This is one of my favorite designs. This card making tutorial is simple but still fun, colorful and adventurous. I also really enjoy the color combination. It was inspired by the MoJo Monday card sketch challenge. I’ve included a video tutorial and the list of the materials used below. Check it out, and let me know what you think!
Watch the “Life’s a Journey” YouTube card making tutorial here:
Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine
Cricut Mat (Regular)
Cricut Tools (to peel images from mat)
Midnight Cricut Marker
Double Sided Sticky Tape
Tweezers (if needed)
Scissors (if needed)
Wicked Black Archival Dye Ink Pad
2 Banner Die Cuts
Beige Cardstock – Card Background (5.5”x8.5” folded in half)
White Cardstock – Exterior Design (5″x5”)
White Cardstock – Interior (5”x3.75”)
Medium Pink Cardstock (2”x2”- I used a paint swatch)
Light Pink Cardstock (2”x2” – I used a paint swatch)
Teal Cardstock (4.75”x2.25”)
Cricut Images Used:
1 Standard Square
Chloe Font 37pt.
This project began by using a basic paper trimmer to cut an 8.5”x11” inch sheet of cardstock in half, and the teal Bazzill cardstock cut down to size. I really like Bazzill paper because it’s an easy way to add a little extra dimension to a card. Next I scored the tan cardstock scored down the middle to make an A2 sized greeting card.
Since I didn’t have a stamp with the exact sentiment I wanted, and because my handwriting isn’t anything to brag about, I let the Cricut Design Studio to the work of cutting out the white cardstock and drawing the words “Life’s a Journey… Enjoy every moment”. In hind sight, I could have also changed the sentiment to say “Enjoy the ride”, but I guess I’ll just have to save that for the next greeting card.
Tip: Check out the dimensions of this portion of the project by going to the Cricut Design Studio here.
After finishing the sentiment, I used a rubber bicycle stamp, a large rubber stamping block, and black archival ink to add the bicycle to the white cardstock. If you don’t plan to emboss, archival ink is a good option because it dries quickly. I’ve also found it helpful to lay something heavy on the edge of you cardstock when your stamping, if the paper has a slight curve to it when you lay it flat. This will ensure that no excess ink gets onto the paper you are trying to stamp.
Tip: An easy (and free) way to create an ombre look for a small embellishment is to go to a hardware store and find some paint swatches.
I used my Sizzix BIGkick machine to cut out the banners for this card. Since I was hiding the edge of the card, I didn’t really need them to be exactly the same size, so I was able to cut two out at the same time. Once that was complete, I could start piecing everything together!
I laid down the teal Bazzill cardstock and pink banners first so that I could find the perfect positioning. Next was the white cardstock. I placed this on dimensional tape, so that it would stand off of the card base, and really complete the exterior design. The card turned out exactly how I wanted it to look, and the only other step that remained was to add a piece of white cardstock on the interior for a message.
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