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Easy to Make Merry Christmas Card using your Cricut
Your Cricut machine - a gem
I recently joined a social website page for homemade crafts. I saw posted a request for help from a member who had a Cricut machine but had no idea how to use it. The other members and myself are encouraging her to just jump in and give it a try.
A Cricut machine makes special homemade greeting cards and scrapbook layouts. Once you've practiced a few times with some scrap paper, you will feel comfortable to try a card; one like the card I am featuring in this Hub. With a good sticky mat, a paper cutter, and some good quality solid-core cardstock a nice looking card or layout can be made.
What you will need
- Cricut Cartridge: Simply Charmed
- Cricut machine blade depth: #3
- Cricut machine speed: Medium
- Cricut machine pressure: Max
- Solid-Core cardstock - I used the traditional Santa Claus colors of Red, Black, White, and a Fleshy Pink color for his face.
- Paper Cutting tool (I use Cricut's Paper Cutter from the Cricut Essentials Kit
- Folding Tool (From the Cricut Essentials Kit)
- Adhesive (I use a 2-way glue pen from Zig)
Each of these settings can be changed according to thickness of paper and intricacy of the design.
Solid-Core cardstock is very important. Although it costs more, the finished cutout looks so much better. There is no white edge showing on your finished pieces.
Save those scraps: When you are finished cutting out a piece, save the left over pieces. So many times I have utilized even the tiniest piece for a card or layout. I have 3 plastic shoe boxes- one is for solid dark colors, one is for white, and one is for prints.
Choose a piece of cardstock for your base card. It needs to be heavy-weight. Trim the cardstock to measure 4 1/4" x 11" then fold the card, using a folding tool. The final card is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".
Page 64 from the Simply Charmed Cricut Cartridge. The colors on the page will help you to choose your cardstock if you are new to the craft.
Cut your background piece of cardstock to be 4" x 5 1/4". Adhere the background piece of cardstock to the front of your basecard. I always center the background piece but I have seen them adhered in a offset placement. The background piece can be a thinner piece of cardstock.
Cut one (Santa), page 64, measuring 1" using the Word and Base keyboard keys. This will cut out the top layer of the Merry Christmas sentiment. A heavy cardstock will cut out the intricate design better.
Cut one (Santa), page 64, measuring 1' using the Word, Shift, and Base keyboard keys. This will cut out the bottom layer of the Merry Christmas sentiment.
Cut one piece of cardstock big enough for the background piece for the Merry Christmas layers.
Adhere the bottom, Shadow layer of Merry Christmas to the black cardstock.
Adhere the top layer of Merry Christmas on top of the Shadow layer.
Cut one (Santa), page 64, measuring 3 1/4", using the Shadow and Base keyboard keys. This will cut out the bottom, larger layer of the Santa cutout.
Cut one (Santa), page 64, measuring 3 1/4", using the Base keyboard key. This will cut out the entire Santa's body, the stripe, and background face. I used black as the stripe needs to be black; also, the background face is only see through Santa's eyes.
Adhere Santa's body to the Shadow layer.
Make sure Santa's body is aligned on the Shadow layer as shown.
Cut one (Santa), page 64, measuring 3 1/4", using the Layer 1 and base keyboard key. This will cut out Santa's outfit and a small dot for his nose. I used Red cardstock.
Adhere this layer on top of the already adhered layers. The red will show through on the hat, arms, and body clothing. Adhere the small dot right where his nose should go.
Cut one (Santa), page 64, measuring 3 1/4", using the Layer 2 and base keyboard key. This will cut out the Hands (Gloves) and Face. The face has small holes through which the black eyes can be seen. I used a flesh colored cardstock.
Adhere Layer 2 to the already finished layers.
Adhere the black stripe to the body.
Cut one (Santa), page 64, measuring 3 1/4", using the Layer 3 and base keyboard key. This will cut out Santa's beard and pom pom for his hat.
Adhere the beard over Layer 2. After doing this you will only see the face showing under the beard.
Cut one (Santa), page 64, measuring 3 1/4", using the Layer 4 and base keyboard key. This will cut out Santa's cheeks. Adhere the cheeks on the indicated spots on Santa's face.
Adhere Santa's Pom Pom on top of his hat then draw a small line for his smile.