I have to admit I have a pretty healthy supply of Cricut cartridges (Please don’t ask me how many because I honestly have no idea and I’m not sure we need to go there just in case my hubby is reading this. Hi Dear! Love ya!) I’m not one to hide things from my hubster…<insert clearing throat here>…ahem…I’m just sayin’….) LOL! Just kidding!! Anyway, my point is that with all of the adorable Valentine’s or shall I say lovey-dovey cuts available you would think I’d be cutting out those images instead… or at least something from a new cartridge….but no, I have to show my rebellious side by making a card using the bomb from the Indie Art cartridge – isn’t Indie Art now a discontinued one too?! LOL! I know Indie Art has always had mixed reviews. People either loved or hated it when it first came out… I don’t know about you, but for the longest time Indie Art was one of my favorite cartridges, probably because it’s so non-traditional and the cuts can be used in so many fun and quirky ways. That’s me you know, quirky crafty Kim.
So in honor of kicking off the “LOVE” theme this month for the January Challenge I wanted to tell all of you that I think “You’re Da Bomb!”
Want to make a card just like this one?
Here’s the recipe!
Indie Art Cricut Cartridge
Your preferred Cricut font cartridge
White premade card or make your own measuring 5″x7″
1-2 old book pages
Cardstock in the following colors: black, red, white, silver, brown
Inks for distressing ( I used red, black and silver)
Stickles (Glitter Glue) in Red and Silver
Your preferred adhesive
Pop dots (or dimensionals!)
Small piece of red tulle approximately 3″x5″ piece
Small piece of aluminum foil or silver paper
1. Using Indie Art cut the bomb – botton and top layer. I cut the bomb at 4 3/4″. The first layer the shadow/blackout layer was cut out of white paper. The top layer was cut from black paper. Don’t forget to cut the flame also from red paper leaving the size set at 4 3/4″. I cut two of the flames and glued the end together that slips under the bomb and then curled the ends forward to give more dimension. Also, cut the matchstick from brown and the top of the match from red paper.
2. Cut the phrase “You’re Da Bomb” from your preferred Cricut font cartridge. I have to admit. I made this in a flurry and have been working on several things and I cannot for the life of me remember which font this is ….Can anyone tell just by looking? I want to say it’s Lyrical Letter BUT….I’m not positive! I do know that I cut it at 1/2″ from the red paper.
3. Okay, time to assemble!
- First thing we’re going to do is tear the old book page(s) into small squares. Ink all four sides with red ink and a light dab of silver ink for extra Ooomph! Next, adhere the bookprint squares to the card front overlapping a bit so it resembles a collage look. Any excess hanging off the edge of the card can be trimmed.
- Next, assemble the bomb. Ink the edges of all pieces with black and silver ink. Place a small piece of aluminum foil or silver paper large enough to be centered underneath the top layer opening that resembles a bean shape. Glue to the base cut making sure it lines up with the top layer so that the silver paper/foil shows through the top layer opening. Next, add pop dots (dimensionals) to the back of the top layer and attach together. Attach the bomb to the front of the card with more pop dots for extra dimension.
- Using a white pen and a heavy hand, outline the “starburst explosion” that’s the part underneath the flame.
- Attach the phrase “You’re Da Bomb” to the bottom of the bomb using the photo for placement.
- Assemble the matchstick and glue to the card front using the photo for placement.
4. Now, for the final details! Add silver dots with Stickles (or any glitter glue) around the bean shaped opening on the bomb and around the white shadow part of the bomb (the bottom layer) in groups of three dots. Also add silver dots around the explosion to add random sparkle. Use red Stickles on the flame, matchstick and letters.
5. Scrunch up a small piece of red tulle and place under the top left of the bomb so that the top of the netting flares out. Add red glitter dots for extra bling randomly using caution to not get it on the card.
6. For the final hurrah! Make sure to ink all four sides of the card with red ink and then a dab of silver here and there – gives the card a nice finished look.
7. The inside of the card reads “I’m just sayin’….Happy Valentine Hot Stuff!” This can be cut using a font cartridge and your Cricut or simply by using your computer and printer.
I hope this Valentine card has caused an explosion of creativity!
Olive making Valentine’s Day crafts, don’t you?
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