October is soon coming to an end, which means that I am posting my final 31 Days of Christmas Card project. To be honest, I debated dividing this week’s video into two separate tutorials, but, instead, chose to gift you with a full-length Cricut class tutorial showing how to engrave our Shaker Acetate windows with your Cricut Maker. I have also added a bonus tutorial, but, before I get into that, I want to remind you to check out all of the Creative Design Team’s 31 Days of Christmas Cards projects.
Throughout the month of October, our team has been posting a variety of Christmas card projects for you to enjoy. If you have missed any of this month’s video collab, you can view the entire collection here.
Like I said, this week’s project is basically just one big Cricut class. Teaching people how to use their Cricut machines is a passion of mine. My weekly Cricut classes bring me such joy and being able to share a few techniques on my YouTube channel allows me to share my love of all things Cricut with you, too. Today, I am sharing a few ways to dress up your shaker cards using the engraving tool and the foil transfer tool.
I honestly wish you could see these two cards up-close and in-person. The engraved acetate turned out simply beautiful. To create those etched images, I used the Engraving Tool on my Maker machine to etch onto our Rectangle Acetate windows.
The Rectangle Windows are new to our line of shaker products. We now carry rectangle, square, heart, and star shapes in both the thin cut dies and shaker windows to allow you to create all sorts of fun shaker cards. Now that you know that these can be etched with the engraving tool, the possibilities are endless.
In the photo above, you can see a bit of the etching that was engraved onto that acetate window. I also used the new Foil Transfer tool to add some silver snowflakes onto the Pearl Paper frame.
In the video, I show you how to create both of the cards in Cricut Design Space and how to assemble each one. After you have watched the video, you can continue to read about both of these cards that I created.
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Let’s take a look at each of the cards in a little more detail. The Tidings and Joy card was created using Pearl paper, some CTMH Cricut images, a sweet Scarlet Glitter bow, and a large acetate rectangle with engraved snowflakes.
After engraving the acetate, I cut the rectangle frame from Pearl paper, attached all the pieces together and filled the shaker with white glitter and White Bitty Beads.
The images on the front of the card were cut from Scarlet & Evergreen cardstock using images from our Season of Joy collection. This image was cut out multiple times so that I make the sentiment thicker and layer more pine boughs being the words.
Not only did I experiment with engraving on acetate, I learned how to use Liquid Pearls for the first time. Where have these been all my life?! I have been hesitant to try them because I was told that they were difficult to use and took forever to dry. My crafts are usually created last-minute, so I don’t always have time to spare.
I am so glad I chose to give them a try. They were so much easier to use than I had thought they would be and they were dry within 20 minutes. As I was adding the Carnation Red berries, I was remined of my cake decorating days when I would spend hours adding little pearls of frosting to flowers and cake tiers.
The bow at the top of the card was cut from Scarlet Glitter paper using our Small Bow thin cut die. After assembling the bow, I attached a little white pearl in the center and the card was complete.
On the second card, I decided to add a little bonus tutorial. Not only did I etch the acetate window, I decided to show you how to use the new Cricut Foil Transfer Tool. This new tool can be used with the Explore and Maker machines and it works just like most foil transfer systems except that there is no heat required.
The Foil Transfer system is used more like a score tool or engraving tool with three interchangeable tips – fine, medium, and bold – which are used with the Cricut Foil Transfer sheets. When you are creating your project in Design Space, you will need to change your Line Type to “FOIL” then select the tip(s) you are using and choose your color of foil.
On my Peace on Earth Card, I used the Fine Tip with Silver Foil to create snowflakes on our Pearl paper. I just love how simple and subtle this pattern is.
Once I had added the silver snowflakes, I knew that I needed to use our new Blue Belle color. I am a bit partial to blue at Christmas time, so being able to create a beautiful blue and silver card just make my heart happy.
The flower on the card was created using the thin cut dies in our Comfort & Joy stamp set along with the stamen die in our 3D Flower thin cut bundle. I cut the images from Pearl Paper and Vellum, then layered it all together to create a beautiful white poinsettia.
Both cards turned out so much better than I had hoped and the etched images add so much to each of the cards. I wish the photos were able to show off that amazing detail. I plan on posting a little mini-video on Facebook and Instagram to show them up-close.
I hope that today’s project inspired you to dust off that Cricut machine and create something new. We still have four more Christmas Card projects for you, so make sure that you are subscribed to each of the Creative Design Team channels so that you don’t miss out on a single one.
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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today
- Rectangle Shaker Foam & Acetate
- Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts
- Cricut Engraving Tool
- Cricut Maker Machine
- ArtPhilosphy Cricut Collection
- You Are Here Cricut Collection
- Season of Joy Cricut Collection
- Scarlet & Evergreen Cardstock
- White Pearl Paper
- Scarlet & Blue Belle Glitter Paper
- Vellum Paper
- Blue Belle Sequins
- White Bitty Beads