Easy Back to School Cards

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CREATE EASY BACK TO SCHOOL CARDS WITH GIFT CARD SLEEVES FOR YOUR KIDS!

With back to school being a crazy time, there is always a chance that you forget something your child needs! A notebook, clothes, toiletries, etc. Make these easy back to school cards with a gift card sleeve so your back to schooler can buy something they need or want!

These cards are so simple because they utilize the print then cut option on your Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore Air 2.

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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BACK TO SCHOOL CARDS – MATERIALS LIST

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Easy Back to School Cards with Gift Card Sleeves

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This easy to make card is the perfect gift for your back to schooler. Slip in a cash card or gift card to their favorite store, sign the card, and you are good to go!

Materials

  • My FREE School Bus Card SVG Cut File
  • Cricut Cardstock
  • Sticker Paper, optional
  • Glue. I am using Adtech Crafter's Tape.

Tools

  • A way to cut out your cardstock. I am using my FABULOUS Cricut Maker. This project will also work with a Cricut Explore Air 2.
  • A home printer
  • Cricut Scoring Wheel or Stylus
  • Cricut Pen, optional

Instructions

STEP 1 - DOWNLOAD THE SVG CUT FILE

Download the SVG Cut file for the School Bus Card (#27) 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.

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STEP 4 - CONVERT FOLD LINES TO SCORE LINES AND ATTACH TO ENVELOPE

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

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Change the fold lines to score lines by changing the LINE TYPE from CUT to SCORE.

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Attach the score line and the card piece by highlighting the GROUP the envelope is under.

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Select the ATTACH option in lower right hand corner.

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STEP 5 - PREP THE BACK OF THE CARD

Scroll down the list in the LAYERS panel and find the card back layer. Click the text.

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Change the layers by changing the LINE TYPE from CUT to DRAW. This will tell your machine to draw the text and not cut the letters out. This is totally optional but for a simple project like this, I recommend it.

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Attach the text and the card piece by highlighting the GROUP the card layer is under.

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Select the ATTACH option in lower right hand corner.

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STEP 6 - PREP THE GIFT CARD SLEEVE

Scroll down the list in the LAYERS panel and find the gift card sleeve. Click the fold lines.

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Change the fold lines to score lines by changing the LINE TYPE from CUT to SCORE.

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Next, select the text.

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Change the layers to draw by changing the LINE TYPE from CUT to DRAW.

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Attach the score lines, text, and the gift card sleeve by highlighting the GROUP the layers are under.

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Select the ATTACH option in lower right hand corner.

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STEP 7 - UPLOAD AND PREP THE PRINT THEN CUT JPEG IMAGE

Following the same process from step 2, upload the print then cut school bus image from your download. It is in the "Print then Cut" file.

When you get to the IMAGE TYPE screen, select COMPLEX.

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Zoom out a bit to see the full image. To do this, select the "minus goggles" in the upper right hand corner.

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Next, select the magic wand in the upper left hand corner.

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Click anywhere on the black background.

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This will ERASE the background color. Click Continue.

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Make sure to select PRINT THEN CUT IMAGE. Then click SAVE.

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Now that your print then cut image is uploaded, unlock the image dimensions by clicking the LOCK button.

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Change the size of your print then cut image to 6 inches by 6 inches.

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Place the image over the white card layer.

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Highlight both layers.

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Select CENTER under the ALIGN dropdown menu.

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Select the FLATTEN option in the lower right hand corner.

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Click the green MAKE IT button in the upper right corner.

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STEP 8 - PRINT YOUR IMAGE AND MAKE YOUR MATERIAL SELECTIONS

When you get to the PREPARE screen, you will see the print then cut image with the black box around it. Click CONTINUE.

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Select SEND TO PRINTER.

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Click PRINT. Make sure you have the ADD BLEED optional toggled.

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Once you have completed your printing, select your materials.

STEP 9 - LOADING YOUR MATS AND CUTTING YOUR MATERIALS

Following the prompts in Design Space, attach your cardstock to the Cricut StandardGrip Mat.

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

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Hit the "C" button once it begins to flash and you are on your way to cutting out your card!

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Once the cut is complete, the double arrows will flash again. Press it and the mat will unload.

Repeat Step 9 until all layers are cut.

STEP 10 - ASSEMBLE YOUR CARD

Start by folding the gift card sleeve along the score lines.

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Press with the Cricut Scraper to ensure everything is folded well.

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Apply glue or adhesive to the tabs.

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Fold the back panel up and press to adhere.

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Now, apply glue or adhesive to the blank side of the card back layer.

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Add your print then cut image and press to adhere.

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Apply glue or adhesive to the back of the gift card sleeve.

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Align in the center of the text on the card back and press to adhere.

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Finally, fold the envelope along the score lines.

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Apply glue or adhesive to the larger flap.

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Press to adhere.

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Your card is ready to personalize and gift!

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These cards are so simple and cute!! I know they will make anyone smile, especially after a busy first week back to school!

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Love,

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