I’m so excited to share today’s post with you. It is a super easy birthday card, that doesn’t really need any skill to make. This is a Cricut project for beginners or anyone who is looking for a design that doesn’t take a lot of time to make. get creative mixing and matching different colors together and just have fun with it! Read below to find out how to replicate this look.
Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine
Cricut Adhesive Cutting Mat, Standard Grip
Cricut Basic Tool Set
Armadillo Cricut Fine Point Marker – from Cricut Southwest Pen Set
Indigo Cardstock – card base (8.5×5.5)
Solar White Cardstock – design base (6×5)
Solar White Cardstock – interior insert (6×5)
Scrapbook Adhesives Initially Repositionable Mounting Squares
EK Tools EK Scoring Board 12×12
CRICUT IMAGES USED:
Elephant Iron On (Trendy T-Shirts cartridge)
WALK THROUGH: A Cricut Project for Beginners
The best way to start this project is to choose your materials. I always do this first because it gives me a clear picture of what I want the design to look like, and I know exactly what materials I have available. I chose an Indigo, Armadillo Gray, and Solar White as my color palette for this design, but you could use any other color palette you’d like!
Once you’ve picked out your materials, take that 8.5 x 5.5 sheet of cardstock and use your scoring board to score it down the middle and fold it in half to make a 4.5 x 5.5 greeting card. This will be your base.
Tip: If you’re new to scoring a greeting card, here’s a great video from Simon Says Stamp to give you some pointers!
Place a 6 x 5 sheet of white paper on your Cricut mat. Your Elephant will be longer than it is tall, so make sure you place your paper appropriately. You should see the design and how it’s going to look on the mat after you click “Make It” in the upper left hand side. Run through the instructions in the Cricut Design Space, drawing and cutting out the exterior elephant design, then repeat that step to make the interior insert as well.
Remember to be patient during the drawing process. It’s an intricate design, so it will take time to draw. Don’t try to rush it by changing to Fast Mode, unless you are very familiar with that setting. Be sure to keep an eye on your machine, especially as you near the end of your drawing.
Sometimes pressure from the marker pushing down on the paper over a long period of time, can cause the marker to pop out of its’ cartridge and mess up your design. If you’re worried about this happening to you, simply pause the drawing mid-way through the design, pull the marker out then place it back in cartridge, setting it firmly back in place. Lock the cartridge and resume drawing.
Tip: If you’re new to your Cricut Machine, click here to read my post on Cricut tips & tricks to get started.
Once the machine has finished cutting and drawing, add some mounting tape on the back of the elephant design. You don’t need to overuse the tape, but make sure you hit those corners or your design might start to peel up later.
Center your paper on the front of the card. If you’re feeling uneasy about centering, use tweezers to hold the elephant as you lay it down. This helps to get your hands out-of-the-way, and allows you to see more of the card during placement. Repeat this same process on the inside and you’ll be all done. Give it to someone you love, and watch a smile appear on their face!
Tip: If you’re new to paper crafting, I recommend repositionable tape. That will allow you to pull the image off the card base without ripping, or wrinkling the paper.
I hope you enjoyed this Cricut project for beginners. As I mentioned previously, this is definitely something anyone can make at their own home. Check out more of my tutorials by clicking here, and leave a comment if you see something you like! You can also find me on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Etsy, so come follow me!