Friday, March 4, 2011

Fairy Cut Fridays: Elegant and Easy Card

Time: We all want it, and it can't be bought. No matter how rich or famous, we all just have 7 days in the week, and 24 hours in the day. When we're pressed for time and want to give a handmade card, wouldn't you just like a fast and easy approach to make an elegant and timeless card?

When you have the right equipment -- a sharp blade on your Cricut, and an excellent software program to support your creativity -- such a card is within your grasp.

I made this all-occasion card in less than five minutes, using these tools:

  • Cricut Expression
  • Cuttlebug Embossing folder
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Punch a Bunch for leaves
  • Copic marker - green
  • for bird image
  • Fairy Cut software

The elegant bird on the tree branch in the oval cut-out was found as a .WPC file (operates on Fairy Cut) on  Using my Fairy Cut, I welded a rectangle to the left side of the oval so that the paper cut as a card.

To serve as the backdrop, I embossed a piece of vellum. I punched four leaves for the branches using my Punch a Bunch leaf punch. To provide shadows on the leaves, I darkened one side of each leaf using a green Copic marker. Adhesive pearls finished the look of buds on the tree.

I encourage all cardmakers and scrapbookers to invest in a program that allows you to download and use your own images. In my opinion, none is easier to use (for us non-techno crafters) than the highly intuitive Fairy Cut software program.

I first heard of this program just a few months ago; it was developed in Canada and well-regarded in Europe among graphic designers for its user-friendly ease of operations and its versatility.
My long-time followers know that on Fridays, I post a project I made using Fairy Cut.

When you are or become a follower here and comment on CardMonkey's Fairy Cut postings (you may post one comment per Friday = four entries), you become eligible to win a monthly prize from of a free Fairy Cut software license (a $99 USD value), thanks to my friends at Fairy Cut. Please read the "fine print" below -- and don't forget to post your comment!

The "fine print":  About Fairy Cut Software and the chance to win it:

Fairy Cut software is similar to -- and I think, better than -- Make The Cut or Sure Cuts A Lot. If you're thinking that you may want to invest in a program to use your Cricut to cut without having to rely on the images on a Cricut cartridge, try out the FC, MTC and SCAL .. they all have trial programs.

Now, on Fridays, if you comment on my Fairy Cut post here, on my blog, you have one chance to win a Fairy Cut free software license, generously donated by FAIRY CUT each month to one of my followers. You may comment up to four times (for 4 Fridays) per month -- once each Friday. Duplicate entries will be removed. Winner will be chosen at random by the Fairy Cut manufacturer, and notified directly with his/her free software license and access code.

Thank you to Fairy Cut for their generosity toward my blog followers; other than this gift provided monthly to one of my followers, I receive no ongoing remuneration from Fairy Cut in exchange for my endorsement.


Shawnee said...

Another wonderful project, Ellen. I love the papers you chose and the bird. Simply beautiful.

comopark1886 said...

This is a beautiful card. Even this would take me a long time to make, I seem to work so slow. I spent 2-1/2 hours on 1 card last night!

jengd said...

Beautiful card! I love the bird and I REALLY need to try embossing vellum- wonderful effect!

Debbi said...

Beautiful card, and so simple! I love how you embossed the velum.

Star said...

The card is beautiful! With the advent of Spring, this card would be so very special.

Aimee said...

Both simple and sweet! Thanks for sharing your card and about the Fairy Cut software.

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Jennifer said...

What a beautiful card, Ellen!!! :) Can't believe how fast you created it!

Once I get my craft room finished & unpacked, I have to use the free trial of Fairy Cuts (I like how intuitive it seems)!

Thanks so much for sharing,

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Unknown said...

Oh this is lovely. I agree with having a user friendly program and simplicity. Thanks for another chance to win

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LesleyfromWI said...

Beautiful. Love the papers & colors

Theresa said...

Wow that is just awesome! I dont think I have ever made a card in 5 min let alone one that nice. I love the idea. TFS its so pretty

Bunnyfreak said...

Beautiful card.
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Kitty said...

Elegant and simple, the leaves really make it pop. I ave never heard of Fairy Cut before (I have SCAL), but I am interested in trying it out.

Minta's Creations said...

Love your card...very pretty.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

So pretty!

Erum Tasneem said...

such a wonderful card!

Unknown said...

Very pretty card! Love the blue!

Anonymous said...

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Please do the same!
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babar said...

I really impress with the bird sketch on card,with a stunning back ground print.
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