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Graduation Box Card

By Amanda Chittenden on May 23, 2020
Need A Graduation Card With A Wow Factor? I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I'm kind of excited about this project.  I went into Cricut Design Space looking for an awesome graduation box card (or any cool graduation card design!) and basically came up with nothing.  There were some money holders and […]

Need A Graduation Card With A Wow Factor?

I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I'm kind of excited about this project.  I went into Cricut Design Space looking for an awesome graduation box card (or any cool graduation card design!) and basically came up with nothing.  There were some money holders and simple designs, but I wanted a wow factor.  

So I made my own. 

If you have Cricut Access, you should be able to access the file and use it for yourself.  Need Cricut Access?  Here's a link for that.  I totally think it's worth it to have access to all of those files and images.

If you already have Cricut Access, you can follow this link and it'll take you to a sign up for my email list (pretty please?) and as soon as you provide your email, you'll get an instant download of the file location.

Change A Cricut File to Suit Your Needs

If you've read my blog or seen my tutorials, you'll know that I'm a big fan of box cards.   I love a good pop out, and a box card kind of pops out in every direction at the same time!  So, when there was a lack of acceptable exciting graduation cards from which to choose, I went to look at the box card designs to see if there was something I could change to suit my needs. 

Here is the file that I found.  

Yes.  It's a sympathy card.

Anna Griffin sympathy box card design
Screenshot from Cricut Design Space

But the more I looked at it, the more it started checking the boxes for me.  

It's pretty

Some sort of celebratory looking flags are in the design, so that's festive!

There are a lot of features in the design, which I think makes the card looks FULL

Let me show you how I changed the sympathy box card design into a graduation box card design!

No Sympathy Card Here!

Below are the step by step directions on how I changed the Cricut Design Space sympathy box card design into a graduation box card design.  There aren't a ton of fancy skills used, but we do use the flatten tool, which has been known to incite fear in new users.

It's not scary, I promise, and with that one tool, we can basically do all of the changes we need.

I will also include a link to the video tutorial below, in case you prefer to just watch the step by step directions, or want to follow along for yourself.

Import card design
Start a new project in Design Space and import the sympathy card file.
Choose some graduation images
Go into "images" and select some graduation images you like. I always take more than I need and edit out what I don't want later.
Work on changing front panel design first
First, I changed the front panel design...the one that said "You Are In My Thoughts"

Added green square

Add graphic and flatten
I moved the "Congrats to the Grad" graphic that I chose earlier to the top of the green square. I selected the old panel, the new green square, and the new text and went to the lower right to select "flatten". This takes all of the elements selected and squishes them together. So now it will print just as you see it on screen.
Do same thing to other panel with different graphic
Do the same process and add the second graphic, then flatten that one.
Choose a flag image
Choose a flag image from Design Space in the "images" menu.
Duplicate flags
Duplicate the flags so you have enough to cover all of the existing flags.
Add new text to flags
Using the "text" menu, add new words to your flags. Change the colors into whatever you like! Put them in place over the old flags, select them all and hit the flatten button again!
Put cap on flowers
I decided it would be funny to let the flowers wear the cap, so I scaled it down and put it on top of one of the larger flower bunches. I also changed the tassle to coordinate with the pink flowers. I selected the flowers and the cap and flattened them together.
Added a rectangle for a sentiment panel
I added a square shape and sized it into a rectangle so I would have a panel on which to write my message.
Color coded 2 squares as a reminder
To remind myself that I wanted to cut 2 of the accent panels in a patterned paper, I made them a random color so they would be on their own mat.

That's it.  I also deleted a random swirly thing that I didn't like...but changing the sentiment, the flag text and adding some graduation imagery made this design decidedly festive!

Now, let's put it together our new non-sympathetic graduation box card. 🙂

And Now, We Assemble!

Assembling a box card is always kind of magical for me.  I absolutely love it when it comes together and suddenly there is a super-dimensional something-or-other in front of you!

Assembling this box card was kind of a breeze.  I said so at the beginning of the assembly portion of my video, which I thought for sure was going to jinx me, but it was just as simple as I had hoped.

Fold box card base sides
Start by folding the box card base along the side score marks.
Fold 3 side flaps down
Fold down the three flaps on the sides. The back stays upright since that's where our sentiment panel will go.
Glue tab and press down
Put glue on the tab and fold the box card in half and press down to adhere.
Put sentiment panel on back
I put the sentiment panel and one of the graphic panels on the back.
Folded inside panel pieces
I folded the inside panel pieces so that 2 of the tabs were facing away from me, and one was facing toward me.
Put inside tab panels
I placed the panels inside the box relatively evenly spaced. Making sure the box card still folded well and easily.
Added embellishments to the inserts
I added some bling to the flower inserts, and the top of the cap and the tassle.
Added flowers and signs to insides
I attached the flowers and the sign to the various inside panel pieces where I thought they looked nice.
Making sure to close regularly
After each addition, I closed the card to make sure it still closed easily.
Added graphic panel to the front
I added the graphic panel to the front, and the two patterned panels to the sides.

The Issue of An Envelope...

One of the things I like when you purchase an SVG file from many other designers such as SVGcuts is that they will include an envelope with the design.  With many Cricut projects, you often need to go find one for yourself.

Luckily, there are a number of envelopes in the images section of Cricut Design Space, but how do you know what size you need?  And how do you resize it if it's too small?

With this card, I don't think there is a way to pre-design an envelope since the size of the card is, in my opinion, largely dependent on where you stick the flowers.  If I had chosen to put them all out toward the edges of the inside tabs, it would have been even wider.

So, in a follow up post, we will deal with the issue of the envelope.  I'll make sure to let you know when that post is up!


Here is the Link to the Video Tutorial!

Materials used for this project are listed below.  Some links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.


Cricut cardstock

Cricut washi sheets no longer seem to be available (maybe because they didn't work!)  But here is a link to some Anna Griffin adhesive vinyl that is probably close Dew Drop Chalk Inks Doodlebug Designs Sprinkles Adhesive rainbow rhinestones Links to favorite glue and Cricut supplies are on my blog resources page here:


Article written by Amanda Chittenden

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