Make These Geometric Invitations

Make These Geometric Invitations for Your Next Party

July 13th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Karley Hall

Hi all! It's me, Karley Hall, back again to share more about the Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate party. This feels like torture writing these posts because all I want is wine, cheese, and chocolate… I mean, can you blame me!? The photos just make everything look so delicious.

Today I wanted to share how we created a fun geometric invitation to get your guests super excited about your party. The Scoring Wheel really made a difference in this project. Without it, I don’t think we would have come up with such a fun design.

Geometric Invitations

Materials:

1: Open the Project

Geometric Invitations

To begin, you can find my project in Design Space, here!  Click on the “customize” option to open the canvas.

2: Edit the Text

Geometric Invitations

Design Space makes it so easy peasy to customize our Ready to Make projects. Just click on the text and replace it with your party details. Heck—you can replace all the text and turn this invitation into a birthday card if you want!

3: Print Then Cut

Geometric Invitations

If you have not tried Cricut’s Print Then Cut feature, you are seriously missing out. I know when I first started crafting, I was terrified of trying a Print then Cut, but once I tried it, I have not looked back. It is easier than it sounds.

There are a few things you need to remember—if you want to print your words instead of cutting them out of a material, you have to “flatten” your words on top of the shape you want to print them on. For this project, we are flattening the text on top of each pentagon.

Highlight your text and the shapes by dragging your cursor to select everything. With everything selected, click “Flatten.” This will tell Design Space that we need to print out an image with marks for your Cricut to read. Your Cricut will read the marks and will cut the outermost path.

Click “Make It.”

4: Print

Geometric Invitations

Click on the “Send To Printer” icon and follow the instructions for your home printer. Make sure to load printable sticker paper or printable vinyl in your printer, and then click print.

Geometric Invitations

Place your printed paper onto a StandardGrip mat, load the mat into your machine, ensure your paper settings are correct and click the flashing Cricut icon on your machine. The Cricut will know what to do! It will only cut out the pentagon shapes and the text will be centered inside. Magic!

5: Scoring Magic

Geometric Invitations

As if that wasn’t magic enough, now we get to play with the Scoring Wheel!

I wanted my invitation to be two-toned, so I used acrylic paint and painted the back side of my gold foil cardstock before I scored and cut it. If you don’t want to spend the time painting your cardstock (I know—I am crazy), you can use any double-sided color cardstock.

Load in your cardstock and Scoring Wheel and watch as the Cricut Maker really scores your material. It makes folding so easy with the extra deep creases.

For my invitation, I folded the two diagonal score lines first and then I folded it in half.

The envelope is even simpler as you fold on the four score lines and insert the tab into the slot to close.

6: Assemble

Geometric Invitations

All of the hard parts are done. Just peel your Print then Cut off the liner and stick it on to your folded invitation. Place it in your matching envelope and mail them out to your loved ones!

Now that you are a Print then Cut pro, you can print out some address labels to put on the outside of your gold envelopes!

I can’t wait to see how you customize these cute invites!

Happy crafting!

Karley Hall

Pops of Color - Pink Cricut

Pops of Pink Color to Outfit Your Life

July 9th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

The week, we’re obsessed with pink because our first Cricut Maker color – Rose! -- is launching on HSN and our new beautiful Flamingo Pearl Explore Air 2 is exclusively on cricut.com.

In the spirit of celebrating this lovely color palette, we’re giving you a roundup of all of our favorite pink products … see what’s new and get as excited as we are about our pink lineup!

 

These machines in shades of pink will make your heart flutter.

Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories
Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories
Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories

Don’t forget to tune in to HSN on July 10 at 10:00 p.m. MT to buy the Cricut Maker in Rose for the first time!

Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories
Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories
Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories

This Cricut Explore Air 2 in Flamingo Pearl is everything! Get it for yourself on cricut.com.

Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories
Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories

This Cricut Explore Air 2 in Rose gives you a gorgeous subtle pink to love. Go grab this bundle on Amazon.com.

 

Perfect pink accessories & tools for your crafting style.

Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories
Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories
Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories
Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories
Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories
Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories

Cricut BrightPad in Rose, JOANN.com | TrueControl Knife in Rose, JOANN.com | Cricut Weeder (Basic Tool Set), cricut.com | Cricut Acrylic Ruler, cricut.com | Cricut Cutting Ruler, JOANN.com

Pink materials for amazing projects.

Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories
Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories
Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories
Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories
Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories
Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories
Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories
Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories
Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories
Pink Cricut Machines and Accessories

Cricut Natalie Malan Sunset Blossom Patterned Iron-On sampler, cricut.com | Cricut Cardstock in Wildflowers, cricut.com | Cricut Cardstock Jewels sampler, cricut.com | Glitter Iron-On in Lipstick, cricut.com | Premium Vinyl Pearl Pastel - Permanent, cricut.com

… and there are so many more amazing materials in shades of pink and patterns!

 

Make sure you share this post if you love pink as much as we do! #CricutMade

 

Fill in the blank Father's Day card

Fill In The Blank Father’s Day Card + 10 More Cute Card Ideas for Dad

June 12th, 2018 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hello there! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts. I am so excited to be back here on the Cricut blog. Last month I was here sharing a cute last day of school t-shirt, and now I’m back sharing a cute Father’s Day card to make with your kiddos! Time flies!

Cricut Design Space has so many cute Father’s Day cards. Many of them are perfect to make with help from your kiddos. I know my kiddos love to make cards for their dad. I love the fill in the blank cards where you let your kiddos express some of their cute thoughts. They really become keepsakes, not just a card. Let me show you how easy this cute card is to put together.

For This Father’s Day Project You Will Need a Few Supplies:

Father's Day card supplies list

You can find the design I used for this card in Cricut Design Space. If you own a Cricut machine, I would strongly recommend signing up for Cricut Access. When you do, you will have access to literally thousands of designs that you can use for free.

This card is part of their Father’s Day collection. They have tons of cute ideas for Dad! I’ll link to several other card ideas in just a bit.

1: Draw

Let your Cricut draw your Father's Day card

I love watching my Cricut Maker draw! It’s pretty amazing. You simply slip in the pen and then load your machine & press go. Your machine does all the work!

2: Cut and Score

Cut and score your Father's Day card

Next, your machine will cut out & score all the pieces of your card.

3: Grab Your Kiddos!

Have your kids fill out the Father's Day card

Have them fill in the blanks on the card using Cricut pens. I love all the colors!

Don’t forget to pin this post!

4: Assemble the Card Envelope

Make the envelope for your card

While your kiddos are busy filling in their cards, assemble the envelope & liner using some adhesive.

5: Slip the Card Inside the Envelope

Slip the card inside the envelope.

6: Tie Some Twine (or Ribbon!) Around the Top of Your Card

Tie some twine (or ribbon!) around the top of your card

Now the only thing left to do is to give Dad his card for Father’s Day! I think he’s going to love them!

DIY Fill in the Blank Father's Day Card + Father's Day Cards Ideas

Check out these other fun Father’s Day cards made with Cricut. Most of these are available for free with your Cricut Access subscription! I marked all those with a *. Enjoy!

Fun Father's Day cards you can make with a Cricut

Dad We Love You to Bits Card @ Crafting in the Rain

Father's Day Footprint Card @ Love, Create, Celebrate

Do you like to make handmade cards for special occasions? Which card is your favorite?
Let me know in the comments below. (You can see how to add texture to cards here.)

Make this Layered Mother's Day card today!

Send Your Mom This Easy Layered Mother’s Day Card

May 9th, 2018 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey, Let's Make Stuff

Hello, my Cricut friends! Cori here, from Hey Let’s Make Stuff, to share an easy card you can make for Mother’s Day! If your mom isn’t a flowers and jewelry sort of gal, a funny card is the perfect way to say I love you this Mother’s Day.

Today we’re using layered cardstock to make this card. I wanted to share a few of my favorite tips for working with layered cardstock, plus offer this free file as a download for you to make yourself!

Glitter gel pens

To make this card, start by clicking this link to download the file here. Right-click to save for uploading to Design Space. You will see that this card has three layers and uses the scoring stylus. I’m going to call the three pieces the single rectangle (white), the accent text piece (coral), and the main text card (light blue).

1: Choose Your Colors

Choose the colors for your Mother's Day card

Because the layering in this card is subtle, I suggest using two contrasting colors along with white. Cut the single rectangle out of white, and then your two text pieces out of contrasting colors, one light and one darker, such as:

  • Light blue and coral (this is what I used)
  • Bright pink and light yellow
  • Deep red and light pink
  • Dark blue and light green

I prefer the darker color to be the accent color, but both ways work!

2: Cut Your Card

Cut out your Mother's Day card

This is a simple project to cut, but there is one thing you’ll need to do in Cricut Design Space before you cut your cardstock. Use the Upload button at the bottom of the left Design Panel to upload the SVG you downloaded above.

When you insert your image, you’ll see you have the three pieces I mentioned above, and cut line.

Cut out your Mother's Day card

We need to change this cut line to a score line. Start by ungrouping your images using Ungroup in the right side Layers Panel.

Cut out your Mother's Day card

Then change the cut line to a score line, in the Layers Panel.

Cut out your Mother's Day card

Then select just the main text card (blue) and the score line and click Attach these two layers at the bottom of the Layers Panel using Attach.

Then you’re ready to hit Make It in the upper right corner and cut your three pieces of cardstock! If you have four mats when you go to cut, you’ll know you didn’t attach that score line correctly and you need to cancel the cut and try attaching it again.

Then cut your three layers of cardstock. Make sure you insert your scoring stylus so that the Cricut can score your card for you!

3: Layer Your Cardstock

Layer your Mother's Day card

I find that spray glue is best for putting layered cards together. Start by spraying the back of your accent text piece with spray glue and centering it on the single rectangle. They are the same size, so they should fit perfectly. I like to set this under something heavy (my Cricut EasyPress is my go-to now!) for a few minutes to let the glue really adhere. You don’t want any of the pieces separating.

Next, you’ll want to spray the back of the main text card. You only want to get glue on the text half of the card, however, so cover the other half with a piece of scratch paper so that side doesn’t get gluey. Then center your rectangle in the center of the front of the main card piece, so that the white and accent color show through on the front of the card. Once it’s centered, set it under something heavy to let the glue set.

Layer your Mother's Day card

And that’s it! Because this project is easy to make, it’s the perfect last-minute Mother’s Day card! And since we’re all always looking for Mother’s Day projects, tell us what you’re making your mom this year for Mother’s Day in the comments!

DIY Pizza Valentines

Use Your Cricut to Write Out These Adorable Pizza Valentines

February 6th, 2018 • Contributor: Jenny Alger from Everyday Jenny

Hi! It’s Jenny from Everyday Jenny. Have you tried writing with your Cricut? Today I’m showing you how to use Cricut fonts and pens to write.

Cricut has a great variety of pens that come in fine-point, medium-point, calligraphy and even glitter. They also come in all the colors of the rainbow. I have the Ultimate Fine Point set and love all the colors, but this Seaside Pen Set is calling my name too!

I created this cute pizza Valentine using my Cricut pens and Cricut fonts in Design Space.

Supplies

Supplies for pizza Valentines

1: Create Your Design and Choose a Font

Create the design for your pizza Valentine

To create this design, I inserted a rectangle and then inserted my text. (You can open my design here.) To change your font, click on the text box, and the font selections will appear.

There are two styles of fonts you can use. Fonts that do not have a writing style will only be the outline of the text. Fonts with a writing style will draw a single stroke design.

You can easily filter your fonts to find ones with a writing style.  First, select Cricut fonts in the bar along the top. Then click on Filter on the right-hand side and select Writing Style. Now you can choose your font. The one I used is DonJuan.

2: Change Alignment and Spacing

Change the spacing and alignment for the pizza Valentines

Once you have selected your text, you can adjust the alignment and letter spacing. Decreasing the letter spacing is especially important if you choose a cursive style font and want the letters to connect.

I used the center alignment for my text and kept the letter spacing the same. Then I selected everything and duplicated it to make multiple copies.

What’s your favorite Cricut font to use? Let me know in the comments below.

3: Change Your Font Color

Change the color of your font

To use multiple pen colors, you will need to change your pen color on your design. This tells the machine to pause and allows you to switch out pens.

Click on your text layer and click on the colored circle. A panel will appear with all the color options and you can choose your color.

4: Attach Your Font

Attach the font for your pizza Valentines

This is a very important step! You need to make sure to attach your font to your layer so that it will write exactly as you have it on your design screen.

Select your text layer and the rectangle and select the Attach tool. Repeat with each Valentine.

5: Cut Out and Write Your Design

Make your pizza Valentines

Now you are ready to make your design. Click on “Make It” and select your material. Follow the onscreen prompts to insert the correct color pen into Clamp A on your machine.

Draw your pizza Valentines

Press the Go button on your machine and watch it work its magic! The machine will pause between pen colors to allow you to insert the next color. Once it has written all the text, it will cut out your design.

Carefully remove your paper from the mat. Attach your erasers using some glue dots and you are all done! You now have some colorful and fun Valentines to enjoy and share. Just make sure you don’t leave them in a place where your dog can get to them or a few might end up getting eaten. I’m not speaking from experience or anything...

Happy crafting!

Finished pizza Valentines

What project are you going to use your Cricut pens with? Be sure to pin this project to try!

How to Write with your Cricut
Galentine's Day invites

Galentine’s Day Invites That Leslie Knope Would Love

February 5th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Karley Hall

Happy almost Valentine’s Day! Do you all have some fun plans?

If you are anything like me and my husband, we kind of gloss over Valentine’s like it is just any other day. Our anniversary is next month and as much as I love being spoiled, celebrating both is a little much for me. Well, that is what I tell him… I think my real reason is that I love using Valentine’s to celebrate my friends!

Galentine’s Day is a super popular alternative to celebrating with your significant other. Back in my single days, I’m pretty sure this euphemism hadn’t been coined yet. I certainly like it much better than single awareness day because even us married girls can celebrate Galentine’s!

I created this super easy Galentine’s party invite by using my Cricut® Maker. Let’s get started!

Supplies:

For the shirt below:

I designed this project for Cricut® Design Space. If you click here, you will be taken to the project. Click the Customize button to make it you own! Bonus- if you have an Access subscription, this project is free for you!

2: Edit Your Text

Edit your text

Double click on the text at the bottom of the invite and edit it as necessary. If you need to edit the main text on the invitation, you can delete my text and use the font “Chloe” to type your own sentiment.

3: Flatten Your Image

Flatten the image in Design Space
  • If you want to convert multiple layers to print together, you can use the Flatten tool from the Layers panel.
  • Highlight the white background of your invitation and all the text on top of it. You can do this by holding down the shift key and selecting each layer. Or you can hold down the shift key and drag your cursor over all the layers you wish to flatten.
  • Once they are all highlighted, select the Flatten tool located at the bottom of the Layers panel.

Note- When your layers are properly selected, they will be highlighted in a darker gray.

4: Prepare to Print

Get ready to print your invitation

Once you are satisfied with your invitation, click Make It. This will take you to a preview of your Print then Cut as well as all your other cut previews.

If your image was properly flattened, your invitation will appear with an added cut sensor marking (rectangle outline).

5: Print

Print our your Galentine's Day invite

On the next screen click, select your machine from the drop-down menu. Then click "Send to Printer" to open the Print Then Cut dialog. An image bleed will automatically be applied to the image(s) so that there is no white border left once the cut is complete.

Print the page using your home printer, then place the paper on the Cricut cutting mat and feed it to the Cricut machine. The machine will scan for the sensor marking then cut around the image with precision.

Note: At this time, the default material size for Print Then Cut is 8 ½ x 11", and cannot be changed. Colored materials or materials containing any kind of pattern may interfere with the cut sensor marks being read by the Cricut Explore machine. We recommend using an Inkjet Printer and 8 ½ x 11" white materials for all your Print Then Cut projects with Cricut Explore. The Cricut Maker, though, can Print Then Cut on light to medium colored papers.

6: Assemble

Put your Galentine's Day invites together

After you finish cutting the rest of your layers, assemble using the Ready-to-Make directions. Admire your cute and sassy invitation!

If you need something to wear to your event, head over to this project and whip up this snarky top.

Fall in Love - Fall Asleep shirt project

I can’t wait to see what you make to celebrate with your girls!

Make sure to tag @officialcricut and use #CricutMade in all your Galentine’s project creations!

Tune into our Facebook Lives and YouTube Lives to see me and other Cricut employees share all of our Cricut tip and tricks. Can’t wait to see you there!

Karley Hall
Senior Project Designer at Cricut

DIY Hanukkah Projects

Celebrate the Festival of Lights With These Quick, Easy DIY Hanukkah Projects

December 11th, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

Tomorrow kicks off 8 nights of celebration for the Hanukkah season.  As with all holidays, sometimes we leave things to the last minute!  Whether you want to give a last-minute card, decorate your house, or even get the kids involved, we have a little bit of something for each of you.

Design Space has a host of ready-made Hanukkah related images that you can use for quick projects.  We made these fun pillows in just a few easy minutes!

These fun cards are also easily made with just one or two sheets of cardstock. We even used metallic poster board on one of them. Don’t forget to use your scoring stylus for the best fold lines. There are many single cut cards for you to personalize.

Not to be outdone, here’s a fast and safe way to have your kids light their own menorah. We simply used silver and gold window cling on the glass from a picture frame. You could even use your own window! For this technique, we used a 3-step process:

  1. Find an image of a menorah
  2. Use the Slice tool to separate the flames from the base
  3. Change the flame color to gold so it will cut on a separate mat
Vinyl menorah

We can’t wait to see what you make for the holiday season! Use #CricutMade to show us your projects.

Happy Hanukkah ?

Embossed holiday cards add texture

Adding Texture to Cards

November 28th, 2017 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hi there! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts. I am so excited to be back here today! Today we are going to talk about adding texture to your handmade cards.

Cricut has three different machines. Yes, three! They have the Cricut Explore Air™ family of machines & the Cricut Maker™. Both of these are amazing digital cutting machines that hook up to your computer (or device) & with the easy to use Cricut Design Space, you can cut through literally hundreds of different types of material.

Then Cricut has the Cricut Cuttlebug™ die cutting and embossing machine. You don’t need to plug in this cute little machine, you will not need a computer, and it can do things the Explore Air & Maker can’t do, like emboss! Embossing adds so much texture to your designs, and it’s so easy to do!

So, today I am excited to share how you can add texture to your handmade cards (cut out with your Explore Air or Maker) using the Cuttlebug. Let’s get started!

To Make These Cards, You Will Need:

1: Cut Out Your Cards

Cut out the pieces to make your card

I used my Cricut Maker to do this. You could also use your Explore Air to do this as well. I used a lot of cardstock and a little bit of vinyl to make my cards.

I used these three card designs from Cricut Design Space:

2: Get Out Your Embossing Folders and Cuttlebug

Pick out the embossing folders that you want to use

Embossing folders are just that ~ a folder. You can find them in all different sizes. I like using the larger 5x7 size. Most of the cards and envelopes fit right inside.

Cricut Cuttlebug

3: Load Your Embossing Folder

Put your material inside the embossing folder

Then you’ll put the piece of cardstock inside your embossing folder.

Also, don’t forget to pin this post for later so you can remember all the steps!

4: Stack Your Plates

Put your plates together for embossing

You’ll get an A plate & 2 B plates out. TIP: These plates all come with your Cuttlebug!

Sandwich your embossing folder (with the cardstock inside) between the two B plates & then set them on top of the A plate.

Embossing plates stack

5: Turn the Handle to Feed the Plates Through Your Cuttlebug.

Send the plates through the Cuttlebug

Then you’ll turn the handle to crank them through your Cuttlebug. TIP: It will be a little bit hard to turn. That is OK. As your plates goes through the Cuttlebug, that pressure is what will eventually emboss your paper.

Send the plates through the Cuttlebug

After it has passed through your machine, look at the results! Isn’t that amazing? I just love embossing! I thought this embossing folder looked like frost on a window!

6: Assemble Your Cards

Put your cards together

Then you will assemble your cards as you normally would. Enjoy the extra texture & depth that embossing brings to your paper crafts!

Just in case you were wondering, the Cricut Cuttlebug™ die cutting and embossing machine comes with:

• A2 embossing folder and two metal dies.
• One 6x8 A Plate and two 6x8 B Plates included
• One 6x8 Rubber Embossing Mat included
• Cuts and embosses a variety of materials including tissue paper, foils, acetate ribbon, and thin leather
• Produces professional-looking results with deep, even embossing and clean, crisp cuts
• Works with other leading embossing folders and cutting dies
• Cuts & embosses cardstock
• Features a collapsible handle and compact fold-n-store profile
• Strong suction (I can vouch for that! ha!)
• Easy to operate

Now enjoy these lovely handmade cards!

Finished holiday cards
Finished holiday cards

Have you ever embossed? Let me know in the comments below. Let me know if you have any questions, too!

Add texture to your cards
Make Your Own Christmas Cards

Make Your Christmas Cards This Year!

November 24th, 2017 • Contributor: Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts

Hey everybody – it’s Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts (http://www.kingstoncrafts.com/) and CHRISTMAS IS LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY!! Gaaaaaaaaaahhh!! Ok – deep breath. Deeeeeeeep breath – and maybe a little more coffee.

If you – like me – are planning to spend this long post-Thanksgiving weekend working on your Christmas cards then you’ve come to the right place, because today I’ve got ten Cricut-made Christmas cards to share! Cricut is a lifesaver this time of year because no matter what project you are creating, with just the push of a button your Cricut can do most of the work for you. Many of these projects can be made on both the Explore machines and the new Maker machine so let’s do this!

Sequin Shaker

Becoming Martha had me at the words sequin shaker card! I love how she turns this simple card into something special with glitter and sequins, and she shares a matching gift tag as well.

Black and White

I love the look of these stunning black and white cards from Lemon Thistle – and the best thing about Cricut is I could make them in a rainbow of colors if I wanted to. The possibilities are endless!

Christmas Birds

These Christmas bird cards from Hey Let’s Make Stuff are so beautiful I may or may not use them all year long. Don’t judge me. 😉

Photo Cards

We all love photo cards but don’t love the price – thanks to 100 Directions you can create your own and it will be so much cooler!

Gold and Black

Cricut can turn the most intricate design into a quick and easy card – and Printable Crush shows us how. Did I mention she also shares a FREE printable address label?

Ugly Christmas Sweater

Your friends and family will think you spent hours on this ugly sweater card from Laura’s Crafty Life – but she created a series of layers that make it easy and fun to put together! She also shares the matching envelope liner and it adds the perfect touch.

Red and Gold Truck

Red and gold are my favorite Christmas color combo and Liz On Call is speaking my language with this cool gift tag. I could also see this as a cut out for a card – with Cricut you can customize your projects in just a few minutes.

Gift Card Holders

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Finally, gift cards are easy to give but can sometimes feel impersonal. Our friend Lia Griffith solves that problem with not one but two fun gift card holders – a felt bag and an ornament

Make Your Christmas Cards This Year!

and Happiness is Homemade brings back COLOR with these bright and bold gift card holder tags!

Wishing you a fun and festive holiday season – here’s to creating memories to treasure for years to come!

Let’s stay connected!

Which card is your favorite? Tell us below!

Make this You're a Gem Card

Surprise Someone With This You’re a Gem Card

October 9th, 2017 • Contributor: Emily from B. Lovely Events

Lovelies! Emily here from B. Lovely Events and today I have another project using the New Cricut Papers that are exclusively at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores. Cricut machines are great for making cards and this You’re a Gem card has my heart! Gems, geometric and geodes are so popular right now because they are so lovey. When you mix their already chic pattern with shiny metallic colors, it’s heaven! I love the metallic foil colors the new Cricut foil samplers have and they are perfect for cutting gems from. I’ll show you exactly how to make this card step by step and then you can give it to any gem in your life! Let’s get started!

1: Find Images

You are going to design your card in Design Space. There are so many ways to go about doing this. This card was inspired and adapted from the Cricut Card Project, You’re A Gem from Kim Byers.

I just love the look of the card and how chic, yet whimsical it is. I wanted actual cut out gems on my card, the one pictured above utilized printed cards.

Here is what I used from Design Space:

2: Combine Elements

Gather together your images

Combine your card elements into Design Space. This will help you size everything to scale so everything fits together.

3: Cut Out Images

Cut out the images for your card
Cut out the images for your card

Then you are going to hit make it in the corner to it started. Take out your standard mat and a black sheet of the Cricut Shimmer Paper. Set your Cricut Explore Air 2 to Cardstock mode, select the card outline in the design space, hit continue, select your Cricut machine and hit the go button! Watch it cut its magic.

Cut out gem images

For the gems, you will want a different foil color for each gem. Because of this, it is best to cut each gem 1 at a time. To do this, you will just have that single gem in the design space pattern in the design space. You can delete all the other elements out of your Design Space when you combined them all together and leave just one gem. Add your foil paper to your cutting mat and load it into the Cricut. Cut each gem Cricut machine with the same setting and process as you followed for the card outline.

Then take your weeding tool from the Cricut tool set and remove the gem middles from the cut image. Leave just the outline of the gem.

Once one gem is cut and removed from the mat, go back to Design Space, add the next gem pattern and then cut that one out until you have all the gem designs that you would like for the card.

Cut out the words

Lastly, select the You’re A Gem word cut in Design Space and cut that out as well following the same process that you used for the card outline and gems. I would recommend going with a gold foil for the words because it works in perfect contrast with the black shimmer card backing that it will be affixed to. Once cut, weed this out as well.

Now you have all of the pieces, you are ready to make your card!

4: Assemble Card

Put your card elements together

Take your adhesive squares and add them to the back of the You’re A Gem cutout. Position the adhesive to outside edges of the letters so the adhesive is semi-hidden by them. Adding these adhesive squares will give the card some dimension which is a nice touch to the overall look.

Put your card elements together

Lightly place the letters on the front of the card and move around until you find your ideal location. Then press down to secure to the card.

Put your card elements together

Heat up your glue gun. While it is heating up, position your gems around the You’re a Gem words on the card. Once you have those locations on lock, you can go ahead and glue them in place.

Put your card elements together

That’s it! Your card is officially made. You can also cut out an envelope using a pattern from Design Space or just give it as is!

Put your card elements together

I love the metallic gems colors around the pretty gold wording. The shimmer black paper adds a nice sparkle element to the card that brings the gem theme even more to life.

Completed card

Don’t forget to share your makes on social media and use the hashtag #handmadewithjoann to share it with everyone!

Happy Crafting!
Emily - B. Lovely Events