Easy to Make Cricut Card: Thanks for Everything
A Thank You card is always appreciated and these days a bit of a surprise when you receive one. It is hard to find time to go to a store and buy one when you are so busy. But if you have a Cricut machine you can create one quickly and make it special for the recipient. Yes it is possible to cutout shapes with sharp scissors, but look at the detail on this card, especially the birdcage. That would be difficult and time consuming to do by hand; the Cricut machine made it so easy and quick.
I love the look of this card. It is a simple, uncluttered card with fresh, bright colored cardstock. The cardstock stack colors all coordinated.
I made this card using my Cricut personal cutting machine and my "Thanks for Everything" stamp from the Stampin'Up! collection "For Everything". This is the first and only collection I've purchased so far from Stampin'Up! and I absolutely love their stamps. The images stamp onto the cardstock so clear and crisp. Using Stampin'Up!'s scrapbooking/stamping markers that I purchased, I am able to color the stamp, in various colors if I choose, easily.
If you are going to invest in a Cricut personal cutting machine you will also want to invest in good quality cardstock scrapbooking paper. The thin cardstock papers available are pretty but they don't cut well, even with the sharpest Cricut cutting blade. The thicker cardstock papers are also nice to look at but be aware; some papers are colored only on one side, limiting their use AND they are only colored on the surface, the core is white! When the core is white, the Cricut cuts can have a white hue to the outline. Check the package; it will say "White Core"
Cricut Machine Cartridge: Serenade
Cardstock: DCWV Heavy Weight
Stamp: "Thanks for Everything" from Stampin'Up!
Cricut machine Pressure: Max
Cricut machine Speed: Medium
Cricut machine Blade Depth: #2
Step by Step
For a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card; cut a piece of background cardstock to a 5 1/4" x 4" size. I used a white card for a fresh look and a polka-dot background. I used the Polka-Dot cardstock for the bird and birdcage shadow layers so the cage and bird would be the focal point in the finished cutout layers.
Cut one <Brdcage2>, size 3 1/4" using the base keyboard key. This will cut out the top layer of the birdcage. Cardstock used: Tan.
Cut one <Brdcage2-s>, size 3 1/4" using the Shift and base keyboard key. This will cut out the accent strips for the birdcage. Cardstock used: Dark Pink.
Cut one <Brdcage2>, size 3 1/4" using the Layer and base keyboard key. This will cut out the accent dots for the birdcage. Cardstock used: Dark Pink.
Cut one <Brdcage2>, size 3 1/4" using the Shadow and base keyboard key. This will cut out the top layer of the birdcage. Cardstock used: Polka-Dot (same as the card background cardstock) Using the same keep your eye on the front layer of the birdcage and bird.
Don't put the birdcage together at this time.
Cut one <Bird3>, size 1" using the Shadow and Base keyboard key. This will cut out the bottom shadow layer. Cardstock used: Polka-Dot (same as card background).
Cut two <Bird3>, size 1" using the Base keyboard key. This will cut out 2 bird layers in a full body cutout. Cardstock used: Blue
Cut one <Bird3-s>, size 1" using the Shift and Base keyboard key. This will cut out the bird layer which goes behind the top intricate layer. Cardstock used: White
Cut one <Bird3>, size 1" using the Layer and Base keyboard key. This will cut out the top bird layer with a "squiggle". Cardstock used: Blue
Cut one <BdBath-s>, size 4 1/2" and another <BdBath-s>, size 4 3/4". These two cutouts are the perfect size for your Stamp.
Adhere the layers of the bird together. On top of the Polka-Dot layer put the Blue full body layer. Then the white layer and on top the intricate layer. The white layer should be peeking through from behind the white. (You'll have one extra blue layer bird, set aside for now).
Adhere the finished bird to the Shadow layer of the bird cage.
Adhere the top layer of the birdcage (Tan) on top; the bird now looks like it is inside the cage.
Adhere Dark Pink bars and dots to the front of the birdcage; then adhere the finished cage to the bottom right of your card.
Adhere the extra Blue bird to the top left of your card.
Adhere the two BdBath layers together and adhere it to your card, angling it a bit.
Add ink to your stamp using a soft thick-tipped scrapbooking pen or a stamp pad. Carefully stamp "Thanks for Everything" to your "birdbath" layers.
A fun accent can be added to the left inside of your card.
Cut one <Brdcage1>, size 3 1/4". Cut the same as the birdcage on the front; the accent Dark Pink cardstock pieces are a bit different.
There is no bird in this cage.
Adhere the cage cutouts together and adhere to the center of the left inside of your card.
Using the sweet little bird stamp in the "For Everything" collection; apply ink, two colors if you choose. Then stamp the bird top left and bottom right of the inside.
Perfectly named "Essentials"; the tools included make creating with the Cricut so much quicker. You can poke out tiny pieces of paper, trim your large sheets into cards or strips for the Cricut machine; also included are several other tools and a handy case.