Graduation Card ~ Wild Card

I made the following graduation card for my youngest cousin who just graduated high school in the top ten of her senior class!  Way to go Sarah!  Her school colors are black and gold.  I hope this card will be a nice keepsake for her.  The card consists of manual cuts and cuts using the Wild Card cartridge by Cricut.  The graduation cap image from Wild Card is actually intended to be used as a card on its own (it has a corresponding envelope to fit the irregular card shape) but I wanted to use it as an embellishment to a standard card so that I could layer other colors and would have more room for a printed sentiment inside.  For my version of the graduation card, I cut a 5 inch Scallop envelope which is also available on the Wild Card cartridge so that it could be mailed with ease (no extra shipping and handling costs due to an irregular shaped card).  The scallop envelope cut at 5 inches produces a standard 5X7 postal size which fits my card perfectly.  This is one of the main reasons I love my 12X24 Cricut mats!  This larger mat lets you create larger cards and envelopes.  I hope you enjoy my interpretation of the Graduation Card from the Wild Card cartridge.


Graduation Card Dimensions:

black card base – manually trimmed to 9 3/4 x 7 (folded measured approx. 4 7/8 x 7) – 80lb black cardstock

yellow cardstock layer – manually trimmed to 4 3/8 x 6 1/2  (from Cricut Basic Brights cardstock pad 12×24 inch – 80 lb. cover cardstock)

white cardstock layer – manually trimmed to 4 X 5 1/8 (65 lb. cover cardstock)

inside sentiment printed from computer using Microsoft Office Word on manually trimmed 4×6 yellow cardstock (Fonts: title – Frivolous 36 pts., text body – Microsoft Yi Baiti 20 pts.)

Wild Card Cuts:

graduation cap cut at 5 inches

tassel cut at 5 inches

“Class of” cut at 5 inches

“2 0 1 1” cut each numeral at 2 inches


round yellow brad is from “Spare Parts” by the Paper Studio

yellow and white ribbon from American Crafts Dear Lizzy ribbon assortment

black and yellow buttons (from an assorted tube of buttons found in Hobby Lobby’s sewing department)

Congrats! sentiment (TPC Studio – Greetings – Clear Stamp)

Stampabilities Pigment Ink Pad – Black

Embossed white cardstock layer with a Cuttlebug folder called “Swiss Dots”


8 thoughts on “Graduation Card ~ Wild Card

  1. Very cute card Vanessa! I have the Wild Cards cartridge but I don’t use it that much. I’ll have to take another look at it. I like how even though it’s a card by itself, you incorporated it into the card.
    I also just bought a set of 12×24 Cricut mats because I hate the new 12×12 ones. Where do you find the larger paper for the 12×24 mats?

    • Hi Scrapsecrets! Thanks for checking out this card! You’re my first commenter for this post! 🙂 I too am not happy with the new 12×12 mats. They just don’t hold my paper well. The 12×24 mats are great for the original adhesive and for the ability to use large paper to make bigger cards and envelopes. Admittedly, finding the 12×24 paper has not been easy. I had to resort to buying 11×17 65lb. cover white cardstock from to make my envelopes. The paper is large enough to cut out a 5×7 envelope and I use Wild Card and Just Because Cards a lot for this purpose. 🙂 It came in a box of 250 sheets for $24.95 which isn’t a bad deal since my box is still pretty full. I make most of my envelopes from this so the white color works fine. I still have two Cricut 12×24 pads (Primary Colors and Pastel) that came with my Cricut Expression from 2009 but they are just about used up and it seems Cricut is not making these pads much anymore. Amazon offers two choices of Cricut 12×24 pads in black/white and pastel. I searched “12×24 paper” on Amazon’s site and these were the only two options that popped up. I wish I had other sources. It seems there is a need for 12×24 paper that no one is addressing. Just think of the larger envelopes, boxes, and other crafts that could be made with pretty patterned 12×24 paper/cardstock! I know this is wordy but I also wanted to mention that even though I primarily use 12×24 mats, I typically only use 8 1/2 x 11 or 12×12 paper with it to make cuts for the card. I save the larger paper for my envelopes. For the cards, when using smaller paper, I load one sheet at the top half and the uncovered portion of the mat has never been a problem. I also like to turn my mat around to make equal use of the overall mat surface. The mat can be fed in either direction. It will still cut perfectly. Hope this helps! Thanks for the lovely comment! Vanessa

      • Thanks! I planned on doing the same thing with the larger mats. It was only $2 more than the 12×12 mats, but I like the old adhesive better. I will check out Amazon for larger paper. I appreciate the advice!

        • That’s not bad for being only $2 more than the 12×12! The larger mat has better sticky power, and you get more surface area for more cutting time. Sounds like a good deal! Good luck on the larger paper search – if you run across other choices, drop me a line! 🙂 Have a great rest of the week! ~Vanessa

  2. Vanessa, I finally found some 24×24 paper! They opened a Hobby Lobby by me and I was finally able to take a ride down there the other day. They actually have the paper in with the Cricut mats, blades and cartridges in a free standing display. I’ve never seen it before! I’m not sure of the maker.

  3. I love how you made the graduation cap flip up on the front of this card! I’m going to feature it on today’s Fantabulous Friday post!! 🙂

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