By Richelle Naegle

My boys get invited to birthday parties all the time for one friend or another and  it's funny how often they are pirate-themed parties. I think it must be a little boy thing! I'm always looking for fun new Cricut cards for my boys and their friends, and I think this one is perfect. I really love the little pirate guy (there is a cute girl as well) on the Create A Friend Cricut cartridge. He could also be used as fun Pirate-themed decor if you cut him out on a full 12" x 24" paper. I like the idea of playing pin the eye patch on the pirate (or try the sword). Another option would be to use it for party invitations.

How to make this Cricut Card

Create A Friend Cricut Cartridge Pirate Card

For this card I used the Phrases Cricut cartridge for the base of the card I cut it at 7". The image is the called the double bracket card.

For the inlaid sheet I used the Old West Cricut cartridge and cut the paper out at 5.25" but you could also just tear the edges of a piece of paper to give it the same look. Using Cricut tools always makes projects easier.

I used some Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Rusty Hinge) to ink the edges and the paper to give it that old worn map look. I inked the edges up a lot as well as inked the inside of the sheet so that it looks like it has some texture. If I were to make it again, I would crinkle the paper up some before I inked it so that it would not only give the card more dimension but also make it look more authentic.

As mentioned, the pirate is from the Create A Friend cartridge and he was cut out at 5.5".

You can write all the text using Cricut Explore machines and the black marker from the Antiquity marker set. If you are using the Explore and you want to write on your paper make sure you attach the text to the image you want it drawn onto, other wise when you go to cut and draw it will draw the image anywhere on your paper and not necessarily where you had intended it to go.

Share Your Cricut Birthday Card Ideas

I know you have some fun Cricut Birthday card ideas! Share them with me on the Paper Craft Fanatic's Google Page or leave me a comment on this blog post with a link to your blog. I would love to see what you have made with your Cricut cartridges and your favorite cardstock.

Happy creating