Iron Cross Birthday Card

This card reminds me of a book I used to read Cordelia.  It was called “Monster at the End of this Book.”  It had Grover afraid of the monster until you found out that Grover himself was the monster at the end.

Each step brings you closer to the “surprise” at the end that everyone already knows.

You will need:

        • 2 sheets of heavy cardstock for the base
        • various scraps of cardstock
        • Pen
        • printer
        • Glue

Cutting this card

The base card needs to be double sided cardstock but the cover pieces don’t.  I made both from patterned paper but they were a light pattern that could be written on without interfering. 

The cricut will write everything on the card.  The font used is CMV ZigZag, one of the fill in fonts I created for Design Space.  As long as you don’t change what the card says, it will use this font if you don’t own it.    You can find out more about them here.

Sometimes when I make this card it divides the cover sheets into two mats, sometimes it doesn’t.  They can be combined with no problem.  The little embellishments can be combined together on one mat too.
If you need to know how to do this watch my video.

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Assembling the Card

The first thing to do is re crease the folds in the base card.  Open and shut the card a few times to make sure it works ok.

After everything is cut out, I suggest you first sort the embellishments into the proper “pages”.  Look at the pictures to see what goes where.  The rolled flower on the cover page can be made with my rolled flower tutorial.  It can be found here. 

Then you can assemble the panels.  Again look at the pictures to see what goes where.  Liquid glue works best for this.  After the panels are done attach them to the base card.  You can use tape glue or liquid glue for this.

And your Iron Cross Birthday Card is done!  Enjoy.

Monkey Birthday Card for Little Boys

This Monkey Birthday Card goes nicely with the Lady Bug Birthday Card I did yesterday.  Wouldn’t it be cute to send these cards to twins?

This card would be cute to send to your favorite little boy or add a bow and it could be for a girl too.  It fits in an A2 envelope for mailing.

This Monkey Birthday Card looks simple and it is.    Tell that special kid in your life you love them with this simple card.

You will need:

        • Heavy cardstock for the base (black)
        • Various Cardstock scraps (shades of brown)
        • a grommet
        • a grommet tool
        • Pen
        • Glue

Cutting the card

Cut the card base and the cricut will do the writing.  I used a white gel pen because I love the way it looks and a gold gel pen for the bananas.  If you want to change what the card says that can easily be done before cutting.  

The font used fills in when drawn.  You can get Fill in fonts here.  A note about this font.  If you use it in your own projects, DO NOT weld this font after joining the letters.  It ruins the fill in effect.

I cut the brown pieces on one mat.  If you need to see how I do that watch this video.

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Watch my video for cutting Multiple colors on one mat

Once all the pieces are cut out, glue the face onto the front.  Make sure the hole on the ear matches up.  Line the card up with the holes matching and put a grommet through all three layers.

Grommet Tool

I used a wonderful tool called The Scraparatus by Karen Foster.  I have the amazon link to get one right here.

It will punch a hole through paper, plastic or leather and the Scraparatus does all the work for you.  

You canuse it to cut the hole then simply changed heads and set the grommet if they weren’t already cut.  I use it all the time.  It even has die sets that will cut out letters and small shapes.  I have a few but don’t use them much except for holes.  But the most impressive thing, in my opinion is setting grommets of any size.

If you don’t have one use a paper punch and tie a ribbon or put a brad in the hole.

And the card is done. Make sure your favorite kid  knows you are thinking of hi on his special day.  As I said it fits in an A2 envelope.  

And the lady bug card is here.

Gatefold Birthday Card With a Card Band

This Gatefold Birthday Card was made for my nephew who turns 16 this July 4.  I included the card band in this design because everyone says that is the hot new trend in cardmaking.

This card has vellum between the double layer of base card.  I chose to do a double layer because I didn’t like seeing the back side of the vellum.  I think it gives it a more professional look.

You will need:

        • Heavy cardstock for the base
        • Various Cardstock scraps
        • Vellum
        • Pen
        • Glue

Cutting the card

Cut the card base and the cricut will do the writing.  I used a white pen.  I really like the way that looks. If you want to buy one , get it here.   If you want to change what the card says that can easily be done before cutting.  

As I said before the base card has two copies.  This takes a bit more paper but, I think, it makes the card look much sleeker.  You could even cut them from different papers if you wanted but the inside copy should be plain paper, not patterned.

Vellum is hard to cut on the cricut. The two pink half circles are cut from vellum.   The slighted air bubble or spot on your mat that doesn’t stick well and it can tear.  Make sure that it is stuck well to the mat and use your scrapper tool to move any air bubbles out.


Assembling the Card

Glue the vellum to the bottom base card (the one without writing) making sure to cover all the open spots in the gates.  Make sure the glue is on the cardstock side when gluing to the vellum.  Then glue the inside to them both.  Attach the balloons to the inside of the card.

Layer the decoration for the card band and glue together.  Fit the card band around the card loosely.  You want to make sure they can get it off.  Then glue it together in the front.  Attach the decoration to the band so that it hides the junction.  Be careful not to glue the band or decoration to the card.  I say this because that is what I did, so be smarter than me.


And your card is done.