Thanksgiving Turkey Card
Cluck, cluck! Gobble, gobble! Here is an easy do-it-yourself guide on how to make a Thanksgiving turkey card.
To get started, gather all the needed things and download the files here and unzip.
All design files are available to be used in all formats (SignCut Draw, SignCut Pro 2 and SVG format).
The cut files:
1. Card base – 145 mm square card base with fold line. Cut from 250 gsm to 280 gsm white card.
2. Patterned feathers and wording – print coloured block design on approximately 160 gsm white card before cutting.
3. Patterned feathers – cut approximately 160 gsm white card.
4. Turkey body – cut from 250 gsm to 280 gsm white card.
1. Carrier mat with low tack adhesive.
2. 2 sheets of A4 white card approx weight of 250 gsm to 280 gsm.
3. 1 or 2 sheets of card printed from the attached block design, I suggest a weight of approx 160 gsm. You will use one sheet if you want to use just one set of feathers, two if you want to use more.
4. 1 sheet of approximately 160 gsm white card if you wish to colour the feathers.
6. A pen if you wish to draw the designs on the feathers – your choice of colour. In this case, we used black.
7. Crayons, paints, pens if you wish to colour in the drawn design on the feathers.
What to do.
1. Start SignCut Draw. Open and locate the downloaded files. Select the file named card base.scd.
Click on the bottom icon to send to SignCut. This file will be cut from one of the 250 gsm to 280 gsm white A4 card.
2. Make sure that Whole Area is set so that the different parts cut in the correct position relative to each other.
3. (a) Click on the black box to select the fold line. You will know that you have whole area set because the line will stay in the same position in the SignCut window
(b) Click on the scissors icon to bring up the Cut Window.
4. Make sure that the Positing after cutting option is set to Go back to beginning from the Cutting tab. If you do not set this then you will not be able to line up for further cuts on the same piece of card. For the same reason, you must also not remove the media or mat from the machine until all of the other needed cuts are finished.
If your fold line is to be scored then you can go ahead and cut it. It is recommended that the pressure for a score line is 8% to 10% of the full cutting pressure. However, it is always best to test as machines will vary
5. If your fold line is to be perforated then put a tick on the Override default pouncing values from the Tool settings tab. Then set the pounce down length and the pounce up length. You will see the line in cutting window change to a dashed one and you can now go ahead and cut.
6. Click on the red coloured box to select the card base. Then click on the scissors icon to cut out.
7. Open the file named patterned feathers and wording.scd in SignCut Draw. And click on the bottom icon to send to SignCut.
8. Make sure you have Whole Area chosen. This file will be cut from one of the printed block sheets. Make sure you place the sheet on the carrier mat in the correct orientation so that the feathers are cut from the small blocks.
9. If you want the patterns drawn on the feathers as in the image on the right, click the black box (a) in SignCut to draw them.
If you prefer the feathers plain as in the left-hand image then skip this step and go straight to cutting the red design (step 10).
10. Click on the red box to choose the cutlines for the feathers, the border, the wording and the turkey nose.
Note: Cut the wording and the nose from the centre of the border because it will be covered over by the card for the turkeys body.
11. If you would like to colour your feathers as in the image to the right, then open the file patterned feathers. You will cut this from a sheet of approximately 160 gsm white card. You can repeat as many times as you wish if you want to add extra feathers.
In this case, we opened it on SignCut Draw. Now go ahead and click the cutter icon to send the image to SignCut Pro 2 (see image below).
12. Make sure you have the Whole Area chosen. And remember not to remove the carrier mat or media in between the cuts.
13. Click on the black box to select the lines which you will draw.
14. Click on the red box to choose the cutlines.
15. Start SignCut Draw and open the file named turkey body.scd. This will be cut from the 250 gsm to 280 gsm white card.
Then click on the cutter icon to send the image to SignCut Pro 2.
16. Click on the red coloured box to choose the cutlines.
17. Now it is time to assemble the design together. Take the turkey body piece and put glue on the outside edges of the square. Do not put any glue near the body shape.
18. Take the other brown pieces, the wording and the beak and glue them on top of the white card.
19. Fold the card base in half and glue the top square to the base.
20. Now it is time to choose which feathers you want to use. A single type, a mixture, or all of them!
The body of the turkey will lift up so that you can add a dab of glue to the base of each feather and slide it into place.
Starting with the plain feathers cut from the coloured blocks and add each one until all seven are in place.
21. Then you will get this simple classic card (left).
But maybe you prefer the ones with the design drawn on them (right).
22. Then there are the ones on the white card with the patterns drawn on them. You can colour these with crayons, paint, pens in what colour combination you like
23. The results:
A more colourful card.
Or add them together, the combinations are endless.