Easy 3D Christmas Shadow Box Cards

LEARN HOW TO MAKE EASY THREE DIMENSIONAL CHRISTMAS CARDS ON YOUR CRICUT THAT FOLD FLAT FOR EASY MAILING

Okay, I admit it. I still love sending and receiving Christmas cards. I am a sucker for tradition and I just love displaying the pretty sentiments around the entry ways in our house. That is why I wanted to create something special for this holiday season. We all need some wow and pick-me-up, right? I think these Christmas shadow box cards really deliver on that!

The cards are made of four layers that create the “scene”, an outer layer that forms the box, and two layers that come together to add your sentiment on the back.

The best part is they fold completely flat so use the included envelope file to insert the card and send to your family and friends!

As you can see, I have made the same card using a variety of color palettes and it completely changes the look.

Shades of Blue:

All white gives a monochromatic look:

Bright and colorful adds to the whimsy in the design:

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 SHADOW BOX CARDS – MATERIALS LIST

Christmas Tree Shadow Box Cards

Christmas Tree Shadow Box Cards

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

These shadow box cards show a whimsical scene of the holidays. They fold flat for easy mailing, too!

Materials

  • My FREE Christmas Tree Shadow Box Card SVG File
  • Cardstock in your choice of colors
  • Glue or adhesive. I am using Crafter's Tape.

Tools

  • A way to cut out your cardstock. I am using my FABULOUS Cricut Maker.
  • Cricut StandardGrip Cutting Mat (green)
  • Cricut Scoring Wheel or Stylus
  • Cricut Brayer
  • Cricut Weeding Tool (for intricate pieces) - optional
  • Cricut Pen if you would like your machine to write your sentiment for you

Instructions

STEP 1 - DOWNLOAD THE SVG CUT FILE

Download the SVG Cut file for the Christmas Shadow Box Card (#49) 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.

For this file, I have set the score lines for you. You don't need to do any other customizing. Although, if you prefer to have your Cricut write your sentiment for you, I've included directions on how to do that in the video above.

there is no need to do anything else once your file as been uploaded into design space

Click the GREEN Make It button.

click the green make it button

STEP 3 - PREP YOUR MATS AND MAKE YOUR MATERIAL SELECTIONS

You can move your layers around to different mats if you chose to. When I made the all white version of this card, I was able to move all layers to two mats.

you can move the layers around if you wish. then click continue

Click CONTINUE.

I am using Cricut Medium Cardstock for this project.

I am using medium cardstock for this tutorial

I suggest you change your pressure setting to MORE. This will help you fold the pieces a bit better.

i recommend choosing MORE for your pressure setting

STEP 4 - LOADING YOUR MATS AND CUTTING THE IMAGE

Once you have placed your cardstock onto your mat, load the cutting mat into the machine by pressing the flashing ARROW button.

click the flashing arrows to feed your mat into the machine

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

press the flashing "C" to being the cut

Follow Design Space prompts to change out the scoring wheel, fine point cutting blade, and pen (if you are having your Cricut add your sentiment).

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 4 for until all layers have been cut.

STEP 5 - ASSEMBLE YOUR SHADOW BOX CARD

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

now its time to assemble your card

Begin by folding along the score lines of your inside card layers. These are the pieces that make up your Christmas scene.

fold along the score lines of your inside card layers

Press the fold with your scraper.

press the fold with your scraper

Repeat this step for all inside card layers.

If you didn't have your machine add your sentiment, add that to the back panel.

Once you have written your sentiment out, add adhesive to the back panel of your card.

after adding your sentiment, add adhesive to the back panel of the card

Adhere the stars layer to the back panel.

add the stars layer to the back panel and press

Now, fold along the score lines of the outer card layer.

fold along the score lines of the outer card layer

Press the folds with your scraper.

press with your scraper

To adhere the inside card layers to your outer card, add adhesive to the outside of the tabs.

add adhesive to the outside tabs of the inside card layer and attach to the right side of the card window

Starting to the right of the card window, press your first layer in place. This will be your lightest color layer.

Now, bring the other tab over to the corresponding side on the outer card layer and press in place.

press the tab on the corresponding side of the outer layer

Continue the process by adding each card layer next to the previous layer. Do this until all four inside pieces are adhered to the outer card layer.

Give your card a good fold to make sure everything lines up as it should.

Next, add adhesive to the outer card layer tabs.

add glue to the tabs on the outer card layer

Line up the back panel, with the sentiment facing outward, and press into place.

with the sentiment facing outward, line up the back panel with the tabs and press in place.

Give the card another good fold.

give the card a fold to make sure everything is in place.

Your card is ready to send!

your card is ready!

You can make an envelope using the ENVELOPE file in the download. This card will fit into any standard 5x7 envelope.

I just know that anyone you send these amazing cards to will absolutely love them!

So simple to put together yet really make a statement. I hope you try these!

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 your cards turn out!

Happy Crafting!

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  1. Hello, I would love to make this card but when I downloaded the files and uploaded them into Design Space there were no score lines. I tried to add them myself and it’s quite a mess, is there a solution? Thank you

    1. Hi, Amy,

      Due to a recent update, Cricut no longer supports the ability to preset score lines in designs. The lines are in the design, though.

      To change them to score lines, first ungroup the design.

      Next, find the card layers in the layers panel. Each layer of the card is in its own group.

      The top layer of each group are the score lines. Click the layer then change it from Basic Cut to Score under the operations tab.

      Then, highlight the group (the score line and card layer) and click attach in the layers panel.

      Do this for all card layers and you’ll be all set.

      I know this is an extra step and I apologize. Some designer friends and I are trying to figure out a workaround but we have not yet.

      Let me know if you have any further questions!!

      Nick

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