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How to Make a Cricut Greeting card to CELEBRATE any occasion

Updated on January 27, 2014

CELEBRATE

Celebrate!

So many mass produced cards want you to decide specifically what you are celebrating; from birthdays, anniversary, marriage, baby, promotions, and the list goes on. Making a card using the Cricut die-cutting machine gives the creator the freedom to use what colors and textures they want.

This great handmade CELEBRATE card can be given to anyone for any reason, even if it is to celebrate a great day. The colors for this handmade card are bright and cheerful; however, I am imagining how pretty it would be with soft and feminine shades of color, or using one color in all the different hues that exist. If this card was for a male, the colors could be changed to his favorites or the traditional blues, browns, etc.

Birthday Bash Cartridge

Source

Birthday Bash Cartridge

As you can see this fun little Alligator just takes a few different die-cuts to create. You do so by using the base keyboard key featuring the Alligator picture then add to it either the Shift, Layer 1, Layer 2 or combinations of the Shift key and Layer keys. Each combination cuts out the different shapes and layers of the finished Alligator shape.

My Cricut machine, model Expression, has a viewing window which shows which cutout you will be making. This is a great feature because the descriptive words <alligator> don't always give you the idea of what is being cut out.

You can also cut out an Elephants shape with the phrase SMILE to layer on top. And there is an option to make a gift tag as I did in my Birthday Card for a Boy hub.

Mix it up a bit!

When creating a card you don't always have to go by the phrase and shape that Cricut suggests. Thumb through the pages of the Cricut Cartridge booklet that comes with it. You might like one shape and a different phrase. Also this cartridge allows you to cut out the numbers associated with a child's birthday card....OR if you dare, an adults age :)

What you will need

Cricut Cartridge: Birthday Bash

Cricut Machine Blade Depth Setting: #3

Cricut Machine Speed Setting: Medium

Cricut Machine Pressure Setting: Max

2-Way Glue Pen

Choices of colors of Heavy Weight cardstock

Paper Punches


A bit of advice for this card

Use the FLIP feature on your cricut machine and put the cardstock upside down on the sticky mat. With bright colors and small cutouts the flip feature seems to work best for me.

Photos of how to

Cardstock card with background cardstock
Cardstock card with background cardstock
Background adhered to card
Background adhered to card
Lacy Paper Punched with background pieces
Lacy Paper Punched with background pieces
Lacy layer adhered
Lacy layer adhered
Corners Rounded
Corners Rounded
Adhered to card
Adhered to card
Alligator
Alligator
Solid Circle, c, a, e and 2 scales
Solid Circle, c, a, e and 2 scales
e, e, r and 4 scales
e, e, r and 4 scales
eyes and nose dots
eyes and nose dots
i, t, and 3 scales
i, t, and 3 scales
b and 2 scales
b and 2 scales
letters adhered
letters adhered
scales adhered
scales adhered
finished alligator adhered
finished alligator adhered

How to make it

Cut a piece of heavyweight cardstock to measure 8 1/2 x 5 1/2"

Fold the cardstock with the folding tool on the long edge for a finished base card of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Cut a piece of cardstock for the background measuring 5 1/4 x 4"





Adhere the background cardstock piece to the base card.




Using the lace border punch create 2 border pieces measuring 5 1/2". The punch I have has a pattern on the base which you can match up to move the cardstock to the side to create a longer lace pattern.

Cut 2 background pieces for the lace border. It will measure 5 1/2"



Adhere the lace layer to the background layer.







Make the corner of the finished layers rounded using a Corner Punch.







Adhere the finished layer to the top and bottom edges of the base card






Cut 1 <Alligator>, page 28, measuring 1 1/2" using the Alligator base keyboard key. This will cut out the alligator shape.

For the small following shapes I would recommend you adhere each shape group as you cut them on the Cricut. They are very small and it would be easier to keep track of them if they are adhered. Use those tweezers for help and the Alligator itself has small notches to guide.


Cut 1 <Aligator>, page 28, measuring 1 1/2" using the Layer 2 and Alligator base keyboard key. This will cut out the cheek, c, a, e, and 2 scales. I used yellow cardstock.

Adhere the cheeks, letters and scales to the Alligator


Cut 1 <Aligator>, page 28, measuring 1 1/2" using the Layer 1 and Alligator base keyboard key. This will cut out the e, r, e, and 4 scales. I used purple cardstock.

Adhere the letters and scales to the Alligator.



Cut 1 <Algatr-s>. page 28, measuring 1 1/2" using the Shift and Alligator base keyboard key. This will cut out the eyes and nose dots. I used green cardstock.

Adhere to the Alligator.




Cut 1 Algatr-s>, page 28, measuring 1 1/2" using the Layer 1, Shift, and Alligator base keyboard key. This will cut out the l, t, and 3 scales. I used White cardstock.

Adhere to the Alligator.





Cut 1 <Algatr-s>, page 28, measuring 1 1/2" using the Layer 2, Shift, and Alligator base keyboard key. This will cut out the b and 2 scales.

Adhere to the Alligator.



Your alligator will look like this when the letters are all adhered.







Your alligator will look like this when the letters and scales are all finished.







Adhere the finished Alligator layered piece to the card. I angled my shape as shown.


Finished!

Tools of the trade

Items I use for each and every card
Items I use for each and every card
Two Punches I love to use
Two Punches I love to use

Cricut Essentials Kit

To create every one of my handmade cards and scrapbook layouts I utilize the Cricut Essentials Kit. This is absolutely a must have for any creation of Cricut die-cut cards. The tools included in this kit make the process so much easier. I can't say enough good things about how important it is to have this kit.


Buying some good quality paper punches adds to the creativity and fun of making a handmade greeting card. I've seen some very nice punches in the crafting stores and from scrapbooking companies such as Creative Memories and Stampin'Up!.



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