Like a lot of you crafters, I have quite a sizable stash of craft supplies, especially paper and papercrafting accessories. I joined a monthly Craft Room De-stash Challenge to try and help myself use those supplies I already have on hand. Seriously, I could stop going to craft stores for a year and have enough projects and supplies to keep me occupied. I know I’m not alone in this! So I challenge you, too, to make something this week, anything, using things from your craft stash. We’d love to see your projects, too! Just post them on our Facebook page with ours. Since purple is my favorite color and I have so much purple paper, I decided to make this Pretty Purple Cricut Birthday Card to showcase some of it as well as some of my Cricut supplies I haven’t been using nearly enough. See below if you’d like to see other projects made by crafters for the challenge.
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Pretty Purple Cricut Birthday Card
- Darker Purple Cardstock
- Lighter Purple Cardstock
- Medium Purple Print Accent Paper
- Paper Trimmer
- Paper Adhesive
- Cricut Explore or Newer
- Anna’s Elegant Embellishments Cartridge
- Cricut Cuddlebug
- Happy Birthday Die
one: In Cricut’s Design Space, link your Elegant Embellishments cartridge to your account. For those who don’t know how to, click the drop-down menu in the top left corner and select Link Cartridge. Click Insert Images>Cartridges. Scroll down and find Anna’s Elegant Embellishments, then click to view the images. Click on the green card and Insert Image.
two: Over on the left, turn off all of the other layers except the last one.
three: Resize the image to your desired card size. I want mine to be a 5″x7″ card, so I made sure the height is slightly less than 7 inches. Once you set your size, do not change it before you cut the front piece or it won’t match up.
tip: Once the image is resized, be sure to ungroup all of the layers. If you don’t, it won’t let you cut the individual layers when you switch between them.
five: Go back to your image and change the layer to the first one.
six: Cut this image on your accent paper.
seven: Go back to the cartridge images and select and insert the butterfly image. Select just the first layer. Resize the butterfly so it will fit into the corner of your card. I made mine with a height of 1.5 inches.
eight: Cut this image on your lighter purple cardstock.
nine: Select the second layer only of the butterfly image.
ten: Cut this image on your accent paper.
eleven: Select the fourth layer of the butterfly image.
twelve: Cut this image on your darker purple cardstock.
fourteen: Fold the card piece in half.
fifteen: Adhere the accent paper piece to the front of the card. Make sure to line up the edges.
sixteen: Adhere the happy birthday cut slightly over to the side to make room for the butterfly.
seventeen: Adhere all three layers of the butterfly together. Curl the wings up slightly and stick it to the card in the right corner at an angle.
Whew! This Pretty Purple Cricut Birthday Card didn’t have as many layers as our Lovely Daisy Cricut Birthday Card, but I think it still has that embellished Anna Griffin style to it. Of course if purple isn’t your thing, this card would look amazing in just about any color as well as black and white. What colors would you make this card in?
Be sure to check out our other Handmade Cards and follow our Papercrafting Tip & Inspiration board on Pinterest if making cards is up your ally.
Now if you love butterflies, our friend Pam over at P.S. I Love You Crafts has so many lovely butterfly cards it was too hard to pick just one to share.
And if papercrafts are your true passion, I’d be remiss if I didn’t lead you to the glorious All Free Paper Crafts website and especially this gorgeous Butterfly Dreams Card.