Perforation Blade Birthday Card

Santa brought me all the blades I didn’t have and this tutorial is about the perforation blade.  You need the maker to use this blade although if you don’t have the maker or the blade, I will tell you how to do this effect without it.  But it is much easier with the blade.

A gift card fits perfectly under the perforation in this card.  And it fits into an A7 envelope.

 

You will need:

        • Heavy2 sided cardstock for the base
        • Scraps of cardstock
        • A gift card
        • Pen
        • Glue
Perforation Blade
Perforation Blade
About the Perforation Blade

I love this blade.  I tried to make this card without it and you can do it, but it is really tedious. 

This blade uses the same quick change housing as the other new blades.  You just have to press the button at the top and change out the blade.  I hope this leads to other blades in the future with the same type of setup.  You only need one quick change housing and can buy the new blades without it.

You can get them from Amazon or from Cricut directly.  They are about the same price (about $16) with the Cricut Access discount.

Paper Selection

The cardstock for the base card must be solid or two sided since you see both sides.  The embelishments can be any paper you choose.  You can use patterns or plain or even vellum if you want.

Cutting the Card

As i said, this card uses the perforation blade and is very easy to cut with it.  (I will tell you how to do it without at the end.)  I used a black pen and my fill in font CMV Zebra.  Find out more about it here. 

The perforated section can be used either way facing up.  Be careful taking the embellishments off the mat.  They are thin and tear easily.

Assembly

First, re crease the fold for the base card.  Fold it so that the writing in on the outside.

Then open the card and put the gift card down in the center of the bottom half.  (I used Ken’s NRA card but it is the same size as a gift card.)  You may want to add a slight amount of tape glue to the back of it first to keep it in place.

Glue the perforated rectangle over the gift card.  It is the exact same size as the bottom of the card.  Make sure you glue outside the perforations so that the card works as designed.

Lastly, glue the embellishments to the card.  See the pictures for placing them.  

And your card is done.

Gift Card under the perforation
Making the Card Without the Perforation Blade

If you don’t have the perforation blade or don’t have the maker, you can still make this card.  You will first need to alter the perforation lines.  I would change them to cut lines to keep them lined up. 

Shrink the length of the cut lines to about a quarter inch then duplicate them about a dozen times.  Line them up where the perforation lines were, leaving about a quarter inch between them.  You can make sure they are lined up properly by using the align button and either aligning them top or left which ever direction you are going. (Left for the vertical line and top for the two horizontal lines).  You will need to duplicate the quarter inch cut lines several more times to make it all the way around.

This may be tedious and take some time to do, but it is possible.

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