Gatefold Cut Out Friendship Card

This Gatefold Cut Out Card is for all my beginners out there.  It is a fancy card that is very simple to do.  It is almost a typical double gatefold card but with the word thanks cut out of the top fold.  I saw this done with dies on HSN craft Day by Sara of Crafters Companion and had to try it.

I hope to try the other version of this technique soon, where halves of the word in the front interlocks with each other holding the card closed.  It seems easy enough so expect that soon and I will put a link to it here when it is done.

 

You will need:
        • Heavy 2 sided cardstock for the base
        • Various Cardstock scraps
        • Pen
        • Glue
        • Download File
Paper Selection

I did this card in yellow and shades of orange.  Strange color choice, I know, but you can choose any color you want.  The base card needs to be two sided because you do see a little of both sides, but not much.  Patterns would work well with any part of this card as long as the pen showed up.  Just don’t use too many patterns.  This would get confusing.

Cutting the card

Cut the card base and the Cricut will do the writing.  I used a black gel pen.  Did you know that you can use any pen in your Cricut?  You can see the trick here.  I used a font called AR Delaney and you can get it free at FontZone.com.

The “thanks” is very thin and barely connected to the card so be careful when removing it from the mat.

Assembling the Gatefold Cut Out Card

First re-crease all the folds.  There is no score line for the “Thanks” pieces.  Just fold them back where they connect to the card.

Then glue all the embellishments together.  Glue the “Friends” and the “Forever” out as far as you can so they don’t interfere with the “Thanks”.  Oh and avoid my mistake, make sure the symbol for friend (the Chinese one) is facing the right way.  I glued the first one on backwards and had to re cut pieces.  Other than that it is fairly simple to place everything where it belongs.  Follow the pictures if you have questions.

 

And your gatefold cut out card is done.  It fits in an A2 envelope for mailing.

Celtic Knot Encouragement Card

This Celtic Knot Easel Card is easy to make.  It will tell that special person that you believe in them and that they can accomplish anything.  Encourage them to do their best.  And tell them that you are thinkng about them as they try.  And you can encourage The Crazy Cricut Lady too.

I am trying this again this month.  The download is only available to my patreons.  You can become a patreon for only $1 here.  The tutorial is still free.  This is a change to my patreon structure too.  I have eliminated the higher levels and only have the basic level which is only $1 per month.  Help support what I do here at The Crazy Cricut Lady.

You will need:
        • Heavy cardstock for the base
        • vellum
        • Pen
        • Glue
        • Foam Tape
        • Thin ribbon (optional)

Cutting the Card

I made this card in blue but a small and/or a light pattern works too. Just make sure the pen you choose shows up on the paper.  You can use any pen in your cricut.  See how here.  

The center piece (lt blue piece) is cut from vellum.  Be careful cutting vellum.  Make sure it sticks to the mat completely or it will tear.  I squeegee mine down to make sure it sticks well.

Cut the card base and the Cricut will do the writing.  A gold sharpie.  I used the font Ambrechild Script on this card.  You can get it at Creative Fabrica.  I have a membership there so I got it for free.  Check out their memberships.  I pay $9 per month because I got a special deal.  Get on their mailing list and watch for that deal again!  They also have daily freebies.

Assembly

The first thing you want to do is weave the small strips of paper in and out of the top base card.  Start on the back and glue it down.  The end will finish under the top base card.  Glue it to the back of the base card.  Repeat this step for all three strips.  You can use thin ribbon for this also.  I tried gluing the top and bottom partially together and weaving it through both cards.  I only recommend trying this if you have a lot of patience but it does look very nice.

Next, re-crease the folds and fold both score lines.  The vellum piece goes between the two base cards.  Make sure you line up the creases well.  Using liquid glue first attach the top part of the back copy of the base card to the vellum.  After that is attached, glue the top part of the front base card.  After that dries, glue the bottoms of the base cards together, making sure the ribbon is still hidden between them.

Work the card a few times to make sure it will fold and stand.  

Lastly, attach the little Celtic Knot (with the two pieces glued together) with a piece of foam tape to make it stand above and act as a stop for your easel.

And your Celtic Knot Easel Encouragement card is finished.

Get Well (or Whatever) Fancy Easel Card

This Get Well Fancy Easel Card is fancy alright.  But I wanted to make a card that can easily change sentiment and occasion.  This card can do just that by simply by changing the words on the small butterfly.  It is just that simple. 

I saw Anna Griffin had a kit with fancy easel cards on HSN Craft Day and I studied how she did it.  Here is the one I made today.  If you are an advanced design space user, you can design your own fancy easel card.  I tell you how here.

What you need:

      • Very heavy cardstock for the base
      • Scraps of cardstock
      • liquid glue or tape glue 
      • Foam tape
      • Pen
      • Download File
Paper Selection

I chose to use solid cardstock.  The base needs to be double sided but the rest does not.  You could use patterned or foiled paper for any of the embellishments.  Choose anything you would like.

Cutting the Card

The cricut will do the writing on the card.  I used a black pen but if you want to jazz it up a bit use your foil pens.  The font I used was AR Blanca and it is available for free at Font Zone.  

If you want to change the sentiment of the card, just change the writing on the little butterfly.  This card is beautiful and can be used for almost any sentiment or occasion.  You could make the card now with a blank little butterfly.  Then when you need a card in a hurry, just hand write a sentiment on the little butterfly, attach it and you are good to go.

Be careful with the intricate pieces.  They are thin and tear easily when taking them off the mat.

I put all the little parts on one mat by combining mats. 

Watch my video on cutting different colors on the same mat.

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Assembling the Get Well Fancy Easel Card

First, Re-crease the fold lines to make sure they work properly.  Glue all the embellishments together.  Look at the picture to see where everything goes.  You can use foam tape under the light purple layers, the yellow layers and/or under the big butterfly if you want to give the card some dimension.

Next glue the top of the butterfly cover part to the inside top quarter of the base card.  This is your easel.  Do not glue it past the fold line or your card wont work right.  Finally, stick the little butterfly on with foam tape so that it sits a little higher than the base of the card.  This is your catch for the easel.

The card fold flat to ship and fits in an A2 envelope.

Your Get Well Fancy Easel Card is done.  Enjoy!

Remember to check out how to design you own fancy easel card at the bottom of the page here