Monday, July 25, 2011

A Bundle of Cricut Fun! (Extravaganza class)

"A Bundle of Cricut Fun" was the name of the class that I was chosen to teach at the Extravaganza class during Close To My Heart's Convention earlier this month.  It was so much fun to play with the new Cricut cartridge - Art Philosophy.  Certainly, my favorite 'feature' of the cartridge was the CARD feature.  When selecting this 'feature' button, you are able to cut different card shapes with all 50 of the Cricut buttons.  It is amazing!  

During the Extravaganza class, I shared several cards that I had created using the Art Philosophy cartridge.  All of the cards are really simple, and very quick to create.  You will be able to create a nice gift tag in no time at all.  

This 3 1/2" tall card is cut entirely with the Cricut cartridge.  It is cut 3 1/2" tall, 7" wide, with rounded corners, and score lines indicating where to fold.  It also cuts out two facing birds from the front of the card.  For this card, I simply added some background & texture paper inside the front of the card, added Sparkles for the bird eyes, and stamped a simple sentiment on the front of the card.

Perfect for a gift tag, cut the circle card at 3" using Sunny Yellow cardstock.  It has a flower cut out of the center.  So, I simply cut a smaller circle card (without a flower cut-out) using Bubble Gum cardstock to line the card.  There is an even smaller circle cut using White Daisy cardstock and stamped with a sentiment on the inside of the card.  A large pink Sparkle was added to the flower on the front and the card is complete.  For a coordinating envelope, I cut another flower a slightly smaller size and used the cut-out petals as a stencil to apply ink to the corner of a 3"x3" white envelope.  These nice envelopes are now available in packs of 10 from CTMH. 

One of my favorites, and a super simple card.  The card is cut at 3 1/4" high which makes it a total of 5" wide.  The Cricut machine rounds the corners and cuts the small flower out of the lower corner of the front of the card.  Fold on the score lines to create the card.  I added some background & texture paper to the inside of the card so that it would appear behind the flower cut-out.  Also used the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut a small scalloped edge to put on the front of the card along with another strip of background & texture paper. 

Three sheets of Dimensional Elements are included with the purchase of the Art Philosophy cartridge.  In order to create a mat for the Dimensional Element shape, simply cut the shape 1/4" larger than the element and layer it behind.  For this card, Desert Sand cardstock was cut the same size as the scallop circle Dimensional Element.  A stamp from the included stamp sets is used to stamp on the Desert Sand cardstock which is then adhered to the Dimensional Element.  Black cardstock was cut 1/4" larger to create a mat.  Then a large scallop circle card was created, and some background & texture paper was cut in the same shape to layer on the front of the card.  

A round card with a butterfly cut-out is mounted on a scallop circle which has been cut 1/4" larger.  The butterfly is a 'window' in the front of the card and there is background & texture paper shown on the inside of the card.

Using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, these cards were all very quick to create.  The three stamp sets and Dimensional Elements which are bundled with the cartridge are also used.  As you can see, some of the cards are square or rectangular with rounded corners and then have cut-out images that can act as a 'window' to see inside the card, or you can back with background & texture paper.  Other images using the CARD feature are cards with a distinctive shape, like the large scalloped circle.  Just remember - you have 50 different card designs you can create using this new cartridge!
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