Papercrafting Party Time!

When March rolls around, it’s party time at Close To My Heart! Not only is it our Founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s birthday month, it’s also a time to celebrate all the things you love about crafting! Today, we’ll be taking you on a step-by-step journey through the process of creating an adorable celebratory card and a handful of festive badge decorations to help you get into party mode!

If the artwork we’re showing off today looks familiar, that’s because it is featured on the cover of our new March–April catalog, which we just released! This artwork is geared toward a birthday celebration, but you can easily switch out sentiments and embellishments to suit a variety of occasions. We’ll be looking at two party crafting essentials: cards and décor!

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When creating a birthday card, a standout design is key for creating a fun and memorable card! For this Happy Birthday Cake card, we used papers and coordinating colors from the new Cake Day collection.

A prominent feature of this design is the diagonal slit through the center of the card. This slit is only 1/8″ wide, but it makes a big impression! To achieve this look, you’ll want to first apply any detailing to the top piece of paper, like we’ve done with the stamped details and colorful splatters shown here. Then, you cut the piece diagonally from the top-left to the bottom-right corner.

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Once the cut has been made, take each piece of paper, and along the cut line you just made, slice off half the width of the slit. Because we created this card with a 1/8″ slit, we cut off 1/16″ from each individual piece after the initial diagonal cut has been made. If the thought of cutting a 1/16″ strip makes you break into a sweat, consider recreating this look using a wider slit in the middle.

The thing that makes the slit work is choosing a fun paper to peek through it! For our card, we used Wild Berry Glitter paper and cut it to not only peep through the slit but also to provide a nice border around the top piece.

After selecting our papers, we created an embellishment cluster to place at the center of the card, comprised of a Cricut®-cut circle, a few stickers from the Cake Day sticker selection, some Gold Embellishing Thread, and a “Happy Birthday” sentiment and balloon die-cuts from the Cake Day—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts set.

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Finishing up with a few Primary Sprinkles and Bitty Sparkles, this vibrant birthday card is sure to be an unforgettable part of any birthday celebration!

For the décor part of our art feature today, we’ll be going through the creation process for a selection of party badges that are sure to be a hit anywhere! For these badges, we’ve provided a downloadable Cricut Design Space™ file, which uses some basic element shapes to construct a few of these badges.

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These badges feature patterned papers from the Cake Day paper collection as well as some of the coordinating cardstock colors. You can easily customize these badges by choosing a paper collection or cardstock colors that fit the theme of whatever you are celebrating. Cardstock is a great option for this kind of project because of how versatile it makes the final piece—and now is a great time to stock up on cardstock because our exclusive cardstock is on sale all month long during our Cardstock Carnival! Talk about reasons to celebrate!

You’ll need to attach a scoring tool to your machine to achieve the final, pleated look for the badge bases. Once you’ve cut all the pieces, gently remove them from your Cricut® mat to avoid tearing, and fold accordion-style along the scored lines. Create the badge shape by compressing the piece, holding the center section, and gathering the accordion fold into a circle shape. Secure the center of the circle and both ends with adhesive.

Once you’ve secured the ends and center of your badge base, you can attach any other embellishment pieces, like the dovetailed ribbon pieces on the “Party” and “Cake Time”, sentiments or stickers. You can even stack smaller pleated badge pieces on larger ones, like you see on the “Cake Time” and Wild Berry bow badges. Because these badges require relatively few process steps, it’s easy to cut and construct several at once, making them a project that not only is fun and simple to create, but is sure to wow wherever it’s used!

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Don’t have a Cricut® machine? No problem! These badges can also be made by hand by using a hand-held scoring tool. (In fact, four of the seven badges shown below were created using this method!)

To create badges by hand, cut a piece of paper with a width of half the desired diameter of your finished badges (e.g. For a 2″ finished badge, trim paper to a width of 1″). Once you’ve cut your paper to the desired width, you can either use a scoring attachment with a paper cutter, or you can use a papercrafting tool and a ruler to create your own score lines by hand. We’ve created our score lines 1/4″ apart, but you can use different measurements for larger or smaller pleats.

From there, you simply fold your paper accordion-style along the scored lines, compress the piece, holding the center section, gather the accordion fold into a circle shape, and secure the center of the circle and both ends with adhesive. Once you’ve constructed your badge, add a few embellishments, and you’re left with a beautiful, handmade decor piece!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this artwork showcase featuring some of our newest items from the new March–April catalog. Click here to view the catalog and all the exciting new products available through March and April. Happy March, and happy crafting!


Recipes

4¼” x 5½” Happy Birthday Card (Vertical)
Z4417 Cake Day—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7278S Cake Day Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X9038 Mix-in Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2538 Wild Berry Glitter Paper, Z6513 Green Apple Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z6527 Wild Berry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z3821 Fuchsia Gloss Spray, Z5009 Gilt Gloss Spray, Z3823 Turquoise Gloss Spray, Z2498 True Black Marker, Z4525 Primary Sprinkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4054 Gold Embellishing Thread, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

3″ Cake Time Badge
X7278S Cake Day Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X9038 Mix-in Paper Packet, X2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Cricut® Artiste Collection
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Artiste
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2¾” Party Badge
X7278B Cake Day Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X6056 Wild Berry Cardstock, Z5021 Wild Berry Loose Sequins, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Cricut® Artistry Collection, Cricut® Artiste Collection
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Artistry
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Artiste
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2½” Wild Berry Bow Badge
X5978 Glacier Cardstock, X6056 Wild Berry Cardstock, Z5011 Wild Berry Stitched Ribbon, Z3342 3-D Foam Dots, Cricut® Artiste Digital Collection, Scoring Tool

Cricut® Shape:
Artiste
#M467D  

2″ Glacier Cupcake Badge
X7278S Cake Day Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Scoring Tool

2″ Wild Berry Polka Dot Badge
X9038 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6056 Wild Berry Cardstock, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Cricut® Basic Shapes, Scoring Tool

Cricut® Shape:
Basic Shapes
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3″ OMG Badge
X7278S Cake Day Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Scoring Tool

2½” YAY Badge
X7278S Cake Day Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Scoring Tool

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