Bernie Meme St Patrick’s Day Card to Make

This Bernie Meme St. Patrick’s Day card is sooo cute.  Whether you like Bernie Sanders or not (I think he is a little too liberal) you have to chuckle at the meme.  And I commend him for his sense of humor about the whole thing!  He is selling merchandise and donating the proceeds to charity. I got a t-shirt.

When I got a copy of this graphic, I just had to use it! This is a really simple card and the meme is just adorable!  And it fits into an A7 envelope for mailing.

You will need:
Paper Selection for the Bernie Meme Card

This card is green (duh).  If you use two sided paper for the base card, you don’t need the 5 X 7 background piece. Just hide it.  But if you want to use a patterned one sided paper you need to cut it.  

The embellishments can be cut from any paper.  Patterns or glitter and foil would work too.  I used foiled paper for the gold.

Cutting the Bernie Meme Card

Cut the card base and the Cricut will do the writing.  I used a black marker.  I used a nice fill in font called Quiltex.  You can get it free at FontBundles.  I also made my own fill in fonts because I was frustrated that when you draw fonts with Cricut, they are hollow.  To see more info on my fill in fonts chlick this link.

The pipe and the hat have several very small pieces.  Make sure you don’t lose them.  The cut out shamrock from the pot of gold was used on the inside of this card so don’t forget to save it too.

The Bernie picture is a print/cut image.  If you need help doing print/cut, there is a tutorial in the video tutorial section called “Design Space – There is Nothing to be Scared of” here.  While there, check out the other videos.

Assembling the Bernie Meme Card

This one is real easy to make.  Start by re-creasing the fold line.

You will then need to assemble the pipe and hat.  These have really small parts.  Look at the pictures above if you need help.  The hat and pipe then attach to the Bernie meme picture.  I use liquid glue for this step.  I prefer Art Glitter Glue because of the tip.  It adds glue in very thin lines so you can be very precise, especially on small pieces.  And it takes a few minutes to set so you can move whatever you are gluing a little.  It dries clear on everything but acetate, which I need sometimes, because I am messy.

Next glue the Bernie meme to the front and place the shamrocks around it.  The pot of gold goes on the inside left and the rest of the shamrocks go around the writing on the left.

And your Bernie Meme St. Patrick’s Day Card is done!  See wasn’t that easy?  It fits into an A7 envelope for mailing.

Fun Facts About the Bernie Meme
  • Bernie is selling merchandise on his website and donating all proceeds to charity but unfortunately it is all sold out right now.
  • The photo has been transposed across time and place, dropped into historical moments, movie scenes, famous paintings and more.
  • Washington-based photojournalist Brendan Smialowski took the picture.
  • The photo has gone viral,  showing up on millions of Facebook post, webpages and yes even in Crazy Cricut Lady projects.
  • Bernie’s mittens were a gift to him made by a Vermont teacher who made them out of repurposed wool sweaters and recycled plastic bottles

Homecoming Dance Scrapbook Page

This Homecoming Dance Scrapbook Page overcomes the 11.5 X 11.5  size limit of the Cricut. The frame is layered and fills the page AND even frames the picture.  This is Cordelia and her “boyfriend” Jake.  I like him a lot, but don’t tell her dad because he doesn’t approve of her dating.

Layering the large frame not only fills the page, the openness of the image shows off the carrier page underneath.  And with a frame built in it is the complete package.

What You Need:
Paper Selection for the Dance Scrapbook Page

Since the school colors are maroon and gold, that sorta dictated the colors of this page.  I added a little bling by cutting the dancers from glitter cardstock.  (I’m wondering though if I should have made them maroon.)  The bottom carrier sheet can be patterned paper.  This variegated yellow and red paper was perfect!

Cutting the Paper for the Dance Scrapbook Page

A little bit of prep work is needed, like selecting your picture and if it isn’t in electronic form, either scan it or take a digital picture of it.  I did not put Cordelia’s picture in the download file because you will want your own.  Size it to a little bigger than 3 X 5. 

The electronic picture can be uploaded and saved as a Print/Cut image is Design Space.  If you need help with uploading pictures, I will add a section at the end of this tutorial on how to do that.  If you need to know how to do Print/Cut, there is a tutorial included in Design Space- There is Nothing to be scared of videos here.  While you are there check out my other beginner tutorials there.

You also need to edit the text on the banner.  This is done by selecting the banner piece with the writing and clicking the CONTOUR button on the bottom right.  Press the hide all contour button and the writing is gone.  Type the text you want and slice it out of the banner.  For the best results, you should use a stencil font.  This eliminates gaps and holes because all of the text is connected with no holes.  Just search stencil when selecting your font.  Cricut has several good choices or you can find nice stencil fonts at Dafont for free.

Assembling the Dance Scrapbook Page
Start by offsetting the two large pieces.  Make sure you keep them under 12 X 12 so that they fit on the page.  Then glue the two pieces together.  Next, attach the picture behind the frame part of the overlay. And finally glue the whole thing to the carrier sheet.

Next, glue the two pieces of the banner together with the same offset as the big pieces.  And lastly, attach the banner and the dancers to the page following the picture above.

And Your Dance Scrapbook Page is done!.  I have a never ending group of scrapbook pages yet to do.  The next one will be my fur baby Bronx.  He is a lab but thinks he is a lap dog.

Uploading a Picture to Design Space

I included Cordelia’s picture in the Design Space file.  It is not in the SVG file.  Inkscape doesn’t work well transferring that many color layers into Design Space.  If you want to upload your own picture, that can easily be done.

First, start Cricut Design Space.  Then, start a new project.  Click the Upload button (the little cloud bottom left).  Then, click Upload Image in the center of the page and navigate to where your picture file is on your computer and select it.

Click Open.  If it is not an SVG image (most wont be) then click complex.  Remove anything that you don’t need.  Your picture, in this case. should be a rectangle and there wont be anything to remove.  Now, click continue.  Save the image as a print/cut image and it will be placed in the list of recent uploads.  Now open this project and click upload.  Select the image and insert it into your project.  Finally, size it appropriately for this project (a little bigger than 3 X 5).

Make A More Difficult Shamrock Layered Mandala

This shamrock layered mandala is a little more complex than some of my layered mandalas. But don’t worry it is not as hard as it looks with my design.  To see all my layered mandalas, follow this link for a list of projects or look under the TYPE menu above and select LAYERED MANDALAS

The project is 5 layers, filling in each layer a little more with each level.  It creates a wonderful effect and is really a lot easier than it looks.  

You will need:
        • cardstock in various shades of green
        • Glue or Foam tape
        • Scissors
        • Frame (I used a 9 X 9 shadowbox frame)
        • Download File
Paper Selection for Shamrock Layered Mandala

This project can be made with any paper.  The colors for the shamrock parts were made with different shades of green.  Patterns would look very weird for everything but the background mat colors. Glitter and foil papers would look great though and add some bling to the project.

Cutting the Shamrock Layered Mandala

Start with the darkest layer and cut the designs upward in hue and layer.  This is a must!  That way you won’t lose any pieces and can line them up better.  Some mandalas have pieces that aren’t attached and are very symmetrical.  It is easy to lose pieces or get them turned around.

Be careful removing the shamrocks from the mat because the lines can be thin, the top layers especially.

 

Assembling the Layered Angel Wall Art

As you cut the layers, build up from the bottom.  Glue each layer to the one below it before you cut the next layer.  This way you don’t lose the little pieces.  

You can glue the layers together with foam tape or liquid glue.  Foam tape adds more dimension to the project but you end up using a lot of it.  When you cut it, sometimes it sticks to the scissors and makes them difficult to use.  Sandpaper cleans scissors beautifully.

Once the layers are all together, use a piece of cardstock that goes with your color scheme for a base if your shadowbox base doesn’t work.  Frame the piece with a shadowbox frame if you attach the layers with foam tape.  This gives you more room. If you used foam tape and want to use a regular frame, you should put foam tape between the mat and the glass along the edges to make the frame stick up far enough to give the project room.

 

And your Shamrock Layered Mandala is done. 

Fun Facts About Shamrocks
  • Shamrocks only have 3 leaves and is a different plant than the 4 leaf clover.  But both are clovers.
  • The shamrock is not the official symbol of Ireland.
  • Shamrock means “Summer Plant” and translates as seamrog.

  • Saint Patrick used the shamrock to teach about the Holy Trinity.

  • The shamrock was a symbol of rebellion of the Irish against the English.