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Graduation Card

Joset Designs

Congrats To You!

June 10, 2019

Hello, Diane here with all the steps to make this beautiful, congratulatory card.

Many of our very talented youths will be finishing school this month, and for some it has been really challenging. I want to salute the courage and perseverance of those youths with a card showcasing some purple orchids. In the language of flowers, the purple orchid means “Admiration” and “Respect”, and that is exactly how I feel about them for this great achievement.

Step 1: Background

  • Cut a White Soft Finish Cardstock to 12″ x 6″, score in the middle and fold in half for a square 6″ X 6″ card.
  • Cut a 5 1/2″ square out of yellow cardstock.
  • Cut a 5″ square out of a tone on tone light green cardstock. Die cut two different size of circles into that square, using the Fitted Circles (#1117) die set. Put some double side tape on the back of this layer.
  • Adhere the yellow cardstock on the white card base with some Double Sided Tape. Adhere the green layer on top of the yellow cardstock.
  • With the Kids Choice Glue, put some Spanish Moss at the bottom of each circle.

Step 2: Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid)

  • Using the Garden Notes – Phalaenopsis (#1593), die cut 3 times everything in White Soft Finish Cardstock.
  • In green cardstock, die cut the stems and buds, and the leaves, also 3 times each.

Step 3: Coloring and shaping the flowers

  • Color the petals using some ink markers in purple tones and dotted them with a darker fine tip marker. Finish the petals with a touch of Magenta PanPastel (Color No. 430.5) from the Kit 1.
  • Color the little centers with a yellow ink marker, leaving some white spots here and there. Dot them slightly with the dark purple fine tip marker.
  • Shape the petals on the molding pad, with the loop tool.
  • Cut some small tails on each sides of the apron of the centers with the Fine Pointed Scissors and shape them on the molding pad but
  • For more details on how to shape those wonderful flowers, watch Susan Tierney Cockburn video here.
  • Using some Kids Choice Glue, glue one flower on the top circle and two on the bottom circle.

Step 4: coloring and shaping the stems, buds and leaves.

  • On the white stems ends, color the buds with the same purple ink markers than the petals. Color the stem parts with a green marker as close as possible to the color of the green cardstock.
  • Cut the colored parts and glue on the green stems using Kids Choice Glue.
  • The leaves are press against a clear embossing pad and sprinkled with clear embossing powder, than heat gunned. On the molding pas and with the loop tool, the leaves are shaped for dimensions.
  • Glue the stems and buds underneath the flowers in the circles.

Step 5 : Adding the sentiment

  • Using the “Congrats to you” sentiment from the “Words 1 – Celebration” die set, die cut 3 times each word on the same yellow cardstock as in the background, lined with some Double Sided Adhesive.
  • Adhere each layer on top of the other.
  • Adhere on to the right corner of the card.

Here’s a closer look at the finish card:

And one more look!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thank you for visiting! And congrats, grads!

Diane Prince

Other products used:

Yellow and Green Bazzill Cardstock

Copic Ink Markers

Marabu Gineliner Colour Graphix

Spanish Moss

A Way With Words Shimmer Sheetz

LOTS of Luck

April 14, 2019

Judi here! Graduation time is coming soon and I thought it would be fun to have a stack of Good Luck cards ready to send. I made them with my ‘By-the-Batch’ method –– one morning of cutting and layering and all ten cards were done. Suzanne Cannon’s Good Luck die is a perfect size for a card front!

Good Luck cards are useful year-round, just right for friends starting a job or moving to a new home, picking themselves up after a divorce, entering retirement, opening a business, entering retirement, and more…

Here’s how to whip up an easy batch of Good Luck cards:

  1. Choose cardstock and patterned papers in coordinating colors to go with the ten 4” x 5” pieces in a Shimmer Sheetz Iridescent Sampler Pack. (Or choose the Gemstone Sampler Pack.)
  2. Using the smallest die in the Stitched Ovals die set, cut a cardstock oval to layer onto each piece of Shimmer Sheetz.
  3. Die cut Good Luck ten times, coordinating colors with ovals and Shimmer Sheetz.
  4. Emboss and lightly sand each piece of Shimmer Sheetz. Wipe with damp paper towel.
  5. Using the photos as a reference, layer and adhere pieces onto ten patterned top-fold card bases measuring 4.25” high by 5.25” wide (.25” narrower than a standard A2 size). Use three pieces of narrow Washi tape to secure the Good Luck die cuts! Optional: Back the cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhersive Sheet before die cutting Good Luck; skip the Washi tape.

TIP: Use the same By-the-Batch strategy to make birthday, anniversary, get well, or sympathy cards. Vary embossing folders to suit the occasion(s).

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

Judi Kauffman


  • Cardstock in assorted solid colors
  • Patterned cardstock
  • Washi tape
  • Assorted embossing folders (Shown: circle and dot patterns)

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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