I bought this Nordic ornament stamp last week and I’ve been trying to think of the best way to present it. It’s about 5¼” across and I don’t have any dies that big. Also, I wanted it to have the hanger part on the top too so a straight circle die wouldn’t work. This seemed like a perfect job for the Cricut.
To begin, I stamped the hanger and bow and scanned it in to my computer. I imported it into Inkscape using a great tutorial from TroyTube on YouTube and then added an offset (the red part) to give me my basic cut-out shape. I played around with the shape a bit to remove the holes to make the cut-out section sturdier.
Next, I uploaded the finished shape into Cricut Design Space and scaled it to fit the stamped image. I made the basic card shape by making a circle 5½” diameter and welding the ornament hanger onto the top. I also sliced a smidge off the bottom so that the card would stand up. The shape was duplicated and flipped horizontally so that it would be a mirror image and then overlapped the first circle a small amount to give a place for the fold. A test cut revealed not quite a perfect fit but close enough.
My first card was for a swap in a Facebook group. I stamped the image in Versamark and heat embossed in white before blending pink, purple and blue inks over. The embossing resists the ink but gives texture with a lovely blended background. Lastly, I added some rhinestones on the centre of the snowflakes and a small sentiment. And a decorated envelope, of course!
I tried the stamp out on other coloured cards to see if it was as effective. It gave good results whether it was heat embossed or just stamped, although a stamp positioner does help as it’s tricky to get all sections of big stamps to stamp well first time.
I hate waste so try to salvage anything that hasn’t gone to plan. Tags to the rescue!
Well, it doesn’t seem like a year since I was creating an anniversary card for my parents’ golden wedding but clearly it is, so it’s also time to create another one! I had in my mind a floral frame featuring dandelion silhouettes with some lettering on top. It was clearly a job for the Cricut.
I started in Design Space by adding various dandelion, floral and leaf elements and arranging and rearranging them into a square to create my background floral frame.
Next, I added two cut out sections so that my letters would stand out more and then added the text. I went for a bouncy alignment as this allowed the words to be cut as whole pieces (more or less!). I then cut out the frame and two white versions of the sentiments.
I also cut a purple version of the sentiment for the top layer.
The reason for the white layers was to build up dimension so the sentiment stood proud of the frame. I glued the two white sentiments onto the frame and then stuck the purple one on top. This was the fiddliest job of the lot!
To add some extra glitz, I went over the lettering with some sparkly glue and left it to dry. This gave some shine and a bit of sparkle whilst not overpowering the look of the card. Some rhinestones and enamel hearts finished the card and I added some dandelions and hearts cut from leftover vinyl to the envelope.
Happy New Year! I hope that you had a good time over the festive season. I was working a night shift on New Year’s Eve but since I was working with Mr L, it was OK. This week I’ve been playing with my new toy I had for Christmas – one of those ‘To me, from me’ gifts!! It’s a Cricut Maker cutting machine. After my friend lent me hers for a couple of weeks, I had to have one. I started by cutting out some vinyl letters to put on the festive radiator bed I made for Leia. So cute!
There’s a lot to learn to get the most out of it, in particular how to use the Design Space to create the projects. To practice ‘slicing’, I decided to make some window templates for my card making. The beauty of this is that the shapes can be lined up and cut accurately. I tried the template with circles, squares, hearts, stars and rectangles.
For my card, I used the square template and applied Blackberry Bliss ink with a sponge dauber.
Once the ink was dry, I stamped the skeleton leaf from the Rooted in Nature bundle with Versamark, applied silver embossing powder and heat set it.
The sentiment was added and the front mounted onto a Blackberry Bliss card base. The leaf was stamped onto the liner and envelope.
I used the cut outs to make my other card, using a different leaf from the set, heat embossed using copper embossing powder and mounted onto Mint Macaron squares.