Wavy Blade for The Cricut Maker

The next blade I am reviewing is the Wavy Blade.  You need the maker to use this blade.  If you don’t havethe maker or this blade you can do the project, the cuts on the rectangles just won’t be wavy.

The wavy blade adds a nice touch to this card, but is it worth the  approximately $15 you pay for it at Amazon or Cricut (Get it here)?

 

You will need:

        • Heavy cardstock for the base
        • scraps of cardstock
        • Pen
        • Glue
My Thoughts on the Wavy Blade

This blade does require you to have the maker and it works in the universal attachment. 

I don’t particularly like this blade.  First of all I wish that the waves showed up on the canvas.  You could tell if you liked the effect and see any problems in advance.  Also when I changed things to wavy it changed the piece back to the original color.  I just don’t understand why it did that.

You also can’t wavy cut one part of the piece and not the other, such as the lattice card I will post tomorrow.  I wanted to wavy cut the edge and leave the inside cuts alone and it wouldn’t do that.

I tried using it on the card band on this card and the lattice card I will put up later.  It didn’t work at all because the waves cut into the smaller cuts and the whole thing fell apart.  And the wheel doesn’t do corners well.

It did add a nice touch to the roses that I will post soon.  And the plain rectangles on this card look nice but…  I just don’t think this blade is worth it.  If you get it as a gift it is useful.  But if I didn’t write this blog , this blade would have been mostly a waste of money.

Paper Selection

I stuck with plain papers in the general tone of valentines day.  You could make this card as an anniversary card and use different colors.  Or some of the pieces might look good in patterned paper.

The base card does need to be at least 100 weight paper. But other than that, any paper would work for this card.

Cutting the Card

The only pieces that the wavy blade will work on are the large rectangles and the base card.  The other pieces have just too fine of cuts for it to work.  If you don’t have the maker or this blade you will need to select the pieces and change them from wavy to cut.  You do this in the menu where you can change to emboss or score.

I used a gold gel pen to do this card and it doesn’t photograph well but looks really nice on the card.

Assembly

This card is pretty easy to assemble.  First re-crease the fold lines to make sure the card works well.

Then attach the embellishments like the picture.

The card band fits around the card and keeps the card closed for shipping.

And your card is done.  It is very small because I wanted the base card to fit on 1 mat but it is a cute little card and fits in an A2 envelope.

Wavy Blade Card with card band

Perforation Valentines Card

Santa brought me all the blades I didn’t have and this tutorial is about the perforation blade.  I made this Perforation Valentines Card and then thought the poem would work as a proposal so I made the alternate inside.

Just like the card yesterday, you need the Maker and the perforation blade, but I will tell you at the end how to make it if you don’t have them both.  And it fits into an A7 envelope.

 

You will need:

        • Heavy2 sided cardstock for the base
        • Scraps of cardstock
        • 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 without the housing) 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 embellishments can be any paper you choose.  You can use patterns or plain or even vellum if you want.

I stuck with traditional Valentines colors, but use whatever you want.

Cutting the Card

The first thing to do is choose which card you are making.  I think only a select few of you will do the proposal card. If you do, good luck and let me know if they say YES!  

You can hide whatever you choose not to use by clicking the little eyeball next to the graphic on the layers menu on the right.

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 a Access writing font.

The perforations are perfectly lined up so that the tearaways reveal the rest of the poem.

The complete poem is (I hope this lines up right):

                                                                  Roses are Red,                                                                                                                           Violets are Blue,                                                                                                                   Out of a Million Choices,                                                                                                                   I Chose You,                                                                                                                               Take my Hand,                                                                                                                        And Hold Me Close,                                                                                                                     Show Me that You,                                                                                                                     Love Me the Most

 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 poem is in front.  Then place the small rectangle over the poem on the front.  It is exactly the same size.  Glue it to the front 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.  The little hearts on the front are cut from the inside embellishment on the Valentines inside.  If you make the Marry Me card you will need to use something else, or cut that piece of the Valentines card.

And your Valentines Perforation Card or Proposal Card is done.  Again , if you are proposing, good luck.

Front of perforation valentines card with tabs pulled
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.  I would start at the end away from the half circle cutouts so you know where to stop.  The lines start a half inch from the edge of the rectangle.  You can make sure they are lined up properly by using the align button and  aligning them top.  You will need to duplicate the quarter inch cut lines several more times to make all the perforations.

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

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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.

I am an associate with some of the companies linked to in this article and earn a commision from your purchase.  This does not add to your price in any way.