Meet the Maker Anna Griffin

Meet the Maker: Anna Griffin

September 21, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Since the launch of her remarkable brand in 1994, Anna Griffin has been revered by crafters and decorators across the globe. Her elegant style– instantly recognizable with its luxurious patterns and florals– makes all of her projects true works of art. We were delighted to catch up with our talented, long-term partner to learn about three of her favorite card projects and hear about the inspiration behind them. (If you didn’t get the chance to read our first Meet the Maker profile of Anna, please treat yourself and check it out here.)

Thank you so much for being here, Anna.
It is lovely to be invited back to the Cricut blog, as there is so much crafty goodness here! Today, I’m excited to share three DIY paper projects that take card making to a new level.

Three over-the-top cards made with Anna Griffin’s Lovely Layers cutting files.

They are stunning. Can you tell us a bit about what made you choose these specific designs for this post?
I chose these three cards for my second Meet the Maker feature because they beautifully showcase Cricut technology and the Anna Griffin design aesthetic. I like to push the limit when creating intricate designs. Each one of these cards has four or more concentrically cut layers – something only the Cricut can cut perfectly! You can do all of this and more with my Anna’s Lovely Layered Cards and Anna’s Lovely Layered Cards 2 cartridges. Making an extraordinary card has never been easier.

You mention pushing the limit, and you always seem to find new ways to do this.
People expect a lot when it comes to sending a handmade card. The pressure is always on. You must top what you sent last time, you must scale new heights with your craftiness and, above all, you must create the kind of card that shows you care!

What do you like best about these three cards?
I love that the designs are timeless and that they can be used for all card-sending holidays. Just change the sentiment and the color palette of papers to fit the occasion!

Do you have any helpful hints for making these cards?
Of course! I suggest using tonal patterned cardstock instead of solid colors to achieve greater visual depth. Also, you can add a glitter paper to the mix for special sparkle. And, finally, thin foam adhesive between the layers gives these cards a beveled look.

The intricate lace design comes to life with four shadow layers behind it.

Let’s get started with the details! Please tell us a bit about your Lace Medallion card.
An exquisite example of what the Cricut can do, this layered lace card is perfection. Multiple cuts stack to create a three dimensional effect.

What materials will we need?

Here’s a look at each cut layer of the Lace Medallion card.

Once we have all our materials, what comes next?
Cutting and assembling! I’ve broken it down step-by-step.

To Cut:

  • Insert the Cricut Scoring Stylus into accessory clamp A.
  • Follow the instructions in Cricut Design Space™ to cut and score images and envelope from cardstocks.

To Assemble:

  • Fold white glitter layer and maroon layer at score lines.
  • Assemble and attach all card layers together with foam adhesive as shown in step out photo.
  • Attach floral sticker and sentiment sticker.
  • Fold envelope and flap at score lines.
  • Assemble envelope with double-sided adhesive.

This sophisticated lattice pattern is the perfect backdrop for any message.

Tell us about your Trellis card.
What is amazing about this card is the use of cutting and color to create a realistic looking garden trellis. A great background for any card-making occasion, the Trellis card has a timeless design appeal.

What materials will we need?

Cut and build your card layers in this order, left to right.

And the Cut and Assemble instructions?

To Cut:

  • Insert the Cricut Scoring Stylus into accessory clamp A.
  • Follow the instructions in Cricut Design Space™ to cut and score images and envelope from cardstocks.

To Assemble:

  • Fold ivory top card layer and navy base layer at score lines.
  • Apply foam adhesive to first three card layers and assemble together as shown in step out photo.
  • Attach navy layer with double-sided adhesive.
  • Attach floral embellishments and sentiment sticker.
  • Fold envelope and flap at score lines.
  • Assemble envelope with double-sided adhesive.

Now we’d love to hear about your Wreath card.
The crown jewel of my Lovely Layers II cartridge is the cutting file for this card. The depth of the design is accented with a silver glitter layer for that extra sparkle. Make it for a special occasion or a milestone birthday!

Like elaborate plasterwork, the Wreath card is molded to perfection.

What materials will we need?

A two-piece envelope-cutting file can be scaled to fit any size card.

Please walk us through the Cutting and Assembling.

To Cut:

  • Insert the Cricut Scoring Stylus into accessory clamp A.
  • Follow the instructions in Cricut Design Space™ to cut and score images and envelope from cardstocks.

To Assemble:

  • Fold top card layer and base layer at score lines.
  • Assemble and attach first three card layers together with foam adhesive as shown in step out photo.
  • Attach base layer with double-sided adhesive.
  • Attach sentiment sticker and silver bow.
  • Fold envelope and flap at score lines.
  • Assemble envelope with double-sided adhesive.

Thanks so much, Anna.
You’re so welcome. Now, click that button and show off your new card-making skills!

Want to see more of Anna Griffin’s creations? Visit her website.

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