I hope your sewing and crafting adventures are getting completed and filling your heart with the joy only DIY can bring!
I have been diving into my newest toy the Cricut Maker. I love using electronic cutters for fabrics treated with Terial Magic, and have been using them for years; but this Cricut Maker is really amazing and has the tools and features to express my creativity like none other!
Valentine’s Day is coming soon; I designed a card with fabric embellishments. The Maker has a pen feature that also prints text onto the card, and then cuts the card stock out, any shape or design. For this card I also used fabric, treated with Terial Magic, to cut the front underlay and heart balloons out of. Because the fabric is treated with Terial Magic, it is paper-like and does not need the fabric rotary knife! The heart balloons are gathered using tiny cut holes as needle guides to hand sew through, which are then tightly gathered and tied. This gives a fun 3D effect, a unique look only fabric can bring!
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6.5” x 4.25” Finished size card & instructions
- Cricut cutting machine, (other cutting machines can be used)
- 8.5” x 11” cut cotton fabric
- 8.5” x 11” card stock (complementary color to fabric or white)
- 8.5 x 11” light cardstock for envelope
- Medium cutter knife
- Cricut black pen
- Heavy Quilt thread (black or color to contrast with cardstock)
- Embroidery needle with large eye (for heavy thread)
Treat fabric with Terial Magic, dry to damp and iron flat
Make any adjustments to customize card before you begin the cuts.
Follow the prompts in Design Space to cut images from card stock and fabric. Changing the scoring stylus to the pen as directed. Use the Medium Cardstock (80lb) setting for both the cardstock and treated fabric.
TIP: When un-matting both card stock and fabric, bend the cutting mat away from the cut card stock or fabric, keeping the cuts as flat as possible, this is to keep them from curling.
Flip the top layer cutout onto its back and coat with glue stick.
Step ThreeFlip top layer back to front side and carefully center on top of right side of fabric underlay.
Step FourUse Brayer (or press evenly with palm of hand) to secure adhesion.
Coat back side of card fabric with glue stick.
Step SixPlace card front on flat surface, center front of card fabric /top layer on top and press down firmly to secure adhesion. Optional: use brayer on back side as in step 5.
Step SevenThread an embroidery needle with 9” of heavy hand quilt thread. Using small cuts in cut out heart balloons, thread needle through to create a gather balloon.
Bunch gathers tightly and tie thread on back side of heart balloon. (Image 9) Repeat for second heart.