One of the things that I was asked to do for my sister’s wedding was to make cards for the Bridal Party’s gifts. She came over for a consultation one night after I had pulled several of the Cricut booklets that I thought she might want to choose images from. After scouring the books, we came up with a concept for the cards.
Since she is getting married on an island, she wanted the cards to have a beachy feel to them. We looked at all kinds of beach themed icons, but in the end my sister decided to go with one of the paper dolls. Since the card based was made from 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper, I was able to get two 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch cards out of each page. That meant I had to cut the paper doll base at 4 inches, in blackout so that I could draw the faces on.
The next step was to find the bathing suit. There are three in the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge, but she went with the Summer Girl on page 33. Since our dresses for the wedding are yellow, she wanted yellow bathing suits and flip-flops. Both of these images were cut at 4 inches.
At the time I made the cards, all of her bridesmaids were brunette. So for the hair, I cut six mom2be headwear icons in brown at four inches. My sister also wanted a bow in the hair. On page 43, I chose the party shift buttons on the Cricut and cut out six yellow bows, also at 4 inches.
The last thing that needed to be done was to cut out the drink. Since that was coming from another cartridge, I had to adjust my measurements. She picked a drink from Pack Your Bags on page 70. This comes with pieces to create layers for different colors, but since I knew it would have to be cut so small, I decided against that. Instead, I cut the image in shadow at 1 1/2 inches (after several trial and error cuts!) and then used my markers to cold in the liquid in the drink and the straw.
Now the assembly can begin! First I drew the faces on all the dolls. Since some of the girls have brown eyes and some have blue, I made a mix of eye colors on the dolls. I then attached the bow to the hair and then the hair to the body. Next was the bathing suit and the sandals. Finally, I placed the drink in her hand and then looked at it. For me, it looked to plain. So, I cut out some more bathing suits in yellow and ran them through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder. This gave the bathing suit some dimension and made it look a little more realistic. I thought the card could also use a little bit of sparkle, so I used Golden Rod Stickles in the middle of the bow. (My sister is having us wear gold jewelry so this brought that aspect of the wedding to the card!)
She didn’t want me to add anything to the inside of the card because she had something that was going in there for us. So I was done!
I made these awhile ago and have since learned some tricks when using the Paper Doll Dress Up and Everyday Paper Doll Cartridges. First, you can use images from these cartridges interchangeably. Once you know what size to cut the doll, you take any piece from either of the cartridges and cut it at that same size and it will work! Probably one of the hardest things to master is knowing what size to cut accessories and with either of these two cartridges, the work is done for you. That’s why I like using these so much – it’s a time and paper saver!
A second thing I learned is that when you are trying to use an image from another cartridge to go along with a doll you cut out, take measurements. If I would have just taken a ruler to my card and used it to see how tall my drink needed to be, I may not have needed to make so many cuts. A trick I learned from watching a YouTube video is take your booklet and turn it sideways so that the spine is to the left. Since that is how the image will cut out on your mat, you will have a better idea of how “tall” you want the image to be.
Those are just a couple of quick tips I have learned over the course of using my Cricut. Here are some images of the cards. Thanks for stopping by!