Graduation Card made with Vinyl

This graduation card has lots of little parts which make it hard to keep straight and glue.  I fixed that by using vinyl.  It holds everything in place and makes gluing a thing of the past.

This Graduation Card looks simple but it also looks elegant.  Say congratulations to your favorite graduate. I updated the Download file to include a girl graduate and for 2020.

You will need:
        • Heavy cardstock for the base
        • Premium Vinyl
        • Transfer Paper
        • Weeding Tools
        • Pen
        • Glue
        • Download File
        • Washi Tape
        • Scissors or a craft knife
Paper Choice
I made this graduation card with a premade base card.  But I included the cut image for a card in the download file.  Chose the vinyl color you want.  Cut the base card from any color but if you use a pattern it needs to be two sided.
Cutting the Materials

First choose whether you are doing a girl or boy card and change the year.  The font I used is an Access font named American Uncial Com Regular.  Hide (by clicking the eyeball next to it in the layers menu) the version you don’t need.  Then cut the vinyl. The premium vinyl does not need to be mirrored.  Once the vinyl is cut, weed it.   I go into detail on how to work with premium vinyl in another tutorial.

Cut the card base and the cricut will do the writing.  I used a blue gel pen.  If you want to change what the card says, that can easily be done before cutting.  You can use any pen in your Cricut.  See the trick here.

Assembling the Graduate Card

If you are using the base card first re crease the score line.  The vinyl first needs to be weeded and then put on transfer paper.  If you need more help with that see my tutorial on working with vinyl.

Next, apply the vinyl to the front of the card.  Carefully line up the transfer paper where you want it.  The paper is not very forgiving to re-positioning so try not to touch the paper with the transfer sheet.  It is best if you use a piece of transfer sheet that is used and has lost most of its sticky.  Alternately you can use layers of painters tape.  It releases nicely.  

Once you have it about where you want it apply the vinyl by the taco method.  That means hold the transfer tape so it is shaped like a taco and then place the center first.  Then slowly lower each side, smoothing as you go.  Squeegee out any wrinkles in the vinyl.

Because I own so much washi tape, I decided to add some for an accent.  Place two strips of washi tape above and below the vinyl on the front. Then cut them to length with the scissors or craft knife.

And your Graduation card is done. Enjoy

1 thought on “Graduation Card made with Vinyl

  1. Your style is so unique compared to many other people. Thank you for publishing when you have the opportunity,Guess I will just make this bookmarked.2

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