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Easy to Make Valentine's Card with Cricut and Stamps
Here I go again, making a cute Valentine's Day card using my Cricut personal cutting machine and a punch from Stampin'Up!. The Cricut machine makes the cutouts for Valentine's Day homemade cards and any cards so easy. The cuts are crisp and accurate and Cricut has designed so many great cartridges for holidays, scrapbooking pages, and other special or not so special occasions.
For this card I used the Cricut Sweethearts cartridge. Everything in this cartridge has to do with friendship, love, dating, engagements and right up to marriage. Last year I designed a wedding invitation which could have easily be duplicated many times to use for wedding invitations.
Is is very important to buy a good quality Scrapbooking cardstock when you are using the Cricut machine. Some lower priced cardstock has a "white" core with the color just on the outsides; this means that your cutout will have hints of white on the edges and it doesn't look very good. I have found stacks, large bound pads, of cardstock at very reasonable prices. The stacks are usually themed by colors or types of paper. I have used a very heavyweight cardstock with a glossy finish with no problem using my Cricut. I just set the blade depth higher to account for the thicker paper.
Using stamps and punches from Stampin'Up! will give you the best results for your homemade cards or scrapbooking layouts. The stamps are very clean and crisp and the punches cut even the tiniest designs accurately. I love the Border punch featured here.
A pop up card
You will notice the the heads of the man and woman on this card are raised up from the surface. The top layer of the HeartCpl cutout is cut so you can bend the heads out from the card surface. I used two small foam squares behind the heads to keep them raised and when mailed the layer will stay in place.
Cricut Machine Cartridge: Sweethearts
Cricut Machine Blade Depth: #2
Cricut Machine Speed: Medium
Cricut Machine Pressure: Max
Stampin'Up! Punch: Border
Two small pieces of adhesive foam squares: you can buy these in any craft store.
Embossing powder: To sprinkle on some adhesive
Step by Step
For this card I did not use a cardstock background on the card which measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". If you decide you want a background piece of cardstock cut it to be 5 1/4" x 4" and adhere to the base card first.
Stampin'Up! Border Punch:
Punch on two pieces of light green cardstock using the Stampin'Up! Border Punch. Trim to measure 4 1/2" by cutting around the two end circles to make rounded ends.
Adhere to the base card angling each of the border punch cutouts. The ends will rest right along the edges of the card.
Cricut Sweethearts Cartridge:
Cut one <HeartCpl>, page 40, measuring 3" using the Shift and base keyboard key. This will cut out the top layer. I used a multi colored piece of cardstock, mostly pink and green. Bend the couples' heads out a bit.
Cut one <HeartCpl>, page 40, measuring 3" using the Blackout, Shift, and base keyboard key. This will cut out the middle layer which peeks thru the top layer. I used a green multi colored piece of cardstock.
Cut one <HeartCpl>, page 40, measuring 3" using the Shadow, Shift and base keyboard key. This will cut out the bottom larger layer. I used a pink piece of cardstock.
Cut one <HeartCpl>, page 40, measuring 3" using the Layers, Shift and base keyboard key. This will cut out the couples' heads. I used a multi colored piece of cardstock.
Cut two <HeartCpl>, page 40, measuring 1" using the Shadow, Shift, and base keyboard key. This will cut out two of the larger smaller hearts. I used the light green cardstock.
Cut two <HeartCpl>, page 40, measuring 1" using the Blackout, Shift, and base keyboard key. This will cut out two of the top layers of the smaller hearts. I used the green/pink cardstock.
Adhere the two smaller heart layers together, smaller on top.
Adhere the two smaller hearts to the top left and bottom right of the card.
I didn't get the right photos here so I'll explain the large heart in detail:
Adhere the Blackout layer (multi colored green) on top of the Pink Shadow layer. Now adhere the top layer being careful not to adhere the couples' heads.
Adhere the Layers layer Pink couples' heads to the top layer. You can press down to adhere them, just lift them back up after adhering.
Take your tiny pieces of adhesive foam squares and put one piece behind each head near the bottom edge.
If you choose, you can put some adhesive around the small hearts and on the couples' heads for extra bling!