Monday, June 15, 2015

Cricut Create a Critter Dalmatian Invitations

Cricut Create a Critter Dalmatian Invitations

My nephew's first birthday is coming up this summer and my sister-in-law asked if I could make some invitations for her. I had made Cricut Create a Critter Owl invitations for her first-born so of course I was going to make some for her second. She ended up choosing the dalmatian from the same cartridge and it was perfect since the fireman's hat has the number 1 on it. I wanted to try my hand at a shape card since I hadn't made one in a while.

Cricut Create a Critter Dalmatian Invitations

The problem with the dalmatian is that it would fit a square envelope better than a standard A2 but I wanted to avoid going with the square since it could incur additional postage. I managed to find a value pack of 50 white envelopes in an A7 (5.25" x 7.25") at Michael's and, while they were still a bit too long, they just barely fit a 4.75" dalmatian.

Cricut Create a Critter Dalmatian Invitations

In addition to a Cricut cutting machine, cutting mat and the Create a Critter cartridge, you will need plain card stock in red, yellow, white and black. To assemble the card pieces, you will need double-sided tape and a glue pen. If you plan on making a lot of cards, I suggest purchasing a Scotch Advanced Tape Glider. I also recommend the Zig two-way glue pens. The glue is blue when wet but dries clear and doesn't wrinkle the paper.  

Cricut Create a Critter Dalmatian Invitations

To create these dalmatian invitations, you will need to cut out the following pieces:
  • 2 x dalmatian character in black for the front and back of the card
  • layer 1 in white for the body
  • layer 2 in red for the hat, collar and tongue
  • layer 3 in yellow for the dog tag and helmet detail

I recommend cutting out as many as you need one colour at a time and create an assembly line. For the card front, I used the Zig glue pen to glue on the dog tag to the collar and the yellow shield to the hat. I used it as well to glue the collar to the body as well as the tongue. To adhere the body to the black base, I used the ATG gun. Then, I used a ruler and the tip of my bone folder to score the top of the remaining black base about 1/4" from the top and used the ATG gun to stick it to the card front.

Cricut Create a Critter Dalmatian Invitations

For the inside, I typed up the details into a text box in Word and duplicated them before printing them onto card stock. I used my round corner punch to round off the corners.

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