Greeting Cards Inside & Out: Part Two

My inspiration for this cartridge was pulled from modern letterpressed greeting cards and stationery. I was especially inspired by all of the trendy letterpress patterns and colors. When you really look at the cartridge, you will notice this influence with my paper patterns.

One of my favorite things to do with my Imagine is to print on textured cardstock. It adds a depth to the prints. Below are all the patterns from the Greeting Cards Inside and Out cartridge printed on white textured cardstock. These photos are from the official Cricut blog.


Greeting Cards Inside & Out: Part One

Prior to joining the Cricut art team, my wife and I were avid Cricut crafters! We were among the first consumers to purchase the Cricut Imagine during the HSN World Launch and quickly fell in love with it. Ever since I received this machine, I have been wishing for a cartridge of greeting cards. Not just sentiments and images you can stick on the front of a card, but actual die-cut greeting cards that you can print and cut on demand. Kinda like having your own in-home Hallmark store. Today I am thrilled to announce that my first Imagine cartridge is just that!

The Greeting Cards Inside and Out cartridge features:
• 42 Die-cut greeting cards with coordinating inside sentiments
• 5 Gift card holders
• 3 Mad-Lib style postcards
• 10 Wrap-around address labels/envelope seals
• 4 Envelopes with coordinating liners
• 4 Printable gift bags
• 20 Letterpress-inspired patterns

Here is a sampling of the greeting cards and projects you will find on this cartridge. This first card was assembled by Cindy Royal for the Cricut Circle Blog. I created this card so it would resemble a vintage birthday candle box. I love how Cindy stitched velum over the backside of the window! It really adds dimension to the card.

This is the card's inside sentiment.

To give these cards a professional look, I added the Cricut logo to the back of each of them (similar to cards purchased from Hallmark or American Greetings). It's a little detail, but I love how it instantly transforms your card from being homemade to professionally hand crafted.

I created all four envelopes on this cartridge so they fit standard 5" x 7" or 6" x 6" cards once they are assembled. This "Special Delivery" envelope prints and cuts from a single 12" x 12" piece of paper. 

Cindy Royal assembled this next card for the Official Cricut Blog. I am a huge Elvis fan, so when I was thinking of thank you sentiments, I was immediately drawn to the stereotypical Elvis saying; "Thank you! Thank you very much!" I love how Cindy added glitter glue and 3D paint to bring some extra bling to Elvis' cape.

The Vegas sign was a natural fit for this card's inside sentiment. Traditionally, the inside of this card would be white so you could add a personal note or sentiment, but Cindy used one of my patterns to flood fill the interior.

This has to be my favorite card back on the entire cartridge!!!

In addition to the cards, I also created four different gift bags. Each bag design is intended to be printed and cut twice in order to assemble one bag. I designed it this way to give you the option of cutting larger gift bags that are sure to be the hit of your next party. Here is a birthday bag that was assembled by Roree Rumph for the Official Cricut Blog

Since the bags are a bonus project, they do not have any layering options. With this in mind, I made sure that each bag has a coordinating card that you could pull layers from. I love how Roree used some of the birthday gift card holder's layers to add dimension to the front of this gift bag.

The Greeting Cards Inside and Out cartridge is now available from Cricut.com.


Napoleon Dynamite: Boondoggle

My Napoleon Dynamite experience began on my graduation day back in 2003. After the graduation ceremony, my wife and I were standing outside in our caps and gowns waiting for our families, when one of my classmates approached me. He let me know he would be working on a film over the summer and asked me if I would be interested in joining him. A few days later, he gave me a call to tell me more about it. After hanging up the phone, my wife asked me what the film was about and I will never forget my reply: "It's called Napoleon Dynamite. It will probably be some boring documentary." It wasn't until I starting reading the script that I realized this was going to be anything but boring!

As the Art Director, my role was to assist my fellow classmate, Cory Lorenzen (the Production Designer) with all of the locations, set dressings and props. My favorite prop was Deb's purple Caboodle case. We needed to fill it with "a finity" of those little boondoggle keychains, so every spare moment on set, I was busy making these home woven handicrafts.

Here is what the case looks like today. Both Jared and Jerusha Hess (the director and writers) signed it for me.

All of the contents inside the case are new. I crack open the case about once a year to make a few more keychains. This set of keychains will be going to my coworkers to celebrate/announce the premier of the new Napoleon Dynamite animated series!

The new series has reunited the vocal talents of the entire original cast, and from the looks of things in the publicity photo below, my purple boondoggle case will be part of that reunion! I can't wait to see what other elements Cory and I created will be featured in the series.

Image courtesy of FOX.

Don't miss the 2 episode premiere this Sunday night at  8:30/7:30C and 9:30/8:30C on FOX. And be sure to get your entries in for my Valentine Challenge. In addition to the Cricut trimmer, the winner of the challenge will also be receiving a custom woven boondoggle keychain in their choice of colors. As Napoleon would say, "Lucky!"


30 Rock

The 6th season of 30 Rock, kicks off this Thursday! And to get you ready for the premiere, I thought I would share with you an illustration I did for fun a few years ago of the hilarious Kenneth Parcell played by Jack McBrayer. I see Kenneth as the ultimate NBC mascot: He is super peppy, has an infectious enthusiasm for NBC and anything to do with television, and is always in uniform! To capture this, I decided to draw him as the NBC peacock.

Here is my original sketch.


Movie Night

With the Academy Awards quickly approaching, it is time for us to start planning our annual viewing party. I am pleased to announce that the decorations for this year's party will be coming from my latest CCR release: Movie Night. This digital image pack features eight Hollywood themed images and two 3D items. One of the items we plan on making is our very own Walk of Fame. By using the "hide contour" feature in Cricut Craft Room, we will be replacing the "Movie Star" text in the star with the names of each of our guests.

I love the old school popcorn boxes! They remind me of going to the Summer Movie Series when I was a kid. When I was creating this digital image pack, I made sure to include a 3D version of this classic popcorn box. I even included the perforated tab on the side, so you can enjoy your popcorn without sticking your hand inside the box!

Here are a few photos of the projects that Cindy Royal created for the Official Cricut Blog.

Here is a close-up of the three-dimensional 3D glasses.

I love how she welded the tickets'  shadows together so they look like they came off of a roll.

Another cool thing to point out is that the base for the popcorn box cuts out in two pieces. This lets you make large popcorn boxes using your 12x12 paper! If you would like to see the instructions of how it is put together, you can click here to view the digital handbook.

Provo Craft created this next project. I love seeing how all of my images look together on a scrapbook page!