Card Making with Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL)

April 2, 2009 at 11:51 am Leave a comment


This was my first project using SCAL and Cricut on New Year’s Day.  It was such a fun project while everyone played with their Christmas gifts.  I’m just getting into card making for fun, fast, personalized projects in a pinch…so these are first attempts, bear with me!  It’s fun to do and share what I’m learning, though.

The idea I had was to send a few cards to those people who I realized I didn’t get to see over Christmas.  I thought that a fun, personalized New Year’s card seemed like a more energizing project than “I’m sorry I’m late” outdated Christmas cards (though I do enjoy receiving those, too!  Send them on!)

I picked a font I thought would cut well for my first SCAL (Sure Cuts a Lot) project. The font I chose was Times Roman.  (Hard to recognize with it all resized in a funky way, isn’t it?  Who knew Times Roman had it in him?)

Card #2 With Glitter Added


STEPS for Happy 2009 CARD WORDING:

  1. First, you must select your font and let SCAL load it.  (The computer has to be hooked up to your Cricut for SCAL).
  2. I clicked a spot on my virutal SCAL mat and typed in Happy.
  3. I clicked a second spot under “Happy” on the mat and typed “2009”.
  4. Then the magic begins:  I took each letter and scooted it, or more technically  “nudged it” to touch adjoining letters.
  5. I moved the entire 2009 box up overlapping “Happy” so it would all be one word unit when cut.
  6. I selected one word box at a time, and clicked the “weld” option in the text properties box.
  7. Select “preview” to see the welded result.
  8. Made any adjustments, insert paper, set your Cricut settings, and click “cut” on your computer screen.  Cutting begins!

If you want to read my review on SCAL (Sure Cuts A Lot), just follow the link.

CARD #3:  Cuttlebug Embossing folder added:



I didn’t know how to cut scallops using SCAL yet, so I cut the scallop in Card #1 was cut using my Nestabilities Dies and Cuddlebug.

The cardstock back-ground in the cards was made using my swirl stamp set.

The black satin bow (gotta love black satin) was tied from my stash after I punched notches with my new Making Memories tool I got for Christmas (found for 70% off at Tuesday Morning–“Hubby, this was a great deal.  I want it!  Wrap it!“).


Click here for More Info on SCAL found on the Sure Cuts A Lot site

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