February 23, 2012

A whale of a post!

I was perusing through my meager stash of stamps – thanks to my recent de-cluttering – to find some inspiration for my next card. Can you believe it? I found none. None as in zero. Zot. On the contrary it created in me a desire to buy some new stamps. After all I didn’t have ANY masculine stamp…or a text background stamp…or floral silhouettes…and so on. I’m sure most of you can relate to this feeling! I didn’t want to give in to that feeling because lately I’ve been buying a lot of fabric to feed my other addiction – sewing :-). Given all these constraints I figured Cricut and SCAL were my best buds here.

I’d bought the Create-a-critter cartridge because, of course the cuts looked sooo cute, and then lot of people had been praising it; but I hadn’t had a chance to make something out of it. That my dear friends was the inspiration for my next card. Flipping through the handbook, there were so many critters I wanted to go along with but just couldn’t think of an appropriate sentiment. Finally after scratching my head, pulling my hair and searching the internet ( a LOT of that!) I found nice little sentiments for the whale. So whale it was.

It took me a tremendous amount of time to make this card – right from designing to assembling it – so I made two of them. To make myself feel better. That all that time was not spent in making not one but TWO cards. Yep they’re quite similar but hey I tried my best to make changes here and there without investing MORE time!

At the end of it all – I’m SO happy!! So proud of these cards :-)

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  • The following was cut in Cricut:
    1. Cut the whale at 2.5” and assemble it.
    2. Using SCAL, cut the clouds at 1.5” and 1.75”.
    3. Using SCAL, cut 3 wave borders (downloaded it from internet somewhere).
  • Cut a white CS 4” X 5.25”. Die cut an oval in the center of the white panel using the largest of oval nestabilities.
  • Sponge the clouds with Broken China Distress Ink.
  • Sponge the wave with white pigment ink.
  • Adhere one wave border to the white panel with the oval die cut. Adhere the other two to the card base. Stick the clouds to the cloud base. Glue the bottom of the whale and pop the top of the whale on dimensions. Pop the white panel on top of the card base using dimensionals.
  • Print the sentiment using Microsoft Publisher. I used to print my sentiments using Word but I read about somebody on SCS who did it in publisher and realized how easy it was! The placement and everything is so much better! Pop the sentiment using dimensionals.

I recently bought a pack of assorted cardstock from Joann for cutting with Cricut. I must tell you that it has made my life so much easier and made me love my Cricut so much more! I agree that the cardstock is quite thin but since most of the shapes are layered it doesn’t really make a difference. In fact the thinness make it easy to layer. It cuts in one pass (unlike PTI which cuts in two passes) and the cuts are very clean! There are 25 shades so there’s a light and dark for almost every color – love that. Again that’s very useful for layering. I would highly recommend this cardstock pack for use with Cricut!

Looks like the title is just apt for this post! I came up with the title because of the whales involved and had no intention of making this truly a whale of post!!

4 comments:

Hussena said...

Oh wow your cards are just so adorable really loved your sentiments...brought a smile to my face instantly...you know you can enter your cards for this time Casual friday challenge where the theme is "Jest for pun" perfect for your cards na:)

Hussena said...

Oh wow your cards are just so adorable really loved your sentiments...brought a smile to my face instantly...you know you can enter your cards for this time Casual friday challenge where the theme is "Jest for pun" perfect for your cards na:)

Dr Sonia S V said...

The aperture style with the waves pooping out from under the cute whale is awesome
Cheers from Bangalore, India
Sonia
cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com

Chaitali Narla said...

This is so sweet! I like the Joann cardstock too! I still use a thick cardstock like Papertrey Ink's for my card base but totally agree that the Joann one is easier for my Cameo to cut.