Graduation Cards

By Lisa Storms

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Tools used

  • Banner Year Lever Punch (XXX-Large)
  • Petal by Petal Squeeze Punch (Extra-Large)
  • Cloud Squeeze Punch (Extra-Large)
  • Cloud Squeeze Punch (Large)
  • Round ’n Round Squeeze Punch (Extra-Large)
  • Corner Squeeze Punch (1/2 Round)
  • 1/16" Circle Hand Punch
  • Stamp Block Set
  • LED SureCut™ Folding Rotary Paper Trimmer (12")

Begin by creating a folded card to fit your envelope. I chose to use book pages for these cards to go with the school theme, but you can use any cardstock or patterned paper you prefer. Once you have your base ready, here are a few options for decorating.


Owl Card


Making a graduation cap for a stamped owl is a fun way to say hooo-ray! Start by stamping an owl with brown ink. Since I stamped onto a busy book page, I very lightly colored in the stamped design with a brown colored pencil to make it stand out more. 


Cards cap demo

For the top of the cap, punch a ‘Banner Year’ shape from cardstock. Feed the pointed end back into the punch as shown to crop.


Graduation Cap Shapes


Punch an XL circle from a slightly darker cardstock only a third of the way from the edge of the cardstock and crop off each side with scissors as shown to create the bottom of the cap.


Making the Tassle

For an easy tassel, punch an XL circle into the very edge of a piece of cardstock. Slide the punch in a little further slightly to the right to punch the tassel design as shown.


Hot Air Balloon Card

Hot air balloons are fun for a lot of different occasions. They work well for graduation using a ‘the sky’s the limit’ sentiment. Here’s how to make one out of flower petals.

Punch an XL petal and trim off the tip with scissors. Cut a small square of brown cardstock for a basket.


Punching out the Hot Air Balloon Stripes


To add stripes to your balloon, punch another petal from a contrasting color. Move the punch slightly to the left as shown and punch again. Punch once more on the left side. Then punch another petal and move slightly to the right. Line up the three cuts as shown onto the balloon. Adhere the pieces and trim off excess.


Butterly Money Holder


Butterflies are another favorite embellishment of mine and work well for a creative money holder. Here I have replaced the body with a rolled up bill for the graduate.

I began by adhering a book page to a piece of cardstock to add thickness for letterpressing. I ran it through the Fuse Creativity System® with a butterfly die using orange ink.


graduation cards butterfly demo


Use a 1/16 inch hole punch on each side of the body to thread string through for tying on the rolled bill. 

Coming up with clever ways to use your punches not only saves you money, it is just plain fun!