I got Cricut’s April mystery box, and in it, among other goodies, I got Anna’s Lovely Layered Cards, by Anna Griffin. These cards are amazing because they look so intricate and difficult to make, but in reality, they are super simple to assemble. The trick is in all of the layers. This Lovely Daisy Cricut Birthday Card uses one of 48 variations of 12 core designs. Plus, the cartridge includes envelopes that can be made to match the cards. Too cute, I mean lovely!
Of course, you can use any paper and color combinations you choose, but I wanted to use paper I had on hand and feminine colors. The printed papers I used for this project are no longer available from Close to My Heart, but the cardstock is still part of their basic stock. Personally, I’d keep the papers and colors simple since the design is so intricate. The stamp is also from CTMH and retired, but really, you could use any Happy Birthday stamp. Actually, you could use any sentiment you like. I think this would make a cute baby card as well. Let’s get to the card now.
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Lovely Daisy Cricut Birthday Card
- Cardstock for Outside of Card and Envelope
- 3 Coordinating Cardstock Colors for Layers
- Cardstock for Daisy Center, Inside of Card, and Stamped Accent
- Coordinating Printed Scrapbook Paper
- Anna’s Lovely Layered Cards Cricut Cartridge
- Glue Pen
- Paper Trimmer
- Happy Birthday Stamp
- Coordinating Ink Pad
- Coordinating Ribbon
- Glue Dots
Step 1: Once you have your cartridge loaded or connected, select image 14. Set the height to 7 inches and cut out on the Outside Card Cardstock.
Step 2: Select image F1+14. Set the height to 7 inches. I rotated mine because I was using partial pieces of cardstock, but you won’t need to. Cut on one of the accent cardstock pieces. This color will show through the most and isn’t part of the daisy.
Step 3: Select image F2+14. Set the height to 7 inches. Again, don’t rotate. Cut on the second accent cardstock pieces. This is the lighter color on the daisy.
Step 4: Select image F3+14. Set the height to 7 inches. Again, don’t rotate. Cut on the third accent cardstock. This is the darker color on the daisy. I forgot to take a photo of the cut, but it looks just like the cut file.
Step 5: Select image F4+14. Set the height to 7 inches. Cut on the cardstock for the daisy center and inside of the card.
Step 6: Select image F6+14. Make sure the corners (see arrows) measure at least 7.2 inches across. It needs to be slightly wider than the card so it will fit. Cut it on the same cardstock you used in Step 1.
Step 7: Select image Shift+F6+14. Make sure the edges (see arrows) match the edges of the envelope cut from Step 6 but make it slightly smaller. Cut it on the printed accent paper.
Step 8: Use your paper trimmer to cut a 7-inch by 1-inch piece of the same cardstock used on the inside of the card.
Step 9: Stamp the 7-inch by 1-inch strip with the Happy Birthday stamp and ink.
Step 10: Glue the Step 2 cut to the Step 3 cut, making sure the daisies and cuts line up.
TIP: You want to use a glue pen instead of double sided tape because of the intricate details used on these cards.
Step 11: Glue the Step 4 cut to the Step 10 pieces, making sure to line up the daisies and cuts.
Step 12: Fold the Step 1 cut in half along the little notches.
Step 13: Apply glue to the back of the cut design. You don’t need to put glue on every single section but put enough so that it doesn’t come apart. Stick the glued layered pieces to it, making sure to line up the cuts and holes of the daisy design.
Step 14: Apply glue to the Step 5 cut and stick it to the inside of the card, making sure to line up edges.
Step 15: Apply glue to the stamped “Happy Birthday” piece and stick it to the front of the card. I placed mine between the two rows of daisies.
Step 16: Fold the larger envelope cut along the notches as shown. Glue down the two side flaps and then the large flap on top of them.
Step 17: Fold the smaller envelope cut along the notches with the unprinted (or white) side on the inside of the fold. Apply glue to just the inside of the smaller half of the fold as shown. Stick the glued piece to the back of the larger envelope piece, with the larger half folding over the front as shown.
Step 18: Cut the ribbon into a 5.5-inch piece and a 1.5-inch piece.
Step 19: Fold the ribbon as shown and use Glue Dots to secure it. If you choose to use other glue, you’ll have to clamp it while it dries. Attach the finished bow to the envelope.
I usually say “that’s it” but let’s be honest, this Lovely Daisy Cricut Birthday Card takes some work. So. Many. Layers. The finished result is so pretty, though, I mean lovely. Even my teenaged son, who cares nothing for crafts, said it looked and felt vert nice. I’ll take that. It’s not that it’s difficult to make or assemble, it just has a bunch of steps. I will definitely be making more cards from this cartridge.
Our friend, Pam, over at P.S. I Love You Crafts has some lovely Cricut birthday cards, as well.