Friday, September 14, 2012

Artiste Key Notes #4 - Swing Cards

With summer winding down and school kicking off, it has been awhile since I have added to my Artiste Key Notes series. Each of the posts in this series showcase several projects made with a single key on the Artiste Cricut cartridge.

The last few days, I've been "just a swinging". You are going to love how easy it is to make swing cards on the Cricut with the Artiste cartridge. Each of the nine cards has a cut out shape that "swings" from the front to the inside of the card when you open it.

View of the front of an undecorated "swing" card

Bird's eye view of a "swing" card

You can find these swingers on page 52 of the Artiste handbook on the "S" key. To make standard A2 (5.5" x 4.25") cards, set the dial on the Cricut to 5.5".

Here's a really cool feature: each of the swinging shapes is on either the Art Philosophy or Artiste Cricut cartridge! This makes it super easy to complete your cards.

Ready to make some?
I put together a handy reference table to tell you what size to cut each shape to fit perfectly on a 5.5" card.

Note that sometimes it is nice to cut the shape slightly smaller than the swinging shape to create a layeredeffect.

The stamping on these first three cards uses the stamp sets that come in the Artiste Collection. The first is a Birthday card using Pemberley paper.

Here's another birthday card. This one uses Victory papers.


Here's a simple Stella card using the Award stamp set that came with the Artiste collection.

I couldn't resist making a card using one of my all time favorite papers, Florentine.

This last Stella card uses the Love size A stamp. Isn't it cool how it fits on the swinging shape perfectly?

I've got a few more swing cards I'm finishing up that I'll post in a day or two. In the meantime, have fun swinging!


  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful PDF with reference to all of the cards and shapes! Can't wait to give these a try!

  2. Love the swing cards that you designed!! Artiste is such an awesome cartridge. Thx for sharing your infomation with us!

  3. Thank you for sharing. These cards are beautiful and the reference guide is so useful! I hope to post your guide on my blog soon and I will give credit to you!


  4. Ladies, you are so welcome! Feel free to share the pdf with your readers. As you use the chart, please let me know if you have any suggestions for improvement. Have fun creating! Rebecca

  5. Thank you...this was super helpful! Love your cards!

  6. Thanks so much for the reference chart! What a time- and sanity-saver :)

  7. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I spent way too much time trying to find these.......and I'd rather be making cards!

  8. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I'm so glad to have stumbled onto your blog and find this information! I couldn't understand why CTMH didn't have some reference page for the images to go with these cards! I had been looking for an hour when I found Judy Ashmore's video where she provided your blog address to get this info. I printed it at 75%, cut it out and adhered it to the last page of my Artiste booklet. WHEW! What a time saver! You are very kind and generous to share this with everyone!

  9. This is awesome Rebecca. I didn't realize we had this as part of our Artiste. I guess I need to check it out and make a swing card. You make it look so easy. I really appreciate the chart you created. Your cards are gorgeous!!

    I am from Purdy, MO and lived in Branson and Springfield, MO. I live in CA right now. I am your newest follower and would love to have you follow my blog as well.

    Have a fabulous day!! Hugs, Gloria

  10. You are welcome! I noticed one of the shapes and just started looking for the others. Have fun creating your own cards!

  11. When you cut out the swing card, is it the Material Saver button on, Real Dial Size or on neither selected?

  12. I did not press Real Dial Size -- I'm pretty sure it would not make a difference. However, if you are cutting envelopes to match, you definitely do NOT want RDS on or the envelopes will be too small. You can use Material Saver if you like.

  13. Hello all,

    I am looking for the cartridge. Can anyone help?

    1. Hi Trina - The cartridge is available only through Close To My Heart consultants. Here's a link to it on my website: Please let me know if you have any questions.