Homemade Cards-A Special Touch

A Homemade Card, like ones I make with my Cricut Machine, gives recipients a special feeling, they know I planned ahead for their special occasion and took the time and care to create a greeting card just for them. I have sent out many of the cards featured in this blog and I get wonderful thank you's back, expressing how nice it was to receive a beautiful and homemade card.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Homemade Greeting Card for a 50th Birthday- Friday, May 20, 2011

Sorry this is late, I became involved trying to become a follower of the brand new Cricut Blog.  Go check it out, there are prizes being given away too.  The New Official Cricut Blog

Now for today's card: I made this card to celebrate the 50th birthday.  I was tempted to use the traditional black and white but decided to celebrate rather than mourn turning 50 years old.  I think the rich vibrant colors of the cardstock background along with the sentiment "Hooray for you" look great on this card I made with my Cricut Personal Cutting Machine.  Scrapbooking has come a long way in regard to cardstock choices.  It used to be that you had a choice of plain colors or some not so special patterns and you had to cut your shapes by hand or with simple plastic shape patterns.
The Cricut machine allows your creativity to soar, with so many choices of cutouts; hundreds are included in most single cartridges.  Take the time to look at the various patterns on each page of the Cricut booklet included with each Cricut cartridge.  There are times when a pattern can be used for something other than it's intended purpose.


Don't be limited to the phrases included pre-done in the Don Juan cartridge.  This cartridge includes the cutouts for every letter of the alphabet, giving you the opportunity to make up your own special phrases, as I did in this "Nifty Fifty" card.  By using the Shadow key, any letter you choose can have it's shadow layer for underneath.


This is a wonderful pack of cardstock to use for rich and special cards and scrapbook layouts.  The Manufacturer is DCWV and available at scrapbooking supply stores.


  • Cricut Cartridge: Don Juan  This cartridge usually is included with a Cricut Machine purchase.
  • Blade Depth: #2
  • Pressure: Max
  • Speed: Medium

Step by Step

Step 1
Cut a background piece of cardstock to measure 4" x 5 1/4" for a card that measure 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". For any card, simply cut the background to be 1/4" smaller than the card itself. Adhere the background cardstock to the card base.
Step 2
Cut one <K> pg 42, size 4" using the Under Pressure, Shift, and K keyboard key. This cuts the top layer of the big star in the middle. I used a contrasting piece of cardstock.
Step 3
Adhere the large star offset to the right on the card.
Step 4
Cut one <Hooray>, pg 72, size 2 1/2", using just the Hooray keyboard key. This cuts out the top Hooray layer.
Cut one <Hooray>, pg 72, size 2 1/2", using Shadow and Hooray keyboard key. This cuts out the bottom Hooray layer. Adhere the two together.
Step 5 
Adhere to the bottom left of the card.
Step 6
 Cut one <Star>, pg 42, size 1", using the Shift and K keyboard key. This cuts the top layer of the smaller star.
Cut one <Star>, pg 42, size 1", using the Under Pressure and K keyboard key. This cuts the bottom layer of the smaller star.
Step 7
Adhere the two star layers together and adhere to the top left of the card.
Step 8
Cut one <Hooray> pg 72, size 1 1/2", using Shadow, Shift and Hooray keyboard key. This cuts out the bottom layer of the !
Cut one <Hooray>, pg 72, size 1 1/2", using the Shift and Hooray keyboard key. This cuts out the top layer of the ! Set aside.
Step 9 
Pick the sentiment you want. For the sentiment I used, I cut each letter to be a size 1" using each keyboard key needed. Then using the Shadow key along with the appropriate letter key, cut out the shadow version. Look at the letter choices, each letter has a couple of cutout choices.
Step 10
Adhere each letter and it's shadow together, then adhere them to the card.
Step 11
Add a pretty bow, available at scrapbook supply stores.

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  1. I love that paper stacker!! You really rocked it!

  2. There are so many paper stackswith beautiful textured papers. I notice the heavier weights cut cleaner too. Thanks for your comment


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