Polka Dot Pets Greetings Cards


Posted on 26th August 2022 by Samantha Burrow
Filed under Card Making Ideas

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Open Cricut Design Space and start by inserting two square shapes from the shapes panel. Adjust the colour and size of the square to suit your chosen design. In this blog I used a Papermill Direct Extra Large Square Card Blank in White Card Linen, so I resized my squares to 5.55” sq (black square) and 5.35” sq white square.

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Insert a score line, resize to 5.5” and change the function from score to draw in the Edit Panel. Select your chosen Cricut Pen and colour, I’ve used a Cricut Marker 1.0 in Black. Rotate the line 90', align central on the horizontal, approximately 4” down from the top of the white square. If you are creating a different size card, use your own judgement to place the line, you will use this line as a background to line up your polka dot pet.

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Add text and type your sentiment. Choose a suitable font with a writing function, I have used Awesome Font, (size 42, letter spacing 2.0) and Cricut Fine Point 0.4 in Black. Align the text central on the horizontal and roughly central between the line and the bottom of the square. Select the white square with the line and text and click Attach in the Action Panel.

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Click images and search for image ID #M16F55A58, this is the Peeking Dog from the Peek-a-Boo Animals image set. If you click on the three dots [•••] to the top right of the image, you can “View Image Set” to see the other pets available. Pick your favourite image(s) and add to canvas.

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I’m going to use the Peeking Dog image to show how using the contour tool can create different layers to a simple image, enabling you to add in different colours.

For this dog, I chose three colour layers, so to do this you need to create two further duplicates of the dog image. Select all three and align centrally to each other. From the Layer Panel, select each image and change the colour, I’ve chosen black as my base colour, brown and then white.

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From the Layers Panel, select the black dog image. Click Contour in the Action Panel and remove all the internal lines until you have a completely solid dog silhouette.

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Repeat this process for the brown dog image, this time remove the outer line first and then any parts of the dog’s features you don’t want in brown. I’ve chosen brown around his eyes, you can mix this up and have one brown patch on a white dog, or brown paws.

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Repeat this process for the white dog image, again remove the outer line first and then any parts of the dog’s features you don’t want in white.

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Now select the three images together and in the Action Panel click group. This will help keep your design together when moving it around the screen or adjusting the size. You may need to adjust the size of your pet to fit your card size.

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You can repeat the contour process for any of the Peek-a-Boo Pets cut images. You can also use this tool for a lot of other images on design space, making endless possibilities with your creativity.

When you’re happy with your design and layout, click Make It to move to the cutting stage. Follow the on screen instructions to complete the cut.

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Using glue or double sided tape, stick the larger square card to the front of your card base and then stick the smaller sentiments square to the front of that.

Assemble the pieces of the pet image and stick together on the solid black silhouette card. Using 3D foam pads, stick your Polka Dot Pet to the front of the card, using the thick black line as a guide, a sort of table for your pet to peek-a-boo over.

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