Today’s design is really quite intricate but SUPER-EASY to make! The file and the Cricut will do all the hard work for you – all you need to do is fold a score line and add a handful of gem embellishments!
This is inspired by an original I designed for a friend who wanted something in the style of cut-out a card she’d seen but Cricutable (is that a word?!).
I found that one was a bit hit and miss in terms of cuttability, so I simplified it a bit. However, the following cutting tips will help:
Use very good quality paper – the paper I used is very heavy – so I experimented and ended up with an unusual setting (Intricate Cardstock just doesn’t cut it – literally!). I used the Cereal Box setting with More Pressure – this in turn meant I needed to use the Deep Point blade.
Make sure your mat is very sticky – I find it doesn’t really matter which mat I use, as long as it’s been recently cleaned. This is a must for more intricate paper designs.
If you don’t have a Cricut stylus to mark the centre of the card, then just remove the score line from the pattern and score it down the centre by hand. (I know people recommend a run-out ballpoint pen – but really do make sure it’s empty!)
You will need:
- Good quality A4 paper (I used 270gsm PaperMill Direct White Felt Embossed Card)
- Five small embellishments (I used floral gem-style embellishments from Hobbycraft).
- Our SVG file!
Preparing the file:
- Open a New Project and click on ‘Import Images’.
- Choose the file you’ve downloaded – in this case it’s ‘intricatehappybirthdaycard.ai’.
- Select all of the pieces and then click on on ‘Ungroup’. You now need to tell the machine to Score (rather than Cut!) the central line, so you need to click on the item in the right hand margin and click the Scissors Item next to it. When the Layers Attribute appears, choose ‘Score’ (the stylus icon). It will now appear as a dotted line, as shown below.
- Click and drag to select everything in the piece and click on Attach (the paper clip icon at the bottom of the list on the right hand side.
8. You’re now ready to print! As it prints, you will see the following on the mat. As this is an intricate cut, watch the card carefully – and hold it into place if necessary (though mind your fingers!). It gets jerked around quite a lot!
9. Take the design off the mat but move very slowly and carefully – it’s almost like lace in parts!
10. Fold over the score line in the centre.
11. Apply the gems to the centre of the flowers that are ‘solid’ (i.e. that have no holes in them!) and also to the very end of the first ‘p’ in Happy, to form the dot over the ‘i’!
12. Your card is now ready!
I rather like it like this but if you want to you can put a central card inside or paper behind it. Here it is with sparkly gold!
I also did a version in blue glitter card:
Want to make it yourself? Download our Birthday Card Cut File!
It’s up to you which way to make it but all of the raw materials taken to make these – the glitter card, the floral embellishments and the white felt embossed card – are going into our giveaway!