More cards and some tips

I made these two cards over the weekend. I like the “Yuletide Greetings” (left) better than the “Merry Christmas,” but I think if I try that one again, I can do it better. I’m starting to realize that if I want to send cards to several people, I’ll need to set some paramaters.

Rules for my Christmas card making project

  • Limit myself to no more than three different designs
  • Avoid cards that are overly complex
  • Use paper that will work for all of the projects

Every time I use my Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine I get more comfortable with the machine itself, and with the Design Space software. Still, I’m not yet an expert. Here are some things I can do to improve my cardmaking process.

Tips from a newbie

  • If you buy project-specific paper, make sure you remember which projects you planned to make. I had a lot of Christmas cards in my favorites list, so I wasn’t sure which ones I had settled on.
  • Remember to check the materials setting on the machine.
  • Don’t wait too long before cleaning your cutting mat. A gunked-up mat can cause problems with your cuts.
  • Do a test run with paper that you don’t mind wasting. Buy in bulk.
  • Use liquid adhesive sparingly, so you don’t end up with lumps and bumps.
  • Invest in a variety of adhesives so you’ll have something that works for every project.

I haven’t used the products shown below (affiliate links), but plan to give them a try.

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