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Easy to Make Mother's Day Card using a Cricut Machine and Ribbons

Updated on July 28, 2012

The classic cameo is always a traditional idea to use. I chose the old fashioned cameo of a lady to depict a mother on my handmade Mother's Day card. I used my Cricut personal cutting machine and the Cricut cartridge called "Heritage". The addition of bows and a classic scrapbook cardstock design gives the entire card a classic, old fashioned look to it.

Using the Cricut personal cutting machine allows creativity to flow when making handmade greeting cards. The use of embellishments such as bows can add such a special touch to any card. Tying the bows takes a bit of practice but as you can see it is possible to tie two bows in the same manner.

Cardstock for scrapbooking or homemade card making comes in so many patterns and colors. I usually buy the "stacks" as they call them. Each stack comes with a theme of colors or patterns making it fun to match up colors and themes for each card or scrapbooking layout.

The cartridge I used "Heritage" is such a classic one. There are cutout shapes of everything old fashioned that you can think of along with cameo shapes depicting men, women, and children along with frames in different shapes.

One thing that made this card so much easier was my purchase of brand new sticky mats. I used the old ones for about a year and a half; washing them when needed; however, the new mats make the process very easy.


Cricut Cartridge: Heritage

Cricut Machine Pressure: Max

Cricut Machine Speed: Medium

Cricut Machine Blade Depth: #2

Heavy weight cardstock for the base card

Medium Weight cardstock for the shapes

Paper Punch

Cricut Essentials Kit

Thin ribbon for the bows

Cardstock folded
Cardstock folded
Oval Charm
Oval Charm
Cameo 10 cutouts
Cameo 10 cutouts
Mother cutout
Mother cutout
Rectangles cut
Rectangles cut
Cameo layers adhered
Cameo layers adhered
Cameo adhered to oval
Cameo adhered to oval
Cameo adhered to card
Cameo adhered to card
Mother adhered to rectangle
Mother adhered to rectangle
Smaller rectangle adhered to larger
Smaller rectangle adhered to larger
Mother layers adhered to card
Mother layers adhered to card
Ribbons cut
Ribbons cut
Holes punched
Holes punched
Ribbons laced to card
Ribbons laced to card
Bows tied
Bows tied
Bows finished
Bows finished

Step by Step

Take a heavy weight piece of cardstock cut measuring 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". Then using the folding tool fold the card in half. I usually do this on the inside of the card so that the folding process doesn't affect the front or back of the card.


There are a couple of different "lady" shapes to choose from.

Cut one <Cameo10>, pg 73, size 3 1/4" using the Shadow, Shift and base keyboard keys. This will cut out the bottom layer of the Cameo. I used Yellow cardstock.

Cut one <Cameo10>, pg 73, size 3 1/4" using the Shift and base keyboard keys. This will cut out the top layer of the Cameo. I used Maroon cardstock.

Mother cutout:

I usually use the Flip button and turn the cardstock up side down so the intricate sentiment letters look better.

Cut one <Handcart>, pg 46, size 3/4" using the Word, Shift, and base keyboard key. This will cut out the sentiment Mother. I used a Cream cardstock.

Cameo Frame:

Cut one <Phone2>, pg 45, size 3 3/4" using the Charm, Shift, and base keyboard keys. This will cut out the oval charm shape to be used as a Cameo background. There are other charm shapes to choose from.


These are cut using the Cricut paper cutter which comes with the Essentials kit.

Cut one rectangle to be 3 3/4" x 1". I used a Maroon cardstock piece.

Cut one rectangle to be 4" x 1 1/4". I used a Yellow cardstock piece.



Adhere the top layer of the Cameo to the bottom shadow layer being careful to line up the thinner parts of the cutout. Use your pointy tool from the Essentials kit to define the smaller cutouts on the lower areas of the cameo.

Adhere the Cameo layers to the Oval charm centering it as you do so.

Adhere the finished Cameo layers to the top center of your base card.

Mother Sentiment:

Adhere the sentiment "Mother" to the smaller Maroon rectangle cardstock piece.

Adhere the sentiment/maroon layers to the larger Yellow rectangle cardstock piece.

Adhere the finished sentiment layers to the bottom middle of your base card.


Cut two pieces of thin ribbon to be 10 1/2" x 2". I cut the ribbon a bit longer than needed to make tying the bows easier.

I chose a thin Cream colored ribbon with scalloped edges. This can be purchased in any craft store.


Paper punches are available at craft stores. I bought a package of punches, each with a different punch shape. I chose the rectangle punch for this card.

Spacing evenly on the top half of the card's folded edge, punch (or cut if you don't have punches) two holes for the ribbon to be threaded through. You can punch right thru the folded edge as shown.

Tying the Bows:

Thread the ribbon through as shown, with the ends laying out straight toward the back of the card.

Turn the card so the folded edge is on top then carefully tie making sure the end both face similar directions.

Now tie the bows each the same way so that the end stick out the same on both boths. It took me a few tries but if you keep the card facing the same way the bows do come out the same.


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    • MimiKat33 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Northeastern NY State, USA

      Thank you for your comment. I loved making this card :)

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      Vicki Mason 

      7 years ago

      So precious!!


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