Sunday, October 31, 2010
Fruits and berries. Click on the picture to enlarge and save it to your computer to print out for your cards and other projects. The colors will look brighter if printed on photo paper (I used matte photo paper, which is not expensive and thick but gives great colors).
Thursday, October 28, 2010
I just love the paper that I was able to download from an online magazine.
Because many people were interested in it I will post it here so you can download it from me. It's kind of complicated to post the link, as the magazine's archive is not well organized and you have to browse backward until you find what you need. I spent some time and downloaded all the free papers that they offer. They ALL are great!
Use them if you like.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Yesterday was a bad day for me to make cards. But I persisted and was frustrated a lot by the end of the process.
I was making card #4 which has a flourish on it and words Happy Holidays. First I made one with gold background and I did not like the colors I got, so I proceeded with a different color combination.
By the way the size I cut the mat and all the layers except the card base was 5 inches and in was ACTUALLY 5 inches. If you wish your card to have a border around the mat (like mine) make the card at least .25 bigger (mine is 0.5 bigger).
I noticed that the words were very intricate even at this size, but I managed to glue it down. What happened with the white/blue colors, my words did not want to cut, and were tearing a lot. usually I am pretty good with the settings, probably this time I could not find the right paper, after 5 tries, these words came out Ok, by the time I lost so much of my precious time after taking care of my 3 girls and doing all the stuff around the house, I only have 1 hr for myself. I am not even happy with this card, it looks plain and I can't think of anything to make it better. So said I am not going to make this card anymore...
I must be going and make something different.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
OK, here is a card with the Christmas Tree. Simple. I cut all the cuts (except for the base) at 5inches and they all came out at 5 inches. Which means that the card base itself would also cut at 5 and the mat (the completed picture) would cover the whole card. I usually prefer to leave a border on the card, so I cut the base at 11 by 5.5 inches and got 5.5 square card. I then adhered the image.
The words seem to be the smallest you could get not torn (was still hard to work with), I would not recommend smaller size. The corners seemed plain, I added MS branches and some bling. I also used patterned paper behind the tree and I like it.
To be continued.
My second card was the one with the people in the sled and with flourishes on the corners. I like these flourishes as they make the card look not so plain as some of the other ones. I added some blue stickles to the flourishes to make them sparkly.
Sizes (funny). I was not going to cut the card base that is on the bottom of the row on the overlay as it is in fact a regular square card. So i thought I would cut all the layer at 5.25 to put them on a 5.5 card base. I cut the layers at 5.25 and... the actual size of the first mat (and the full completed picture) came out at 4.75. Which means in this case they considered that this would be adhered as a mat on a 5.25 card with 0.25 border on each side. So I cut a 10.5 by 5.25 white cardstock and folded in half to make a 5.25 square card base.
I also think the base card on the bottom is not exactly intended for the layers in the row, it can be used for any square image in any row. Which means I could easily use the card with trimmed border (under the Peace-Bird card) and it would look cute too.
I think I should have cuttlebugged th background. It would look better.
To be continued...
As promised I will try to give you some details on the sizes of the cards and layers from Christmas Cards cartridge. My first card was the one with the bird on a branch that says Peace on it. As you already know most seasonal carts has layers for one image placed in a row on the overlay. So I decided to make a 4.25 inch card and cut all 5 layers (going from the top to the bottom) in row #7 (they look like square, bird, word, branch and the card base).
The only thing I did not like that the first layer (square) which I wanted to look like a mat actually was cut at 4.25 and covered the whole surface of the card base. The other thing that I noticed that the card base itself has a cute little trim on it so I would not recommend cutting a regular square card on your trimmer. I would rather cut the card base 0.25 inch larger that all the other layers.
The bottom of the card looked kind of plain so I tied some ribbon and added stickles to the berries and beak.
This is a good size for all cuts not to tear and it fits in A2 envelope.
To be continued with other cards.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I have had Christmas Cards seasonal cartridge for quite some time now. Maybe I was waiting for someone on the Cricut MB to show up with the cards using it but this did not happen.
So I thought why don't I start and see how they look like.
I have to say they are very easy to make and are pre-designed for you. As always I have a problem picking the right paper as I did not want to make the same colors as they offer in thw booklet.
The sizes are a little bit tricky, sometimes the first layer (the mat) would cover the whole surface of the card base and on some cards it makes it .25 inch smaller so it would actually look like a mat.
Use your Gypsy or DS to see exact sizes if you don't want to be disappointed.
So far I have made three cards. Enjoy.
Let's call the The Tree, The Village and The Bird.