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Easy to Make Happy Thanksgiving Card with a Cricut

Updated on November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving....what a wonderful holiday to celebrate in the United States. This is one of the special holidays when family comes together, if they can, to celebrate thanks; for our country, our families, and special loved ones.

Making a card for Thanksgiving naturally has to include the center focus of the Thanksgiving meal...the Turkey. Old Tom Turkey is such a fun little shape to cut out with the Cricut Personal Cutting machine. The shapes are accurately cut using the Cricut machine and a good heavy cardstock makes the homemade card for family or friends very easy and fun to make.

I chose traditional colors of scrapbooking cardstock for this Thanksgiving Day card; however, you can mix it up a bit and use some "funky" colors of cardstock for your Turkey shape cutout using the Cricut machine.

Turkey cut out page 61
Turkey cut out page 61 | Source
Tools include in the Cricut Essentials Kit
Tools include in the Cricut Essentials Kit

Specifics

Cricut Machine cartridge: Simply Charmed

Cricut Machine Depth Setting: #2

Cricut Machine Speed: Medium

Cricut Machine Pressure: Max

Cardstock: Heavy Weight solid and patterned colors

Scrapbooking/Stamping Pen: Black from Stampin'Up! These are the finest scrapbooking/stamping markers I have ever used.

Glue: Stampin'Up! 2-Way Glue. This glue comes out blue, dries clear. You are able to dab small dots or long strips, making gluing of even the smallest Cricut cutouts or Stamping shapes easy.

Essential Items for Successful Card Making

Since I started using the Cricut machine and stamping products from Stampin'Up!, I find that certain tools are essential to the ease of making a card or a scrapbook layout.

Cricut Essentials Kit: Includes tools that will make the entire process easier. Included in the kit is everything you will need to start making beautiful cards.

Cut cardstock to be 5 1/2 x 4 1/4"
Cut cardstock to be 5 1/2 x 4 1/4"
Large "no key" shape
Large "no key" shape
adhere to card
adhere to card
"no key" shape cutout
"no key" shape cutout
adhere to card
adhere to card
brown body cutout
brown body cutout
adhere to card
adhere to card
Body cutout with legs- black or patterned
Body cutout with legs- black or patterned
adhere to card
adhere to card
Yellow body only cutout
Yellow body only cutout
adhere to card
adhere to card
wings and beak cutout
wings and beak cutout
adhere to card
adhere to card
Red cutout and adhere to card
Red cutout and adhere to card
Happy Thanksgiving shadow cutout
Happy Thanksgiving shadow cutout
Happy Thanksgiving intricate cutout
Happy Thanksgiving intricate cutout
adhere to card
adhere to card
adhere intricate cutout to shadow cutout of sentiment
adhere intricate cutout to shadow cutout of sentiment
small dots
small dots

Step by Step

Cut out, using your Cricut cutting tool, a piece of heavy cardstock measuring 8 1/2 x 5 1/2.

Fold the cardstock for a finished card measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

Background for card:

Cut one <Turkey1>, pg 61, size 5" using the Shadow key and base keyboard key.

This will be the background for your turkey and sentiment.

Cut of the legs carefully.

Adhere to the base card.

Turkey shape;

Cut one <Turkey1>, pg 61, size 3" using the Shadow and base keyboard keys.

This will cut out the background turkey shape. I used dark yellow cardstock.

Adhere to the center of your background shape on the base card.

Cut one <Turkey1>, pg 61, size 3" using the base keyboard key.

This will cut out the main body of the turkey. I used brown cardstock.

Adhere to the center of the dark yellow turkey background shape.

Cut one <Turkey1>, pg 61, size 3" using the Layer 1 and base keyboard keys.

This will cut out a smaller version of the turkey's body, feet, and wings. I used a printed black/white cardstock.

Adhere to the center of the brown cutout making sure to cover the brown legs.

Cut one <Turkey1>, pg 61, size 3" using the Layer 3 and base keyboard keys.

This will cut out the "peanut" shaped turkey body. I used yellow cardstock.

Adhere to the center of the turkey body on the card.

Cut one <Turkey1>, pg 61, size 3" using the Layer 2 and base keyboard keys.

This will cut out the wings and beak of the turkey.

Adhere to the wing areas and on the turkey's face.

Cut one <Turkey1>, pg 61, size 3" using the Layer 4 and base keyboard keys.

This will cut out the turkey's red neckpiece. (Not pictured but I used a red cardstock).

Adhere just below the turkey's beak.

Cut one <Turkey1>, pg 61, size 3" using the Shift, Word, and base keyboard keys.

This will cut out the larger, shadow version of the sentiment. I used red cardstock.

Cut one <Turkey1>, pg 61, size 3" using the Word and base keyboard keys.

This will cut out the intricate version of the sentiment. I used yellow cardstock.

Adhere the larger version of the sentiment slanted to the right top side of the base card.

Adhere the intricate version of the sentiment on top.

If you chose to: dot tiny dots around the outside edges of the card, the turkey's feathers, and body.

Done!

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