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Birthday card and botched embossing

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Using those scraps

I’ve got another brilliant idea! I can use my paper scraps to make cards. If I sat down and got to work, I could have a stash of homemade cards for all occasions. I started with this birthday card for my husband. See this post to learn how I created the decorative elements.

Card with flowers and dog in silhouette.
It started off okay.

I tried some embossing. It didn’t go well. Do I blame myself or the stamp for this failure? It’s probably me. Notice that I burned the flower with the heat tool.

Card with embossed greeting.
Failed embossing effort.

I tried to cover it up. I also removed the burnt flower.

This isn’t terrible, but I don’t love it.

Second attempt

After depositing the botched card in the garbage, I tried a different approach.

Starting from scratch with a new design.
Used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to make the “Happy Birthday.”

If you’re having trouble cutting small objects like letters, check your blade. It may need to be replaced, or it might have some gunked up paper on it. Mine did!

Also, your mat might be dirty, or it may be scratched up and worn out. I’ve got to learn to take better care of my mats!

Stay crafty

Making stuff is proving to be good for my mental health during these crazy times. I encourage everyone to do something creative at least once a week. Make something special for someone you love.

This post was proofread by Grammarly

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