Easy to Make Thinking of You card with your Cricut
There are times when it is fun and special to send a card "just because" you care, you are thinking about that person, or because it is a beautiful spring day and you want to share it!
I created this card with bright colors and springtime butterflies in mind. I just purchased a great scrapbooking cardstock stack filled with bright gorgeous spring colors. After thumbing through the blues, greens, pinks, and yellows it came to me that a "Just Because" card would be perfect; something to perk up a special person. I wanted to let them know that I was thinking of them on this day.
The Cricut personal cutting machine gives my creativity an extra boost because of the small to large intricate shapes I can cut out. Each Cricut cartridge has so many shapes and sentiments available on each one; the booklet provided gives complete instructions on how to make the layers work. Some of the layer just peek through the holes cut out in the top layer of a shape; such as the green that peeks through the butterfly wings in this card.
Use of a border on a card:
After cutting out quite a few of the tiny butterflies to adorn the card, I noticed the pretty border created after I punched the butterflies out. I decided to create a background piece of cardstock for the sentiment "Thinking of You" and the butterlies seemed a perfect choice for a border. Essentially I kept what is usually discarded; the cut out shape left behind after the shape is removed.
Cricut Cartridge: Cricut Solutions: Stamping
Cricut Machine Blade Depth: #3
Cricut Machine Speed: Medium
Cricut Machine Pressure: Max
Cardstock Pack: Bright Colors
Step by Step
Take a piece of cardstock and cut it to measure 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". Using the folding tool in the Cricut Essentials Kit; fold the card in half. I fold on the inside of the card just to keep the outside finish unblemished by the folding process.
Cut one <BtflyBdr>, size 1 1/4" using the Shift and base keyboard key. This will cut out the top layer of the Butterfly Border. I used a multi-colored piece of cardstock.
Cut one <BtflyBdr>, size 1 1/4" using the Shift, Blackout, and base keyboard key. This will cut out the middle layer of the Butterfly Border. I used a Green piece of cardstock. The "Blackout" layer usually peeks through the top layer when adhered together.
Cut one <BtflyBdr>, size 1 1/4" using the Shift, Shadow and base keyboard key. This will cut out the bottom layer of the Butterfly Border. I used a Yellow piece of cardstock.
Adhere the Butterfly Border layers together with the green layer peeking through the top layer of the sentiment.
Two Smaller Butterflies
Cut 2 <Buttrfly> size 1/2" using the Shift and base keyboard key. This will cut out the top layer of the Single smaller butterfly.
Cut 2 <Butrfly> size 1/2" using the Blackout, Shift and base keyboard key. This will cut out the middle layer of the Single smaller butterfly.
Cut 2 <Butrfly>, size 1/2" using the Shadow, Shift, and base keyboard key. This will cut out the bottom layer of the Single smaller butterfly.
Adhere the Single smaller butterflies together.
Using a full size piece of cardstock; cut 10 tiny <Buttrfly> size 1/4". Remove the sticky mat with the paper on it still; reload and move over to the 3 1/4" mark on the sticky mat. Cut 10 more tiny <Butrfly> size 1/4".
Remove the cardstock from the sticky mat and punch out the 20 tiny butterflies. Using the Cricut papercutter; trim your finished border piece to be 4" x 3 1/4" 10 Butterflies will be running along the top and bottom edge of the cardstock piece.
Adhere the background piece to the bottom center of your card.
Adhere the Butterfly Border layers to the top of the card, slanting the finished layers a bit for a good fit.
Adhere the two smaller butterflies on the top and bottom of the Butterfly Border.
For added embellishment, cut a number of tiny 1/4" butterflies in coordinating colors.
Sentiment (Use Flip Key for better results with letters)
Cut one <ThinkYou>, size 2 1/4" using the Flip and base keyboard key. This will cut out the top layer of the sentiment.
Cut one <ThinkYou>, size 2 1/4" using the Flip, Shadow, and base keyboard key. This will cut out the middle (peek) through layer of the sentiment.
Cut one <ThinkYou>, size 2 1/4" using the Flip, Shadow, and base keyboard key. This will cut out the bottom layer of the sentiment.
Adhere the three layers of the sentiment together.
Adhere the finished layers to the middle of the butterfly border background piece of cardstock.
Adhere the tiny butterflies wherever you like and however many you like.
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