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Easy Graduation Cards and Invitations

Check out these quick and easy graduation card and invitation ideas. Each celebratory project offers an inspiring way to say "congratulations!"

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    • Grad Cap Card

      Design by Valerie Salmon

      Draw attention to your graduation cap by centering it on a scalloped circle. Boost the design with adhesive foam, and accent the sentiment with tiny pearls.

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye. Font: Georgia. Pearls: Kaiser Craft. Punches: Marvy Uchida (circle, scalloped circle), Fiskars (corner rounder).

    • Look Hoo's Graduating Invite

      Design by Lisa Storms

      Place owl-theme patterned paper at the base of a die cut to complement the play on words in the sentiment.

      SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket (diagonal stripe), Doodlebug Design (yellow), Hampton Art Stamps (wood grain, orange), My Mind's Eye (green dots, owls). Font: TypoSlab Light off the Internet. Die-cutting tool: Silhouette.

    • Taking Flight Grad Card

      Design by Lisa Storms

      Skip the diploma or graduation cap and feature butterflies instead. Punch the designs from patterned paper and secure them to the card; gently lift the wings to give the card dimension.

      SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design (notebook), KI Memories (green floral), Pebbles, Inc. (blue), SEI (green circles). Font: Traveling Typewriter off the Internet. Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts.

    • Star Grad Invite

      Design by Valerie Salmon

      Make your invitation sparkle by punching a star from glitter cardstock.

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (blue, green, brown, white), Die Cuts With A View (glitter). Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye. Font: Century Gothic. Punches: Fiskars.

    • Gift Card Grad Card

      Design by Leah Fung

      Create your own festive gift card holder using paper and stickers from your stash of supplies. Cut one piece of 4x12" cardstock. Fold so the outside piece measures 4x7" and the inside piece measures 4x5" . Punch a half-circle along the edge of the shorter section. Adhere the shorter section to the longer section (but use adhesive only along the sides) to create a center pocket for the gift card. Mat the card holder on another piece of paper (or to part of the long piece you start with). Personalize it with a printed or handwritten message and letter stickers.

      SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers: Echo Park. Circle punch: Creative Memories.

    • Paper Airplane Grad Invite

      Design by Lisa Storms

      Feature a miniature paper airplane on a layered, 3-D graduation announcement.

      SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (orange), My Mind's Eye (clouds). Font: TypoSlab Light off the Internet.

    • Bright Flowers Grad Card

      Design by Tracy Kyle

      Feature the grad's favorite colors in a nontraditional design. Layer punched flowers under buttons for easy accents, and add the sentiment on a strip of coordinating cardstock.

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (red, orange, yellow), Hero Arts (kraft). Card: Hero Arts. Font: Worn Machine by Autumn Leaves. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Ribbon: May Arts. Punch: EK Success. Embossing template: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft.

    • Elegant Grad Invite

      Design by Valerie Salmon

      Dress up a simple printed invitation with strips of patterned paper and a circle accent. Print multiple panels on a page to cut down on costs, and trim and mat them with cardstock.

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye. Font: French Script off the Internet (script), Georgia ("Please join"). Pearls: Kaiser Craft. Rhinestone: Michaels. Die-cutting tool: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft. Punches: Fiskars.

    • Wise Owl Grad Card

      Design by Lucy Abrams

      Keep the focus on your sentiment and embellishment by arranging them on a die-cut shape.

      Editor's Tip: Add an element of fun to your design by adhering googly eyes to a stamped design.

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Pink Paislee. Stickers: American Crafts. Stamps: Hero Arts. Ink: Ranger Industries (brown), Tsukineko (black). Die, die-cutting tool: Spellbinders.

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      Blooming Grad Invite

      Design by Tracy Kyle

      Color a stamped image with markers for a sweet invite.

      Editor's Tip: Making multiples? Stamp and color your image once, then scan it and print it out along with your sentiment.

      SOURCES: Card, stamp: Hero Arts. Cardstock: Neenah. Font: Chicken Shack off the Internet. Ink: Memento. Markers: Copic. Punch: EK Success. Ribbon: Martha Stewart Crafts.

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      All-Star Grad Card

      Design by Lucy Abrams

      For a streamlined look, punch or cut stars from patterned paper and arrange them in a line down the side of your invitation.

      Editor's Tip: Spell the graduate's name in small letter stickers for a personalized touch.

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye. Stickers: Making Memories. Stamps, digital elements: Hero Arts. Ink: Ranger Industries (yellow, brown), Tsukineko (black).

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      Die-Cut Your Sentiment

      Design by Tracy Kyle

      Die-cut your sentiment from white cardstock and place it on a colorful background for a classic card.

      Editor's Tip: To make your own colorful background, apply ink on smooth cardstock.

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (textured), Neenah (smooth). Ink: Ranger Industries. Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft.

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      Secret Pocket Grad Invite

      Design by Lucy Abrams

      Put a pocket on the front of your card to hold information about the party or a senior photo, and write a personalized message to the invitee on the inside.

      Editor's Tip: Layer two of the same die-cut shape with bits of adhesive foam between them to create a dimensional accent.

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (kraft), Papertrey Ink (cream). Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye. Font: Mona Lisa Solid off the Internet. Stickers: Making Memories. Die-cutting tool: Spellbinders. Ribbon: Paper Source (pink), Papertrey Ink (twine). Ink: Ranger Industries.

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      Spread Your Wings Card

      Design by Lisa Storms

      Lisa made this sweet and simple card using minimal embellishments. She die-cut letters from graduation-theme patterned paper, then dressed up her card with punched accents in springtime colors.

      Editor's Tip: Graduation cards don't have to be all about caps, gowns, and diplomas. Lisa gave her card a seasonal touch with whimsical butterflies.

      SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Font: TypeWrong off the Internet. Stickers: Sandylion Sticker Designs (letters). Gems: Me and My Big Ideas. Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts (butterfly).

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      Reach for the Stars Grad Card

      Design by Lisa Storms

      To make this card, Lisa punched star shapes of varied sizes from leftover papers, then layered them for added dimension.

      Editor's Tip: Avoid overwhelming a graduation card with themed accents. For a subtle school theme, Lisa used notebook patterned paper for her card front.

      SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations (notebook). Font: TypeWrong off the Internet. Punches: Fiskars.

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      School Colors Grad Card

      Design by Lisa Storms

      To personalize this card, Lisa used papers in school colors. Graduation-inspired patterned paper, textured block letters, and a mortarboard sticker complete the card.

      Editor's Tip: Create the look of varsity letters by applying felt letter stickers to white cardstock, then cutting around each letter.

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Sandylion Sticker Designs (graduation theme). Stickers: CPE, Inc. (felt letters), Karen Foster Designs (cap).

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      Quote Grad Card

      Design by Jennifer Perks

      Jennifer searched online for inspirational quotes and found one by Ralph Waldo Emerson for the front of her graduation card. Brads attach star cutouts that tie into the quote's theme.

      Editor's Tip: Give credit to noteworthy authors or artists without tarnishing a design. Jennifer acknowledged Emerson on the back of her graduation card.

      SOURCESP: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (medium and dark aqua), Stampin' Up! (kraft, light aqua), Wausau Paper (white). Patterned paper, ribbon, brads, chipboard alphabet: Chatterbox. Decorative-edge trimmer: Purple Cows. Thread: Coats & Clark. Staples: Office Depot. Quote: Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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      Stamped Owl Grad Card

      Design by Vicki Boutin

      Vicki used stamps to create this quick graduation card. She stamped and matted an owl to create a focal point for her card, then completed the design by stamping a congratulatory sentiment and a partial border of polka dots.

      Editor's Tip: Cut out stamped images to draw attention to them. To make her stamped images stand out, Vicki backed them with dark patterned papers.

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Kaiser Scrapbooking. Stamps: Hero Arts (owl), Cornish Heritage Farms (dots), Sandylion Sticker Designs ("congratulations"). Ink: Ranger Industries. Rhinestones: Westrim Crafts.

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      Diploma Grad Card

      Design by Lisa Storms

      Lisa designed this simple graduation card to mimic a rolled-up diploma. The extra-wide design is finished with a small sticker title and embellishment in the corner, then tied up with a bold ribbon.

      Editor's Tip: When designing an oversize card, consider mailing options. Lisa made sure her card would fit into a standard business envelope.

      SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Stickers: Cloud 9 Design (Congratulations), Sandylion Sticker Designs (cap). Ribbon: Offray.

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      Bling Year Grad Card

      Design by Jennifer Perks

      To commemorate the graduation year, Jennifer die-cut large numbers from colored cardstock and embellished them with gems. To give the numbers more appeal, she mounted them with adhesive foam.

      Editor's Tip: When you want to add subtle texture to a card, stitch accents, as Jennifer did at the edges of her card.

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (yellow), Core'dinations (pinks, blues, green), Wausau Paper (white). Font: Garamond. Self-adhesive rhinestones: Queen & Co. (pink, blue, yellow), Kaisercraft (green). Brads: Queen & Co. Die-cutting machine: Cricut. Thread: Coats & Clark. Dimensional foam adhesive: Stampin' Up!.

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      Cap and Gown Grad Card

      Design by Vicki Boutin

      Vicki made cap and gown stickers her card focal point, then used patterned paper and stamps to play up the design.

      Editor's Tip: Chose contrasting colors to make accents pop. Vicki made her blue stickers stand out by placing them on orange patterned paper. Orange brads adhered to a blue border strip continue her color scheme.

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Sassafras (orange), Sandylion Sticker Designs (blue). Stickers: EK Success. Rub-ons: Imagination Project. Stamps: Hero Arts ("Celebrate"), Sandylion Sticker Designs (circle). Ink: Ranger Industries. Brads: SEI.

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      Row of Owls Grad Card

      Design by Lisa Storms

      When Lisa found owl-pattern paper, she put it to work as both a border and an embellishment on her card. She cut out one owl and placed it atop a punched circle and added a cap sticker. In addition, she balanced the design with a row of owls across the bottom of the card. Notebook papers complete the school-theme design.

      Editor's Tip: Mix and match letter stickers to use up scraps and add detail to a card. Lisa inserted large green letters into her title to create a clever sentiment.

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts (owls), Creative Imaginations (notebook). Stickers: Heidi Grace Designs (letters, cap). Circle punches: Fiskars.

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      Hats-Off Grad Card

      Jennifer cut out paper shapes and combined them for this easy graduation cap paper piecing. To add color and texture to the card, she layered patterned papers, then stitched around the edges with contrasting thread.

      Editor's Tip: Place accents to enhance a theme. Jennifer mimicked tossed graduation caps by placing her paper piecing upside-down and adding a tassel made from thread and paper strips.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Core'dinations (green), Making Memories (black). Patterned paper: BasicGrey (party confetti), Making Memories (blue polka dot). Font: CBX Heber off the Internet. Brads: Queen & Co. Thread: Coats & Clark (gold, orange, aqua). Dimensional foam adhesive: Stampin' Up!.

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      Hooray Grad Card

      Layers of patterned papers make Vicki's graduation card ribbon-worthy. A stamped circle and ribbon strips add unexpected detail to the quick and easy design.

      Editor's Tip: Stick to a color scheme to avoid overwhelming a card design. Vicki alternated layers of blue, yellow, and green to create a playful but not overpowering design.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper, sticker ("Hooray"): Scenic Route Paper Co. Stamps: Hero Arts (script), Papertrey Ink (circle). Ink: Ranger Industries.

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      Paper-Pieced Grad Card

      Jennifer used simple oval and circle shapes to create the cute owl paper-piecing for this card. A talk bubble adds to the playfulness of the design.

      Editor's Tip: Add detail with hand-drawn details, such as the lines on the tree branch that Jennifer added.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (olive, khaki, tan, yellow), Stampin' Up! (orange, black, brown), Wausau Paper (white). Patterned paper: Scrap Within Reach (green, plaid), My Mind's Eye (gray). Font: Roman Antique ("woo whooo," "wise one"), Steelfish ("you did it") off the Internet. Self-adhesive pearls: Queen & Co. Foam adhesive: Stampin' Up!. Pen: American Crafts.

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      Vellum Grad Invite

      For this easy to mass produce invite, Candi printed her text on white vellum, then attached the vellum to the card with colorful brads. She tied a rolled piece of paper with embroidery floss to make a mini diploma embellishment.

      Editor's Tip: Experiment by layering vellum and patterned papers for different effects. Candi placed white vellum atop patterned vellum and colorful patterned paper to bring attention to her card.

       

      SOURCES: Patterned paper: Paperfever. Patterned vellum: EK Success. Fonts: Blue Highway ("The Graduate") off the Internet, Impact ("who," "when," "where," and "RSVP") by Adobe, and Serenade (script) by Autumn Leaves. Brads: Lasting Impressions for Paper.

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      Grad Party Invite

      A simple, easy-to-reproduce design makes this invitation a winner when time is tight. A short ribbon strip and a printed tag embellish the seam between a favorite photo and the printed text.

      Editor's Tip: A double mat is an inexpensive and effective way to emphasize elements such as photos and text blocks.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Arial Black. Ribbon: Making Memories.

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