the cardstock with the star pattern. Refer to picture for placement. If you want to give some dimension to the balloon, you can attach it to your card with foam adhesive squares instead.
- Use a small dot of Tombow glue to stick the bottom of the balloon string to the bottom of your card.
- Use adhesive to glue the number die cuts in the bottom right corner.
- Use adhesive to stick the star layer to the orange piece of cardstock.
- Use adhesive to stick the orange layer to the white card base.
Quick tip: I really like using Tombow Xtreme adhesive to stick the layers together on my handmade cards.
It’s an adhesive roller that is easy to use, but it is much stronger so you don’t have to worry about anything coming off your cards.
A quick note about colors for these easy homemade graduation cards:
As I mentioned before, my son is graduating from high school this year and I made this homemade graduation card to give to him. So I used his school colors – orange and black. I recommend choosing colors that match your recipient’s school colors to make it extra special for them.
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For more homemade graduation card ideas (along with ideas for the grad party), be sure to check out my Graduation Board on Pinterest.
So tell me… are you doing any crafting for graduation this year? If you make any of these easy homemade graduation cards, you will have to come back here and let me know how they turned out. Happy crafting!