I was asked by Sheryl to make sample graduation cards for her PhD in Theology.  I mailed them off last week to her.  You can change the colors to match your school colors.  Because I am away from home and forgot some of the supplies, I am listing the ones I would have used for the ones with the Asterisk*.  This is a standard size card.  I also made a larger card.  The measurements for the large card will be in parenthesis.
PhD Graduation CardPhD Graduation CardCheck out this post I did for my Son’s PhD graduation card.  There are measurements given that may help you.
Here is the post with the original Template.

SUPPLIES:
Ink:  VersaMark
Card Stock:  Basic Black
*Real Red
*Gold Foil Sheet  #132622
Big Shot:  Eastern Medallion Thinlits #143725 for the center of the cap or 1/4″ circle punch
Window Box Thinlits #142762 for the hexagon hat shape
Punch:  Classic Label
Heat Embossing:  Clear Embossing Powder #109130
Heat Tool
Other:  Tombow Glue
Stampin’ Dimensionals
Pen Touch Calligraphy Pen.  Shiny Metallic Gold.  1.8mm nib (Not Stampin’ Up!)
Template

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Look at the Template.  Cut the card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and cut as shown for the standard card.  (Large Card:  8-1/2″ x 11″.
Measurements shown for small card, change for large card.
Small Card      Large Card
1″                       1-1/2″
2″                      2-1/2″
5-1/4″               6-1/2″
4-1/4″               5-1/2″
2.  Now that the cutting is finished……..  Let’s get ready to make some shiny black paper.
~Cut a piece large enough for the center.
Smaller 2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (I think – you might want to measure and decide.)
Larger  4-1/2″ x 5-1/2″
~You will also need enough card stock to trace the Window Box top center Hexagon Thinlit and to punch six Classic Labels.  Don’t cut out yet!  Just guess a little more than you will need.  You will cut and punch later.
3.  Now to make the Black shiny paper.  Cover the center piece with VersaMark ink directly on your paper.  Now cover completely with Clear Embossing Powder.  Melt with your Heat Tool.  Repeat with the the paper for your Hexagon hat and Classic Labels paper.  Let cool for a minute or two.
4.  Glue down the center shiny piece onto the center of the card front.
5.  Hat.  Trace around the Window Box top center Hexagon Thinlit.  Cut out with scissors.  This is the size you want for the Large card.
~To make it the correct size for the small card, cut 1/2″ off each side with your paper trimmer.  Just make sure the edge you are cutting off lines up with the 1/2″ grid line.
~Hat Center.  Cut or punch from Gold Foil Paper either the square-ish small Framelit OR a 1/4″ Circle Punch, or use a brad, Pearl, Rhinestone, or Enamel Shape.
~I outlined the edge of the Hat with a Gold Calligraphy Pen so the hat would not blend in with the card.  I got the pen at Michaels.  Calligraphy pens have a straight edge, so just keep the pen edge straight against the card stock edge.
~Cut or punch a small piece from Gold Foil paper for the center of the hat.  Glue it on.
6.  Sleeve Embellishments.  (I don’t know what they are called.)  Punch six Classic Labels.  Glue three on each sleeve.  Cut off the excess.  Yes, I used the same thing for both card sizes.  It does help to lay your card closed and lay out the Classic Labels on the outsides (sleeves) in order to space them evenly.
7.  Collar.  I also don’t know what the thing is called that goes around their neck.
~RealRed card stock.  Cut a piece of card stock as wide as the center part of the card.  For the Small card the width is 1″, Large card is 1-1/2″.  Figure out the Real Red card sstock’s center measurement.  Make a light pencil mark in the center along the edge.  Cut from the pencil mark to the opposite corner.  The pencil mark will be the wide part of the triangle.  Repeat for the other side.
8.  Attach the Hat.  Hold the hat where you want it paying attention to where it goes over the sleeve.  Put Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back leaving the part that is over the sleeve with no Dimensionals.
9.  CELEBRATE!  YOU ARE FINISHED!!

Graduation cards celebrate the hard work of the graduate to meet all the requirements.  My helper, Kiev, made this card for her brother who graduates from High School this week.  His school colors are blue and red.  Change the card colors to the school colors of your graduate.
Congrats Graduate cardCongrats Graduate card - Pop-Up insideSUPPLIES:
*=available June 1, 2016
Stamps:
 Bravo  Photopolymer #135380  (retiring May 31, 2015)
Crazy About You  Wood #138856, Clear #138859, Photopolymer #137137
Ink:  VersaMark
Card Stock:  Night of Navy
Whisper White
Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper  #135315
Big Shot:  Party Pop-Up Thinlits #140620
Punch:  *Sprinkles #141472
Other:  Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder (sorry-no longer available)  Choose Gold, Silver, White, or Clear embossing powder instead.
Heat Tool #129053
Big Shot Die Brush  #140603
Tombow Glue

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Night of Navy card base at 4-1/4″ x 11″  Score and fold at 5-1/2″.
2.  Cut your Whisper White Pop-Up card center at 4″ x 10-1/2″.  Score and fold at 5-1/4″.
3.  Choose the Hip Hip Hooray Party Pop-Up Thinlit, line up the arrows with the fold line on your Whisper White and run through your Big Shot.  Watch this Video for more detailed instructions. Attach to your card inside.
4.  Cut your Night of Navy card front at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.
5.  Stamp Congrats in VersaMark ink on your card front.  Sprinkle with Cherry Cobbler embossing powder.  Remove excess.  Melt embossing powder with Heat Tool.  Watch this Video if you need help with heat embossing.  Repeat with the Happy Graduation.  Attach your card front to your card base, making sure the inside is facing up and the card front is facing up.  (After several times of putting the card front on so the inside was upside down, I ALWAYS check now so I don’t have to remake the card!)
6.  Punch out your confetti shapes with the Sprinkles Punch.  You can also use the leftover confetti shapes from the Hip Hip Hooray.  Glue to your card front with either Tombow Glue or Fine Tip Glue.
7.  Write your congratulations message inside your card and give to the Happy Graduate.

Enjoy making Graduation cards!

 

My son-in-law graduated from college this past weekend!  Here is the Graduation card I made for him.  This stamp set retires June 2nd, 2015 but you can use other stamps to copy it or the Little Letters Thinlits.  The college colors are red and blue.  Use the school’s colors to make your card.
2015 Graduation CardSUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Class of 2015  Wood # 137175  (retires June 2nd 2015)
Bravo Photopolymer #135380
Layered Letters Photopolymer Photopolymer #138692  (Available June 2nd, 2015)
Ink:  Night of Navy
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Night of Navy
Real Red
Big Shot:  Starburst Framelits #132967 (retiring June 2nd, 2015)
Other:  Paper Snips
Dimensionals
SNAIL or Fast Fuse Double Sided Adhesive

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Real Red card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Watch this video if you need more instructions on making your own card bases.
2.  Cut your Night of Navy card front at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Attach to card base.
3.  Stamp your Class of 2015 in Night of Navy ink on both Real Red and Whisper White card stock.  Cut the stamped Real Red image with your Big Shot and the size of Starburst Framelit you want.
4.  Cut out the “2015” and the graduation cap stamped images from the Whisper White card stock with your Paper Snips.  I left a small white border around the edges.  Put a half Dimensional on the back of the graduation cap.  Put Dimensionals on the back of the “2015” and the Real Red Starburst die cut.  Layer them together.  Line up the tassel threads on both the white and red stamped images.  Place the cut out 2015 on top of the Real Red stamped 2015.  Put your layered Starburst on your card front.
5.  I forgot to take a picture of the inside before I mailed the card.  But I stamped the Congrats! from the Bravo stamp set and then my son-in-law’s name under that.  I needed the card in landscape format so the Congrats and his name would fit across the inside of the card.  I messed up the first time, so I stamped the second time on Whisper White card stock.  I also laid the stamps Photopolymer side up on the table, then inked up the stamps.  I then laid the Whisper White card stock on top of the stamps and used another clear block to rub the inked stamps.  Make sure you gently peel up one corner at a time while holding the rest of the card stock in place to make sure all the letters are all the way stamped on your card stock.  Trim your card stock to center the stamps if needed.  Attach to the inside.  There was just enough room left at the bottom to sign our names.
6.  I also used the Gift Card Thinlit to make an insert and included some cash so they can go out to dinner or on a date to celebrate his graduation.  Watch the Gift Card Video if you want help making it.  I just used SNAIL to hold the three lower flaps together and left the top flap unattached.

Happy Graduation Card Making!
Nendy Kerr