Homemade Mother's Day Card using a Cricut Machine

Mother's Day

What a fantastic Mother's Day gift...a Homemade / Handmade card made for you just for your mom. Her colors and what she likes represented with cardstock shapes ~ hearts, flowers, small animals.

Card making is a very personal journey ~ your ideas and likes transfer cardstock into something special.

Happy Mother's Day

Making this card

Over the past few years I have made many homemade cards using my Cricut machine, beautiful patterned and solid colored cardstock, and occasionally embellishments.

Below are complete instructions and photos for how you can complete this card. If you don't have the specific Cricut cartridges then choose shapes from one of the cartridges you do have. Also, there is the Cricut Craftroom available where you can download specific shapes.

A few tips to follow

If your sticky mat isn't brand new the cardstock could slide back and forth as the machine is cutting. Stay near the machine and gently hold the cardstock in place, letting your hands travel as the machine does. It helps keep the cardstock still for cutting.

When deciding on placement of finished layered shapes, take the time to lay each piece on the card, then use the adhesive to finalize where each piece goes.

I use the "Flip" button exclusively when cutting shapes. Make sure you put the paper on the sticky mat upside down. Pieces cut cleaner this way.

What You Need

Cricut Cartridge: Best Images of 2009

Cricut Cartridge: Simply Charmed

Cricut Cartridge: Don Joan (The best cartridge to have for customized phrases and some popular shapes).

Patterned cardstock (K&C Company is fantastic paper to use)

Solid Core cardstock

Adhesive (I use a Zig 2-Way Pen)

Cricut Machine Blade Depth: #4

Cricut Machine Speed: High

Cricut Machine Pressure: Max

Photos

Apron bottom layer
Apron bottom layer
Apron middle layer
Apron middle layer
Apron top layer
Apron top layer
Tie and neck loop layer
Tie and neck loop layer
Pockets, trim, and apple bottom layer
Pockets, trim, and apple bottom layer
Pockets and apple top layer
Pockets and apple top layer
Happy Mother's Day layers cut and adhered
Happy Mother's Day layers cut and adhered
Phrase layers cut and adhered
Phrase layers cut and adhered
Apron bottom & middle layers adhered
Apron bottom & middle layers adhered
Apron top layer adhered
Apron top layer adhered
Apron tie and neck loop adhered
Apron tie and neck loop adhered
Apron Bottom & top layers of pockets, apple, and trim adhered
Apron Bottom & top layers of pockets, apple, and trim adhered
Top background layer cut
Top background layer cut
Bottom background layer cut
Bottom background layer cut
Base card cut and folded
Base card cut and folded
Bottom layer adhered to card
Bottom layer adhered to card
Top layer adhered to card
Top layer adhered to card
Happy Mother's Day phrase adhered to bottom
Happy Mother's Day phrase adhered to bottom
Apron adhered
Apron adhered
Phrase adhered
Phrase adhered

Bottom Apron Layer

Cartridge: Best Images of 2009

Cut 1 <Apron-s> size 5", using the Layer 2, Shift, and Apron keyboard keys. This will cut out the bottom layer of the Apron.



Apron Middle Layer

Cartridge: Best Images of 2009

Cut 1 <Apron> size 5", using the Layer 2 and Apron keyboard key. This will cut out the middle layer of the Apron.


Apron Top Layer

Cartridge: Best Images of 2009

Cut 1 <Apron> size 5", using the Apron keyboard key. This will cut out the top layer of the Apron. It will have markings for the placement of the ties, pockets, and trim.


Tie and neck loop layer

Cartridge: Best Images of 2009

Cut 1 <Apron-s> size 5", using the Shift and Apron keyboard key. This will cut out the Apron ties and neck loop.


Pockets, Trim, and Apple bottom layer

Cartridge: Best Images of 2009

Cut 1 <<Apron> size 5", using the Layer 1 and Apron keyboard key. This will cut out the bottom layers of pockets, trim, and apple.


Pockets and Apple top layer

Cartridge: Best Images of 2009

Cut 1 <Apron-s> size 5", using the Layer 1, Shift, and Apron keyboard key. This will cut out the top layer of the pockets and apple.


Happy Mother's Day phrase

Cartridge: Simply Charmed

Cut 1 <NstDoll2> size 2 1/4", using the Word, Shift, and Nesting Dolls keyboard key. This will cut out the bottom layer of the phrase.

Cut 1 <NstDoll1> size 2 1/4" using the Word and Nesting Dolls keyboard key. This will cut out the top of the phrase.

Adhere the top layer to the bottom layer.

For All You Do

Cut 1 each of the letters for the phrase, sized 1".

Use the Shadow key and each letter key for the bottom layer

Use just each letter key for the top layer

Apron Bottom & Middle layers

Adhere the middle layer to the bottom layer of the Apron making sure to center the smaller middle layer.



Apron Top layer

Adhere the top layer of the Apron on top. It will cover the middle layer but gives it a layered effect.




Apron Tie and Neck loop

Adhere the Apron's tie and neck loop making sure to center them along the small marks made on the Apron's top layer.




Apron Bottom & Top layers

Adhere the bottom layers of the pockets, apple along with the 2 trim pieces to the Apron. The small markings will show you where

Adhere the top layer of the pockets and apple w/leaf.



Top Background layer

Cut 1 top background layer to measure 5" x 5 1/4"





Bottom background layer

Cut 1 bottom background layer to measure 5" x 8".







Card

Measure out a piece of cardstock to be 8 1/2" x 11".

Fold the card in half along the 11" size for a finished card measuring 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".







Bottom layer adhered

Adhere the bottom background piece to the card, centering it.







Top layer

Adhere the smaller top layer background piece to the card, centering it top to bottom and side to side.



Adhere the phrases

Adhere the Happy Mother's Day phrase to the bottom of the card.






Adhere the Apron

Adhere the finished Apron layers to the middle of the card.




Adhere For All You Do

Adhere the finished "For All You Do" layer to the top of the card.

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