I have always been fond of tools and electronic equipment that make life easier. And that’s why I love the Cricut die cutting machines so much. Now, even though there are plenty of brands out there, none of them are quite as simple to use as the Cricut – and when I say simple I mean uncomplicated and straightforward. And although the Cricut Expression 2 falls in the category of a bit more challenging with its high tech touch screen and multiple menus it is still the all-time favourite amongst many a crafter for its ease of use functions.
For my projects this week using the Cricut Expression 2, I grabbed the new Frame of Mind and Fontopia Cartridges. These new cartridges are so versatile and I especially like them for their options on cards. But I can see myself using them time and again on a myriad of scrapbook pages and altered art pieces too.
I used various die-cut elements to make this monogram plaque. This would also make for a cute front cover of an exercise book seeing that it is back to school season again. I first cut the Marble blackout frame using a plain yellow AC Cardstock. To create the beautiful faux wood effect I used the wood grain Kaisercraft Stamp and embossed the image repeatedly using AC zing embossing powder. The embossing is followed by layers of Mister Huey’s inks to create a worn look. I then adhered the frame to a sheet of old book paper with the layered monogram positioned in the centre of the frame. A few embellishments finish off my monogram.
How to make the frame
Cut the frame to the correct size you need for your project.
TIP: remember that on the frame cartridge the frames are designed so that the selected size will be the size of your photograph window and not the size of the entire frame.
Stamp the wood grain stamp repeatedly onto the frame and emboss using ZING! Embossing Powder (Chetsnut).
Colour your frame by spraying the cardstock with Mister Huey’s Ink (warm calico) in a colour and leave to dry. Then add another layer of Mister Huey’s ink in white (opaque white). The white tones down the brown and give a soft worn wood look to the frame. Complete your project.
Framed Silhouette Card
For my silhouette card I cut the Lace frame using the Frame of Mind Cartridge and AC Black Cardstock. This delicate looking frame is simply beautiful. I used the frame as is and inserted a silhouette image printed onto old book paper inside of it as a focal point. The cut out inner piece from the Marble frame used in the monogram plaque was cut in half and used on the card after a good inking to change the colour from yellow to brown. A few simple embellishments are this entire card needed as a finishing touch.
It just goes to show that even a simple frame of mind can turn any piece of cardstock into a beautiful project.
- Provo Craft – Cricut Expressions 2 Machine [PC 2001302]
- Provo Craft – Cricut Cartridge – Frame of Mind [PC 2001420]
- Provo Craft – Cricut Cartridge – Fontopia [PC 2001755]
- AC Cardstock – Dandelion 
- AC Cardstock – Graphite 
- American Crafts ZING! Glitter Embosing Powder – Chestnut [AC 27140]
- Mister Huey’s Colour Mist – Classic Tan [AC 101102]
- Mister Huey’s Colour Mist – Opaque White [AC 101100]
- Mister Huey’s Colour Mist – Warm Calico [AC 101103]
- Kaisercraft – Timeless Textured Clear Stamp – Wood Grain [KCCS837]
- Glitz Design – French Kiss Paper Pad [GPP3777]
- Glitz Design – Pretty in Pink Paper Pad [GPP3784]
- Studio Calico – Classic Calico Paper Pad [AC 330031]
- Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue [TB 62191]