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Thanksgiving Invitations – A Child’s Year Cricut Cartridge

Why did the police arrest the turkey?
They suspected it of fowl play.

Thanksgiving Invitations - A Child's Year Cricut Cartridge

Do you just love these invitations?!  Please say yes.  I think they turned out so well!  I started making them using a yellow cardstock for the background where the mother and child are, but I ran out of yellow 1/2 way through.  That’s why I have a yellow”ish” background and another card has an orange background.  See…

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… and honestly I don’t know which one I like better!

Here’s What I Used:

Cricut Cartridges: A Child’s Year (mother and child setting table pg. 67 & card shape pg. 54); Storybook (orange or yellow colored shape background pg. 66); George (largest circle pg. 108)

Punch: Stampin’ Up Word Window Punch (where “Family” is stamped), Fiskars hole punch, 1 3/4″ circle punch EK Success (smaller circle)

Stamp Set: Stampin’ Up Fundamental Phrases (“Family”)

Paper: All Solid Paper is from Stampin’ Up: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie and a yellow/gold paper from Earth Elements; striped glitter paper from My Mind’s Eye, Fall in Love by Jen Wilson (bought at Michael’s)

Ink: Stampin’ Up More Mustard & Chocolate Chip; ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inkpad Chestnut Roan

Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug Autumn Type

Other Supplies: Raffia, Brown ribbon, Gold brads, ATG gun, heat tool, gold embossing powder, glue pad

Here’s How I Made them:

  1. I cut the card (A Child’s Year pg. 54) to fit a standard A2 sized envelope.
  2. I made the striped background by cutting out another card shape, but smaller and then cutting it in half.
  3. I then cut the solid color background (Marquee1 from the Storybook cart pg. 66).
  4. I inked up the Autumn type Cuttlebug folder using Stampin’ Up More Mustard ink.  Click here to learn how to ink embossing folders.
  5. I ran the folder though my Big Shot.
  6. I chalked the edges of the embossed part of the card with the ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inkpad in Chestnut Roan.
  7. I cut the mother and child image and the shadowed image.
  8. I pressed the mother and child image into a glue pad and then covered it with gold embossing powder.
  9. I used my heat tool to melt the embossing powder.
  10. Then I assembled the embossed image to the shadowed image.
  11. I cut small pieces of raffia from a large bundle I have.  You can buy that at most craft stores.  I got mine at Michael’s.
  12. I tied raffia into the knotted ribbon.  The ribbon is tied all the way around that part of the card.
  13. I had a punch that could make the smaller of the circles where “family” is stamped, but I had to use the George cartridge to cut a larger circle.
  14. I stamped paper with the “Family” sentiment using Stampin’ Up Chocolate Chip ink.
  15. I punched out “Family” using the word window punch.
  16. Then I punched holes in the sides of the word window and added brads.
  17. I glued everything down with my trusty ATG gun.

I hope I didn’t leave anything out.  I enjoyed making this card.  Even though there were a lot of steps to making it, I found the whole process to be fun.  Now, if I’d hated the result, I probably wouldn’t be so happy.  Remember when I tried a whole bunch of things on that burned donut card?  Nothing could save it from its true ugliness. LOL  As the saying goes, “That’s like putting lipstick on a pig.”

I hope all the recipients of this card enjoy it.  It’s an invitation to Thanksgiving at our house!

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  1. Nice! I like the yellow.

    No wait….orange!

    eek, I can’t make up my mind. lol

  2. This is so nostalgic. Brings back childhood memories. ; ) Great job!

  3. What a neat card! I need to go check out my child’s Year cartridge! 🙂

  4. SugarChix says:

    Thank you for such detailed instructions! I won’t lift your whole idea, but I may play with pieces of it if you don’t mind! 🙂

  5. What a beautiful card. Thank you for your detailed instructions.

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