Scholarly Owl Graduation Card Idea

Stampin up circle punch owl builder graduation graduate card idea demonstrator blogsI was able to look over the shoulder of one of my fellow demonstrators who was swapping in Orlando and spotted a card with this punched owl holding a diploma by Alecia Connelly.  I added glasses to make his IQ soar and gave him the stage on a simple fold card!  This scholarly guy will be a hoot for all the graduation cards I need this year!

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  • In addition to the Owl Builder Punch, I used the Petite Pennants Builder Punch (snipped to create the top of the hat), Bird Builder Punch for the stem, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack for the Basic Black Circles behind the eyes (to look like glasses), Scallop Oval Punch for the wings.  I cut the bottom of the hat and sides of the glasses free hand.

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  • The diploma is a piece of copy paper I “rescued” from the trash bin and wrapped in Linen Thread.
  • I used Crumb Cake ink to sponge just about everything!
  • To create the fold card, cut card stock to 8.5 x 5.5.  Then score the short distance at 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″.  So easy with the Stampin’ Up! Simply Scored Scoring Tool.
  • The belly band is 1 3/4″ wide x 7″.  It doesn’t need to be longer because you can center the card on it, bend (or score) the band around the card to the front and hide under the 2 1/2″ Circle.
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Stamp Set:  Loving Thoughts (Wood-Mount 125843, Clear-Mount 125845), Woodgrain Background (117100)
Paper:  Regals Designer Series Paper Stack (117154), Crumb Cake (120953), Bravo Burgundy (105123), Basic Black (121045), Pumpkin Pie (beak, 105117), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink:  Crumb Cake (126975), Basic Black (126980)
Cool Tools:  Scallop Oval Punch (119856), 2 1/2″ Circle Punch (120906), Petite Pennants Builder Punch (122361), Owl Builder Punch (118074), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), Bird Builder Punch (117191), Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334), Stamping Sponges (101610)
The Perfect Touch:  Linen Thread (104199), Glue Dots (103683), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

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  1. This is so cute … the glasses sort of look like a Harry Potter Owl.

  2. My goodness you are very clever. What a wonderful way to use multitask your tools. This card is wonderful.

  3. VERY CUTE MARY. You always provide such inspiration. Thenk you. We have a daughter graduating law school soon. This will be perfect.

  4. Helen M. Scahdegg

    Mary, this is your best yet! How stinkin’ cute is he!?!I love his thick rimmed glasses and tidy diploma! And me with THREE graduations this year! Thanks so much for your continued inspiration.

  5. This is just awesome Mary! Love that owl.

  6. Carolina Evans

    its gorgeous Mary, I love your work its so clean and fresh – just my style!! Its so funny because I’ve only been following your blog for a couple of months and I had just finished an owl graduation card for my cousin in New Zealand, then I hopped on your blog and first thing I see is your beautiful card! Thanks for the inspiration from across the seas!
    Melbourne Australia

  7. I’m in need of grad card ideas – lovin this one. thanks so much for the idea!!! heading too my craft area to make this card tonight.

  8. How cute!

  9. LOVE your little owl!!!!!!!! I thought about doing what you did with the eyes for glasses, just hadn’t gotten around to it! AND the little mortar board is FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for showing us! (Found you through Paper Punch Addiction!) 🙂

  10. Omg, I love this card! That owl is so cute!

  11. hi marcy: i cropped the smaller pennant and snipped the sides to create a diamond that mirrored the pointed end. hope that helps. hugs, m

  12. hi deb: i agree . . . the pennant punch was an easier way to do the cap. thanks so much! hugs, m

  13. hi mary lou: this card is going to a graduate and the school color is maroon. i thought bravo burgundy would do the trick! hugs, m

  14. Amazing card. I love the owl punch. I can’t quite figure out how you used the pennant punch (which I have) to make the grad hat. Could you explain that a bit? Thanks.

  15. Our card ministry at church is in need of some graduation cards, and I think this owl will do the trick. Thanks for a great idea!

  16. Deb B (Debadoo)

    This is really cute. I really love the cap. The extra attn to detail here, using the pennant and snipping rather than turning a square sideways, the part that goes on the head, all makes it look so much more real. Great job!

  17. What an amazing card Mary! Thank you! Going to do something similar with the Button Buddies set. We are the Arkansas Razorbacks and the hog in that set is too cute! Thanks for the inspriration!

  18. Perfect down to every little detail! Love this idea!

  19. Oh My Goodness Mary!!! I knew you were talented but this takes the cake! So glad I have you for daily inspiration. Thank you.

  20. Dianna Cartwright

    Soooo cute. OK, that does it. Mus. Have. Punch.

  21. where we you when I needed you? I was looking for a cute owl graduation card idea the beginning of this week. None of the samples I found were quite right so I came up with my own idea and actually my family said it was really cute, but now I see yours and…………..

  22. Great job! I’ve been playing with different ideas for my nephews graduation — this is it!!! Thanks so much :o)

  23. Mary Lou Glick

    Oh, Mary, I love this card with the cute owl and the great color combo. I keep wanting to look at it again and again!

  24. This is just TOO stinkin’ cute! TFS!!!

  25. Really like this….cute idea!

  26. Mary, this is THE most adorable Grad card I have ever seen! You are so creative… I love your blog and your clean, crisp and way cool cards! TFS ! Happy Mother’s Day too!

  27. Love this, Mary! so scholarly cute!

  28. Love your take on a Grad Card!! Mind if I case
    it for my Catty kick off Party!! I am blown away
    by your tassle in his cap!! Love your Stufffff!
    Thanks so much for sharing11

  29. HOOT.HOOT.HOORAY Mary…….Your card is a SCREAM! Love how you created a wise old owl from the everyday owl punch – FABULOUS CREATION girlfriend!

  30. So cute and love the colors!

  31. This is so cute! I am graduating from business school this June and will need to make a bunch of grad cards for friends – thanks for the inspiration!

  32. You’ve outdone yourself on this one! So very cute and doable with the punch. thanks for sharing!

  33. Super cute for any graduate! Love it and thanks for sharing your inspiration with us!!!

  34. I love this card – it’s great! The grad is sure to love it 🙂

  35. This is just adorable! Thanks for all the details!

  36. Love all the little details! Super card!

  37. Hello Mary: Oh, I’m so glad I bought this Owl Punch!! You really can dress it up for anything. The card is, as always, amaizing.
    Thank you.

  38. Love this card!

  39. kathy/NorthCarolina

    This is darling! I love how the wings make him/her look like he/she is ready to fly!

  40. That is amazing! And perfect timing! I have a son graduating from High School in a couple of weeks and wanted to make something special. Thank you for the inspiration:)

  41. Debbi Atkinson

    Wow! That is amazingly cute!!! I can’t stop looking at it. Awesome job!

  42. I just LOVE all your card designs Mary!

  43. Love this! Thank you for the belly band inspiration!

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