Pinwheel Tower Card With Cap & Gown Stamp Set Stampin’ Up!

This Pinwheel Tower Card makes a stunning graduation card for someone special. It's like getting 4 cards in 1.

This Pinwheel Tower card is so much fun to make! It’s like 4 cards in 1 and it is a WOW card! I used the Stampin’ Up! Cap & Gown stamp set (available January 4) along with the Alphabet A La Mode and Stylish Shapes dies to create this fun card. When you fold the card, it lays flat and fits in a regular A2 (medium) sized envelope. This card stands on its own and is sure to impress the recipient!

I used the colors of Real Red, Basic Black and White as these are the colors of our local high school, Bradshaw Mountain High School. You could use any colors to coordinate with the school your graduate is attending. I also used one of the Basics 3D Embossing Folders, (an Online Exclusive) to create an interesting background to give each page more depth.

A Pinwheel Tower Card is one that stands on its own but folds flat to fit into a regular A2-sized envelope.  This card would be perfect for the 2024 graduate in your life.
Tower Pinwheel Card
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A look from the top down!


  • Basic White card stock 4 1/4″ x 5 3/4″ (card base)
  • Basic White card stock 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″, 2″ x 4 1/4″, and 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (stamping, die cutting
  • Basic Black card stock 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″, 2 @ 2″ x 4 1/4″ and 3″ x 3″ (circle)
  • Real Red card stock 2 @ 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″, 2″ x 4 1/4″

Building the Tower:

Start by scoring the card base (on the long side) @ 3/4″, 1 1/2″, 2 1/4″ and 3; fold and burnish all score lines with bone folder. Add Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the 3/4″ area, fold the card stock over to adhere. It should stand on its own at this point.

Place each of the panels of Basic White, Basic Black and Real Red in the 3D Embossing Folder, run through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. Add all the 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ panels with adhesive to the Tower.


Using Tuxedo Momento Black Ink, I stamped the 3 greetings and die cut using the Stylish Shapes Dies. I also stamped the graduation hat, graduation robe and the diploma in Tuxedo Momento Black Ink. I colored the tassle and the ribbon on the diploma with Stampin’ Blends and then fussy cut each of these.

Using the Alphabet A La Mode dies, I die cut the numbers, “2024” in both Basic Black and Basic White. I layered these with the white on the bottom to give it a shadow effect. For the last page, I used Real Red ribbon behind the greeting. I also colored the Basic Rhinestone Jewels with my Real Red Stampin’ Blends before adhering to the card.

All in all, this card came together quite quickly and I love the end result! you could also add a pocket for a gift card to any of the pages.

Product List

The only image not show in the product list above is the Cap and Gown stamp set (item #162810); it becomes available on January 4, 2024. This was such a fun card to put together. I changed it many times before I finished it and I must say, I do like the finished product.

I’ll be teaching a Technique Class in March and the technique will be Pinwheel cards. This is just one example of a variety of ways to make pinwheel cards. Would you like to join in the fun? I’d love to have you join in the fun at my in-person class here in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Drop me a note in the comments below if you’d like to join in on this class.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you’ll give this card a try with your favorite stamp set, DSP, and/or dies. I’d love to see your creations. If I can help you with any of your Stampin’ Up! needs, I’m here to help you!

In the meantime; I hope you have a wonderful, blessed and stamp-happy day!

2 thoughts on “Pinwheel Tower Card With Cap & Gown Stamp Set Stampin’ Up!”

  1. Great card, Nancy. It is a nice display card for this occasion, and who does not need a graduation card? Our grandbabies are growing up fast ! LOL.


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