How to Make Christmas Cardinal Cards

LEARN HOW TO MAKE CUTE CHRISTMAS CARDINAL LAYERED CARDS USING YOUR CRICUT

You know the saying. If you see a cardinal, a loved one is paying you a visit.

I think we never forget our family who have passed on but they seem to be especially thought of during the holidays. Maybe it is the tradition and nostalgia of Christmas, the family gatherings, the love and joy.

My mom used to paint cardinals a lot. She passed in 2017 and I have grown to love these beautiful birds even more!

I wanted to create a sweet winter scene for this card where the cardinals really pops!

This card can be made on any of the Cricut cutting machines. However, the included envelope can only be made using a Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker.

In this tutorial, I’ll give you my step by step instructions and tell you what materials I think work best when making this project.

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CHRISTMAS CARDINAL LAYERED CARD – MATERIALS LIST

Merry Christmas Cardinal Card

Merry Christmas Cardinal Card

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This tutorial will show you to make a sweet Christmas Card featuring cardinals.

Materials

  • My FREE Merry Christmas Cardinal Card SVG Cut File
  • Cardstock
  • Glue or Adhesive

Tools

  • A way to cut out your cardstock. I am using my FABULOUS Cricut Maker!
  • Cricut LightGrip Cutting Mat (blue) or StandardGrip Cutting Mat (green)
  • Cricut Scoring Wheel or Stylus
  • Cricut Brayer
  • Cricut Scraper
  • Cricut Tweezers (optional but so helpful!)

Instructions

STEP 1 - DOWNLOAD THE SVG CUT FILE

Download the SVG Cut file for the Merry Christmas Cardinal Card (#104) from The File Vault. Get access by joining the club.

STEP 2 - UPLOAD THE SVG FILE TO CRICUT DESIGN SPACE

If you aren't familiar with uploading SVG files into Design Space, take a look at my quick and easy tutorial here. Using your smartphone? Click here for my step-by-step guide on uploading SVG files with the Cricut App.

STEP 3 - UNGROUP CARD LAYERS

The file will upload into Cricut Design Space grouped together. You will want to hit the UNGROUP button to separate the layers.

ungroup the design

STEP 4 - CONVERT FOLD LINES TO SCORE LINES

Scroll down the list in the LAYERS panel and find the envelope. Click the fold line.

find the score line for the envelope

Change the fold lines to score lines by changing the OPERATION from BASIC CUT to SCORE.

select score under the operation menu

Attach the score line and the envelope by highlighting the GROUP and selecting the ATTACH option in lower right hand corner.

highlight the group and select attach in the layers panel

Repeat step 4 for the card base.

repeat for the card base

Click the GREEN Make It Button.

click the green make it button

STEP 5 - MAKE YOUR MATERIAL SELECTIONS AND PREPARE YOUR MATS

You will see the four mats for this card in the mat preview.

Click the CONTINUE button.

see the mats in the mat preview click continue

For this tutorial, I am using Medium Cardstock. Select your materials accordingly.

make your materials selection

Attach your cardstock to the Cricut StandardGrip Mat using the Cricut Brayer.

STEP 6 - LOADING YOUR MATS AND CUTTING YOUR MATERIALS

To load the mat into the machine, press the double arrows button. Do make sure that the mat is positioned under the mat guides.

to load the mat press the flashing arrows

You will know the machine is ready to cut your material when you see the flashing "C" button. Press that to start the cut.

to begin the cut, press the flashing "C" button

Follow Design Space prompts to change out the scoring wheel and fine point cutting blade.

Once the cut is complete, make sure to peel the mat away from the cardstock
rather than the cardstock from the mat. This will prevent any curling of your design.

Repeat Step 6 for until all layers have been cut.

STEP 7 - ASSEMBLE YOUR CARD

Now that everything is cut, we can start to assemble the card.

time to assemble

Begin by adding glue to the backside of the birch tree layer and adhere it to the sky (blue) layer.

add glue to the back of the birch tree layer

adhere that to the patterned blue layer

Next, add glue to the back of the cardinals and place where you would like them.

attach the cardinals where you wish using some glue

Now, add glue to the back of the sentiment and adhere it to the scene.

add glue to the back of the sentiment layerattach where you would like

Apply dabs of glue to the sky layer wherever you would lie your snowflakes to fall.

add dabs of glue around the blue sky

Place the snowflakes on top of the glue.

add the snowflakes where you wish

Next, fold the card base along the score line and burnish with the scraper.

fold the card base along the score lineburnish with your scraper

Apply glue to the back of the scene.

add glue to the back of the scene

With the fold on the card base at the top, place the scene onto the card making sure to center it.

adhere to the front of the card base

STEP 8 - FORM THE ENVELOPE

To make the envelope, begin by folding along the score lines and press the folds with your scraper.

fold the envelope along the score lineburnish the folds with your scraper

Add glue to the outside edge of the inlay piece as well as around the cutout on the envelope.

add glue to the outside of the inlayadd glue around the cutout

Place the inlay onto the envelope.

place the inlay on the envelope

Add glue to the bottom of the side flaps.

add glue to the bottom of the side flaps

Bring the bottom flap up to form the envelope.

bring the bottom flap up to form the envelope

Your card is done.

I think this card is so sweet and is very pretty to look at.

Post a photo in the comment section or tag your projects on social media @thebeardedhousewife using the hashtag #beardedhousewife! I’d love to see how yours turn out!!

Happy Holidays!

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  1. Oh this card is so pretty Nick! I love the pops of red, just beautiful! Yikes, these days are moving along so fast! I will be sad to see this end, but for now I will enjoy each day as it comes. Thanks again for the file! Hugs, Brenda

  2. The cardinals in the birch trees are beautiful. Gorgeous winter scene!!! Hard to believe we are on day 8 already. Thanks for sharing 😊

  3. Nick, Love the cards. I have never made Christmas cards before, but you inspired me and I have completed 3 so far. Thank you for your talent and willingness to share your designs.

  4. Very elegant! Reminds me of my childhood in Maryland where we had many cardinals. Thank you for all of the Christmas cards!

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