More vacation crafting goodness! More Cricut crazy goodness. Somebody stop me. No really don't, I'm having way too much fun.
I decided to crack open another new cartridge. This gorgeous Christmas tree is cut from the Christmas cartridge. I used Design studio to create the 3 layers at 3.5 x 5 inches. I made it big because I was afraid of that shwoopy-licious top layer. I haven't had much luck cutting out such intricate designs. I studied up on capadiadesign.com suggestions. I got out a new mat, a new blade, checked all my machine settings and I cut the design as big as I thought my card would allow. I also used black SU! cardstock and white CTMH card stock. I must say the black cut like butter, the white was not as fantastic. Too bad. Capadia designs also suggested a 2 inch plastic putty knife from the hardware store. It helped immensely when removing the intricate design from the new mat. I didn't lose a single shwoopy. Yea me!
Here is the first of two cards. There is a black solid layer, a white shadow layer and the top black layer is the most delicate to the Christmas tree. I pop dotted those up from a miscellaneous piece of dark green card stock and layered that on another piece of black. I think i counted 23 gems in 3 different sizes and 9 pop dots all total for this card. But it is so pretty and elegant in person. (If I do say so myself.)
Here is an angled close up to give you a different perspective on the layers and the details. The ribbon I tied across the bottom was from Reasonable ribbons. I bought 10 yards of this sheer shwoopy ribbon because I loved it so much and it was a great price.
This is the second card. I love this color combination. SU! Cherry cobbler and black card stock. This one is layered exactly opposite. White solid layer, black shadow layer and white top layer for the Christmas tree. To it I added red prima flowers and black gems and stickles. The black velvet ribbon is from Michaels as is the stamp I used in the upper corners.
Another angled close up for more details.