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Quick Card Making Tips & Tricks

February 10, 2017 • Contributor: Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

So you need a quick card, but you have some quick questions … I have received several questions lately on card making. What are the two biggest obstacles you ask?
  1. How do I work with the scoring tool?
  2. How do I use fonts with writing styles?

If either of these questions have crossed your mind, even for a moment, keep on reading (even if they haven’t crossed your mind you should keep going, this is good stuff, if I do say so myself. Also there are pictures, just saying).

First order of business is picking the card you want to make. Whether it is from our awesome “Make it Now” project collection, or one you are starting from scrap, there are a few things you will want to know.

Most cards have fold lines, if the card you’re making has one you will need a scoring stylus. It looks like this…

 

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Today I have chosen a “Make it Now” card project to work with. However, I am going to customize it to fit my personality a bit more.

 

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This card has four score lines (folds) in it, which I love because it sets it apart from the bi-fold cards outs there. Another thing I love about this card it that it combines cutting and writing/drawing. Once I have hit the customize button I can start to get creative.

The first thing I want to do is change the phrase. While I like this phrase, I want something a little curlier to match the fun embellishments on the sides of the card.

 

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I will need to detach the writing layer from the heart in order to change the font.

 

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Once I have done that I am going to delete the text and create a new text box. Now I can write whatever saying I want. After I have written out my phase, I am going to click on the edit tab and choose a font. Now because I want this to be written instead of cut, I am going to want pick a font that has an associated writing style. I can do that by clicking the first drop down menu and clicking “Has a Writing Style.”

 

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All you have to do now is pick the font you like the best. If you read my last post about fonts you will know that I have a lot of favorites, today I think I will use one called P.S. Post Script.

 

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You will notice that the letters aren’t connected at this point. If you would like to connect them, there are two different ways. First, in the edit tab there is a place for “Line Spacing” and “Letter Spacing.” I think that I will use both.  By decreasing both the line space and the letter space, I am able to get the letters and words exactly where I want them.

 

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Want to know your second option? Of course you do!!! *In my announcer voice* “Okay, lets show our viewers at home what is behind door #2 ...”

 

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“It’s the ‘Isolate letters’ button!” By isolating the letters, you can move them independently of each other to achieve the look you desire.

WARNING

Once you isolate the letters you cannot, I repeat, cannot change the font. I often make a duplicate of my phrase or word before doing this, just in case I change mind my mind (it happens a lot okay!).

After you have them in your desired configuration, draw a square around them with your mouse (or finger if you are on the app) and attach or weld them to one another (we will go over the difference of these two in another post, stay tuned).

Make sure you reattach your phrase to your card, or else it won’t write where you want it to. Now just hit the go button and head to the cut screen. The biggest piece of advice I can give you (and this goes for more than just cards) is to follow the prompts on your screen. They will tell you when you need a scoring stylus and when you will need a pen. They both go in the same spot (clamp A, the one that doesn’t have a blade) so you will only use one at a time.

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I have another tip for you. Remember that first picture I showed you of the scoring stylus (it’s okay, you can scroll back up and look at it)? Did you see the arrow (you can go look at it again)? Well, when you put the scoring stylus or the pen for that matter into the clamp, if you don’t see that arrow disappear, then you don’t have it in all the way. For those of you with scoring stylus and pen frustrations you may want to try this ...

 

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Hold up the clamp with your finger as you push the Stylus or Pen into place. This will help you to feel when it has clicked in correctly. From there just cut, assemble, and give to someone you love!

Did this post answer some of your questions? It did? Let me know in the comments below. You still have more? Well don’t hesitate to ask, just do so in the comments section. Hugs and high fives all around!

 

Meet the Maker Anna Griffin

Meet the Maker: Anna Griffin
Anna’s Christmas Cards & Embellishments

November 2, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Halloween has come and gone, so you know what season it is now: holiday card time! Whether you’re still planning this year’s project or have everything signed and sealed and are just editing your mailing list, there’s a good chance this subject is on your mind. We know that there’s no one better to chat with about paper crafts than maker maven Anna Griffin. (If you haven’t read our past interviews with Anna, you can check them out here and here. We’re grateful that she found the time to chat with us from her studio in Atlanta about her most recent appearance on HSN, Christmas memories and her favorite projects from the Anna’s Christmas Cards and Embellishments Cartridge.

 

Thank you, Anna, for once again being part of our Meet the Maker series.  We know that you’ve been busy, especially with the recent unveiling of the Cricut Explore Air 2. Can you tell us a little bit about that?
Of course! I’ve been a part of Explore launches for the past two years as a lead demonstrator, and the recent HSN launch of the new machine was maybe even more exciting. Because of the advances with the Cricut Explore Air 2, I can craft with confidence and make with momentum. It’s twice as fast, so you can become two times more productive. You have twice the time to be creative! It’s an honor for me to be a part of the Cricut family with these launches. I feel like the drum major leading a parade!

 

And it’s quite a parade—more than 10,000 machines were sold that day!
Yes, it was the biggest crafting day in the history of HSN. I’m still on a high! It was like winning the crafting lottery, because people who bought the machine also got Cricut Access for a year. There’s never been another offer quite like that. It was a once-in-a-blue-moon situation, and showed the true partnership with HSN and Cricut to give their customer such an extraordinary offer. Everyone watching was as enthusiastic as I was. The four color choices were such a hit!

 

And there’s another incredible Cricut option as well, isn’t there?
HSN is exclusively offering an Anna Griffin-branded machine. I didn’t think that would ever happen!

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There’s no better compliment to an Anna Griffin Cricut than your cartridges, which were used to create the DIY paper crafts we’ll be focusing on shortly. Can you talk a bit about this?
Today, we’ll be focusing on six projects from the Anna’s Christmas Cards and Embellishments Cartridge: there are three cards and three scrapbook pages. It’s so fun to see the design elements come to life. You can scale them up for a big impact, and if you scale them down, you can cut more. I used a lot of glitter paper to accent the pieces and make them pop. They’re sparkly, like Christmas lights.

 

Clearly, you agree that the first day of November is not too early to be talking about Christmas cards.
For a professional like myself, it’s never too early to be thinking about holiday cards! This industry is a lot like fashion: you must stay ahead of the season, so I’m already thinking about 2017.  I look for Christmas inspiration year-round.

And everyone who loves making DIY cards, whether they’re a professional or not, knows the reality that paper projects take time. It’s an incredible luxury to have the Cricut to help: you just click a button to make what you see!

 

Let’s get clicking then!

 

Anna’s stunningly detailed Holiday Flourish card.

 

Here’s what you need for this DIY card craft.

 

What is the list of materials needed?

  • Cricut Explore® machine
  • Cricut Design Space™ software
  • Cricut® 12” x 12” Standard Grip mat
  • 2, 12”x12” Holly patterned cardstock. Trim 1 sheet to 7”x10” and fold to 5”x7” card.
  • 2, 12”x12” Red glitter cardstock
  • 2, 12”x12” Red cardstock
  • 2, 12”x12” Light red cardstock
  • 2, 12”x12” Dark green cardstock
  • 2, 12”x12” Light green cardstock
  • 1, 12”x12” Green glitter cardstock
  • 1, 4”x6” Photo
  • 2 Journaling Tags
  • 2 Sentiment Stickers
  • 3 Large red pre-tied bows
  • 1 Small red pre-tied bow
  • Double-sided adhesive
  • Foam adhesive

 

The Holiday Flourish project can be adapted into an incredible scrapbook page.

 

Shown here are the materials needed for the DIY scrapbook page.

 

And your instructions for the card and the scrapbook page?

  1. Cut
    Follow the instructions in Cricut Design Space™ to cut images from cardstocks.
  1. Assemble
    Adhere layers together using foam adhesive.  Attach layers to 5”x7” holly card and 12”x12” holly layout with double-sided adhesive.

    Attach photo, sentiment stickers and journaling tags to layout and card.

 

 

Pictured here are the materials laid out for this project.

 

What will we need to make this holly, jolly piece?

  • Cricut Explore® machine
  • Cricut Design Space™ software
  • 12” x 12” Standard Grip Cricut® mat
  • 1, 12”x12” Holly patterned cardstock. Trim to 7”x10” and fold to 5”x7” card.
  • 1, 12”x12” Holiday patterned cardstock
  • 1, 12”x12” Green glitter cardstock
  • 1, 12”x12” Ivory glitter cardstock
  • 1, 12”x12” Silver cardstock
  • 2, 12”x12” Dark green cardstock
  • 2, 12”x12” Green cardstock
  • 2, 12”x12” Light green cardstock
  • 2, 12”x12” Red cardstock
  • 1, 3.5”x3.5” Photo
  • 2 Sentiment Stickers
  • 1 Small red pre-tied bow
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided adhesive
  • Foam adhesive

 

The beautifully intricate Holly Swirls scrapbook page.

 

And here’s a look at the scrapbook materials.

 

Instructions for the Holly Swirls projects:

  1. Cut
    Follow the instructions in Cricut Design Space™ to cut images from cardstocks.
  1. Assemble
    Adhere seven small red dots to berries design on backside of green holly cut out.  Attach green holly cut out to light green holly layer with double-sided adhesive.  Adhere these layers to green glitter holly layer with double-sided adhesive.  Repeat with second holly cut out.Adhere holly cut outs, sentiment sticker and red pre-tied bow to card.
  1. Assemble Scrapbook Layout:
    Adhere holiday patterned doily to 12”x12” dark green cardstock with double-sided adhesive.

    Assemble and adhere 3 tonal green holly branch layers together with double-sided adhesive and foam adhesive. Repeat with 5 remaining holly branches.

    Using scissors, cut out the red bow on the large red ornaments design. Cut out the grouped ornaments on one of the small ornaments design and adhere to the large red bow on the scrapbook layout (as shown). Cut out pieces of the remaining ornaments and adhere to the layout with foam adhesive.

    Adhere remaining layered ornaments to layout.

    Attach photo and sentiment sticker to layout.

 

The Perfect Poinsettia Card is the third design in this trilogy of Anna Griffin paper crafts.

 

Here are the materials for this project. The detailing is amazing!

 

The Perfect Poinsettia Materials list:

  • Cricut Explore® machine
  • Cricut Design Space™ software
  • 12” x 12” Standard Grip Cricut® mat
  • 2, 12”x12” Holiday green patterned cardstock. Trim one sheet to 7”x10” and fold to 5”x7” card.
  • 1, 12”x12” Dark green cardstock
  • 1, 12”x12” Green glitter cardstock
  • 1, 12”x12” Light green cardstock
  • 1, 12”x12” Gold cardstock
  • 1, 12”x12” Gold glitter cardstock
  • 1, 12”x12” Pink glitter cardstock
  • 2, 12”x12” Red Cardstock
  • 2, 12”x12” Medium pink cardstock
  • 3, 12”x12” Light pink cardstock
  • 2, 4”x4” Photos
  • 2 Sentiment Stickers
  • 3 Small pink pre-tied bows
  • 1 Journaling tag
  • Double-sided adhesive
  • Foam adhesive

 

The Perfect Poinsettia scrapbook page adaptation.

 

And here’s what you need to capture the most wonderful time of the year in a Perfect Poinsettia scrapbook page.

 

Instructions for the card and scrapbook page:

  1. Cut
    Follow the instructions in Cricut Design Space™ to cut images from cardstocks.
  1. Assemble
    Adhere layers together using double-sided adhesive. Attach to scrapbook layout and card using foam adhesive.

    Adhere sentiment stickers, pink bows and journaling tag using double-sided adhesive.

 

Christmas cards remain a personal and creative way to keep in touch with loved ones. It’s no mystery why people put so much thought and effort into this annual tradition!

 

And speaking of traditions, Anna, can you leave us with a few words about your favorite Christmas memory?
When you ask that question, I immediately think of the first Christmas tree I had as an adult. I was living in a New York apartment, and my mother sent me a huge box. Inside were all the ornaments she’d collected for me in my life, starting with the first ones I received as a baby. Every year she added to the collection, and there’s a little bit of everything in there: cross-stitch, noodle art and dough ornaments. They’re still on my tree every year!

 

Thank you so much, Anna.

 

To see more of her incredibly elegant work, visit Anna’s website.

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