As you may have heard, we’re giving away a Cricut Expression 2: Anniversary Edition machine. I got to play around with one this week (can you believe I get paid for this?) and I made a cute project I wanted to share with you.
I just got engaged last month, and once I got into wedding planning mode (about an hour after the proposal) I already had a long list of DIY projects I wanted to try. I am a craft blogger, after all! The very first DIY project I decided to tackle was the always adorable “Will you be my bridesmaid?” cards. Here they are!
I want the wedding to have a yellow and gray color scheme with lots of polka dots, so I chose this motif for the bridesmaid cards. Here’s how I made them:
- Cricut Expression 2: Anniversary Edition machine
- silver and white polka dot card stock
- Gray card stock
- Yellow card stock
- Glue dots
- Glue stick
- Paper cutter (or good ol’ fashioned scissors)
- Mini pearl stickers
- Corner rounder punch (optional)
- I bought two pieces of polka dot paper to make four cards, so I started by cutting both pieces in half, and then folding those pieces in half. I made a mistake in cutting and folding (as usual…) so that’s why I ended up with some vertical cards and some horizontal cards. I cut my cards based on my envelope size, which is about 5″ x 7″.
- Next I cut out the frame shape using the Cricut. This shape is found in the Cricut Essentials Cartridge that comes with the Anniversary Edition machine. I cut out a frame for each card and adhered them to the front with glue dots. I took the oval that was cut from the center of each frame and trimmed it down a bit to make it smaller than the frame, and glued that down as well. (You’ll notice one of my cards has a different shade of gray for this piece because I lost the middle piece from one of the frames. Grr.)
- The dress shape in the middle of each frame was actually drawn and cut out free hand. But if you have the Paper Doll Dress Up or Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut cartridges, you can use those for the dress shape instead. Or, you can always print out a picture of a dress you like and use that as a template to cut around. I cut four dresses and adhered them with, you guessed it, glue dots.
- Next I added 4 pearl stick-ons above each dress to make it look like a mini pearl necklace. I think this adds a nice touch!
- I cut out “will you be my” using the Cricut American Alphabet cartridge, which also comes with the Anniversary Edition machine. I glued the letters down (using a glue stick this time) to a piece of gray cardstock, rounded two of the corners, and glued that down to the left side of the inside of the card.
- Then I cut a piece of yellow cardstock to fit in the bottom of the right side and glued that down, along with a scrap of polka dot paper leftover from earlier. I wrote “Bridesmaid” in my finest penmanship, which is about the skill level of a 3rd grader. (What can I say, my job involves a lot of typing!)
- The final step was to cut some bunting out of yellow scraps for the top right corner. I used the bunting shape in the Just a Note cartridge, which is included with the Anniversary Edition machine. I cut two bunting shapes per card and glued them down with glue dots in the corner of each card.
Et voila! I’m so excited to have my first wedding craft completed, and It was so much fun playing with a new Cricut machine.