Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Happy Easter Card (file to share)

Easter is exceptionally early this year so I thought I would share another Easter card.  This card is relatively simple to make but be aware that there are a lot of tiny fiddly pieces to glue so I wouldn't recommend it for mass production!

When you click to insert images in Cricut Design Space there are always some "featured images" that pop up right away.  These tend to change to suit the seasons and holidays.  Sometimes you find images you may have forgotten about and see them in a new way.  This wreath image is labelled "Easter Frame" and is from the Holiday Cakes cartridge, image #M410F1.  I have owned this cartridge for a long time and it is also included in the  Cricut Access.  (links to Cricut in this post are affiliate links which means I will be paid a commission if you purchase something after clicking on the link - your price stays the same. I appreciate your support).

The image includes a shadow layer so I was able to use this to create a shaped card base.  I eliminated the center cut with the contour option (you could also weld a circle to the wreath to black out the center) and then duplicated and flipped the shape, adding a rectangle to make a stronger area for the fold.

I sized the card to be 5.5 inches tall but did not change the proportions so the card is not quite square (the width is about 5.24 inches).  I also added and attached a score line for folding the card.

The sentiment for the card is also from the Holiday Cakes cartridge "Happy Easter" image #M43C45.

Since I used the shadow layer to create the card base, the green shadow fits the front of the card perfectly.

I inked the edges of the shadow layer just a bit to add some definition at the edges.

It is very easy to get confused about the direction  for placing all of the small top layer purple pieces on the yellow wreath layer.  If you save the offcut and use it as a guide for placement it is much easier to get everything aligned correctly.

I got tired of gluing the tiny bits and decided to use some gems for the three tiny dots on two of the flowers.  The offcut made it simple to place them just where the designer intended.

The assembled wreath is a little unusual since I didn't use any green for the top so all of the leaves and stems are yellow and purple. 

I decided that the green shadow layer was  good way to ground this whimsical design.

Once the card was assembled (fair warning again - this will take longer than you think!) all I needed to do was to add the sentiment in the center white section.

I chose a darker purple glitter cardstock for the sentiment and placed it at a slight angle inside the wreath.

Here is a top view of the card sitting flat on some pink cardstock.  I chose to have the extra rectangle for a strong side instead of trying to weld the two wreath shadow shapes with a very small amount of overlap.

Because of the unusual shape, this card will not stand straight and even by itself.  You can mail it in an envelope for a 5 x 7 card to save the postage surcharge for a square shaped envelope.  If you don't want it to slide around too much in the envelope just adhere the inside of the envelope to itself along on edge.  (If you don't understand what I mean, please leave a comment and I will try to add some photos to make it clear).

You can find my file for this card in Cricut Design Space HERE.  If you make a card, I'd love to see your version.


If you don't have a Cricut Explore machine yet, have you heard the news?  For a limited time, Cricut is offering a "trade-up" program that will give you a discount of $50 on the purchase of an Explore Air or Explore One from the Cricut site.  If you own any of the earlier Cricut machines (Expression, Expression 2, Imagine, Mini, Cake, Cake Mini, Create or Original Cricut) you can send in a photo of the machine and a photo of the serial number and receive a $50 credit code by email.

You do not have to mail in your old machine.  You are encouraged to #MakeItForward by donating the machine to a school, charity or friend who will be able to put it to good use.

You can find all of the details about this program HERE on the Cricut website.  You must submit your photos by the end of this month and use the credit by April 15, 2016.

If you own a Gypsy, there is a similar credit for registered owners and the details will be sent to you directly by email along with your personalized code.

More work is happening at our new house so I haven't been able to post as often as usual. I hope that in a few more weeks all of the renovations will be done (or at least we will take a break for the next few months).  My craft studio is getting more settled but is not yet "ready for it's close-up."  I have had many requests to show my space and I will - as soon as I get things finished!

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  1. Love your card Diane! Thank you for the step by step details.

    1. Thanks Marilyn! I hope you can use the file.


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