DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Rainbow Feathers (Cut With A Cricut Explore) Card And Bookmark Set

Last week I shared how I’ve been using Amy Tangerine’s Creative Handbook (if you missed it see my post HERE). The 3rd practice includes a place to stick inspiring images, and I’d printed some projects I wanted to try from my Pinterest boards. One of the images I printed out was of THIS CARD by RobynRW at the Studio Calico gallery. The main thing I loved about it was the rainbow coloured feathers, so I took this inspiration to make my own…

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

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

And I put them to good use on a card and bookmark set!

Here’s how to make your own…

Step 1: Cut out a bunch of feathers using a manual or electronic die-cutter (or however else you can). I used my Cricut Explore with images #M119F95 and #M37FE9, duplicating them and resizing so that I had a nice selection (the largest feather is 5½” tall). I also changed them all to black so they’d cut at the same time, and I cut them all from white American Crafts cardstock on the cardstock+1 setting:

Feathers in the Cricut Explore Design Space

Step 2: Peel the feathers from your mat and gather some ink pads in red, pink, yellow, green, and blue. You also need an ink blending tool (or foam make-up sponges work too) and something to protect your work surface (a non-stick craft mat is best but you could use some scrap papers as long as the ink won’t bleed out of the paper):

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Ink your feathers! Work in the order red, pink, yellow, green blue, using one colour on all the feathers before you go onto a new colour:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Now would be a really good time to clean your mat. I didn’t and I ended up picking up blue ink off the mat onto my fingers, and smudging it onto the other colours in the feathers. Doh. You can’t see it unless you look quite closely so I’ll live with it! You can also add a little more colour if you feel like any sections are too pale – I went over the pink section another time before I was happy with them:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Leave them to dry completely. You don’t want to be smudging ink or transferring ink to book pages from a bookmark!

Once they are completely dry you could put them aside as embellishments to use on a rainy day… or you could go right ahead and use them on a card and bookmark set:

Step 6: Find a 7×5″ card blank. Cut a piece of smooth white card to 4⅝” x 6¾”. Put a line of adhesive (I used double-sided tape) across the white card, approx 1½” from the top. Stick some feathers along the line, alternating the sizes of feathers you use:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Cover up the adhesive with some glitter tape and/or ribbon:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Stitch a border around the white card, stamp your greeting above the ribbon, and adhere the white card to the card blank:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: To make a matching bookmark, cut out a bookmark shape from white card (I used image #M42BFC ‘long simple tag’ in the Cricut Design Space, cut at 6″ tall, 2″ wide). Put a feather on the front and hold it in place with low-tack tape at the top and bottom, while you stitch random lines across the feather:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Adhere the white bookmark shape to a slightly larger bookmark shape cut from teal patterned paper (the Cricut image cuts both parts). Use in a book or pop it in the card as a gift:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Don’t you know someone who’d like to receive these?:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

What rainbow coloured things have you been making lately? I seem to love rainbow hues right now!

Have a great Monday,

Jennifer x

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

4 Comments
  • these look great….me thinks you need to add some feathers to your shop 🙂 …or maybe i need to invest in a feather die!! x

    March 23, 2015 at 8:59 pm
  • Wow – they are really lovely Jennifer! I wish I had a die cutting machine now…. but as Louise said… a metal die would be an option!

    March 24, 2015 at 9:10 am
  • Awesome how those rainbow feathers turned out!

    March 24, 2015 at 8:03 pm
  • I absolutely adore this craft! It’s so colourful and fun.

    April 17, 2015 at 11:07 am

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