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Easy to make ITS A GIRL homemade greeting card made with a Cricut machine. A Special way to announce the birth of a bab

Updated on July 3, 2014

It's a Girl!

Baby cards

Although a mass produced birth announcement will reach every friend and relative quicker; a homemade announcement to a special few can be made easily and fun using the Cricut die-cutting machine.

Once you have decided on the color scheme cutting out multiples of this card is relatively quick. This card could be made in the weeks before the actual birth and if you don't know the sex yet; choose generic colors such as yellow and green. The customization a Cricut machine allows is fantastic.

For this card I also used my Cuttlebug Embossing machine. The patterns on patterned or plain cardstock adds that special touch.

It's a Girl...

This card has only a few layers to cut out with the top layer being the only intricate cutting. When I have to cut out a word I use a heavier cardstock and a higher blade depth setting. If you have a printed cardstock, try using the Flip setting with the paper on the sticky mat being placed upside down. This way an tiny imperfections will be on the bottom of the phrase.

Just a Note: This Cricut cartridge "Stork's Delivery" also features a "It's a Boy" theme on the same page.

Adhesive Squares

I occasionally use adhesive squares to "pop out" parts of a card. I used the squares here, just above the shadow layer. I think it adds a nice touch to the card.

What you will need

Cricut machine cartridge: Stork's Delivery

Circut machine blade depth: Varies

Cricut machine speed: Medium

Cricut machine pressure: Max

Heavy weight cardstock

Patterned cardstock

Adhesive

Optional: Cuttlebug Embossing machine

Optional: Adhesive Squares

The Base card

I chose a piece of Light Green cardstock and cut it to measure 8 1/2" x 5 1/4"
I chose a piece of Light Green cardstock and cut it to measure 8 1/2" x 5 1/4"

Fold

The Base Card

I chose a piece of Light Green heavy-weight cardstock and cut it to measure 8 1/2" x 5 1/4"






Fold

Fold the base card on the long edge so that the folded card measure 4 1/4" x 5 1/4"

Shadow layer

Shadow Layer

Cut 1 <ItsaGrl>, pg 21, 3 1/2", using the Shadow, Shift, and keyboard keys.






Optional Embossing

Embossing

I used the Cricut Cuttlebug "Bit of Paisley" embossing folder for two of the layers on this card. This is purely optional.




Base keyboard key

Base keyboard key

Cut 1 <ItsaGrl>, pg 21, 3 1/2", using the Base keyboard key. This will cut out the layer which adheres to the Shadow layer. It peaks through the top layer. I chose a coordinated printed light weight cardstock.




Layer 1

Layer 1

Cut 1 <ItsaGrl>, pg 21, 3 1/2", using the Layer 1, Shift, and keyboard keys. This will cut out the larger top layer on which the word will be adhered. I chose a heavy weight Pink cardstock.

Again as an option you can emboss this layer.

Layer 2

Layer 2

Cut 1 <ItsaGrl>, pg 21, 3 1/2", using the Layer 2, Shift, and keyboard keys. This will cutout the "It's a Girl" phrase. I chose the same Light Green heavy weight cardstock.

Adhering the layers

Adhering the Layers

Adhere the Shadow layer to the base card, centered.



Adhere the Base keyboard key layer (patterned cardstock), centered, to the shadow layer then adhere the Layer 1 on top. Now you will see the patterned "It's a" showing through.


Adhere the phrase on top placing the letters as shown by aligning them with the small cuts in the layer below the words. This helps place everything where it should go.





Adhesive Squares

Adhesive Squares

After adhered the Shadow layer you would want to now finish the top 3 layers separately. Then place the small adhesive squares on the back of the finished layers.

Center carefully of the Shadow layer and press down firmly.

Finished!

Finished

With the four layers adhered your card is done.

Don't forget- although I made this card as a Baby Girl announcement; this cartridge has options for a boy or girl throughout each page.




A Short History of Birth Announcements

  • During the 1700's the announcement of the birth of the child was done by the father of the child. He would give out cigars with bands on them; blue for boys, pink for girls.
  • Between 1830 and 1900 Invitations to a viewing of the new baby would be printed. Each would be adorned with a blue or pink ribbon with the baby's name in the middle with the birth date in the lower left corner.
  • In 1908 the first newspaper announcements appeared.
  • 1930's- Photographs were sent along with a hand written announcement of the birth.
  • 1940 - 1960- Hospitals would provide a folder where the the baby's information was handwritten along with black & white hospital photographs.
  • 1970 - 1980- Pretty much the same type of announcement as the 1940-1960s but with color photographs.
  • 1990s - With the use of computers and digital photography, the parent could produce and unique birth announcement to send far and wide.
  • 2010 - The digital age for baby announcements using venues such as social media sights, texts, and emails. But even with electronic ways to announce the birth; a printed birth announcement continues to be popular.

For more interesting statistics http://www.looklovesend.com/blog/index.php/history-of-baby-birth-announcements/


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