How to Make a Tropical Tent 40th Birthday Card using Your Cricut | by Clover

I decided to make a tropical themed 40th tent fold card for a friend using the lovely tropical leaves and flamingo files.

Materials/equipment used:

Cricut Explore
Various cardstock in shades of teal, green, pink, blue and yellow
Striped zigzag background is from a Simply Creative paper pad called “Razzle Dazzle”
Spotty cardstock – unknown
Cricut scoring tool
Orange fimo cane
Glossy accents
Clear nail varnish
Small gems (coloured with a Sharpie pen to match the card)
Double sided tape and hi-tack all-purpose glue
Font is DK Jambo from dafont.com

Creating and cutting the base for the tent fold card

I started with my card base. I used 270gsm cardstock for this in a light green/teal colour.
I have a template set up for tent fold cards, but measurements are below for this size card:
For the main card, cut a piece of cardstock 8.5” x 4.25”. Score down the centre (horizontally) of the card to form your fold. On one half, cut out a circle (or any other shape you would like).
Cut another piece of card 4.25” x 3.5”. Score on the short edge at 1” intervals. This should leave you with three score marks – so, three areas that are 1” and one that is 0.5” (see images below).

Cutting Leaves and Flamingo card embellishments

I then prepared the leaves and flamingo cutting files. I decided to cut a few of the leaves in different colours/sizes to see how they best fitted on the card. I also cut 2 copies of the flamingo – one as is and the other by selecting “Contour” and then selecting the parts of the flamingo that I didn’t want to cut. This gave me one solid flamingo that I used as a back layer (darker pink colour) and the original with the details.

Using my Cricut scoring tool, I added some detail to the leaves so I could give them a bit more shape.

Using the scoring tool to add lines to the leaves

I then made the cocktail. For this, I used a vector file from Silhouette Garden
I duplicated the file and then used the slice tool to separate the straw and the umbrella. This allowed me to cut extra pieces in different colours for layering. I also cut a circle for the lemon.

I remembered that I had some fimo canes that I used to use for nail art! I found an orange one and decided to use this in place of the lemon. I cut some slices and layered them up on the cocktail. I coated them with clear nail varnish to keep them in place and added some glossy accents to the cocktail glass to replicate bubbles.

Before I added anything to the card, I attached the base from image 2. You need to fold this as per the below image so that your centre fold is a mountain fold and the other folds are valley folds.

Tent card fold

The shorter edge (0.5”) needs to be attached to the front of the card (with the cut out) – this is to make sure you don’t see the base through the card. I used double sided tape for this as it’s strong.
I then set to work decorating the front of the card 🙂
I used some green spotty cardstock for the front of the card. This piece measured 4”x 4” and had the same size circle cut out. I attached this to the front of my card.
I then decided on the positioning of the flamingo, leaves and the cocktail and glued these to the front of the card.

Layout of the card

I printed my sentiment out on white card using the DK Jambo font in colours to match the card. I attached this using glue.
I also decided to add a couple of flowers to the front of the card with a gem in each for detail.
Constructing the last bit of the card is a bit fiddly, as you don’t want the base to show, but you need to attach the backing paper over the base.
To do this, I added a strip of double-sided tape to the top of my back panel. I then added tape to the back fold of the base and stuck this down. I ran glue along the rest of the backing paper and carefully stuck it down over the base fold.
The card was now complete. I really enjoyed making this one, it was so colourful and fun!

Clover 🙂

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