Ever since I received the new CTMH Artistry cartridge, I've been wanting to play with the "weld" feature on my Cricut Explore to create a panel overlay. For this card, I welded a rectangular frame from the Art Philosophy cartridge with a floral overlay from Artistry to create this card:
In order to get the overlay and rectangle to weld like I wanted, I had to "unlock" the images so I could stretch them. I began with the rectangle and edited it to be 4.25" W x 5.5" H. The border ended up being too thick, so I copied and pasted the frame, sized it down, then used the "slice" feature to cut the two images. I then unlocked the flower image and manually stretched it enough to get a few places on the top and bottom to touch the inside of the rectangle. Once everything fit, I hit "Select All" then right clicked and chose "Weld" from the drop down menu. If you own both Art Philosophy and Artistry, here's the file so you can download everything you need to recreate this (including the accent flower).
If you aren't familiar with the "slice" and "weld" feature on your machine, I encourage you to go to the Cricut tutorials on their website. Once you've know how to use them, these features give you incredible artistic freedom.
I sponged the background in colors for this week's Color My Heart dare: Honey, Pear, and Cranberry, glued my welded flower and rectangle piece over top, and added a banner stamped with the line and a sentiment from a stamp set called "Packages, Boxes, & Tags." It felt like it needed something more, so I cut a double layer flower from Artistry both in white, sponged the background flower, and added them to the banner. Again, something felt off, so I sponged a leftover bit of paper with more Cranberry, punched it out, and added a center to the flower. That grounded it so it wasn't "floating" and made the card feel finished.
I'm pretty excited about how this turned out. I can see myself using this overlay for all kinds of cards and get a different look by varying the colors and intensity of the background sponging.
Until next time,