Thursday, January 12, 2012

Kirigami Cards

I am super excited to show yo one of the projects I've been working on this week! 

As some of you know, I recently got a Cricut for Christmas and it's my very first electronic cutter. Goodbye, sore fingers and Mr. Exacto blade!! Well, ok, not goodbye really because I will use you for other things but you can sit quietly in my tool drawer until I need you for something else. Anyway, as I was saying, my lovely sister gave me this Cricut with one stipulation attached. Yes, she put a condition on my present but hey, that's her for ya. ;) 

Her one requirement? I had to make her a card using it. Not bad, right? It's not like she wanted me to cut out a billion damask patterns and stitch them together for her to wear as a necklace or anything. 

So that is precisely what I did. Now, bear in mind that this is my first ever time of making my own card like this so I know it's not as fancy as some but I like them. I had some pretty papers that I cut down to fit in an envelope and then I used the Cricut pack Grow My Garden to cut out a few flower shapes and a butterfly. While I was making my sister's card, I decided to just make one for my aunt in Germany too.

I folded the pattern to the inside of the card and then used the strip with the blank cutouts to embellish the bottom. Then I layered and played with various other flower patterns on the front. 

Never content to leave well enough alone, I went hunting around on-line and found THIS:

Is this not cool or what? It's a 3-D orchid that pops out of the card when you open it. The site I found it on is called Easy Cut Pop-Up and they sell the patterns for these for pretty cheap. I decided to buy their whole flowers and butterflies set because it came with a ton of designs for about $12 and it ended up around $.50 a design. Not bad if I say so myself. I pulled out some parchment and used it to print the design on. The directions were really easy to follow and in no time, I had two pretty orchids popping out of my little home-made cards!

I used a little watered down ink to brush some color on the one for my aunt. I don't know if I like it yet or not. I also cut out a small square of the same parchment to write my little message on. 

And then, because I can't leave well enough alone and I wanted the recipients of these to really feel special when they opened them, I made two pendants that matched the colors of the cards. The one in my aunt's has a touch of red and that soft parchment shade in it while my sister's had some pretty blue-green shades that went well with the inside of the card. 

I used some copper elastic cord to loop through the pendants and then punched two holes in the card to wind the cording through. Then I just tied the cards shut with it. 

So what do you think? ^___^

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  1. Ok, so now I want one of those cricut things. I've been looking them up on the internet, they're so versatile and also so expensive. I think I will put it on my Christmas list.
    I love what you have done, they're both so pretty, and it's great that you added the personal touches with the hand-painting.
    And thank-you Otter for being a busy little beaver, AND posting about it, because now there's no yuccy spider on my blog roll !!!

  2. This is really beautiful, I always like glitter stuff & it seems Lovely *(*

  3. I love how these turned out so pretty! Love for you to link these up to my feature Friday Linky Party

  4. How beautiful. I enjoy pretty paper & I can tell these beautiful cards are a labor of love!

    Warmly, Michelle

  5. How can I ever possibly thank you for this tutorial.. I found this wholesale kirigami on My company bought a lots of pop up xmas cards from them last year.


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