Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

A Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore)

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Today I’m sharing this Christmas ornament circular card, made with the Cricut Explore:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I love shaped cards, I should really make them more often! It’s a nice change from my usual square or A6 card size. This one could even turn into an ornament – I’ll send a bit of string or twine in with the card and suggest the recipient hangs it up!

It was easy to make this using my Cricut Explore machine, but if you don’t have an electronic cutter you could achieve the same effect by drawing around something circular and following the steps for making the folded card backing, before decorating the front.

Here’s how I created mine in the Cricut Design Space…

Step 1: Insert an ornament image – mine is #M3E043. Resize it to however big you want it to be – I wanted to be able to cut some pieces from a 6×6 patterned paper pad (My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street), so I made my ornament 5.8″ tall:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Click on the layers panel to ‘duplicate’ the image. Then right-click on the second image, and ‘ungroup’ the image, so you can separate the layers:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Delete all but the bottom layer, and ‘duplicate’ it again. Move the first ornament out of your way by dragging it to the bottom of the screen, and place the two bottom layers side-by-side. Drag a box over them to select them both, then click on the ‘align’ option from the top menu, and align them ‘center vertically’:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move them so they overlap, making sure you don’t move them up or down, only towards each other:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Drag a box over to select them both again, and click the ‘weld’ option in the layers panel so that they join together:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: If you have a scoring tool for your Cricut Explore, insert an image of a ‘score line’ (it’s a free image) and put it along the fold between the two ornament bases:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you don’t have a score tool for your machine you can always do this step later with an ordinary scoring tool, or lollipop stick like I sometimes use!

Step 7: Click ‘go’ and cut your shapes out from your desired papers. Note that you still need the back circle for the patterned ornament, because the folded card base has one edge of circle disappearing at the fold:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Stick together your patterned ornament. I used my Herma repositionable tape runner:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Stick the patterned ornament onto the card base, and fold it. At this point I tried to stand my card up, and quickly remembered that circles roll, when my card rolled straight over! To solve this I cut a tiny sliver off the base of the card, cutting through all the layers. It gives it an almost unnoticeable straight edge, which will help it stand up:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Add any other decorations that you want to. I added some light green pearls around the edge:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

When it’s time to send this card I will need to put a liner in it too, as the inside of the card is currently red. I guess I could write with white or metallic pen inside but I’ll probably add a liner. I didn’t think about that until I was looking at it at the end though!

Be Inspired:

Make a shaped Christmas card – circular, star-shaped, triangular etc

Make an ornament from a 6×6 paper pad

Use an ornament embellishment on your next scrapbook layout or project

If you received this card would you like a piece of string to come with it so you could hang it up? I’m thinking a colourful piece of twine to match the colours of the card!

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I’ll see you again tomorrow for the next Frosty Festivities project!

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, and access to the Image Library, which helped me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.

24 Comments
  • Shelley
    Reply

    Really lovely!

    November 6, 2015 at 3:02 pm
  • KT Fit Kitty
    Reply

    I don’t have a Cricut but this looks so cool! Love your ornament card!

    November 6, 2015 at 3:58 pm
  • Jackie Edwards
    Reply

    Love it Jennifer!! If I got one like that would love to be able hang it on the tree!!!

    November 6, 2015 at 4:23 pm
  • great choice of papers and colours for the card, gorgeous ornament

    November 6, 2015 at 8:46 pm
  • Fabulous card, would make a great tree decoration. Love the colours and paper used.

    Sylv xx

    November 6, 2015 at 8:46 pm
  • I have a Brother Cut ‘n’ Scan machine…..I get lazy & find it easier to pull out the Big Shot, or some punches…..LAZY! I really like the card/ornament combo, & the little slither taken off the bottom to help it stand! Deffo food for thought here…..& for me, who loves some sparkle…I reckon a nice, glittery silver string!!! AND I must say, I didn’t know Cricut machines worked like this. Pretty amazing – like the Silhouette ones…. lucky you getting to ‘play’ with one!!!

    November 6, 2015 at 9:25 pm
  • I don’t have a cricut…. but…. I sure can get inspired by the ‘be inspired’ suggestions! I LOVE your card and making a Christmas shaped card rings a bell with me! I’d definitely hang this card up… its a bit more than a Christmas card 🙂

    Gorgeous colours too!

    November 7, 2015 at 7:16 am
  • Yep don’t have a one of these devices either, will have to put thinking cap on for a shape. Yours looks great, would look lovely on the Christmas Tree
    Mary

    November 7, 2015 at 10:51 am
  • Oh this is stunning! Wish I had a cricut now.

    November 7, 2015 at 10:03 pm
  • Denise Bryant
    Reply

    gorgeous ornament! no electronic cutter for me, but I am intrigued!

    November 8, 2015 at 3:22 am
  • We just made a barn shaped cricut card. It is adorable. Love your ornament!

    November 9, 2015 at 1:01 am
  • I never make shaped cards….perhaps I ought to because this one is lovely.

    November 9, 2015 at 6:56 pm
  • Beautiful, and it does makes a change to the regular shaped card we all reach for easily. its a lovely idea to include some twine to hang it, it will be more of a keepsake gift to re-use each year.

    November 10, 2015 at 1:00 am
  • I didnt realise it was a card when i saw the image, its beautiful.

    November 10, 2015 at 10:37 am
  • karenladd
    Reply

    I don’t have a Cricut but I’m thinking of ways to use my circle dies and make one of these! So pretty!

    November 10, 2015 at 8:06 pm
  • This is sooooo pretty.

    November 13, 2015 at 8:56 pm
  • This is sooooooooo pretty!!! I love the gorgeous see through layers. Now I, too, have to figure out a way to do this without the electronic cutter!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

    November 14, 2015 at 12:18 pm
  • shartl
    Reply

    How pretty! This would be great as a card that can be turned into an ornament.

    November 15, 2015 at 10:01 pm
  • I continue to resist buying a cutting machine, but the relative ease with which you made such an intricate project is astonishing! I could conceivably be won over, lol. Not sure if that’s good or not (scratching my head) …

    November 20, 2015 at 1:39 am
  • I’d love to hang this on the tree as an ornament, so twine with the card would be a great idea. Very clever and pretty!

    November 22, 2015 at 4:56 am
  • Your ornament card is both clever and beautiful

    November 23, 2015 at 1:36 pm
  • Gerri Tennant
    Reply

    I haven’t got a Cricut but the templates will be great for making a simple hanging decoration which we can decorate with sequins, thanks.

    November 24, 2015 at 7:45 pm
  • Kelly H
    Reply

    What a great project, it’s a card that then can be used again and again as decoration. The new Cricut is on my wish list for the holidays,.

    November 29, 2015 at 8:59 am
  • Very special and so much detail. Would also make a lovely tree ornament.

    December 6, 2015 at 8:05 am

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