How I Made a Star-Studded Graduation Card with No Star Punches or Dies

Graduation card featuring stars and sentiment cut on the Silhouette Cameo

One stamp, one die, zero punches

Looking at the  graduation card in the photo, you count three cut shapes, yes? More than that if you’re counting sizes. You have the stars (four sizes there), the flourishes, and the sentiment.

But I only used one tool to cut most of them – my Silhouette Cameo. (I used a die for the flourishes.)

I do love my Cameo. First of all, it’s pink, as are the tools. (Squeee!) But more importantly, it cuts shapes for me when I don’t have the punches or dies to cut them myself.

And today, I had neither star punches nor greeting dies.

Pink Silhouette Cameo, closed
She’s pretty, and she works hard

A simple graduation card, yes, but the details are there

I had never made a graduation card before and  couldn’t really pinpoint what I wanted. I wanted a little bit formal, a little bit playful, so I looked at Pinterest for some ideas. Of course there were zillions of ideas (which is more than jillions). Some were formal, some were goofy. But I found that the cards featuring stars resonated the most with me.

Stars are fun but not silly. I even like the word “stars.” It’s kind of cute.

Close up image of focal point stars in purple and shiny silver cardstock
Stars are so useful – cute and fun, but a little sedate, too

Once I finally decided on my layout (I followed an old sketch somewhat loosely), I started cutting stars in purple and shiny silver – the graduate’s school colors. And I cut several sizes, too. No “one-size-doesn’t-fit-all” punches for me! I did use my trusty Big Shot to cut a couple of flourishes. This flourish is one of my Top 10 favorite shapes – the Dienamics Fancy Flourish – and I use it all the time. Then I stamped a few “splats” for a smidge of humor and to fill out the area a bit.

As I often do, I inked the edges of the white cardstock and heat embossed the edges of the purple mat layer. Two tiny details that add *pop.*

Stuck again – no punches for the sentiment

For all the dies and punches I own, I don’t have a single one that says anything! Not one. single. one. I’ve got shapes, laces, edges, and flowers, but not a single solitary sentiment of any kind.

Again, my Cameo to the rescue.

Close up of die cut "congrats" sentiment
My own design, thanks to my Cameo

The design is my own. I found a font that I liked (fun and a little funky), did a little “stitching and melding,” and reduced the word until I liked the size. Then I cut it using the Cameo.

You can’t do that with a punch.

The inside of the card with a small stamped sentiment
I do have sentiment stamps – lots of them

I found a cute little sentiment stamp and decorated the inside before Mr. Right and I wrote our messages.

The little pink machine that could

Here she is all opened up. She’s a breeze to operate, and fun to watch in action. I never again have to worry about not having the right cutting tools for a project, knowing “Miss Cameo” is nearby to help. (Oh, and she cuts 100 different materials, including felt, fabric and vinyl.)

Image of opened up Silhouette Cameo

By the way, if you’d like to see a few past examples of what a Cameo can do, check these posts out from my old blog:

Angled view of star graduation card.

Thanks for checking out my star graduation card today.

Now it’s your turn. Do you have a cutting machine? If not, what do you do when you have a card in mind but not the proper punches or dies? Let us know in the comment section. We love success stories and would love to read yours!


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