With lots of imagination and a little creativity, there’s nothing you can’t make with the Cricut Explore.
I had a special request for a Mario Brothers Card. First let me say…I know NOTHING about Mario Brothers other than it’s a video game. I might have been able to pick Marie and Luigi out of a line up, but I’m not 100% sure about that either.
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I made this fun Cricut Card for the Bling on the Sun Hop. The kids will be out of school soon if they’re not out already in your area. They will be playing lots of video games both at home and in the arcades, while on vacation.
After looking at my project, I hope you’ll take a look at the other great Summer Bling projects that are listed at the bottom of this post.
I started researching on Google to get some ideas. I was pretty sure I could create the Mario Brothers using the Cricut, but I wasn’t exactly sure how to make them look authentic.
I found an awesome Mario Bros. Cricut Card made by Ken’s Kreations in the Cricut Project Center. I was able to track down the blog post on Ken’s Kreations website to find out which Cricut Cartridges he used. This was super helpful information.
Ken made his card using the Cricut Expression Machine, but I’m fortunate to be able to use the Cricut Explore to make this Super Mario Card. The Explore makes it really easy to get sizes correct when making projects.
I used the Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut Cartridge to make this Racecar Card while back. It’s great for making all kinds of people.
I started with the train conductor on the Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut Cartridge. By using the ungroup feature, I can delete the parts that I didn’t need like the lantern and railroad crossing sign.
The gloves are from the snowboarder on the Everyday Paper Dolls Cartridge, and the mustaches are from one of the three wise men on the Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut Cartridge. I found the star, by doing a search. It was available with my Cricut Access Subscription.
I added a tiny circle to the hats for the initials. Since the initials were so tiny, I hand wrote them in marker.
I also added circles for the eyes and noses. I wanted the eyes to be a little bigger than they cut. I used thin tipped markers to add details to them.
Here are all of the pieces, some of which are teeny tiny. Luigi is 1/4″ taller than Mario, so I had to make sure to keep the pieces separated.
The bald, naked dolls make me laugh!
Using a black Micron pen, I added a dotted and dashed border to the star. Mario and Luigi needed hair, so I also added that with a the Micron pen.
When I assembled the brothers, I didn’t attach their hat brims. Instead, I folded them up to add a little extra dimension to them.
Notice the tiny button brads that I added to their overalls. I knew they were in my stash and waiting for just the right project.
This was a special request baby card. Since my handwriting isn’t very good, my Mom wrote, “Welcome Gracin” on the star for me.
The red glitter stars came in a mixed package from Walmart, and they were the perfect size.
Mario Brothers Cricut Card Paper Sizes
- Card base is 5 1/2″ x 11″ folded in half.
- Black mat is 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″.
- Red star paper is 4 1/4″ x 3″.
- Blue and red argyle paper is 2 1/4″ x 1 1/2″.
- Mario is 3 3/4″ high.
- Luigi is 4″ high.
- Yellow star is 3″ high.
There you have it! Even though I’m not a Super Mario fan, this was a super fun project that I soon fell in love with. Thank you Ken’s Kreations for the great inspiration.
My next challenge is a Harry Potter themed card. Wish me luck! FaveCrafts has pages and pages of wonderful card to inspire you.
Here are the other talented ladies joining in on the Bling on the Sun Blog Hop.
- Harry Potter Cricut Card by P.S. I Love You Crafts
- Learn to Make Handmade Cards by P.S. I Love You Crafts
- Sesame Street Birthday Cards by P.S. I Love You Crafts
- Handmade Christmas Card Ideas by P.S. I Love You Crafts
- How To Use Rubber Stamps by P.S. I Love You Crafts
Such a great card Pam. I don’t have a Cricut but I keep seeing all the possibilities and am so tempted to get one! Pinned for later.
This is so cute! My son loves Mario, and I’m sure he’d love to make something like this for his teacher.
You never cease to amaze me with your talent. This is just the cutest. So much work and love went into it.
Very cute card. Where did you find the background paper? I love the Argyll paper.
It is an older paper from Stampin’ Up. It was actually circus paper, but it works perfectly for this too.
Pam, I love it when you review a Cricut cartridge and show some projects. I print and save them in a binder. Looking forward to the next one! Love the Mario card. What can you do with Minecraft?
Minecraft is a challenge. I’m not really familiar with it enough to come up with anything on my own.