Pilgrim Thanksgiving Cut Out Card

Instead of being able to visit family this year, we are sending Thanksgiving cards. Here is one that expresses just how hard that is and with style.  The cutouts and the vellum make this card extra special.  I suggest that everyone send cards instead of taking the chance of making everyone sick.  See some of the other Thanksgiving projects here.

COVID is spoiling the most important of family events this year.  I hope that everyone is well and I want you to stay that way.  This card is pretty easy to make with these tips on what to look out for.  It fits into an A7 envelope for mailing.

You will need:
Paper Selection

I made this Pilgrim Thanksgiving cut out card from typical fall colors.  The base card doesn’t need to be heavier paper because of the layers.  I put gold vellum between the layers because the veins on the leaves were a little fragile. None of the papers need to be two sided because you don’t see both sides.  Patterns would work with the card base or the tan overlays.  The embellishments are a little thin for patterns.  But you can use whatever paper you want!

Cutting the Pilgrim Thanksgiving Cut Out card

Cut the card base and the Cricut will do the writing.  I used a brown fine marker pen for the text.  Did you know that you can use any pen in your Cricut?  You can see the trick here.  I used a font called Actor.  It is a googel font and is available for free almost anywhere, but I get my Google fonts here.  Google fonts are great because they all have a open font license and can be altered to make other fonts.  Have you seen my fonts?  They fill in when drawn by Cricut and you can find out more here.

The dark rectangle is cut from vellum.  Vellum is very finicky to cut on the Cricut.  It can have no air bubbles between the mat and the vellum or it will tear.  Smooth it down with a paint scrapper, or something like it, before cutting so that it seals well.  The cut out leaf veins are extremely fragile.  Remove them from the mat carefully.

Assembling the Pilgrim Thanksgiving Cut Out Card
 This card is fairly easy.  The hard part is the veins on the cut out leaves.  We will go over that in detail in a moment.  First, re-crease the fold on both base cards.  Then glue the vellum to the back base card cut out side.  Try to keep the veins on the leaves straight by putting glue on them especially and pressing them flat.  Next put glue on the back of the cut out side of the top base card, again focusing on the leaf veins.  carefully lay the top layer down exactly over the cut outs on the bottom layer.  With a pointy thing (for lack of a better word) adjust the veins so that they exactly match the veins on the lower level.  Once you have them lined up properly, glue the solid sides together.
You can then assemble the maple leaves and attach all the embellishments to the rest of the card now.  Look at the pictures if you need help.

 

And your Pilgrim Thanksgiving Cut out card is done!  It fits in an A7 envelope for mailing.

Pilgrim Fun Facts
  • The Pilgrims were tolerant of other religions unlike the Puritans. 
  • The Pilgrims never made any attempts to convert outsiders to their faith, including the Native Americans they encountered in America and the nonbelievers who’d joined them as laborers.
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Pilgrim Thanksgiving Cut Out Card

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