Making Tiny Bows – Cricut Tutorial

September 18, 2020

Cricut Design Space Bow Designs

Today, I’m going to teach you how to make tiny bows using two of the bow designs in Cricut Desk Space.  

I don’t ordinarily think of myself as dense (even though we all have our moments), but when I first got my Cricut and saw some of the files for bow designs, I had to scratch my head.

I mean, come on.  These 2 below are the files…and there aren’t directions.  In my opinion they are NOT intuitive!  

If you are an experienced Cricut user, this is not your tutorial.  But if you are looking at the two pictures below going “huh? how is that a bow?”, you are in the right place!

 

Cricut tiny bow design 1
Cricut tiny bow design 2
Assembled tiny bow 1
Assembled tiny bow 2

Video Tutorial

Over the years, I have learned to think more three-dimensionally and can now look at a file and understand without putting it in my hand how it’s going to go together. 

I’ve put together a video tutorial for you, and it’s quick.  We will go through both of these in about 10 minutes.

I’ll show you how to find the bows in Cricut Design Space, make them however tiny you like, and then assemble them!

The bow design on the right in purple is a free Cricut Design Space file, but it seems that the one on the left is free if you have Design Space Access.

Don’t know what Access is?  I wouldn’t Cricut without it!  Cricut Access is a subscription service that give you access to a ridiculous number of available designs to use.  I’ll add my affiliate link for you here in case you’d like to read more: 

What’s Cricut Access??

Materials used for this project are listed below.  Some links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.


 
Links to favorite glue and Cricut supplies are on my blog resources page here:  https://amandatoryactivity.com/papercraft-supplies/

Love, Amanda

Milk Carton Gift Box Tutorial

August 29, 2020

I'm A Sucker for Containers that Look Like Other Things...

I don’t know what it is about containers that look like other things, but they are the cutest!  For Mother’s Day, I made a gift box that looked like a little spa (to house some bath bombs), and while I didn’t specifically have a purpose in mind for this gift box, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to show you guys how to make this milk carton gift box!

This project assembly was about 15 minutes, which is awesome.  My video tutorial (linked at the bottom) is longer than that because I do the computer part with you first (and because, let’s face it, I talk too much when I’m showing you every little step), but in REAL LIFE it’s a quick and easy project that is just so ding-dang cute. 

FREE SVG File from Dreaming Tree!

Not only am I a sucker for containers that look like other things, I’m a sucker for a good freebie. Freebies work on me too, anyone else?  I often find myself going to get a freebie and snagging a few other things…and I’m CERTAIN that’s the priciple of the thing.

But what I like about freebies from Dreaming Tree is that they’re actually free.  Not free with purchase, or free once you hit a dollar threshold, they’re just free.  If you’re new to Cricut, or new to Dreaming Tree files, this is an incredible resource.  Whenever I find a new SVG designer whose designs I find appealing, I always look for a freebie first so I can test drive their stuff before I buy a bundle or something complex…

So, here’s the file (it’s an affiliate link, but once again…an affiliate link on a free product.  You do the math!) 😉 Dreaming Tree Milk Carton Treat Box

Grab the freebie, save it on your computer in a convenient and easy-to-find spot, and open Cricut Design Space for the next bit!

 

Dreaming Tree website with file photo

Make Easy File Adjustments in Cricut Design Space

As with most third-party (non-Cricut) SVG files, you need to make a few key adjustments to the file in order for it to cut the way you think it will.

Let’s start by getting the file into Design Space.  Open Design Space and hit “new” in the upper left, which gives you a blank canvas.  Go to the “upload” button on the bottom left, and then “browse” on the following screen.

upload image button
Browse button in Design Space

Find your file on your computer and open the SVG folder within it.  I prefer to use the “solid score lines” in the extras folder.

Solid score lines folder

Pick the first item in the list to be imported, and then work you way down the line.  You will have uploaded 10 files when you are done.

When you have them all, select them all.  You can tell they are selected because there is a little green square around each one.

All 10 svg files uploaded

And then select “Insert Images” in the bottom right. This will add all of your milk carton pieces into your blank canvas.

Insert images button in design space

Change Cut Lines to Score Lines

And now for the simple changes.  When you look at the pieces, you’ll notice that there are lines that should be score marks but are listed in Design Space as cut marks.  

A good example is the base piece of the milk carton.

Score lines that are cut lines

All you need to do to fix this is select each one of these (in this example there are 2), one at a time, and go to the “cut” at the top left and select “score” instead.

Select score button

All those cut marks will suddenly turn into score marks, and even though they appear as dashes, they are solid score marks.

Finally, just select both the piece and the score marks with your cursor, and then click “attach” in the bottom right corner.  This will ensure that your score marks are attached to your piece and will score where you expect them to!

The little dash marks to the left of the triangle of dash marks are there to help guide your placement of some of the embellishment pieces.  It looks a little weird now but will be helpful during construction.

Select piece and score marks, and hit attach

Follow this same procedure changing cut marks into score marks on each of the following pieces below:

Emblem piece
Blue wrap piece
Cow spot piece
Black wrap piece
Other half of main box

Once you’ve changed your score marks and attached them all, it’s time to let your Cricut cut them out for you, and let’s go put it together!

Assembling the Milk Carton Gift Box

Assemble Little Embellishments

Assembling this gift box is a breeze.  The carton itself is basically 2 pieces, everything else is decoration and super-fun. 🙂

I chose to begin by assembling the embellishment pieces that have layers, mostly because I like to get the little bits out of the way.

For the “fresh” sign, there are three pieces.  A plain blue, a black with a single cut-out, and a blue piece that has most of the word “fresh” in it.  These three pieces stack in that order.

Three pieces of fresh sign
Fresh sign stacked

The milk bottles also have three layers.  The bottom layer I chose to cut out of a beautiful silver metallic cardstock because I liked the idea of the lid being silver, and the lid isn’t covered up.

Silver metallic cardstock

On top of that base, you put the larger of the pale pieces (mine is beige), and on top of that, you add the final top piece (mine is white).  There rare two milk jars, so do them both.

Milk bottle piece

Assemble the Body of the Milk Carton

You want to fold the 2 milk carton pieces along the score marks, and your pieces should look something like this.  I have a video tutorial, so if you need to see this in action that will help.

Both pieces are the same structurally, so you can just do this fold pattern twice.

Folded milk carton panel

The three tabs on the right side of the above will be glue to the un-tabbed side of the other main piece, like this:

Assemble two main pieces together

Then you can flip it over and attach the other side.  Give it a good squeeze and a moment for your glue to set.

Attach other side of milk carton gift box

Open it up and flip it over, and glue the bottom flaps together.  You want to fold in the two small ones, and then glue the smaller of the two remaining flaps down.  You’ll end up with the largest of the flaps on the outside.

Glue down smaller flap
Glue down largest flap on the outside

Press down from the inside onto the surface of the table to give it some pressure to stick.

Add Your Decor!

Now that your milk carton gift box is constructed, it’s time to add the goodies to the outside!

There are helpful score mark guides on the pieces as I mentioned earlier, so you can follow along with where they are, or make up your own design.

The score marks on the white pieces were nearly impossible for my camera to pick up, but the score marks on the black piece with the cow on it are really noticeable.  I’ll use that as an example. 

You see the little arches toward the top that look like pencil marks? That’s where you will align the high points of the “M” in milk, and then there are spots to help alight the “l” and the “k”.

Pictures below will show you where the other decor pieces go.  Also, the large blue piece wraps around the box on three sides, so make sure your cow ends up on the front of your carton. 🙂  

The smaller blue piece is the back panel of the blue wrap around.  The black wrap around fits right on top of the blue one!

Front cow spots
Fresh sign added
Adding wrap panel
Back panel piece and back spots
Add black wrap panel on top. Be careful of the delicate tail!
Back panel piece and back spots
Add milk bottles to each side
If desired, you can add some pen marks to the score marks around the cow spot

Finishing Touches

Finally, I added some bling to the box in the form of a small black enamel dot on the front.  Truth: the file has a small black paper dot and I promptly lost it…so I improvised.  If you can manage to not lose your tiny dot, that’s where it goes! 

I also added a sparkly bit to the “i” in milk.

Next, you want to put your gift box item into your gift box!  Then you are ready to ribbon it closed.

Then there’s the small emblem piece, which you can kind of put wherever you like.  

I put a pop dot on the back and put it on top of the bow…but I also think it might have looked nice where the black dot is.

Final image

Prefer a Video Tutorial? Here Ya Go!

Materials used for this project are listed below.  Some links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.


 
 
Materials used for this project are: 
Cricut Explore Air:  https://shrsl.com/2c9ek
Cricut cardstock:  https://shrsl.com/21uhj
Metallic cardstock used for milk bottle: https://amzn.to/32BgXHu
Double-sided adhesive and dimensional adhesive squares found here in a variety of sizes:  https://shrsl.com/24rsx
Adhesive gemstones in strips: https://amzn.to/2EE0f1L
Black sticky dots: https://amzn.to/3jo3465
 
Links to favorite glue and Cricut supplies are on my blog resources page here:  https://amandatoryactivity.com/papercraft-supplies/

Love, Amanda

Cricut Tutorial: Sliding Shadow Box Card

August 22, 2020

A Sliding Shadow Box Card?

Today’s Cricut tutorial is this sliding shadow box card from Lori Whitlock.  I don’t know about you, but I’d never seen anything like it (and I troll A LOT of craft sites!).   I made this card design for a dear friend’s birthday and was so impressed with the design and, frankly, the ease at which it came together.

The original card design by Lori Whitlock is an “I love you” card, and I changed it into a custom birthday greeting, so I’ll show you how to do that too!  The card is so much fun.  You slide the sides out, and out pops the box card in the back!  

The card design is a 5 by 7 card, but you’ll see in the tutorial that I took it down just a notch to make sure it would fit in the envelope since I knew it would be poofy.

Bonus Content...Custom Printed Ribbon!

I also used this card as an opportunity to create a custom ribbon with my PTouch ribbon printer.  It’s a tool that is super cool (like a label maker, but instead of printing on label, it prints on ribbon!)  

If you want to see that, it’s in action on the YouTube video link at the bottom of this post.  I make the ribbon at the very end.

But isn’t it cute?  I just thought this card was so boing-y that it could use a mechanism to keep is collapsed!

Ribbon printed with Brother PTouch ribbon printer
Card closed with custom ribbon

Get the File, and Get it Into Design Space

To avoid sounding like a broken record, I’m going to direct you to a video I have that is dedicated to getting Lori Whitlock’s files out of her shop and into Design Space.  The process works for many third party SVG designers, but since this happens to be Lori’s design too, it seems fitting…

The video link is here if you need it: https://youtu.be/sWgjUVpUCcs

If you don’t need that help, skip ahead to the next steps!

Adjust the File, and Make Any Customizations You Might Want

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, this was an I Love You card and I needed a birthday card.  Quick fix!

Select text to replace

Select the text you want to remove, and then select ungroup in the upper right.  This will allow you to delete the text.

Select the text tool on the left side, type in your new message, and then go to the top filter and filter on “writing”. 

This will allow your Cricut to draw your new message for you. 🙂

Scale down your text to the right size, and move it into position on your tab.  Move all of the embellishments out of your way so you can select the text and the tab together.   Once you have them selected, click on attach in the lower right to attach the text there so when it writes, it will write right where you want it.  That’s a lot of rights.  Right? 

Change Your Cut Lines to Score Lines

As with most third party SVG files, you need to fix the lines in the file that pull into Cricut Design Space as cut marks instead of score marks.

If you look at the image below, you can see the panels that will need to be folded, but on the right side when you select them you can see that they are listed as “cut”.

This is a simple fix, you just need to catch them!

Select each one and go to the upper left to the dropdown menu and select “score” instead.

If this instruction doesn’t make much sense to you, skip ahead to the video tutorial link and give it a peek.  I take you step by step through this and you’ll get to see each of the things you need to change.

Once you have changed your cut lines to score lines, make sure to select the scores and the paper piece and attach them.  I forget this step ALL THE TIME and don’t realize it until I go to cut it out and have score marks floating by themselves on my mat.

There’s another spot that needs attention, it’s on this page with the leaf and scroll design.  You can see the little score marks on the sides of the frame…those were cuts too, so make sure you change those!

Cut Out Your Pieces and Let's Assemble!

Pick out your papers and cut out the pieces with your Cricut.  I suggest using a thick cardstock for the base of the card (which is everything white in the file).  I think the base needs to be sturdy because there are so many moving pieces and inserts in this card. 

My favorite sturdy white cardstock is from Amazon (and has a pretty metallic sheen to it) and worked really well for this project.

Whimsical garden Cricut paper

I used a Cricut patterned paper called Whimsical Garden

And didn’t the text we created turn out nicely?  I used the set of Cricut pens that I got in the Very Berry color.  I think it coordinated well with the accent berry in the Whimsical Garden pattern.

Cricut pen set

Fold The Base Card Pieces

To make the sliding box card you need a few moving pieces, but the number of pieces is actually manageable!  

I started with the frame piece (front piece) of the shadow box.  It folds on those fancy new score lines you made earlier, and then the little tabs fold down for you to attach it to the back.  You’re making a little frame with open sides…

Shadow Box Card Side Panels

The side pieces line up with the slats forming a triangle…largest in the middle and smallest at the end, like so:

You fold the right size panel into a Z shape.

And the left side panel into what I think looks like a swan… (but it’s also a backward Z) 🙂

Attach Side Panels to Center Piece

Finally, I linked the 2 sides together with the base piece that looks like a square.

IT’S NOT A SQUARE.  It’s a very slight rectangle, so just be careful when you put it down that it’s the right direction.  If it’s not, you’ll have an overhang like this: 

Obviously, I also attached the blue side panels too.

Once you glue down the center piece, set it aside to dry.  These panels are going to move around a lot, so you want to make sure they’re nice and secure.

While you are waiting, go ahead and decorate the inside bits!

Embellish the 3 Insert Pieces and Frame

This is the fun part, get creative!  As you can see, I chose to flip around some of the patterned paper and added some bling to the centers of the flowers.

Decorated insert panels

My favorite stick on embellishments are these little enamel dots from Doodlebug Designs.  They’re called Sprinkles.  I use them in almost every card I make, even when I try not to.  When I first fell in love with them, I ordered them in every color I could find…and I’ve been working my way through that stash for about 3 years! 🙂

Putting together the rest of the frame is a breeze too.  You’ll want to make sure you put the border piece on first, and then add the leaf decoration, otherwise you’ll cover it up!

Assemble All of the Pieces

This part looks complicated, but I promise it’s not.  Start by putting one of the side panels into the side pocket of the frame you made.  

Flip the card over so you can see the back, it’s easier.  The front of your frame will be down on your table.  Like this: 

Flip it back over, and slide one end of each of the inserts into their corresponding opening on the side of the shadow box.

I found it easiest to start with the back, the large one.  Then I worked my way to the front, all on the same side of the box card.

Then you match them up on the other side, and secure the other side piece of the card base into the frame pocket, just as you did on the first side. 

 

Final Touches and Video Tutorial Link

Okay, my friends.  Flip it back over and you’ll see that you are 95% of the way finished! 

To open the card, you pull the light blue (in my case) tabs to the sides and the back of the shadow box card pops out like magic!

I kind of think it looks like they are entering a stage…it looks like some come in stage left and stage right.  Maybe that’s just me.

 

Put the Back on Your Shadow Box Card!

Full disclosure.  I forgot this step at first.  I got to this point and opened and closed the card about a dozen times and felt like I was finished…and then I looked at my table and realized there were some extra pieces. 🙂

Flip it over and put some glue or double-sided tape down on just the square (not square) part of the back.  You don’t want adhesive anywhere else, or else your sliding mechanism won’t work.

 

Finally, line up the back piece with the semi-circle cut outs on both sides, and you’re done!

I shrunk the whole file down to about 6.8inches on the long side instead of 7 (you just use the “select all” button and grab a corner arrow to squish it a little).

I think this was the right choice, because even shrunken a bit, it was a tight fit!

Sliding Shadow Box Card Video Tutorial

If any part of this text tutorial was confusing, I encourage you to watch the video tutorial. You can watch me click the buttons and take it step by step if you like.  I won’t be offended if you fast forward through the bits where I hem and haw over what colors of enamel dots to use in the centers of my flowers. 😉

Materials used for this project are listed below.  Some links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.


 
 
Heavyweight pearl cardstock for card base: https://amzn.to/2A5slkC
I use this cardstock a lot, and particularly like it for placecards in addition to card bases.  
 
Cricut Multi-pen pack: https://amzn.to/34k8zhS
Cricut Patterned paper in Whimsical Garden: https://shrsl.com/2g96a
Cricut Explore Air:  https://shrsl.com/2c9ek
Cricut Access: https://shrsl.com/27tq8
Cricut cardstock:  https://shrsl.com/21uhj
Doodlebug Designs Sprinkles:  https://shrsl.com/24r68
PTouch Ribbon Printer: https://amzn.to/2Yl8EhC
 
 
Links to favorite glue and Cricut supplies are on my blog resources page here:  https://amandatoryactivity.com/papercraft-supplies/

Love, Amanda

Add Sound to Your Cards!

August 1, 2020

It's the Future...

It’s official, it’s the future.  I know this DIY card sound technology has been around for awhile, but for a combination of reasons, I haven’t explored it until now.  But it’s possible to add sound to your cards and customize them in ways that only seemed like sorcery growing up. 🙂

Is anyone else with me?  Growing up with my tween years in the 80’s, I remember when finding a sound card in the store was a BIG deal.  Getting a sound card from someone was an equally big deal, because those suckers cost like $8, even in the 80’s (and remember, mortgage rates were in the double digits then, so ain’t nobody got $8 for a card with sound in it!)

Anyway, I thought it would be #1, too hard, or #2, too expensive, and I’m here to say that it’s neither of those things.

I understand the concept of “too expensive” is going to vary, but you hardcore card-makers out there know that you can pile on the premium papers and embellishments and chipboard pieces and bling and make some pretty “expensive” cards, so this is just kind of next-level.

 

The Card Sound Device

In order to add sound to your card, you need a card sound device (I know, duh).  The company that makes these sound devices is called Big Dawgs, and this is a link to the device I used, which is a 10 second sound recording device and is between $3.50-$4.00 as I write this today in 2020.

I think I may have the only husband on the planet who willingly and thoughtfully purchases craft supplies for me (and even researches things that he thinks I might enjoy, like this!) for gifts, and so I got a bunch of these for Christmas.  #myawesomehusbandspoilsmewithcraftsupplies  (I’m guessing that’re REALLY not a hashtag… maybe I’ll start one!)  

So, when I got the gift, I was really excited…and then intimidation set in. 

I mean, it looks a little intimidating, no?

 

Big Dawgs Greetings Sound Device

Recording the Sound for Your Card

The little red button on the right side by my thumb is your record button.  That’s kind of universal for little red buttons though, right?  The big red buttons brings you Staples supplies and the little red buttons record things. 🙂

You press the little red button, record your message for 10 seconds, and then you hear a beep.

In order to “save” the message, you need to press the button again afterward until you hear TWO BEEPS.

Trust me, it will save you some heartache.  I recorded mine THREE TIMES because I kept hitting the little red button and erasing my message!

Installing the Sound Device in Your Card

Much like many of my tutorials, I made a bunch of mistakes since I was trying this for the first time.  But I’m always trying to keep it real with you and save you the pain points, so I leave the boo-boos in place so you can see what not to do. 🙂

The device peels away from it’s protective backing easily.

Peel sound device from backing

And what you want to pay close attention to are these tiny little notches at the top of the clear tab.

Sound device notches

There is one at the top and one at the bottom.

THAT IS WHERE YOU LINE UP THE CREASE OF YOUR CARD.

If you screw this up, the whole thing doesn’t work…so this is important.  It’s also super sticky, so go slowly and try to be careful.

I, of course, kind of dropped the heavier part of the device onto the card and had a hard time repositioning it…

Lining up notches on card crease
Sound device installed in card

So here’s where things went really sideways for me.  I was feeling pretty good up until this point.

Once you lay down the device and it firmly attaches itself to the card base, you’re left with the little red wires attached to the little red button.  And you need to figure out where to put it.

If you haven’t already recorded your card, then obviously move it somewhere that is convenient for you to press it later and record your message.

On the back of the button is a little adhesive strip…so you can tack it into place somewhere. 

 

Remove adhesive from record button

If you’re me, you HIT the button as you’re tacking it down…and you erase your message completely.

It’s really easy to hit the button when you need to press it to stick it down to the card!

Accidentally erased message

Clearly I will need to re-record it…. but let’s continue.

Add Panels in Your Card to Cover the Sound Device

The left side of the card is easy, you just glue on an inside panel as you would with any other.  There is very little of the clear device on that side.

On the right, however, I found it was best to put down a bunch of dimensional adhesive.  I tried to just tack the panel down lightly to hide the mechanics, but that really didn’t work.  You need some relatively thick foam squares.

Add foam squares
Add cover panel

I can still see the button on the inside, so I marked the top so I knew where to press it to re-record my message!

Button on the inside of card
Mark the stop where the button is

Video Tutorial

If a video tutorial is more your speed, I extracted the adding sound to your card portions of this card construction so you can see the mistakes and corrections.

Materials used for this project are listed below.  Some links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.


 
 
Big Dawgs greeting card sound device: 
 
Cricut Explore Air:  https://shrsl.com/2c9ek
Cricut Access: https://shrsl.com/27tq8
Cricut pink and purple patterned paper: https://shrsl.com/2ezns
Cricut cardstock :  https://shrsl.com/21uhj
Cat’s Eye Chalk Inks: https://amzn.to/2Y4JX8b
Double-sided adhesive and dimensional adhesive squares found here in a variety of sizes:  https://shrsl.com/24rsx
 
 
Links to favorite glue and Cricut supplies are on my blog resources page here:  https://amandatoryactivity.com/papercraft-supplies/

Love, Amanda

Make Custom Cupcake Picks Using the Cricut Design Space Slice Feature

July 17, 2020

Learn to Slice, and Then Slice Confidently!

This tutorial is going to be a 2-for-1.  First, I will show you how to use the slice feature (or slice tool) in Cricut Design Space.  Then, we will apply your newfound knowledge to make our own custom cupcake picks!

Cute, right?  They took literally about 30 minutes, start to finish, so not bad at all!  Think about all of the custom ninja-turtle-lego-unicorn-minecraft-superhero picks you could make for birthday parties! 🙂

The truth is, once you know how to slice in Design Space, you have the ability to make custom whatevers!  Even these, for example, could have easily been printed on sticky paper and turned into stickers.  I’m telling you, slicing is where it’s at.

If you’re already an accomplished slicer, and just want to do custom cupcake picks, you can skip down a few sections, or straight to the video tutorial at the bottom.

Custom cupcake pick

Slice, Slice, Baby!

I couldn’t help myself.  If you’ve read my blog long enough, or seen any of my shop products, you’ll know how much I enjoy word play.  If this is your first time here, welcome, and this is normal. 🙂

The slice feature in Cricut Design Space is one of the little tools at the bottom right of your project page.  It’s the tool I use most often, and the one I think is the most versatile.  

Think of the slice feature as your virtual scissors…let me show you what to do.

THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPAL OF THE SLICE FEATURE IS THAT YOU CAN ONLY SLICE 2 THINGS.  I’m putting that in caps because it’s super-important.  It’s so important that when you forget, it doesn’t work at all.

So, I start my tutorial with 2 shapes, a circle and a square.  I grabbed them from the “shapes” section of the menu bar on the left.

Start with any 2 shapes
Choose the 2 shapes you'd like to slice...whatever they may be.
Put together 2 items to slice
Move the two shapes on top of one another, depending on where you want to slice them. For example, if I want to cut a circle out of the middle of that square, I'm going to put it on top wherever I want to "cut" or slice it.
select both shapes
Once you have them positioned where you want them, use your cursor to select both shapes at the same time.
Slice button is active
Once both shapes are selected, the slice button in the lower right suddenly becomes available (it's greyed out when not available). Go ahead and push that button. It's okay...you can do it.
Slice complete
Ta-da! Now you have slices the circle out of the center of your square. What you have left is the original circle, what's left of your square, plus the circle-shaped piece you cut out of the square! Since the slice feature is your virtual scissors, that grey circle is kind of your leftover scrap paper. 🙂
Remove some portions
One thing to highlight is that you don't have to slice a whole shape (circle) out of a whole shape (square). You can use the slice feature to cut just a piece of something. Here, I removed a little piece from the right side of the square.
cannot add a third thing to slice
See what happens when I invite another shape to the party? The slice feature is suddenly not available anymore. ONLY 2 THINGS. They're serious about it.

Those Are the Basics, But Here's the Thing That Always Trips Me Up

If I take that circle and put a score line in the middle, is it still one shape?

Shape with score line

Let’s try to slice these 2 shapes.  It’s the same 2 shapes we sliced before…and that worked fine.

Move it into position, highlight both shapes, and go down to your slice button.

Slice button is inactive again

THE SCORE LINE IS ANOTHER “THING”.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this mistake.

If you want to cut these shapes now, you need to remove the score line, slice them, and then put the score line back.

He was not invited to the party, just like the little grey circle.  So sad.

Now That You Know How to Slice, Let's Make Custom Cupcake Picks!

I’m always looking for ways to use my Cricut to do the hard work for me, and this is a great example of something I wouldn’t want to cut by hand.  I HATE cutting circles.  Even when you think you got it right, you don’t got it right. 🙂  But we are going to make some circular custom cupcake picks, since I think that’s the most standard cupcake pick shape.

Start By Selecting Your Custom Item/Image

What’s going on your custom cupcake pick? A picture? Sometone’s name? An important date? Whatever it is, grab them and put them somewhere you can easily find them on your computer.

I chose to use 12 pictures of my son.  Since I had a dozen cupcakes, I used a picture from each month of the year to decorate cupcakes for my husband’s birthday.

 

Get Your Items/Images into Design Space

Upload images into design space
From a new project page, select "upload" on the left and you will get this screen, where you can select the "upload image" button at the top left.
Browse for your photo
Browse for your photos. You need to select one at a time. I obviously needed to do this 12 times...but I sped it up during the video tutorial. 🙂
Selected picture
When you select a picture, it imports like this. Select the green continue button on the bottom right. To explain this photo, Spencer was asked to come to school for the 100th day as a 100 year old person...so this was his outfit for the day. 🙂
Next select your design style
Next, you select your image type. I almost always pick complex, unless the image is one color or something truly simple. Complex gives you the best option to capture all of the colors in your image. Hit continue again.
Insert photos into project
Once you hit continue, the image is loaded into Design Space. Once all of your images are there, you can select them all together (no need to do one at a time anymore, thank goodness). Then hit the green "insert images" button at the bottom.
All photos are inserted
All of the photos you selected will now be populated into your project!

Slice Your Cupcake Pick Shape With Your Image

Circle cupcake pick shape selected
Just as we did in the slice tutorial, go to the shapes menu on the left side and grab yourself a shape. I've got a circle.
Duplicate it
I think it's good practice to go to the upper right and duplicate your shape a few times. That way, you don't have to worry about making another one later. Unless you are only making 1 custom pick!
Size your picture appropriately, and then place your shape over your image. Just like in the tutorial, select them both and hit that slice button!
slice shape
Now you have a circle with your custom image inside!

Don't Forget About the Back of Your Custom Picks!

It’s easy to get excited about all of your custom shapes, but don’t neglect to consider the back before you move to the cutting portion.

This is a good time to duplicate some more of those circles to make sure you have enough circle backs to match your circle fronts. 🙂

Cut Out Your Pieces and Assemble!

When you hit “make it”, Cricut will load all of the images onto a printable page for you.  Print that out and let the machine do that hard cutting-of-circles!

And select some paper to cut out your plain circles…

Select paper for the back
Flat topped wooden picks
I like using these flat topped wooden picks from Amazon. I'll have them linked in the supply list below. They provide a nice large surface on which to stick your image. If you don't want to buy these, you can use a toothpick but you'll likely need to glue the front and back together and squeeze the toothpick in.
Apply glue to one side of wood pick
Apply craft glue to one side of the wooden pick. I love Art Glitter glue for just about everything. I'll link to my resources page for that as well. I use it on all of my paper projects and it adheres well to wood.
Apply image to pick
Apply the image to the glued area and apply some gentle pressure while the glue sets.
Front half done
The front of your pick is done.
Align back to match with front
Apply glue to the back half of the stick and line up the back circle with the front circle.
Custom cupcake pick completed
And you're done!

Just Add Cupcakes...

You did it! You made some adorable custome cupcake picks and now you get to decorate!

All custom picks fanned out
All dozen custom cupcake picks in cupcakes

Materials used for this project are listed below.  Some links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.


 

I use a cardstock paper for heavyweight projects like this.  My favorite inexpensive option is this Neenah paper from Amazon.

The flat-topped wooden picks are also from Amazon, you can find them here.  As of the time I’m writing this blog post, they’re about $5 for 100. 🙂

My favorite glue and other favorite papercraft resources can be found on my resources page!

Love, Amanda

Trunk of Wildflowers Box Card Cricut Tutorial

July 3, 2020

Trunk of Wildflowers Box Card Design

You don’t have to tell me that I sound like a broken record, I KNOW I sound like a broken record.  My record is, in fact, broken.  This is another gorgeous SVGCuts design and I absolutely fell in love with the trunk of wildflowers box card design.

The link to the file is here (affiliate link): SVGCuts Trunk of Wildflowers Box Card

The design is beautiful (obvi), but for me this was a multi-day project.  I always talk about how much I enjoy box cards, but part of the reason for that is because I like the puzzle aspect.  Lots of little pieces coming together at the end for a satisfying finale…and that’s what I got with this card.

Tons of steps, lots of pieces, and totally worth the effort (for the right recipient).  

You know what I mean.  There are some people who really appreciate a handmade card, some people who only moderately get the amount of work involved, and some people who don’t even pay enough attention to realize that the card IS handmade.  

All I’m saying is, choose your audience to maximize your efforts. 🙂  Those who take the time to enjoy the handmade cards, get the best handmade cards.

And those people should get one of these box cards.

Grab the file and follow along.  If you prefer a video (I often need more than pictures) there is a video tutorial link toward the bottom of this post, so you can just go there if you’d prefer.  No judgement. 🙂

What's A Box Card?

If you’ve stumbled into this post and you don’t know what a box card is, first of all welcome, and second, it’s MAGIC.

When I first got my Cricut many moons ago, the box card was the ultimate goal for me.  I was motivated and wanted to get there quickly, because in my mind it was the perfect mechanism.

I’d always been fascinated by pop-up cards (in fact, my old college roommate reminded me the other day that I used to buy pop-up cards and take them apart to figure out how they went together…perhaps a little life goals foreshadowing there?).  But the pop up card can sometimes be kind of one note.  You know?  It’s fun and then it’s over.  With the box card, you get the same dramatic pop up card effect and then you can rotate it and admire it from all sides!

It starts off flat, unfolds to be super-dimensional (look at this one, it’s like 4 inches deep!), and then folds back up to go into your envelope.  MAGIC.

Trunk of wildflowers box card opened to full height
Trunk of wildflowers card folded flat
Front view of finished wildflowers box card

Get Your File Into Cricut Design Space

Ok.  Grab the file, and let’s get it into Design Space.  I did a whole video tutorial on getting third-party (non-Cricut) files into Design Space, so if you’re new to this process, I’ll link that video for you as well.  BUT, I will go through most of it below…

The link will take you to the SVGCuts website.  You’ll likely get distracted and never come back to finish this blog post, but my hope is that if I call you out on it now, you’ll catch yourself and come back to me. 😉

The site is super-well organized and the box cards are in the menu on the left.  My link will take you directly to this particular file, but you should come back sometime and grab some others when you want to play!

svgcuts website with trunk of wildflowers photo

Once you buy the file, save it somewhere on your computer where you can easily locate it.  I personally have an enormous repository of svgcuts.com files from many years, so I put mine in there.

Open Cricut Design Space and start a new project.  

Select upload image, and then find the file wherever you have saved it.  There is a lot of stuff in your download, but here’s where you should start.

Open the folder called “SVG Files”, and then head to the “extras” folder.

 

All downloaded files list

Then open the solid score lines folder…

Solid score lines folder

And in there, you will find the entire card file, with solid score lines.  Download that one!

Entire card with solid score lines
Whole card file selected

You’ll hit save in the lower right, and then you will see your file ready to be uploaded into your project.

Just click on it, and go to the right to select “insert images”.

Selected image from Design Space

Voila!  Your file is imported into Design Space.

Make A Few File Adjustments In Cricut Design Space Before You Cut The Pieces

In the video tutorial I linked earlier, I go into more detail about this part of the process, but you need to make a few changes so that some pieces that are marked as cut lines can instead be scored.

I started with the hinges.  If you select them and look to the right, you will see the highlighted hinges and the lines are marked as “cut”. Those need to be score marks instead.  To accomplish this, ungroup them with the ungroup button on the upper right, then select just the “cut” lines so they are highlighted.

Select hinges

Once the cut marks are highlighted, go to the upper left and change the “cut” in the dropdown menu to “score”.

Once you do this, you will notice the cut marks are now score marks and all is right with that portion of the file.

Now score marks on hinges

Repeat this process for a few more pieces.  I’ll post their pics below.

The first one are the main pieces of the box card, and all of the cut marks are attached, so you only need to make the change once.  If I’ve lost you, I encourage you now to go down to the bottom of this post and watch the video, because I do it step by step and that may be easier to follow. 

The second one is the insert at the top in the middle.

And the final piece that needs attention is the envelope.  You need to highlight the big black rectangle in the middle and change that from cut to score too.

Main pieces
Insert piece
Envelope

Print Out A Copy of the Trunk of Wildflowers Box Card PDF

This is a matter of personal preference, of course.  I typically print out the pdf document to use as a reference while I’m putting the project together, and then I just save it for scrap paper later.

It’ll be in the folder you downloaded in a safe place and marked as a pdf document.  It looks like this.

trunk of wildflowers pdf

Cut Out Your Pieces, and Assemble!

I have an 8 year old boy, so whenever I say or read the word “assemble”, what goes through my head is “Avengers, assemble!” 🙂  It’s oddly motivational, and also super-irritating. 

But, let’s assemble!

Start With the Box Card Front Piece

Here’s what you start with on the first layer on the front panel.  All of the front panel pieces, as shown below.  Make sure you don’t try to put the left panel piece on the front.  You know the left one goes on the left because the brad holes line up.

You can also add one of the leaf pinwheels, and the smaller of the little green draping wildflowers to the front.

Front panel

Then you can add the first flower embellishment on top of the leaf pinwheel.  

I chose to ink the edges of the petals a little, and added a Doodlebug Designs enamel dot to the center of the flower.

Add flower embellishment

Next Do Insert Number One

There is a number 1 that has been cut into the side tab of insert 1…so it’ll be easy to indentify. 

Start by adhering the leaf on the right side.

First layer of insert 1

I assembled the yellow flower with a few foam squares, some inked edges, and a little bling in the middle.

Yellow flower assembled

I glued down the small green leaf, and then placed this yellow flower on top.  I actually put the foam adhesive too high on the flower, so it would be sticking out in the back.  I needed to fold down the edges to hide them. An easy fix!

Folded back adhesive on flower

With the right side of insert 1 complete, work on the left side.  Start with the large green part, and then you can assemble the remaining 3 green bits in whatever arrangement you like.

Work on left side of insert 1
Assembled left side green pieces

Assembled, mine looked like this.

Assembled insert 1

Now For Insert Number Two

Find the piece with the number 2 cut in the side, and let’s put that one together next!

I put down the first couple of pieces.  The leaf on the bottom, the tall green thing that pokes out of the top, and one of the smaller little pinwheels of leaves…

Insert 2 with base layers

I glued on the yellow flower first, and then glued on the red one sitting slightly on top, plus the little embellishment in the center, so it matches the first one.

Glue on flowers

I didn’t have a stick-on embellishment that I liked for the center of the yellow flower, so I grabbed my collection of buttons and poked a hole in the paper and just popped one of those inside.

Buttons as embellishments
poke hole for button

Assemble the Back of the Back Piece

That’s right.  There’s a front of the back and a back of the back.  I started with the back of the back.

This is where that last trunk side panel goes.

Back panel piece

Then you arrange the frame pieces along the back as shown.

If you get stuck, I would again encourage you to look at the video tutorial…I show you how to place each one. 

Note that the 3 pieces at the top are flush with the top of the card.  None of the other pieces are, so I’m pointing it out since it matters as that’s the front flap of the trunk.

All back panel frame pieces

Finally, add the oval sentiment panel.

Add oval sentiment panel

Flip it over and let’s do the front of the back…

Start with gluing on the back panel.  For those of you keeping up, this is the back panel on the front side of the back. 🙂  

Glue on back panel

The giant twiggy part comes next.

Be careful when you attach this that you don’t extend the top of the twig too high.  If you can help it, it’s best to keep the top of the twig below the fold line of your trunk lid so you don’t have to fold it inside and make it extra bulky.

Insert twig piece

Add the larger pinwheel leaf and then your bigger flower on top.

I used some foam squares to pop up the layers of the large flower.  I sort of just rotated it until I thought it looked nice and this is where it ended up.

Add large pinwheel
Add largest flower

Now For The Magic Part - Assemble the Box Part of the Box Card!

Start by putting some glue on the side tab and aligning the cut out shapes with the brad holes on the side of the card base.

Glue side tab
Align cut outs with brad holes

Next, glue the left tab of insert 2 and glue it flush with the back of the card base.

Be careful here to also align the holes on the tab with the holes on the side of the box card.

Glue tab for insert 2
Align holes on tab side

Glue the left tab of insert 1 and glue that down butting up against the front of insert 2.

Glue next tab in up against first tab

Do the same thing with the right side tabs…making sure to stop and fold flat regularly to make sure everything is well aligned.

Right side tab glue
Flatten regularly to check alignment

Finally connect the front of the box card! You made a trunk of wildflowers box card!

Connect front of the box card

Add Final Embellishments and Envelope

Home stretch, ya’ll.  I told you it was a lot of steps.  I probably should have turned the writing of this post into a multi-day event too!

To finish this up, you need to add the hinges.  To add the hinges, you need some craft brads

Craft brads

There are two different kinds of hinges. 4 of them look like little hip bones to me, and the other 4 are straight.  The hip bone ones go on each corner.

Hinges on corners and sides

Add the remaining brads to the empty brad holes.  You can’t cheat here and glue them on instead…the card won’t open and close correctly if the hinges are glued down!

Finally, fold up the envelope.  It’s simple, just 4 folds and a little glue!

Fold and glue envelope

One thing to note before you put your card in your envelope.

If you fold the card all the way to the left, the little twiggy bits stick off to the side, which would make them prone to being bent.

Dont fold card to the left

Folding to the right will help keep those pieces safe from squishing. 🙂

Fold to the right before putting into envelope.

Fits perfectly in it’s GIGANTIC envelope.  I put this in the mail as a birthday card, so I was sure to add extra postage and a piece of cardboard inside the envelope to keep it from being bent.

Box card fits perfectly in envelope!

Materials used for this project are listed below.  Some links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.


 
Cricut Explore Air:  https://shrsl.com/2c9ek
Cricut Access: https://shrsl.com/27tq8
Cricut cardstock (leaves with texture):  https://shrsl.com/21uhj
Cricut green pearlescent paper:  https://shrsl.com/27xjy
Cat’s Eye Chalk Inks: https://amzn.to/2Y4JX8b
Doodlebug Designs Sprinkles:  https://shrsl.com/24r68
Double-sided adhesive and dimensional adhesive squares found here in a variety of sizes:  https://shrsl.com/24rsx
 
Links to favorite glue and Cricut supplies are on my blog resources page here:  https://amandatoryactivity.com/papercraft-supplies/

Want Some More SVGCuts Box Card Tutorials?

Some other SVGCuts box card projects that have tutorials on my site can be found here:

Jeep card tutorial

Spring tulip card tutorial

I’m a big fan, so there will surely be more to come!

Love, Amanda

Cricut Tutorial – Grill Box Card

June 19, 2020

Grill Box Card Design

This Cricut tutorial will show you how to put together a grill box card for Father’s Day!  Frankly, you can save this card design, remove the “Father’s Day” bit, and use it as a card for any occasion for the grill master in your life!  

For example, I’m reminded of the BBQ apron birthday card I made for my husband back in January.  This apron card design was from Cricut and was originally a baking-themed card…so you could easily use this grill box card design for anything you want!

BBQ birthday apron card

 The file for today’s grill box card, however, is from Lori Whitlock’s shop online and can be found here: https://shop.loriwhitlock.com/box-card-grill-chicken-fathers-day/

I also have a tutorial video dedicated to getting Lori Whitlock’s designs out of her shop and into Cricut Design Space.  I’ll link that here for you as well in case you need help with third party SVG’s

Adjust Grill Box Card Design in Cricut Design Space

Once you have gone through the process of getting the grill box card imported into Design Space, you need to make a few quick adjustments.

I will detail them for you here:

Ungroup to start
Start by ungrouping the file using the ungroup button in the upper right. This will allow you to isolate individual pieces you need to adjust.
Select one of the three inserts
Select one of the three insert pieces (I started with flames) and click inside of the piece until the 2 cut marks are highlighted. You can see in the upper left that the lines are cut lines.
Change cut to score
Change "cut" to "score" in the drop down menu.
Select piece and score lines together
Select the piece and the score lines together...
Attach score lines to piece
In the bottom right, select the attach button to attach the score lines to the piece.

Repeat this process for each of the three small insert pieces.  You can scoot the chicken legs and corn out of your way first. 🙂

Now, this next part is a little tricky to concieve of, but ultimately the same steps as above.  You need to start by isolating the main body of the card.  Every line on that piece is a cut mark.  The problem with this piece is that we actually WANT some of them to cut…so we can’t just change them all to score marks. 

If you look at the image below, I have pointed out the two marks that you actually want to remain cut marks. The skinny yellow lines are actual cut marks. All of the others should be score marks.  I apologize for the wonky yellow lines…it’s incredibly hard to get the little virtual pen to make a straight line!

Click inside the piece until the inside rectangle is highlighted.  The two marks I’m pointing to below look like they are going to remain cut marks once you change the others to scores…but they DO change!

These lines will change too

Once you have this rectangle highlighted, go back up to the dropdown menu and change these to score marks as well.

Once you do that, your card base will look like the image below.  Then you can select the card base and the score marks and attach them, just as you did with the other pieces. 

Score marks complete

Next, we need to deal with the little “Happy Father’s Day” sign.  Right now, the image is in Design Space as a cut file.  If you’re a glutton for punishment and you WANT to cut out and glue out all of the tiny letters, go right ahead. 🙂  Personally, I think it makes more sense to flatten this sentiment and print it out.

To do this, select the Happy Father’s Day image and the white rectangle it’s sitting on.

Select fathers day sign

And on the bottom right, hit the flatten button as pictured below.

Flatten text

That’s it for changes to the actual grill box card file.

But wait! There’s no envelope!  Let’s make one before we leave Design Space.

Create an Envelope to Accompany Your Box Card

First things first, what size envelope do we need?  Well, when you look at the design, the single large base piece will be folded in half in an envelope.  The height of the card will be the same as pictured in Design Space.  So, with those things in mind, a 5 by 7 envelope should do the trick!

I clicked on images, and just searched “envelope”.  I chose a free envelope design so those of you with Cricut Access will be able to pick the same one if you like.  I picked the green one on the bottom pictured here.  Pretty generic envelope.

Select envelope design

Unlock the aspect ratio of the envelope so you can resize it.  My lock is in the upper left instead of lower left because I turned my envelope around.  I’m visually more comfortable when my envelope is the same direction as my card. 🙂

Drag the envelope by the little arrow on the corner until the inside square measures 5 inches tall by 7 inches wide.  I go through this process in the video tutorial as well if this is not something you’re familiar with.

Resize to 5 by 7

Now, Let's Put Together Our Grill Box Card!

Sometimes with box cards, assembly can be kind of a mess.  I typically still enjoy those experiences because it’s kind of like a puzzle. 

This box card design, however, is actually quite simple.  I’ll lay out the steps below:

Ink Any Pieces You May Want, and Assemble the Inserts

Cats Eye Chalk Inks
I use Colorbox Cat's Eye chalk inks to ink the sides of the accent pieces.
Added ink to inside of the corn as well
I also tapped the ink onto the inside of the corn so it didn't look quite so flat...
Put chicken on the bone
I assembled the embellishments for the center piece . Glued the chicken to the bone and the corn husk to the cob
Assembled flames
I placed the smaller flame on top of the larger flame and then added the embellished pieces to the 3 black narrow inserts.
Main card base unfolded
Now, take your main card base piece and fold along your score lines.
Side flaps fold down
When you get to the side panels, fold those down so they will be on the outside of the card.

Put Together the "Box" Part of the Box Card, and Decorate

Glue tab and connect
Put some glue on the tab and connect one side to the other side.
Press down after gluing
Press down as the glue dries. I like to press in both directions with each box card addition...just to make sure all of the pieces are connected well.
Add grilll pieces to the sides
Glue the side grill silver accents down.
Add other silver accent pieces
Then add the other silver accent pieces. Doors, top of the grill, and bar above the grill where the knobs will go.
Flame insert
Next, work on the insert pieces. I started with the rear piece, the flames. Bend the two tabs back (away from you).
glue side flaps
Apply glue to both side flaps.

Glue In the Three Insert Pieces, and Finish Decorations

align back flaps
Align the back of the flaps to the back of the box.
Flatten and press piece
Flatten the card and press the piece into place.
insert second tab
Do the same thing for the second tab, making sure the second tabs line up with the front of the back. It'll look like this...
Insert the final piece
Insert the front piece (the single chicken leg) and this time bend the flaps toward you and line them up with the front of the card.
Attach fathers day and grill tools
Glue down the Happy Father's Day sign and the grill tools on the back behind the flames.
Glue sentiment panel on back
Glue the sentiment panel on the back.

Put Together Your Envelope!

Fold bottom of envelope
Fold up the bottom of your envelope.
Glue sides of envelope
Glue down the sides of the envelope.
Insert card
Your card should fit perfectly in your custom-sized envelope! 🙂

And you’re done.  Nice job, You. 🙂

Isn’t this part of cardmaking always so satisfying?  I love it.  The only part I love more is being able to see someone’s face when they open the card.  I always miss that part when I have to mail a card!

Finished card upright
Finished card folded flat

Prefer A Video Tutorial?

If you would rather watch the video tutorial of these steps, I’ve got you.  The video itself is about half an hour, but step by step including the Design Space portion. 

Materials used for this project are listed below.  Some links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.


 
Cricut Explore Air:  https://shrsl.com/2c9ek
Cricut Access: https://shrsl.com/27tq8
Cricut cardstock:  https://shrsl.com/21uhj
Heavyweight silver cardstock for grill accents: https://amzn.to/2YO0IVB
Cat’s Eye Chalk Inks: https://amzn.to/2Y4JX8b
Doodlebug Designs Sprinkles:  https://shrsl.com/24r68
Double-sided adhesive and dimensional adhesive squares found here in a variety of sizes:  https://shrsl.com/24rsx
 
Links to favorite glue and Cricut supplies are on my blog resources page here:  https://amandatoryactivity.com/papercraft-supplies/
 
Join the blog email list here and get notified automatically of new project posts and ideas!  https://thoughtful-designer-9053.ck.page/4ecc829be8
 
Once again, here is the link to the file on Lori Whitlock’s shop in case you don’t want to scroll back up for it. 🙂 This is not an affiliate code:  https://shop.loriwhitlock.com/box-card-grill-chicken-fathers-day/ 

I hope you enjoyed!

Love, Amanda

I'm Amanda, and I put the AMANDA in A MANDAtory Activity (and I like a good bad pun). This blog is a focused on baking and crafting for gatherings and gifts! I LOVE making things a little extra special and I love sharing those ideas with you. Have a look around, or read more here.

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