Arts & Culture


Once again, the season of goodbyes has arrived.

It’s a bittersweet season, on one hand, you are happy that they are going on a great adventure, but on the other hand, it is sad and heartbreaking to see these awesome people leave. One thing you can do in this season of graduation is to give handwritten cards, encouraging them and telling them how much you appreciate them.

Here, I want to share three simple graduation cards you can make for your friends with some hand lettering!

– Flower Bouquet Card

To draw this, I looked upon Pinterest botanical illustrations of flowers and attempted to sketch one out on the paper using a pencil. I then drew a ribbon around the flower to make a space to write the words on. Ribbons can really come in handy in making cards; they’re simple, but can add an elegant touch to the card.

After finalizing the sketch with several revisions, trace it with a waterproof pen, a Macron fine tip pen in this case. Once the ink has completely dried, erase the pencil sketches with an eraser.

After tracing the sketch, color it using markers, colored pencils, or watercolors. I personally like using watercolors. And there, a small flower bouquet graduation card, ready to go!

– Cat Congratulation Card

Everything’s better with a cat, whether that may be a library, cafe, or card.

First, draft the cat and the words. You can adjust the places where you would like the words and the cat to be. I wanted a chubby cat wearing a graduation cap, so that’s what I drew.

Then, use your ideal material and color the cat. I used a macron pen for the outline and watercolor to color the cat.

Finally, write the words. I decided to write it in all caps and simply thicken all the downstrokes to give it a simple look, but you can also use cursives or a mixture of uppercase and downcase letters to give it a fun look. And here you go, a cute graduation card!

You can also draw a dog, llama, bird, hedgehog, or any animals you like. Or even better, ask the receiver their favorite animal and draw it on the card. If you don’t know how to draw the animal, you can type “—animal’s name— illustration” on the magical website known as Pinterest, and it will give you many examples and tutorials that will help you out.

– Simplistic (Last Minute) Graduation Card

This graduation card is extremely simple, perfect for last minute when you forgot to prepare a graduation card.

For this card, sketch out the word on the card with a pencil first.

Next, grab watercolor and draw a few strokes on the card using several colors to make them look like confetti.

Then write out the words, using any fonts you desire. I used my calligraphy pen, but Macron pen, marker, or even watercolor can work as well! And there you go, a simple but cute graduation card!

I hope these examples gave you some inspiration and helped you to make graduation cards for your friends!

As this school year comes to an end, I hope that you all know it has been such a privilege to be able to write for this column. I’ve really enjoyed writing for clay this year, and I could not express how much joy it brought me when I heard my articles helped people to improve and pick up hand-lettering.

Also, I would like to give a huge thanks to all the readers!  Thank you for being so encouraging. And a special shoutout to my editor, Piper, who worked behind the scenes and edited all my articles. Thank you Piper!

Finally, congratulations fellow students, we’ve survived another school year!


  1. Puffin McNugget

    I’m going to miss your column so much Rose. 🙁 Its amazing.

  2. Wow! These are really good! Great job!

  3. Hedgehog O'lego

    Awseome drawings!

  4. I love these, Rose! I will definitely be attempting to make them. 🙂 Thank you for a wonderful column!

  5. wooww this is great