Monday, August 13, 2012

Graduation Card Tutorial

I kept seeing Graduation cards all over the internet and for some reason no matter how hard I looked I couldn't find a tutorial on how to make one so .............I made it up myself........giggle. Its super easy to make and really gets a wow from the receiver. It can be done in white for weddings. Just embossed with the simple words of Wedding Invitation and it really is beautiful.  I have actually made this tutorial in white as I thought it would be easier for you to see in the photos.
So lets get going on making one :) All measurements are in inches.

Cut a piece of card stock to 8" x 8".
Score at 2" and 6", turn and score the next side at 2" and 6".

It should now look like this.
Now cut the four corner squares off. Make sure you cut out a little bit more then you usually would so that the card folds in neatly.
This will mean that the cuts will join up a fraction into the central square but don't worry this will be covered up later on. :)
This is what you card will look like now.

Now take your corner punch and punch each corner.
Your card will now look like this :)
Follow the photos below to fold it all closed.

This is it closed up.
The photo below is not great but this is what it will look like on the other side. You will have little nicks showing at the corner but we will be placing a top onto this  and it will cover them up.

Cut a piece of card stock to the same size square as the card itself.
Emboss this piece of card on your Big Shot.

Place double sided tape on the back of the embossed piece and turn back the corners .
Join your embossed piece to the top of the card, when you are happy with your placement of the piece then press down on the exposed tape sections and slide out the tape cover pieces from the side of the card.
Now all you need to do is add a button and a tassel. If you have never made a tassle before there are a some great tutorials out on the web Make-a-Bookmark-Tassel is just one of them. Nice clear instructions. They use a needle on one of the steps and if I am honest I just wrapped my thread around a few times and knotted it and cut off any bits that looked a bit dodgy!!!! lol.

Remember this card can be made in loads of different sizes. All you really need is a square that can be worked into 3 sections. In other words a 12" x 12" piece of card gets scored at 3" and 9". What this essentially means is the center is twice the size of a side piece. In this case the left side piece will be 3" the middle will be 6" and the right side will be 3". For a 6" x 6" piece of card the left side piece will be 1½" the middle will be 3"and the right side will be 1½" . 

I hope you enjoy making this little gem of a card. I have to say I love it.

Happy Crafting Everyone.


  1. What a neat idea for this card Cliona !! If you would like to see another version, then pop over to my blog and you'll see the one I did the other week.

    hugs Diane xx

  2. A great idea Cliona and lovely embossing too. Thank you for sharing.

    Linda xxx

  3. This is brilliant, thanks for sharing x

  4. Wow amazing card and i love the tutorial thanks xxxx

  5. Great card - thanks for this tutorial - kind of you to share

  6. what a great idea, easy when you know how! lol thanks for sharing x

  7. Thanks for sharing.

  8. This is a really clever card, I love it! Thanks for the tutorial. xx

  9. Brilliant, thanks for sharing hun xx

  10. Great Cliona, Thank you for sharing and will have a go xxxxx

  11. Super idea and so clever to work out how to make it.Thanks for the tutorial.
    Lisa x

  12. Great idea, thanks for sharing :)