completed anniversary card project tutorialWe have a guest blogger today who is sharing an anniversary card project tutorial. The project design actually came from CraftDirect's collection of free .SVG downloads, created by Aaron Meyers. Scroll to the bottom of the post to see the download link. Without further ado, we are happy to introduce Christi Steinbeck:

Hello CraftDirect readers! Christi here. I am stopping in to share with you a project I made with an SVG file I found on the blog here at CraftDirect. If you didn't already know that they offer free .SVG files, you are really missing out. Use them with your electronic cutting machines and let the technology do the work for you. If you don't have an electronic cutter, don't worry; you can always fussy cut the design. The machine just makes it so much more easier.

I was browsing the blog, as I do monthly, when I found this super cute Valentine's card called Be Mine Birds. I immediately thought, "what an awesome anniversary card it would make for my husband of soon to be 26 years".

I got out my textured American Crafts cardstock, sized all my pieces to fit a 5" x 7" card, put the colors I wanted on my cutting mat and then cut out my pieces on my CAMEO. I like to ink my pieces to give them more depth and dimension. Once I finished my inking, I decided on a white card base and again used American Crafts Textured Cardstock for my card base. To make sure I have a nice crisp crease in my card, I use a CGull bone folder and I run it up and down the crease several times.

steps to creating anniversary card project

Next, I created my title Happy 26th Anniversary in the Silhouette Design Studio. I laid out all my pieces onto my card base to make sure everything fit exactly the way I would like them to, and then I glued them into place.

As you can see, just because a file was made for one situation doesn't necessarily mean you have to restrict it to a certain theme. Be open-minded and explore the different opportunities that all the different cut files can give you. Mixing and matching them is so much fun and it gives your project a more original quality. You will find you will have a whole new world of cut files that you didn't even know you had.

Get Creative with Your Anniversary Card Project

We're well beyond the days of cartridges only, where you were limited to what you had on hand. SVG's have really expanded the scrapbooking, vinyl, planner, and crafting world to a whole new level. I, for one, love waking up everyday wondering what I might discover in the SVG world and where it might take my scrapbooks and crafts.

If you don't have a machine, you can find a good price on one here at CraftDirect. They carry the Silhouette CAMEO, Cricut Explore Air, and even the eclips2.

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you did, please come back and join me next month when I share another project. 'Til next time,

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Project supplies included:

  • cutting mat
  • AC cardstock
  • Bone folder
  • Inks
  • Craft scissors if you are fussy cutting