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Easy to Make Homemade Card with a Winter Theme using a Cricut Machine
Coming up with ideas for cards and making cards is easy when you have a Cricut Personal Cutting Machine. Homemade cards are not only fun to make, can be less expensive than a store bought card, but ideas for cards will come to you quite a bit; in fact, you will use any excuse to make a card.
There are many blogs and websites, along with HubPages on how to make a card along with scrapbooking ideas too. In fact the two crafts tend to go hand in hand because most of the scrapbooking supplies including cardstock and the embellishments all can be used for homemade cards and scrapbooks.
Saying that, my idea for this card came from a desire to use my Winter Woodland Cricut Cartridge before the season was over and to say "so long" to the winter season.
The Magic of Winter
This special cartridge features all the shapes and images you could imagine for a Winter themed layout or card. And to make it even more interesting the Winter Wonderland cartridge includes 10 cutouts from which you can make your own 3D winter themed village.
6 Creative Feature Keys are included: Layers, Shadow/Blackout/Tag/Card/Font/Font Shadow
Along with the bonus alphabet, using the Tags and Cards feature makes a great addition to that special holiday gift.
Tools you will need
Cricut Cartridge: Winter Woodland
Cricut machine pressure: Max
Cricut machine speed: Medium
Cricut machine blade depth: #4
Winter themed cardstock- a heavy weight cardstock works best for a "doily" shaped cutout
Adhesive: I use a 2 way glue by Zig
- Cartridge: Winter Woodland
- Card Size: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
- Cricut machine Speed: Medium
- Cricut machine Blade Depth: 2
- Cricut machine Pressure: High
- 3 Shades of coordinating plain cardstock
- 1 Printed piece of cardstock
The intricacy of the snowflake design doesn't work well with thinner patterned cardstock papers. If you decide on a patterned snowflake, you would get the best results finding a heavier quality patterned & plain cardstock from a scrapbook supply store or a department store with craft & scrapbook supplies.
Easy Card Idea: Step 1
Cut three of the <Snowflk4> page 35, Using Shadow/Blackout, Real Dial Size, with three different colored cardstock:
- 3 1/4"
- 3 1/2"
- 3 3/4"
Easy Card Idea: Step 2
Cut 1 square of a coordinating print cardstock to a 5 1/4" x 4" size.
I use the Cricut 12" paper trimmer for basic square cutouts. It does a great job and is very accurate.
When I purchased my Cricut machine the paper trimmer was included in the introductory package.
Easy Card Idea: Step 3
Using your favorite adhesive or clear adhesive dots:
- Affix the printed square to the front of your card.
- Affix the biggest snowflake background 3 3/4"
- Affix the next biggest snowflake background 3 1/2"
- Affix the smaller snowflake background 3 1/4"
Easy Card Idea: Step 4
Turn off the Real Dial Size option if you still have it selected.
- Cut 1 <Snowflk4>, page 35. Settings: Layers key, Size 3 1/2"
- Cut 1 <Snowflk4>, page 35. Settings: Layers key, Size 3 1/4"
- Cut 1 <MgcWntr>, page 68. Settings: Shift key, Size 1 1/2"
- Cut 1 <MgcWntr>, page 68, Settings: No Shift key, Size 1 1/2"
Easy Card Idea: Step 5
Using your favorite adhesive:
- Affix the 3 1/2" intricate Snowflake to the card front
- Affix the 3 1/4" intricate Snowflake to the card front
- Affix "The Magic of Winter" background to card front
- Affix the more intricate "The Magic of Winter" on top of the background cutout
Easy Card Idea: Step 6
The front of your card should now look like this.
If you choose, cut 3 smaller snowflakes for embellishments on the front, <Snowflk4>, page 35. Size 1"
If you choose, find a small pretty bow and glue it to the center of your snowflake.
Now you have a card celebrating the magic of winter along with hoping for it to end soon.
To date I have never actually made the entire Winter themed 3D village. For a fun 3D card I did create a few of the evergreen tree for my granddaughter to use. They came out great and we added glitter to them for additional "bling".
The Cricut 7-piece Tool Kit
I feature these items packaged in a handy tool kit in every Hub I create. The reason is that I use each and every one of these items with every card I make.
I couldn't do with out them.
This kit is for the 7 basic tools; however, there is a larger, more extensive package you can purchase. Some Cricut machines include the larger kit in the box.
You will get cardstock, additional tools, the paper trimmer, and additional Cricut machine blades.