One of the interesting things about being in the cutting machine community is seeing how popular different designs are. I have to say that although I love buying embellishments and trimmings as much as the next crafter, I lean more towards minimalist designs when I’m actually making something for someone I know.
Anyway – this new baby card is very much in this spirit! It uses alphabet layering (which I’ve seen in dies but not so much in cut files) to make a design that involves rubber ducks! Best of all, it’ll take you just a few sheets of A4 (or letter-sized if you’re in the US or Canada) cardstock to make!
You will need:
- Between four and six A4 (or letter size) sheets of cardstock – the amount depends on the colour scheme you opt for!
- Glue to put it all together!
- A cutting machine with a stylus or scoring wheel – though if you don’t have these you can just score with scissors and a ruler
- Our SVG File, which you can get by filling in the form below.
Preparing the file:
- Open a New Project and click on ‘Import Images’.
- Choose the file you’ve downloaded – in this case it’s ‘babyduckcard.svg’ (or whatever format your machine uses!)
- Select all of the pieces on the canvas (by clicking on them) and then click on on ‘Ungroup’.
- In the right-hand margin, you’ll see duck shapes in different colours, and a large white rectangle with a line. Click on the scissors icon next to the line, and the Layers Attribute will appear. At this point, click on ‘Score’ (stylus icon) at the top, and the line on the card will transform into a score line:
- Select this score line and the white rectangle and click on ‘Attach.’ At this point, the white rectangle and score line will move to the front and hide all the other pieces, but don’t worry…this just means you’re ready to cut everything out! (Though – if you want to change the colours of your ducks, now is the time to change them – all you need to do is click on the individual duck and, where it’s highlighted in the right-hand margin, click on the Scissors icon and choose the colour you want when the Layers Attribute appears!) So click on ‘Make It!’
Cutting the Pieces:
- The order that card pieces are cut out in Design Space can be somewhat random, but it’s likely the large white rectangle with the score line will be the first piece the machine cuts, so make sure your stylus (or scoring wheel!) is in Clamp A. We’ve used the Intricate Cuts (Cardstock) setting, so we need the fine point blade in Clamp B.
- The other pieces are just ducks!
Assembling the Card:
After cutting, your pieces (depending on your colour scheme) will look something like this:
- Turn over the largest of the duck pieces (which, in our example, is the blue one) and apply glue over the whole surface.
- Turn the piece over and affix it to the bottom end of the large white piece of rectangular card – the top of the piece should line up exactly with the central score line on the white card
- Now, glue the back of one of the duck pieces that includes the letter ‘b’. Once done, attach it to the card so that the b is next to – and completely parallel with – the ‘y’ on the piece you just glued down.
- Repeat, but with the duck attached to the letter ‘a’.
- Finally: repeat with the other letter ‘b’. Allow to dry, and fold down the fold line on the white rectangle.That’s it!
Here’s the card under construction in different colour schemes:
Fancy having a go yourself? Download the file by filling in the form below:
And don’t forget to let us know how you get on making this or our other projects in the CraftAGoGo Crucial Crafting Facebook group!