Christmas Present Card

Christmas Presents, Ribbons and Bows… the challenge theme for the month of September at Christmas Cards All Year Round. I took the challenge literally and made my card in the shape of a Christmas present, wrapped in ribbon with a bow!  Shaped cards are easy peasy when you are using your Cricut machine!  All of the shapes on my card were cut with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  My card is a standard size of 4.25 x 5.50.  I wanted the finished card to fit into a standard envelope.  The vast majority of my Cricut projects are cut with Design Studio.  In Design Studio, I open my image and then set the width to 4.25 and the height to 5.5, resulting in my standard size card.

I tweaked my design a little to give it more dimension.  The standard design on the card gives you the present shape and the bow/ribbon layer.  I wanted the present to have the added dimension of the top on the box.  I cut an additional shape out to create my box top.  I inked the edges to give a little bit of a shadow to add depth.  I applied  my box top with pop dots to add more dimension to my finished project.

While most people will tell you to never cut glitter paper with your Cricut, this project was cut completely with my Cricut machine.  My philosophy was, if the machine can cut chipboard, surely it can cut glitter paper.  My designs cut super clean.  My glitter paper is by American Crafts.   I loved the results.  Since the majority seems to vote no on cutting glitter paper.....cut at your own risk.  It is hard to capture the shimmer in photos, but the card really pops in person!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy
D1520 Ornamental Cheer 
C1494 Card Word Puzzle
X7162B Pear & Partridge Paper Packet 
1388 Colonial White Cardstock
Caramel Glitter Paper-American Crafts
Z2116 Cranberry Ink 
Z1760 Burlap Ribbon
(Just in case you are wondering where the burlap ribbon is on my card....I used a single strand of the burlap to tie on my tag!)

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Avadares –Make It Sparkle 
C.R.A.F.T. Shaped card 
Crafty Sentiments -Let's Sparkle 
Creative Card Crew -Christmas 
Inspire Me Fridays – Always Anything Goes 
Just Keep on Creating -Christmas  
Paper Crafting Journey -Anything Goes 
Paper Shelter Challenge -Layers on layers 
Penny's Paper-Crafty -Sparkle and Shine 
Simon Says Stamp -Anything goes 
Stamp n Doodle - Sparkle 
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Use Punches or Dies

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure and check out the other Design Team creations at Christmas Cards All Year Round.  You have all month to link up your creation!


  1. Allisa this is beautiful! The card is literally a present in itself that anyone would love to receive. What a beautiful card! ♥ Denise

  2. Allisa, this is stunning. What a fabulous design. Thanks for sharing it at Avadares Challenge Blog. Two is the limit, but you can enter the challenge as many times as you like by using an Avadares image, so enjoy the freebie. I hope you come back again.
    Blessing hugs,

  3. This is unique and pretty. Fab! Thanks for sharing over at Creative Card Crew this time
    Elaine DT

  4. This is a beautiful card. The glitter gives it a real sparkle, making it look like a tempting present to open. Thanks for playing at Creative Card Crew. Cheers FiLoMa DT

  5. Love this Allisa! That sparkly glitter paper makes a super fun bow. Great card! :-) Hugs!

  6. Love this! Gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with us at Stampin' Sisters in Christ! :)

  7. Great Christmas card - fab shape. Thanks for joining us at CRAFT challenge this week - really good to see you. Hope we see you again soon.
    Hugs Sheryl xx

  8. Stunning project! I love the creative use of "Sparkle" and I should say you definitely nailed our challenge! Thanks for joining us at Stamp-N-Doodle

  9. Hi Allisa, Love this card, the shape is fab and loving all the glitter, just super.
    Hugs from your teamie Sue W.

  10. This is wonderful, Allisa! Love all the sparkle. We so appreciate that you chose to play along in our "Make it Sparkle" challenge at Avadares this month. Good luck in the draw.
    NanaConnie DT

  11. another great Christmas card, this card is a present in itself, simply lovely

    Thanks so much for sharing your card at Christmas is just around the corner at Just keep on creating, I hope you will continue to play along :)

  12. This is SO cute! I love the sparkle!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

  13. love this card. I have used glitter paper in my cricut and after awhile it gumms up the motor that makes the needle go back and forth. but it looks soooo good with bling!

  14. Thanks for sharing your lovely card with Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge.
    Diane xx

  15. Gorgeous, such a beautiful card... thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

  16. How beautiful the shape is and love the glitter!
    Cheers from Bangalore, India

  17. Gorgeous! Thanks for taking part in Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge. Hope to see you again for our next challenge.


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