Sunday, April 28, 2013

Cinco de Mayo Decorative Plate

With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to do a decorative project. Besides it's nice to use the Cricut for something other than card making. I chose the images that I wanted to use from the Ole cartridge and headed off to Michaels to buy some art supplies and a suitable background for my project. While in Michaels, I came across a display of colored plastic chargers. Naturally I gravitated toward the deep turquoise one, but the light red would be better suited for my project.

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that has gained popularity here in the States over the last few years. The celebrations are festive and fun. Although I love Mexican food and Margaritas, I  personally can not bring myself to celebrate this holiday because of my French heritage (French defeats are not something that my family celebrates).  I wanted to post a project for those of you who do celebrate it. I had a lot of fun working on this project and am pleased with the final result.

Work in progress!

Finished Plate-the highlighting on the phrase did not photograph well.

The directions for Cinco de Mayo Decorative Plate:

Plastic charger style craft plate- available at Michaels
K&Company Que Sera Sera paper pad- orange print paper
Cricut Ole cartridge
Modge Podge
Foam brush
Small dark yellow and black crystals
Black, sea-foam green, light coral, light beige,bright pink,light orange, dark orange, dark yellow, light yellow, bright blue, grass green and dark green card stock
Xyron machine (optional)
Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink
Craft glue
Dark brown glitter

1.  Using the Cricut Ole cartridge cut the Mexican man at 4 inches out of black card stock. Press the shift key and cut the image again out of sea-foam green card stock.  Press the Layer key and cut his hat and serape out of light coral card stock. Press the Layer and Shift keys to cut his face out of light beige card stock.

2.  Next cut the Sun at 1 3/4 inches out of the dark yellow card stock. Press the Shift key to cut a circle out of the bright blue card stock. Press the Layer key to cut the Sun's face from the light yellow card stock. Press the Layer and Shift keys to cut the cheeks out of dark orange card stock.

3.  Cut the Cactus at 3 inches out of dark yellow card stock. Press the Shift key to cut the Cactus out of grass green card stock.  Press Layer to cut the dark green  top layer of Cactus. Load bright pink paper in the machine and press Layer and Shift to cut the Cactus flowers.

4.  Cut a circle approximately 7 1/2 inches out of the orange print paper. The circle needs to fit inside the plate. Apply a thin layer of Modge Podge with a foam brush to the back of the circle. Slowly press the circle down onto the plate, smoothing out air bubbles with your fingers.

5.  Position the images on the plate and glue them down with craft glue. For the ground apply a small amount (a very thin layer) of white craft glue around the base of the man's feet. Sprinkle dark brown glitter over the glue and shake off the excess. Set aside to dry.

6.  Select the Cinco de Mayo image and load light orange card stock in the machine. Set the size dial to 2 1/2 inches, then press the Layer and Shift keys to cut the phrase Cinco de Mayo. Center the phrase over the picture and glue it to the top rim of the plate. I found the easiest way to do this is to run the phrase through the Xyron machine.

7.  Load the Cricut Ole cartridge into the machine and cut the Maracas at 2 1/2 inches. Press the Maracas key and cut the Maracas base out of dark yellow card stock. Press the Maracas and Shift keys to cut the next layer out of grass green card stock. Press the Layer and Maracas keys to cut the next layer out of dark pink card stock. Finally press the Layer, Shift and Maracas keys to cut the top layer of the Maracas out of aqua card stock. Assemble the Maracas.

8.  Dab Tim Holtz tea dye distress ink over the Maracas handles and Cinco de Mayo to add highlights. Attach Zots to the back of the Maracas and press into place to the right and left of Cinco de Mayo. Add a small dark yellow crystal to the center of the flower on the Maracas.