Owl graduation card

June 26, 2015

Hello my crafty friends! It’s Raquel Mason here today. School is out for the summer! I thought I would make a graduation card to celebrate the students’ achievements. You can make this card for most any occasion by changing the sentiment and omitting the graduation cap. Let me show you how easy it is to make this card.

ECD owl

1.  Cut black cardstock at 11″ x 5-1/2″ for the base card and fold at 5-1/2″. Cut blue pattern paper at 5-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ and adhere to front of card.

2.  Using the largest oval companion die from Oval Accordion Card, die cut an oval in the center of the base card.

3.  Cut a frame from pattern paper using Oval Accordion Card die and the next smaller size oval. Nest both dies onto pattern paper as shown in photo below then die cut. Adhere frame to card front.

ECD Owl frame pieces

4.  Cut light green cardstock at 5-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ and adhere to inside of card.

5.  Die cut the pieces shown below:

  • Leafy Branch – Peridot Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz
  • Owl die – (2) branches from light brown, (2) sets of leaves from Peridot Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz,  overlay from black and pattern paper, eyes from white, shadow layer from tan and feet/beak from orange. Tip: adhere Transparent Double Sided Adhesive to black and pattern paper prior to die cutting will make assembly quicker.
  • Props 2 – glasses from Light Blue Metallic Shimmer Sheetz and hat from black cardstock (not shown). Tip: use the oval die to cut the top part of hat off or hand cut.
  • Brownie the Cow – tail only from black cardstock cut to look like a tassel (not shown).  Tip: If you would like to decorate your envelope, die cut (2) sets of owl parts.
  • Alphabet 1 – “GRAD” from Light Blue Metallic Shimmer Sheetz (not shown).

ECD owl pieces

6.  Assemble pieces from step 5 using photo below for placement. Use the oval opening to help center the branch and Owl. Use foam adhesive to adhere Owl on the branch. Apply Border Lines around the edges of card.

ECD owl open

7.  Close your card, use the inside branch to aid in placement of the branch on the front of your card. Cut Leafy Branch in half and place as shown. Apply Congrats peel-off and “GRAD” to bottom left of card.

ECD owl w envelope

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and feel inspired to try it out yourself.

Happy Crafting,



Elizabeth Craft Designs:

1033 Leafy Branch

1032 Owl

967 Alphabet 1 – Caps

772 Oval Accordion Card

911 Props 1

1022 Brownie the Cow

SS0220 Peridot Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz

SS0230 Light Blue Metallic Shimmer Sheetz

2578 Congratulations Large

1167 Borders Assorted

7018 Glitter Dots

502 Transparent Double Sided Tape

802 Fine Pointed Scissors


Cardstock – black, light green, tan, light brown, orange, white

Pattern paper – blue,

Foam Adhesive

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  • Reply Frances June 27, 2015 at 1:01 am

    love those glasses on the owl … perfect Graduation card

  • Reply linda fontanella June 26, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    so cute. your ideas are great.

  • Reply dyeandpigment55 June 26, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Those glasses on that owl just make this card. And the cow tail for the tassel??? Love it.

  • Reply Karen Aicken June 26, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Love this Raquel … all the details are special, but my favourite part is the creative way you used the Bowler Hat to make a graduation cap!

  • Reply Sonja Gardener June 26, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Great card. Something similar to one that I made for my daughters end of term. I will def. try this one. Looks a lot of fun. Keep up the good work.
    Love Sonja

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