Making cards for graduation day

In June comes graduation day. Often several cards needs to be ready at the same time. I’m not one for mass production, but using the same design with some variations definitely simplifies the process when making four-five cards at the same time. But I also use a few other tricks.

  • Type of project: card
  • Occasion: graduation
  • Style: CAS
  • Techniques used: heat embossing, diecutting, ink blend
  • Decoration: die cuts
  • Main colour: blue, yellow
  • Media used: Distress ink, embossing powder
  • Equipment used: dies


When it comes to making several cards for an occasion I find it useful to have a clear view of a common design and from there do a little variation on each card to make it interesting and unique. This time I made five cards in one session.

For the design I cut out a hexagon backdrop from three different patterned paper. Then when I put them together I mixed them. I made three quite similar cards, as requested by the person who ordered it (they were to be delivered at the same party). Here’s two of them:

The two last cards I made a little different, using different backdrops but the main design and a lot of the die cut elements were the same. This is how I think when it comes to “mass production” of cards, to make the process interesting for me, somewhat effective but also unique cards.

In Sweden most graduations occur in the beginning of summer in the same period when we celebrate the National Day of Sweden. So on graduation cards we often use the colors of the flag blue and yellow and summer flowers.

I used the same flower frame on three of them and the flowers from the same set on the fourth card. I colored the flowers with distress ink. The centerpiece is also distressed.

I cut out the Swedish graduation cap for all of them and put it in the center.

The word congratulations and the name of the recipient I cut out from heat embossed paper to make the letters pop on three of them. On the fourth I doubled up the letters and put one on top of the other to make a nice looking shadow.

The last card I made festive and summery with the sun burst backdrop and some blue balloons. And take a closer look at that embossing powder color blend on the letters – isn’t it cool?!