Graduation Card

Graduation time is here!  I made a very simple (and feminine) 5″ x 7″ graduation card.  The color combination is a little different but I wanted the accent color of goldenrod to bring out one of the colors in the butterflies on the patterned cardstock.  Graduation cards can be very simple or complex.  However, one of the aspects of them that I really like is that you can interchange the colors of paper you use to coordinate with the school colors of the graduate.  This card does not do that as I made it to coordinate with the favorite colors of the recipient and, she loves butterflies!  So, as you can see, graduation cards can be very versatile.  The inside of the card can also contain a favorite inspirational quote or sentiment.  In this case, it contained money.  A graduate’s favorite gift!  To hold the money, I cut a rectangle out of the butterfly cardstock at about 1″ x 3″ and used  glue dots (one in each corner) to adhere it to the center of the inside page.  I folded the bill and tucked it under the cardstock rectangle and voila, a money-holder card.

Items used:

  • Patterned Cardstock – DCWV The Spring Fling Stack
  • Card Base – Bazill Basics Paper “Pinkini” – cut to 7″ x 10″
  • Contrasting Color – Hobby Lobby Goldenrod
  • Spellbinder’s Nestabilities “Fleur de lis Rectangles” Die
  • Offray Ribbon “Goldenrod”
  • The Paper Studios “Congratulations” Rub-on
  • The Paper Studios Butterfly/Flower Stickers

ttyl, lori


May is Graduation Month

May is an awesome month. Spring is in full swing and quickly running into a beautiful, hot summer. Also, school is winding down as summer continues its fast approach. I love the warm weather and being outside without the threat of contracting frostbite. OK, so I am being a bit dramatic. Temperatures here in East TN can get very cold but usually they do not, even in the midst of Winter. Nevertheless, I adore the warm weather and the feeling of the sun as it beats down on my shoulders and face . . .  Hmmm . . .  Oh . . . Sorry, I think my mind took a vacation in St. Maartens Island, but it’s back now. {sad face} May holds many things.  My favorite thing about May is that it is Graduation Month. It presents a wonderful opportunity to a card-maker, such as myself, to make many, many cards. Now my daughter is not graduating this year, however, we have many friends who are. So I know that I will be making quite a few of these cards this year. This is my first one of the season.


This card, at least on the outside, does not mention the term “graduation.”  It is for a young man who is graduating from high school so it needed to be subtle and masculine. I didn’t want puffy, bright flowers or bold colors. It would also be appropriate as an encouragement card to be sent to either a man or a woman.


  • Cut a 10″ long x 7″ wide card from Kraft Cardstock
  • Score and press down center of card to make a 5″ x 7″ card with the fold at the top
  • Using a Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad and a simple flourish stamp, impress the image onto the center-right portion of the front of the card
  • I made the Artisan Label and the Artisan Border using a Silhouette SD die-cutting machine. However, a similar label and border can be purchased or punched from cardstock.
  • Place the label and border on card front as shown
  • Glue eight (8) clear gemstones above border as shown.

I used the Artisan Border because it mimicked the points in the Artisan Label and caused that design to flow throughout the front of the card. Because this card was for a young man, I kept the overall colors neutral with just a splash of color in the border. If you would like it to be more bold, simply change out your colors to suit your need.

Happy Graduation!

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