Celebrate Friendship-Make a card to give
Friendship! It is so important to have for most of us; that best friend can be such a source of support during good and bad times. Having a friend is something to cherish and a friendship is a relationship you want to nurture and take care of. Even if the friend is a child, parent, or other member of your family.
To create my homemade Friendship card I used my Cricut Create. This machine is the base Cricut machine; there are two more models now to create with. Using a Cricut cartridge, the Cricut machine cuts out everything from alphabet letters, animals, household items, phrases, and many many whimsical cutouts. The Cricut machine cuts the scrapbooking cardstock with precision.
Use a good quality scrapbook cardstock for your cutouts. The shapes and phrases cut out clear and with no ragged edges.
Some of the smaller or more intricate cutouts cut out better if you use the Flip button on your Cricut machine. This allows the shape to be cutout upside down, so if there is any fraying it will be done on the underside of the cutout.
Use a sharp blade for your Cricut machine. They can be purchased separately.
Make sure your sticky mat stays clean and very sticky. The paper won't move that way. Easy washing can refresh your sticky mat using dishsoap and water. Rinse clean and your mat is like new!
Get the Cricut Essentials Kit. Included are paper tools, cardstock paper, and a paper cutter which are so handy for the projects you create.
Cricut Cartridge: Stamping
Cardstock: Heavy Weight, I use DCWV products.
Blade Depth: #2 (use #3 if your cardstock is a heavy and textured version
Step by Step
Choose a background cardstock for your card using a 5 1/4" x 4" piece. Adhere to your card.
*I use the word "base" to refer to the keyboard key the picture is on.
Cut one <ThinkYou>, size 1 1/2" using the *Base keyboard key. This will cutout the top layer of the sentiment.
Cut one <ThinkYou>, size 1 1/2" using the Blackout and Base keyboard key. This will cutout the middle layer of the sentiment.
Cut one <ThinkYou>, size 1 1/2" using the Shadow and Base keyboard key. This will cutout the bottom layer of the sentiment.
Adhere the three layers together.
Cut two <Buttrfly>, size 2" using the Shift and Base keyboard key. This will cutout the top layers of the butterfly. One will be the top layer of the butterfly; the other, if you choose, will be adhered on top of 3D squares to give it a more layered look.
Cut one <Buttrfly>, size 2" using the Shift, Blackout, and Base keyboard key. This will cutout the middle layer of the butterfly.
Cut one <Buttrfly>, size 2" using the Shift, Shadow, and Base keyboard key. This will cutout the bottom layer of the butterfly.
Adhere the top, middle, and bottom layers of the butterfly together. Then, if you choose to go for a 3D effect, stick onto the top butterfly layer some tiny 3D foam squares all over the surface. Remove the paper, then take the 2nd top Butterfly layer and place on top.
Friendship frame for the Stampin'Up stamp: Friendship
Cut one <VctrnFrm>, size 1 2/3" using the Base keyboard key. This will cutout the intricate top layer of the frame.
Cut one <VctrnFrm>, size 1 2/3" using the Blackout and Base keyboard key. This will cutout the middle layer of the frame.
Cut one <VctrnFrm>, size 1 2/3" using the Shadow and Base keyboard key. This will cutout the bottom layer of the frame.
Adhere the frame layers together.
Carefully stamp the "Friendship" phrase onto the middle layer. The top layer will be the frame around the phrase.
Arrange your cutouts to the cardstock base.
A pretty bow can be added to this card as well. My Stampin'Up demonstrator has a clever apparatus which can be used to make perfect homemade bows.