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Graduation Card using Cricut Design Space

I am repurposing an older post for 2023! I originally did this graduation card fully designed and made in Cricut Design Space when my daughter was graduating from high school. Now that she is getting ready to graduate from college I have updated my design!

Additionally, since I have now learned how to make SVG files I was able to save this design as a SVG file that you can download for free! I am going to leave all of the original content from my 2018 version of this card in this post just so you can see the evolution of this design!

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I have created NEW SVG files for 2024, that you can find in my shop or by clicking the links below.

If you would rather learn how to make your own versions of these cards, you can follow my graduation card tutorials below.

2023 Graduation Card SVG File

If you want to make this card the process will be even easier for you now that I have a SVG file! If you have never used a SVG file before, make sure to read my article on SVG files HERE. Then, when you are ready to get started just click on the button below to download the file. For reference, the font used in this card is Gloucester MT Extra Condensed.

I just love the look of this graduation card. It could be used for a high school or college graduation. You can change the colors to match whatever school you want! If you are looking for additional card making ideas make sure to read my article titled 20 Beautiful Handmade Cards Ideas to make with your Cricut!

2023 Graduation Card Video

Once you have download the SVG file from the button above, you can watch the video to learn how to

  • Upload the SVG file
  • Identify the score lines and make sure the operation is set to Score
  • Attach the score lines to the card base
  • Cut and Assemble this card

Customizable Graduation Card

After I created the design for the Class of 2023 card with the graduation cap, I wanted to take this idea to the next level so I added the University of Southern California Trojan icon to the center of a card. And I did a second video to show you how you can do this too!

First, download my Customizable Graduation Card SVG by clicking on the button below.

Then watch this video to see how I customize it with the Trojan icon. Follow my steps to use any high quality logo image for the school that your graduate attends. Upload the logo one time for each color in the design, isolating one color each time to create layers.

I cannot wait to see what you create!

What to know a secret?

Guess what? I was once in your shoes! I was once a Cricut beginner! You can actually look way back on this blog and find my early posts and see how far I have come on my journey!

You can also see that I love helping people. I think we should spend more time having fun crafting than trying to figure out how to use a software program! This is why I break everything I know into easy to follow steps. And because I have written down the steps, added screen shots and videos, you will know that you have the best resources for learning.

I also use a lot of analogies in my tutorials. If I can relate something in the Cricut Design Space software to an every day situation or something most people would encounter in every day life, I feel that helps people to learn. One great example of this is how I compare Cricut Access to Netflix.

So if you feel like you are always struggling with Cricut Design Space and wish there was one place you could go to learn how to use all of the buttons and features so you could spend your time just enjoying crafting then you should check out my Teach Me Cricut Design Space Online Course. This course is like having a direct line to my brain and downloading all of the information I know about using Cricut Design Space!

The Original 2018 Design

As I said, I am going to keep all of the original content from my 2018 design here in this article. I think that helps to show the growth and change in what I can teach you how to make with your Cricut. Look at how much my tutorials have improved over the past few years!

I created this tri-fold or z-fold graduation card using  Cricut Design Space™.  I used a card shape that had rounded corners and then adjusted the overall size of that cut and added the paws and letters and welded them to the card.

graduation card

I welded the shadow of the letters to the blue layer of the card so that it cut out all as one piece.  This made things so much easier for making the card!  Otherwise I would have had to place each of those letters one at a time.


In this picture you can see the white base cut of the card, and how it has a larger shadow of the text and the paws welded to it.  This helped me to place all of the other pieces quickly and easily since I had these outlines as a guide.


The only letters and numbers I had to place individually were the silver glitter ones inside the blue shapes.


Once the glitter pieces were in place, I placed the entire layer down on the base.


I cut 6 of the paw shapes so that they are on both sides of the center panel of this card.  This way they are visible when the card is open and when it is closed.

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There is plenty of space inside for me to write something to our daughter.

graduation card

Now that I have taught myself some of the steps of using Cricut Design Space™, like welding shapes together like this, I think I might make some more customized cards like this for friends and family.

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