Learn to Make Easy Christmas Tree Insert Cards

LEARN HOW TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS TREE INSERT CARD USING ANY CRICUT CUTTING MACHINE

Today is the kickoff of my Holidays with the Housewife 2021 event and I wanted to start things off with a super cute and easy Christmas insert card.

Like all of my insert cards on the blog, you can use any Cricut cutting machine to create this card. In the download, you will find two folders inside. One for Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker and one for Cricut Joy.

For this tutorial, I will be using my Cricut Maker as well as the corresponding SVG file.

Note: The version for the Cricut Joy is only the design so it would be best to use Cricut’s Insert Card Packs available at most craft stores!

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 TREE INSERT CARD – MATERIALS LIST

Christmas Tree Insert Card

Christmas Tree Insert Card

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

This tutorial will show you how to make a cute Christmas Tree Insert Card using any of your Cricut cutting machines!

Materials

  • My FREE Christmas Tree Insert Card SVG Cut File
  • Cardstock in your choice of colors. I am using white, dark green, dark brown, and red for this tutorial.
  • Glue or adhesive

Tools

  • A way to cut out your cardstock. I am using my FABULOUS Cricut Maker but you can use any current Cricut machine.
  • Cricut StandardGrip Cutting Mat (green)
  • Cricut Scoring Wheel or Stylus
  • Cricut Pen. I am using Red.
  • Cricut Scraper
  • Cricut Brayer

Instructions

STEP 1 - DOWNLOAD THE SVG CUT FILE

Download the SVG Cut file for the Christmas Tree Insert Card (#98) 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.

select the envelope score line from the layers panel

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

change it to score under the operation menu

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

highlight the envelope group and select attach in the layers panel

Now, scroll down the list in the LAYERS panel and find the outer card. Click the fold line.

select the score line for the outer card

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

change the line to score under the operation menu

Next, click the text layer.

select the text layer

Change the text by changing the OPERATION from BASIC CUT to PEN. Select the color pen of your choice.

change it to pen in the operation menuchange your color here if you desire

Attach everything together by highlighting the GROUP the outer card is under and selecting the ATTACH option in lower right hand corner.

highlight the group the outer card is in and select attach in the layers panel

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 five layers for this card in the mat preview.

Click the CONTINUE button.

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 arrow

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, pen, 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.

now it is time to assemble

Begin by adding the embellishments to the outer card.

Add glue to the top and bottom of the tree cutout and place the embellishments accordingly.

add glue and place the embellishments on the outer card

Next, fold the outer card along the score line.

fold along the score line of the outer card

Burnish the fold with your scraper.

burnish the fold with your scraper

Now, open the card and carefully place the insert into the slits on the outer card.

open the card and carefully place the insert into the slits on the outer card

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 linesburnish the fold with your scraper

Add glue to the back of the inlay panel as well as around the cutout.

add glue to the back of the inlay paneland around the cutout

Place the inlay panel over the cutout on the envelope making sure to center it well.

place the inlay panel onto the envelope

Add glue to the bottom of the side flaps.

add glue to the side flaps of the envelope

Bring the bottom flap up and press to form the envelope.

bring the bottom flap up to form the envelope

Your card and envelope are complete.

Isn’t that such a cute card? I designed it to have a slight “Who-Ville” look. Can you see it?

I hope you add this to your Christmas card ideas!

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. Nick, your designs are so fun and this one is no exception. I had to try it right away. I alway do a run through with cheaper paper or scraps just in case. And I did make a few goofs – bad paper and a dull blade! I’ll do this again with better paper and a new blade. This one is so easy that I may just have to pick this for my 2021 card, but I’ll wait to see what goodies lie ahead first. I’ll post a photo on Facebook. Thank you for sharing your talent and great designs! Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  2. Nick – this is another great card – especially when you have a lot to make. You have been so helpful to me this year as a Cricut – newbie! Many thanks for your help and encouragement!

  3. Love your design and trying to make it on my JOY but the star and the tree trunk seem to be missing from the file. either that or i am doing something wrong on my end. Please help!

    1. Hi, Joy!

      It looks like the star and tree trunk didn’t upload in the original zip file. I have corrected that on my end. Please go to the library and download the file again. The star and tree trunk will be in the Joy versions of the design.

      Let me know if you need anything else!
      Nick

  4. Thank you for this card. I am fairly new to cricut and this the first year I am making all my own Christmas cards. Looking forward to your other tutorials over the next few days~

  5. Thank you for the tutorial and SVG files. I like that you gave me a choice to print out the tutorial so I can save it for later. I don’t know that I can print the design so I can do this by hand, but I will give it a try. Again, thank you Nick.

  6. I finally got my card finished! I took me three tries to get the tree cut out properly. The first time, the machine (Air 2) ripped up all of the little white lines. I had the right cardboard selected but still didn’t work. Tried it again and it was a little better but still, some of the white edges were destroyed. Decided to give up on it.

    Kept thinking about it and decided that I cannot let a machine get the best of me. The third time, I decided to change the cardboard selection from Default to “more”. Finally! It came out beautiful! I did have one other problem though. The insert was about 1/4th inch too big so I trimmed it with scissors to make it fit,

    Once it was all finished, I just had to put little red gems on all the points and a gem shaped star on top. Now, it reflects something I would make and I LOVE it! Will make a few more because I want a green foil for the tree and also one in gold.

    Thanks for a fun project! Can’t do the second one because I don’t have all the needed colors but maybe I can order an assortment on Amazon. Looking forward to the next one!

      1. There is one thing I would love to see in your card tutorials. I would like some instructions on how to add your signature to the bottom back of the card so when you send it to someone, they know YOU made it. I have not seen that in any of the card tutorials although I have only done a total of 5 cards (newbie here). Just ordered a variety of cardstock and am anxious to try the #2 card. Thanks for all you do!

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