Easy Homemade Valentine's Day Lovebug Card with a Cricut
Happy Valentine's Day Card
Featuring a cute lil Love Bug from Cricut's Simply Charmed cartridge, this whimsical lil bug has a few layers allowing for the creativity of any color combinations. The layers are large enough and not too finely shaped which allows for a lightweight upper layer on the Love Bug phrase without tearing.
I like using Cricut's Simply Charmed cartridge because of the fun creatures, shapes and phrases it includes. Most of the images are not too intricate allowing for a beginner to cut and create this card.
I prefer to use a heavy weight cardstock when I can to create a card or scrapbook layout. The Cricut machine, equipped with a nice sharp blade, cuts each layer of the Love Bug clean and sharp.
One of the newer tools I use for making cards and scrapbook layouts is my Cuttlebug machine. With it I can emboss or die-cut shapes. If you go to a website such as Cricut.com or Amazon.com you will find endless choices of embossing shapes and patterns. They are called folders and
At this point, I use the Cuttlebug for embossing and I like the added embellishing that embossing adds. For this Love Bug card I used a folder Simply Flowers and Cross My Heart. The Cricut Cuttlebug can also cut shapes using dies. Many of the various company's dies will fit a Cuttlebug. That is my next project to try along with more Cricut Expression projects.
If you don't have a Cuttlebug or these embossing folders specifically, your card will come out just a cute.
Cricut cartridge: Simply Charmed
Cricut Cuttlebug Folder: Simply Flowers (optional)
Cricut machine pressure: Max
Cricut machine speed: Medium
Cricut blade depth: #4
Heavy weight cardstock
Adhesive (I use a 2-Way Pen from Zig)
Love Bug photos
Love Bug text
1. Base Card:
- Choose a solid colored, heavy weight piece of cardstock and cut it to measure 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".
- Using a folding tool, if you have one, fold the card on the long side for a base card measurement of 5 1/2" x 5 1/4"..
2. Card background piece
- Cut a light weight, solid colored piece of cardstock to measure 5 1/4" x 4". This will be the background piece for your card.
- If you have a Cuttlebug, run this piece of cardstock through using the Cross My Heart or Simply Flowers Embossing folder.
3. Large Hearts
- Cut 1 <Hearts>, page 30, measuring 3 1/2" using the Two-Hearts keyboard key. This will cut out the large Heart shape. I used a light pink cardstock.
- Cut 1 <Hearts>, apge 30, measuring 3 1/2" using the Layer 2 and Two-Hearts keyboard key. This will cut out the other large Heart shape. I used a white cardstock.
4. Large Hearts adhered
- Adhere the two large Heart layers together. They will be offset from each other and the Cricut has etched lines to show you where to start the top heart.
5. Love Bug Phrase
- Cut 1 <Lovebug2>, page 31, measuring 1 1/2" using the Word, Shift, and Love Bug keyboard key. This will cut out the bottom layer of the Love Bug phrase. I used a pale blue polkadotted cardstock.
- Cut 1 <Lovebug2>, page 31, measuring 1 1/2" using the Word and Love Bug keyboard key. For best results turn your cardstock over on the sticky mat and use the Flip key too. For thinner cutouts such as words, the Flip button works best.
6. Love Bug Phrase adhered
- Adhere the two phrase layers together centering the top layer over the bottom layer.
7. Love Bug
- Cut 1 <Lovebug2>, page 31, measuring 3" using the Shadow, Shift and Love Bug keyboard key. This will cut out the bottom layer of the Love Bug shape. I used a Dark Pink cardstock.
8. Love Bug
- Cut 1 <Lovebug2>, page 31, measuring 3" using the Layer 1, Shift, and Love Bug keyboard key. This will cut out the Face layer of the Love Bug shape. I used the light blue cardstock.
9. Love Bug
- Cut 1 <Lovebug2>, page 31, measuring 3" using the Layer 2, Shift, and Love Bug keyboard key. This will cut out the Rear of the Love Bug shape. I used a light pink cardstock.
10. Love Bug
- Cut 1 <Lovebug2>, page 31, measuring 3" using the Layer 4, Shift, and Love Bug keyboard key. This will cut out the Heart shape for the Love Bug shape. I used a dark pink cardstock.
11. Adhere the Love Bug
- Adhere the Face shape to the shadow layer. Make sure to poke out the holes for the eyes and the lil smile.
12. Adhere the Love Bug
- Adhere the Rear shape to the Love Bug. This will cover up all but the face of the bug.
13. Adhere the Love Bug
- Adhere the Heart shape where indicated on the Rear shape layer.
14. Adhere the Love Bug
- Adhere the two round cheeks to the Love Bug face.
15. Adhere the Hearts
- Adhere the finished layers to the middle of the base card.
16. Adhere the finished Bug layers
- Adhere the finished Bug layers to the middle of the Large Heart
17. Adhere the Bug phrase
- Adhere the Bug phrase layers to the bottom middle of the base card.
18. Adhere the Love phrase
- Adhere the Love phrase layers to the top middle of the base card.
Cricut Simply Charmed
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