Monday, March 8, 2010

Simple Easter Egg Shaped Card with Design Studio

(This post originally appeared on the Everyday Cricut blog where I was the Guest Designer for the week of March 8-12, 2010)

Good Monday Morning! This is Diane and I am so happy to join you this week as Guest Designer. Some of you may know me already from my blog Capadia Designs. I am looking forward to getting to know many more of you. I want to thank Joy and Melanie again for asking me to share some of my designs and projects this week. I also want to thank all of you for the very warm welcome you have given me already in the comments on Joy's post introducing me!

So today is "Simple Card Monday" and I have a simple shaped card created with the Easter mini cartridge by using the Design Studio program. (For those of you who are not familiar with my work, I have to give you fair warning - I am an avid user of the Design Studio program and not entirely sure if I remember how to use the Cricut by actually pushing the keypad buttons!)

For this card I used various colors of "gemstone" cardstock by Core'dinations. My local Joann's carries this cardstock and I watch for the sales when you can buy cardstock at a great price (often 5 for 99 cents) and stock up. The cardstock has a lovely sheen and cuts beautifully in the Cricut.

The "right" side of the cardstock is textured and shiny - the reverse side is a smooth vibrant solid. You can see both sides in this photo.

I kept the cards very simple to show off the lovely cardstock. If you want to "dress it up" a bit you could add some gems or Stickles glitter glue.

I adhered the decorative layers to the solid eggs using my Creative Memories Precision Point Adhesive. This is my favorite adhesive for small or intricate cuts. I am a Creative Memories consultant and keep active so I can satisfy my addiction to this adhesive, the tools, the digital scrapbooking program, StoryBook Creator Plus 3.0 and wonderful digital content.

Since the card is so simple, I didn't think you needed to watch a video of me assembling the layers. Instead, I have made a short video showing you how to design a shaped card in Design Studio.

If you are not familiar with Design Studio or find it difficult to use, I am happy to do whatever I can to help you. There are many tutorials on my blog and I do my best to answer all of the Design Studio questions I receive from readers. I also share my .cut files so that you can download them and see how I put things together - or simply cut the projects I have designed.

I like my shaped cards to be able to stand up on their own - this card will stand nicely since the two lowest scallops are nearly even.

I cut eggs in a lot of different colors so I could make several variations of the card and use some of the "extra" eggs for other projects. I always try to make the most of my paper by planning out my cuts and saving the "leftovers" to use later.

The .cut file for this card is available on my blog. There is also another video in which I give a "guided tour" of the actual cut file and explain a few things about how I use the program to help me make the best use of my paper. Here is the LINK to my blog.

Thanks so much for checking in today. Don't forget that there are great prizes this week (as there are every week on Everyday Cricut!). Click HERE to get all of the details on how you can win - Good Luck!

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed all your posts and creations over at Everyday Cricut. I was already a follower having found you whilst looking for tutorials on the design studio.
    Kim xXx


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