For this birthday card I put a pattern in candle shapes. You can use the card as designed or I will teach you via video how to use your own patterns including how to put pictures in even complex shapes and text. I was going to use washi tape for the candles, but most of my washi tape runs horizontal, not vertical.
This card fits into an A7 envelope for mailing. Or you can make your own matching custom envelope using the envelope tutorial found here. But the best part of this tutorial is the video explaining the pattern in candle shapes in the birthday card.
You will need:
- Cardstock for the base
- Various Cardstock scraps
- Glue (They aren’t shipping Art Glitter Glue right now because of the cold but will start again in the spring)
- Download File
Paper Selection for the Pattern in Candle Shapes Birthday Card
The base card and front embellishment can be any color you want but the base card paper does have to be two sided. You can even use subtle patterns or glitter or foil paper. The candles are print then cut and they need to be printed. Regular copy paper works fine.
Cutting the Pattern in Candle Shapes Birthday Card
Cut the card base and the Cricut will do the writing. I used an gold marker because it went with the color scheme, but you can use any color you want as long as it shows up.. Did you know that you can use any pen in your Cricut? You can see the trick here. I used a great font called CMV Starry Night which I created myself. I got tired of fonts not filling in when drawn. If you want to know more about my fill in fonts, I have a description here.
If you are using the SVG files be sure to follow all the instructions in the docx files in the zip file. The card will not cut the proper size or write properly if you don’t.
Changing the Pattern in Candle Shapes
This is the best part of the tutorial. What if you don’t want to use the candle patterns I used? Or what if you want a picture of the birthday girl or boy inside the candles? I created a video to show you how to do that!
This video walks you through applying your own pattern into candle shapes, even pictures. It will show you how to upload your own patterns too. Access the video here or go to my YouTube Channel and see all my videos. Subscribe and be notified of all future videos.
How To Do Print Then Cut
The brand of printer doesn’t really matter. As long as your computer or phone accesses the printer, it will work. Whether a laser printer or Ink jet printer is better depends on what you are doing (laser printers don’t handle printable vinyl well or do sublimation printing). The important thing to do is click on the SYSTEM DIALOG when printing. Then when it opens, change the color settings to the highest level. In one of my printers this is call VIVID in the other it is called HIGHEST QUALITY. It varies by printer. But if you don’t do this, your Cricut won’t be able to see the black outline and won’t be able to cut out the print then cut image.
When making the project, place the printed material on the mat and start the cutting. The Cricut will scan the guides (black square) then cut out the image. For more print then cut tips you can look here.
Assembling the Pattern in Candle Shapes Birthday Card
This card isn’t hard. First. re-crease the fold on the base card. Then the embellishments must printed and assembled and attached to the card. Look at the pictures to assemble the card. Finally attach the front image to the closed card.
And your Pattern in Candle Shapes Birthday Card is done! See that wasn’t too hard. It fits into an A7 envelope for mailing.
I did this picture in text for my father who had recently passed. The video will show you how to do this and tell you the trick to doing it.