Friday, June 6, 2014

Artbooking Tutorial - Baby Cards

Close To My Heart's Artbooking cartridge makes creating layouts and mini-albums really simple because all the images are linked, which means you don't have to figure out sizing. What's even better is that you can apply this to cards as well. And considering all the baby showers I have coming up, I need this. :)

All the Cricut-cut images on this card are from page 50 of the Artbooking manual, and the size was set to 5.5 inches so it would fit on an A2 sized card (5.5" x 4.25"). 

With the images being linked, everything was automatically cut proportionally. The only size I changed was the large Chocolate tag - I wanted this as a mat, so I cut it at 6 inches.

There is no stamping on this card - I used a journaling pen to outline the banner and border, and the tan (Cashmere) and white background image on the tag is from the Paper Fundamentals assortment. The only item I hand cut was the Cashmere banner (3" x 0.75").

On this card, all Cricut-cut images are from page 51 of the Artbooking manual, and the size was set to 5.5 inches. The blue/green (Juniper) tag was set to 6 inches so it could be a mat. Again, no stamping, just a journaling pen and Paper Fundamentals. I only hand cut the 2.75" white circle.

This can easily be done directly on whatever Cricut machine you have, but if you use the Cricut Craft Room like I did, you can use the Layers function to lay out your card before you cut:

Each color represents a different layer and allows me to get an idea of what the card will look like when all the images are cut and assembled. 

Another nice Craft Room feature you can use is the "Hide Contour" button to remove any parts of an image you don't want. For instance, the tags and borders on both cards had small holes, which I didn't want because it was just too much with the background overlay. Here's a quick tutorial showing how you can do this:

I hope this inspires you to do a little Cricut card making of your own!

Supplies Used (All CTMH):

Cardstock - Pear, Juniper, Chocolate, Whisper, White, Smoothie, Sorbet, Buttercup and Cashmere
Retired - Chantilly paper pack, Sorbet ribbon, Mocha Pearls and Bitty Buds Assortment

Artbooking Cartridge

Flamingo Dots

Baker's Twine Hemp

Journaling Pen

Paper Fundamentals

Skylark Paper Pack


Brenda said...

Wonderful baby cards and a fabulous tutorial with great information!!

Jean Wortham said...

I can't wait to get home to make some of these! I too have a baby shower coming soon...