3-D Cards that Pack a Punch

What’s that in the sky—is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a super-amazing handmade card we made using the incredible powers of the Cricut® Artfully Sent collection! Have a look:

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Don’t let its mild-mannered exterior fool you, because its true powers lie within:

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Ta-da! This 3-D pop-up card is just one of the many themed cards available on the Cricut® Artfully Sent collection. Let’s take a closer look at how it all comes together.

 

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Step 1: Cut all your card pieces. You’ll find all the shapes you need on the <j> key of your Artfully Sent collection.

You’ll notice we’ve cut the interactive feature of the super hero body multiple times—once from the Regatta ombré paper, once from a Regatta Picture My Life™ card, and once from gold glitter paper. That gives us the layers we need to make our hero pop out even more in the center of the card. We’ve also cut multiples of the “Happy Birthday” and “Super Hero” sentiments. For the backing piece, we used the Contour feature in Cricut Design Space™, but those shapes are also simple enough to trim out by hand.

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Step 2: Match up your layers! For your top layer, trim the suit pieces out of the Picture My Life paper and add them to your ombré paper, which is going to be the main part of the inside of your card. Take the lightning bolt from the negative cut of your glitter paper to make your hero’s lightning bolt shine. Feel free to add a few other glitter embellishments like boot cuffs, too!

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Step 3: Put the outside of your card together. We’ve kept it unassuming using a simple piece of zip strip and the Happy Birthday layered sentiment. 3-D foam tape gives some dimension to the front of your card.

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Step 4: Attach the inside of your card to the card base, adding sequins, the super hero cape, and another zip strip to give it a completed look.

This fun card is just one of many, many different cards you can make using the Cricut® Artfully Sent collection. There are several other pop-up cards you can create, as well as build-a-scene cards, sleeve cards, sentiment cards, and more! With cuts for envelopes and liners, and even pocket cards that look great on a card base or in the pages of a pocket scrapbook, this collection is a must-have for cardmakers and a great resource for every crafter.

Have you already been bitten by the Artfully Sent bug? If so, tell us what YOUR favorite use for this collection is in the comments below.

Recipe

5 ½” x 4″ Happy Birthday Card
X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3168 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artfully Sent
5 ½” Pop-Up <j> (p.27)
5 ½” Shift+Pop-Up <J> (p. 27)
5 ½” Icon <j> (p. 27)
5 ½” Shift+Icon <J> (p. 27)

*Real Dial Size

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4 Crafts to Do Before Easter Comes Hopping

Today! It’s today! Spring has arrived in our little corner of the world, and we couldn’t be happier about it. What’s your favorite part of spring? For us, the Easter holiday is a major highlight. For so very many reasons, this holiday brings joy and giddiness to the hearts of folks big and small.

In preparation for the holiday, we’ve pulled out some of our favorite Easter stamps to create some truly egg-cellent projects.

Happy Easter Canvas Trio
This canvas trio makes a cozy Easter-season wall piece. Who can resist this gorgeous Easter lily image in combination with the letters from the Hopscotch Alphabet stamp set (E1028)? We’ve added some flora to these versatile canvases to portray the beautiful message of new life that Easter is all about. To achieve the beautiful colors on these pieces, we turned first to our ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers. Then we used the blending pen to pick up ink from various Exclusive Inks™ pads to apply some softer tones.

Easter Canvases

4 ½” x 4 ½” Chick Card
With a stamp this precious, we couldn’t help but create a truly adorable card. We once again used the blending pen to add color from our chosen Exclusive Inks™ pads. Don’t you love the shading spectrum you can achieve this way? This little chick has got to be the cutest one in town!

Easter Egg Drawstring Bags
My Creations™ muslin drawstring bags will delight anyone you give them to! We stamped the fancy egg image directly onto our bag using black StazOn™ ink. Once dry, we used an array of Exclusive Inks™ pads and the blending pen to “dye” our egg. We love that every stamped egg can be a unique work of art all its own! Without the headache of vinegar dyes and cartons full of hard-boiled eggs, you’ve got yourself a picturesque (and nonperishable) final product.

Easter Stamp Artwork

Before gifting your creation, place a small surprise inside and attach a simple tag. We used our Cricut® Artiste cartridge, hand-stamped an image on the tag, and once again used the blending pen to apply bold pops of color that invoke the beauties of blossoming spring.

Decorative Carrots
You’ll never guess the secret ingredients we used to make this delicious bunny bait: The Scaredy Cat and Chalk It Up paper packets! Who would’ve dreamed these papers could be used for Easter? It’s just more proof of how our B&T papers can be turned into fun 3-D home décor pieces in a hop. And why not sweeten the deal by stuffing them with jelly beans?

Easter Decorations

Easter will be here before you can say chocolate bunny, but there’s no need to scramble for last-minute ideas. Be prepared for the coming Easter holiday by ordering these Close To My Heart products today!

Recipes
Happy Easter Canvas Trio
B1469 My Acrylix® His Love, D1633 My Acrylix® Hopping By, E1028 My Acryilx® Hopscotch Alphabet, X7190B Brushed Paper Packet, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2103 Bamboo Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2137 Olive Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad, Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch™ Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker, Z2454 ShinHan™ Touch™ Twin™ Leaf Green Marker, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker, Z1818 6″ x 6″ Canvas Display, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1921 Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, 3174 Blending Pen, Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artiste
5″ Shift+Accent 2 (p. 48)

4 ½” x 4 ½” Chick Card
Wishes: All Squared Up™
D1633 My Acrylix® Hopping By, X7190B Brushed Paper Packet, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2137 Olive Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2103 Bamboo Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment, 3174 Blending Pen, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Easter Egg Drawstring Bags
D1633 My Acrylix® Hopping By, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad, Z1822 My Creations™ Muslin Drawstring Bags, 3174 Blending Pen, Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artiste
2″ Accent 1 (p. 32)

Decorative Carrots
X7185B Scaredy Cat Paper Packet, X7184B Chalk It Up Paper Packet, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock
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