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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thankful for You Card

Hello!  It's Nadia from my blog, With Glittering Eyes!  Recently on my blog, I figured out and shared how to make an accordion pop up mini book.  (Click here to see that project). While I was making that, I thought that elements of the mini book would make great cards!  This is one of those!  Be sure to check my blog today to see the pirate card I made too!

 This card is one I made for my daughter.  Her school has a little Thanksgiving luncheon and I wanted to give it to her then.  Closed, the card has a dimensional wreath and the card ties closed.  When untied, the card opens, to expose a window and decorations.

I cut the paper that would be the majority of the inside of the card-- the one that would have a window cut into it.  It was cut at 4"x8" and scored at 2", 4", and 6".  I cut a window in the middle of the paper using the Centerpoint feature. I also cut a frame with the same cut.  This is from Holiday Frames and Tags.  I cut the paper what would be seen when looking through the window at 4"x8" and scored in the center.

Here, you can see how the two papers will go together.  The mountain fold of the top paper is directly over the valley fold of the bottom paper.  They will be attached by adhering the side flaps to the base below, leaving the area with the window and space behind it free to fold in opposite directions.

I loved the new Holiday Frames and Tags cartridge for creating the window and a frame around it.  This shape was cut at 3-1/2" (page 45).  I used the frame (Layer) for each cut.  To make the cut out, I simply stopped the machine after it cut the center, since it made that part of the cut first!  Then I inserted a contrasting paper and cut the shape completely.  A frame is created to accentuate the cut out.

For all cuts that covered a scoreline, I used Scotch Scrapbookers Glue because it is a bit more flexible.

I scored the photo on the back since it was a valley fold.  I used my Xacto knife to score.  I found that photos I print with glossy photo paper do best when scored in this way.  Papers, I have found, are fine to score this way whether mountain or valley, but layered cuts are better folded to score.

I attached the photo with ATG tape.  The line that you see is the light reflecting on the fold.  I took the pictures so that you could see the score line, but it is not cut all the way through; it is only scored.

I added characters from Autumn Celebrations.  The Indian (page 66), was cut at 3".  The Pilgrim (page 67), was cut at 2-1/2".

I cut and inked leaves and added them.  They are from A Child's Year, cut at 3/4".  The letters were cut from Holiday Frames and Tags (Jolly Font), at 1".

I attached the two papers by taping the two inch flaps on either side of the window cut to the base paper.

I cut two 4"x4" covers from kraft paper. I embossed them.  I inked the embossed areas and added eyelets for twine that will serve as a closure.  I also darkened in with ink the area that would be behind the wreath.  The covers were adhered to the card with Terrifically Tacky Tape.

For the front, I used the wreath from December 25th at 3-3/4" and leaves I cut and inked from A Child's Year at 3/4".  I put that honeycomb/chicken wire pattern behind the wreath simply to avoid a hole in the middle of the card.  It was cut from Letter Envy Font (page 31), 4".  I placed it behind the wreath and manually trimmed away the excess.

The letters were cut from Holiday Frames and Tags (Jolly Font), 3/4".

The wreath was added to the front cover with pop dots.

Thank you for checking my post here today.  To see many of my previous projects on my blog, visit My Project Gallery!  Check my blog today to see my pirate card with a scene from inside the ship and a complete tutorial for making it!  Here's a hint:

Cricut Info & Supplies Used:
Designed By: Nadia Herbst-McConnell
Cricut Machines Used: Expression and Cuttlebug
Project Type: card
Project Theme: Thanksgiving
Cricut Cartridges Used:  A Child's Year, Autumn Celebrations, December 25th, Holiday Tags and Frames, Letter Envy
Suppies Used: Card stock from my scrap bin, ATG tape, Scotch Scrapbookers glue, 1/8" foam squares (pop dots), black ink pad, Terrifically Tacky Tape, twine


  1. Stunning - creative - fun - detailed - perfect! Thank you, Nadia for another wonderful tutorial and project. Love all of the details and tips. It's a great "gift card"! I will have to try this one!

  2. Nadia thanks for sharing your beautiful projects. You are a very talented crafter and I love seeing the projects that you share.... I am going to give your Thanksgiving card a shot when I make a card for my MIL this year.

    Thanks again for sharing!

    Have a great day!

  3. Beautiful card Nadia. Your wreath is just stunning. I expect we will be seeing several very similar ver soon. I know I plan to make one!

  4. Love this!! I saw your mini the other day on your blog and thought maybe you could use the same technique on a card. And yes, you can!! She is going to love this!

  5. A very beautiful card Nadia. Love all the detail and your instructions are so easy to follow. I may have to rethink getting Holiday Frames and Tags. Thanks so much for creating such a beautiful card and sharing with us.

  6. Stunning as usual...thanks for the instructions/tutorial!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Beautiful card! Your daughter is going to love it! TFS!

  8. I really love these window projects. You have inspired me to try them. Thanks for the step by step instructions! :)

  9. very pretty card she'll love it. thanks for the instructions on making it :)

  10. Beautiful card and what a sweet idea for your daughter!

  11. Great card. Thanks for the tuturial.

  12. I definitely pinned this one, I love these cards. Will definitely make the pirate one from your blog too. Great directions!!!

  13. So cute. She will really like this. I always love designs that have lots of leaves layered. I think that is so pretty.

  14. This is a wonderful card, Nadia. I love it and I know your daughter will love it.

  15. Love it Nadia ! I need to make one of those card inserts too...looks so cool !

  16. Great card - love the tips/techniques you give. How fun - love the cuate little photo of your daugther. Thanks for always sharing your creative mind with us.

  17. I love how the photo is part of the card. Very cute!

  18. Nadia -- Great card -- love the pop-up and that gorgeous wreath!!

  19. Fun card. Love the honeycomb. Thanks for the tutorial.

  20. Beautiful card and great tutorial -- thanks, Nadia!!


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