My husband surprised me with a Gypsy for my birthday. I couldn't wait to get it out of the box and start designing. I quickly found out that in order for the Gypsy to be useful I had to update the firmware and link my cartridges to it. This took most of the afternoon. Now I was ready to start designing.
I decided to try using images from two different cartridges. I chose Winnie The Pooh, a scalloped oval and a butterfly. Since I wanted my images cut out of different colors I needed to use the Layer tab (one layer for each color of paper). Next I wanted to cut my scalloped ovals in two different sizes. The first oval was to be cut at 2 1/2 inches and the second one was to be slightly larger. I entered 2.75 inches for the height and the Gypsy sized the width proportionally.
I love the Gypsy. Not only does it have a lot of design capability but it's small enough to take anywhere. I took it with me to the doctor's office and designed a Christmas card while sitting in the waiting room.
Directions for Winnie The Pooh Card:
Medium blue, parchment, yellow, red, orange, green and black card stock
My Mind's Eye Home Glitter Book for the blue and white dotted card stock
Sheer blue ribbon
Prima Flowers Roses-orange and blue
Martha Stewart Rose Leaf paper punch and Scalloped Doily border punch
Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink
Greeting Card Program
Platinum Stickles Glitter Glue
1. Using a greeting card program and parchment card stock select the half-fold card option and print Happy Birthday on the top portion of the card. Print the verse on the inside right of the card. Fold the card in half and crease.
2. Using the Gypsy and the Pooh and Friends cartridge, select Winnie The Pooh (with his hands behind his back) and transfer him to Layer 1 on the mat screen. Select Layer 2 and the Gypsy Wanderings cartridge and tap the Shift key to select the scalloped oval. Transfer the image to the mat screen. Select Layer 3 and repeat this process for the oval. Next select Layer 4 and transfer the butterfly from the Gypsy Wanderings cartridge to the mat screen.
3. Place the yellow card stock on the Cricut mat. Tap the Layer 1 key and select a height of 2 1/2 inches for Pooh. Link the Gypsy to the Cricut. Load the mat into the Cricut using the Load Mat key on the Gypsy. Tap the Cut key. Unload the mat and remove the image. Repeat the process using the red and black card stock. Glue the yellow Pooh on top of the black. Take the red Pooh and cut the red shirt out. Glue it on the yellow Pooh.
4. Place the blue and white glitter card stock on the Cricut mat. Tap the Layer 2 key, set the height at 2.5 inches and then tap the Cut key. Using the Gypsy load the mat into the Cricut, tap the Cut key and cut out the oval. Unload the image and place the medium blue card stock on the Cricut mat. Tap the Layer 3 key and set the height to 2.75 inches and cut out the image.
5. Using the Layer 4 key and a height of 2.5 inches cut a butterfly out of black card stock and then orange card stock. Cut the wings off of the orange butterfly and glue them on top of the black butterfly. Cover the wings lightly with the platinum Stickles. Set aside to dry.
6. Punch a scalloped doily border out of parchment card stock. Cut the border to approximately 3/4 inch. Lightly distress the scalloped edges of the border with the tea dye distress ink. Position the cut straight edge of the border along the open edge of the card and glue in place.
7. Position Winnie The Pooh slightly off center on the blue and white dotted oval and glue in place. Center the blue and white dotted oval over the medium blue oval and glue in place. Position the medium blue oval slightly below Happy Birthday and glue in place. Cut the wire stem off of the blue rose and curl the wire stems of the orange roses around a stylus or pen. Pull the stem slightly to elongate it and trim to desired length. Punch two leaves out of a scrap of green card stock. Ink the edges of the leaves with green ink. Position the roses along the lower right side of the oval and glue in place using a hot glue gun. Glue the leaves under the edge of the roses.
8. Tie a small bow with the blue sheer ribbon. Position it slightly under the oval and glue in place.
9. Glue the butterfly to the left of Happy Birthday.
10. Lightly distress the edges of the card with the tea dye distress ink.