Penn Themed Graduation Thank You Cards

Penn Themed Graduation Thank You Cards

My triplets just graduated from college, and they needed to send a few thank you notes. Because many of the gifters would be receiving three cards, I wanted to have three different card designs. And because Kelly, Kevin, and Keith all graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, I created all the cards with a U Penn theme.


The first one was a design modified from a card I made a while back. I cut the letters with my Silhouette and backed the negative with a piece of digital red and blue paper by EditableMotifs. What was cool about this file is that it is editable, so I was able to darken the red, make the stripes narrower, and remove the white stripes that were in the original design. The greeting was stamped from the “Assorted Greetings” set from Gina K Designs with GKD Blue Denim ink. I created the strip with the Stampin’ Up “Word Window Punch” (retired). Recollections Blue card stock was used for the mat.


The next card was made with a photo I took of College Hall. I printed it to size and added it to a white card base. The card was easy. Getting a good photo – not so much! I usually go early on a Sunday morning to try to get campus photos because there are very few people out and about at that time. The problem is that the early morning sun creates wicked shadows everywhere! I loved the fall foliage on this one even though I struggled to get the lighting right. (I recently went on a cloudy morning which helped, but the leaves were all green on that one, and I liked the more colorful version better.)

I played around with an eclipse design but ultimately went with the plain photo since I needed to make a bunch of these cards. Plus, any leftovers can now be used as general note cards and not just as thank you notes.


The final design was a Red and Blue CAS card using the Stampendous “H122 – Graduation” stamp and a greeting from the “Borders Abound” set (retired?) from Stampin’ Up. Both were stamped with In the Navy ink (GKD). The panel was cut with an unmarked stitched rectangle die. The Sizzix/Stampin’ Up “Stripes” embossing folder (retired) was used for the background panel, and Recollections Red and Gina K Designs In the Navy card stock was used for the mats.


Congratulations, Kelly, Kevin, and Keith!

(photo taken on Locust Walk on the 38th Street land bridge)
(photo taken on grass in front of the Palestra and by Franklin Field where Commencement was held)

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6 thoughts on “Penn Themed Graduation Thank You Cards

  1. The cards are all awesome and unique in their own way. It would be difficult to choose a favorite. Best of luck to your college grads and their future endeavors.


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