I was able to use my new Create a Critter 2 cartridge last night to make a card to participate in the latest challenge at Cooking With Cricut, their Card Outreach Challenge. The challenge is to make fun Halloween cards (no scary ones) for the I Feel the Love Project.
The “I Feel the Love” Project for September is to make Halloween Cards to be given to the kids who live at Casa Pacifica. Casa Pacifica serves abused and neglected children and adolescents, and those with severe emotional, social, behavioral, and mental health challenges on California’s Central Coast. Each year the facility has an amazing Halloween party for the kids. It is IFTL’s goal to send a card to each of the 70 children who reside there. (For more information about Casa Pacifica please visit their website.)
I laid out my card in Cricut Craft Room, cutting the owl at 3″. The owl’s body was printed and cut on my Imagine, using the Bubblegum Stripes cartridge for the small purple stripes. I did not use CCR for this step, as it still is not compatible with the Imagine. I embossed the small tummy piece with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder.
For the owl’s eye, I hid the cut that forms the pupil in CCR. On the mat in CCR, the circles look perfectly round. But when I cut the eyes with my Expression, they did not come out round. I had what looked like a cross-eyed owl. So I took black paint and a stylus (you can also use the round end of a paintbrush), dipped the stylus into the paint and then formed black circles on the white part of the eye. Once the paint dried, I put a white highlight on the black dot.
I added a moon behind the owl, which is a circle that I also cut at 3″. I embossed the moon with a new Cuttlebug folder I recently got, the bat folder from the Midnight Hauntings set. The phrase was cut at 1″. Because of the small size of the phrase, I cut it out of vinyl. The Cricut easily cuts vinyl. Vinyl is great for small pieces because it already has adhesive, so you don’t have to fuss trying to put glue on them.
I added Stickles to the band and buckle on the hat.
For the inside of the card, I lined it with a couple of pieces of patterned paper. I cut the pumpkin treat bag and candy piece, also from Create a Critter 2, at 1.5″. I cut the shadow layer from cardstock and the black and orange layers from vinyl.
The background paper and print paper inside my card are from a K & Company Halloween collection that came out a year or so ago. I picked it up on sale and don’t remember exactly when I bought it.
- Cricut cartridges: Create a Critter 2, Imagine Bubblegum Stripes
- Cuttlebug: Midnight Hauntings embossing folder set
- K & Company Halloween paper pad