Happy Groundhog's Day! Today I have another Valentine's Day card to share. I love to make valentines - hearts and lace images are some of my favorites.
I think one of the best design tools in Cricut Design Space is the "Hide Contour" option. You can take an image and change it by eliminating some of the cutting lines. I have used this function frequently to create cards and card toppers that contain an intricate cut out that allows the card base or a liner paper to show through.
Back in 2010, I made these cards using "hide contour" in the old Design Studio program. I was able to make two cards by carefully reusing the pieces that were cut out of the red card front on the pink card. You can find the blog post HERE to see how I applied the second design (just remember, the directions for creating the cut were for the older computer program).
Here is a screen shot of the card design. I decided to change the heart at the top to the same gold glitter paper that I used for the sentiment and eliminated the tiny red heart on the sentiment when I put the card together.
Sometimes I like to make slight variations of a design by using different cardstock and papers. I cut both of the card topper layers in textured white cardstock but changed the sentiment and heart colors.
I also used different cardstock for the card base. The textured dark red on the right was used for the more traditional first card with the gold glitter and the "ruby pearl" shimmer cardstock for the second card with the pink glitter.
Here are the two cards side by side so you can compare.
I am particularly fond of shiny and glittery cardstock and paper. For several years I have been using the type of glitter cardstock that is not made with glitter glued to a base. There are several companies that offer an incredible glitter-like finish that is created by a manufacturing process. These papers do not leave a glitter mess on your cutting mats.
The type that I have used the most is by DCWV - the "Glitzy" or "Dazzle" cardstock stacks. These have a sort of plastic feel to the backing. They are thin and cut well on a "cardstock plus" setting on the Cricut Explore.
I recently bought this stack of pretty Spring colors at Michael's (their "Recollections" brand). This has the same beautiful sparkle finish but is on a much heavier cardstock base.
I forgot to change my setting and discovered that the cut did not go through the full depth on cardstock plus. However, I was able to peel up the cut sentiment (almost like cutting vinyl with a kiss cut) and apply it to my card. The thin top layer stayed intact. I'll have to experiment a bit to find the correct setting for this brand.
Here you can see the back of the piece of cardstock after I peeled off the glitter cut. I had to bend it a bit to pull away the cut but it worked. I am sharing these photos so you will not just toss a "mistake" cut - it may be salvageable with a little effort.
If you look carefully, you can see the paper layer left after I peeled away the sentiment. I wouldn't recommend doing it this way - but it worked!
This is the image I used to create the inset design. It is the Valentine Locket, design #M39F21.
The Design Space file for this card is available HERE.
You will need to have access to the Victorian Romance cartridge (included in the Image Library Subscription) and the Lyrical Letters cartridge which is not included in the subscription - you can easily substitute another sentiment that you like. (These are my affiliate links which means that I will earn a commission if you make a purchase from the site - your price remains the same).
I will do another post with all of the details on how to create this type of design for those of you who have asked me to show the step by step directions.
If you make this card I'd love to see your version!
I heard that "Punxsutawney Phil" did not see his shadow this morning - my fingers are crossed for an early Spring!
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