Your Cricut Explore Valentine’s Card
Do you have a special someone in your life who deserves something extra-special this Valentine’s day? This clever little penny slider card could be just the thing, armed with a few handy templates from Cricut’s Design Space » and a plethora of cardstock you’ll be up, up and away in next to no time!
- Cricut Explore Machine >>
- Cricut Design Space >>
- Cricut Standard Grip Cutting Mat >>
- Cricut Black Pen Set (optional) >>
- 7 x 7″ White Card Blank >>
- Coloured Cardstock >>
- Silver Mirror Card >>
- Seafoam White Embossing Powder >>
- Matt Grey Acrylic Paint >>
- Vellum >>
- Two, 1p pieces
- To start the project you’ll need to be logged into the Cricut Design Space. Start a new project, and click “Images” from the left-hand side bar. Search for “moon” in the search bar at the top of the screen. Once the search has completed select the highlighted moon image, and click “Insert Images”.
2. Hide the black and purple layers of the design by clicking the eye symbol in the right-hand toolbar, a line will cross through them and the layers will disappear from the work canvas. Re-size the moon to 4 1/2″ wide.
3. Select “Make it” in the top right-hand corner of the screen and cut both pieces from white cardstock.
4. Double heat emboss both pieces of the moon using Seafoam White Embossing powder and a heat tool. Leave the first layer of powder to set before inking once more and applying a second layer. Secure the top piece of the design to the bottom with double-sided tape. place to one side.
5. Trim two pieces of black cardstock to 7″ square. Use your Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut a central circle aperture measuring 5 1/4″ in diameter.
6. Place some of the acrylic paint into a pot and mix with a small amount of water. Use a paintbrush with stiff bristles to disperse the paint across both piece of black cardstock to crate a galaxy-like effect. Leave to dry.
7. While the paint is drying cut the rocket ship using the Cricut Explore Air 2; start a new project, and click “Images” from the left-hand side bar. Search for “rocket” in the search bar at the top of the screen. Once the search has loaded select the highlighted rocket image, and click “Insert Images”.
8. Resize the rocket to approximately 3″(W) x 7cm (H). This can be done by amending the values in the highlighted size boxes in the top toolbar, or by dragging the arrows in the bottom right-hand corner of the image. Once happy with the size, select the green “Make it” button from the top right-hand corner and follow the on-screen instructions. Construct the rocket ship using a glue pen (we also cut a tiny heart to add to our rocket ship) then leave to dry.
9. Cut a selection of stars from silver mirror board. To do this, simply select the “Shapes” button from the toolbar on the left-hand side of the screen and select the star shape, then resize to your desired dimension.
10. To construct the card, start by securing the 7″ square panel of black cardstock to the front of the card blank.
11. Secure the 1p piece to the back of the rocket ship with a foam pad positioned centrally, then stack a further two foams pads followed by the second penny. Place to one side.
12. Apply two stacked layers of foam tape to the reveres of the aperture panel and the moon, making sure to keep the tape at least 1cm away from the edge to allow the 1p piece to move freely when the crad is fully constructed. Remove the backing tape from the aperture panel and secure to the card. Position the rocket ship so that the bottom 1p piece sits below the aperture panel, then remove the backing tape from the moon and secure in place – again making sure the bottom 1p piece sits below the moon – secure the moon centrally within the aperture to allow the penny slider mechanism to move freely.
13. All that’s left to do is to create the greeting! Select the “Text” button from the toolbar on the left-hand side of the canvas screen on Design Space, type your greeting into the box, then select the font type, size and style from the toolbar at the top of the screen.
14. To enable the Cricut Explore Air 2 to write the greeting rather than cut it, click on the middle icon in the “Text” panel on the right-hand side of the canvas page, a second toolbar will appear on the left. Select “Write” from the available options and the pen that you are using – we opted for the glitter pen from the Cricut Black Pen Set.
15. Once happy with the greeting, select “Make it” and follow the on-screen directions. Leave to dry for a few seconds before using a paper trimmer to cut the greeting down to the required size, then add to the bottom right-hand corner of your card with foam tape.