Graduation season is coming, and I wanted to make a few fun cards for my daughter’s friends who are graduating this year. Since their school mascot is a Jaguar, the paw gets used a lot on school items so I thought why not turn it into a paw shaped graduation card!
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This would be a great card to use in my #CardMakingBINGO game I have going on! You can find more information about that HERE.
Paw Shaped Graduation Card Base
First, I found a paw shape in Cricut Design Space. The image I was using already had an offset or shadow layer included with it, but if your shape does not have that you can easily add it with the Offest tool.
Then I made the paw shape the size I wanted the shaped card to be, and duplicated the base piece. I just right click on the original image and then select duplicate to do this. Then I mirrored the base that I duplicated and moved it right next to the original until they were touching.
Next you want to make sure that the front and the back of your shaped card are lined up so that it folds correctly. To do this I selected both pieces and aligned them to the top with the Align tool. Then I welded them together at the point that they touch. I also added a scoreline at that same location so that the Cricut would put a nice line for me to fold the card on.
If you would like to see a video of the process for making a shaped card, including how to align the front and back, weld them together and insert a scoreline you can head over to my YouTube channel and review a video on making shaped cards HERE. In the image below you can see how the base of this paw shaped graduation card looks after it is cut out.
Next I cut the blue shapes for the paw. I also did a smaller version of the base for the inside of the card so that I could have the Cricut write a sentiment inside the card. If you have never used the Cricut pens to write on your cards, I would recommend you check out my tutorial on that process HERE.
Next, glue the piece with the sentiment to the inside of the card.
Then add the blue pieces to the front. I also cut the numbers 2018 out of a silver glitter sheet that has adhesive on the back. This made it so easy to apply the numbers to the front of the card since the entire back side was already sticky.
When placing numbers, like the ones I made for the front of this shaped card, place the middle numbers first. In this case that would mean I would place the 0 or the 1 first, so that you can space things out nicely from the center of the card. If you stick the 2 down first and were too far to the left, the whole year will look off-centered.
If you want to make this card for yourself, the project can be found at the link below and open it in Cricut Design Space. Then you can just change out the year to be accurate for the current school year.