How to Make Easy Insert Cards for Hanukkah

LEARN HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE MENORAH INSERT CARDS TO CELEBRATE HANUKKAH USING ANY CRICUT CUTTING MACHINE

I know this tutorial is coming out in the middle of Hanukkah but this menorah insert card is so simple that you still have time to deliver a sweet holiday message.

I have several Jewish friends who would appreciate this cute 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. To make this card on a Cricut Joy, follow the basic steps from my GIngerbread Man Insert Card tutorial.

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.

You can purchase the SVG file for this project in my shop here.

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MENORAH INSERT CARDS – MATERIALS LIST

Menorah Insert Cards

Menorah Insert Cards

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

Tnis tutorial will show you how to make a simple Menorah Insert Card perfect for anyone celebrating Hanukkah.

Materials

  • My Menorah Insert Card SVG Cut File
  • Cardstock
  • 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) or LIghtGrip Cutting Mat (blue)
  • Cricut Scoring Wheel or Stylus
  • Cricut Pen. I am using Black.
  • Cricut Scraper
  • Cricut Brayer

Instructions

STEP 1 - PURCHASE & DOWNLOAD THE SVG CUT FILE

You can purchase the Menorah Insert Card in my shop here.

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 fold line for the envelope

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

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 group and select attach in the layers panel

Now, scroll down the list in the LAYERS panel and find the outer card. Click the candle outline.

find the candle layer

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

change the line to pen

Now, select the score line for the outer card. Change the line to score by changing the OPERATION from BASIC CUT to SCORE.

select the score linechange it to score under the operation menu

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 and select attach

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 three 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.

select your materials

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, 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.

time to aseemble

First, 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

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

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 along the score line of the envelope

burnish the fold with your scraper

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

add glue to the outer edge of the inlay and the cutout on the envelope

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

place the inlay on the envelope

Add glue to the bottom of the side flaps.

add glue to the side flaps fo 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.

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!!

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  1. This is a very sweet card template! Thank you for sharing.
    I was thinking you could use the finepoint pen to add a sentiment, such as:
    “May the miracle of Chanukah fill your life with light and peace.”
    “Chanukah Sameach” (Meaning “Happy Chanukah”)
    “As the we light the candles of Chanukah, I am reminded of the light you bring to our lives! Chag Sameach!”

  2. Hello again. I have missed a couple of days, but I’m back at it. I am beginning to love the insert cards because they are so much easier to do since I do paper crafts by hand. It’s a learning curve for sure. The very first card with the door took me about 2 weeks and 3 tries to make. I was going through the ink so fast that I had to switch to colored printer paper to practice. I also started using my paper cutter for the straight lines, it was quick and easy to get the plain rectangles done. I tried using my rotary cutter, but I didn’t have enough control. Someday I will get a cutting machine and will be able to make a card with an intricate cut out of card stock. Thank you so much for all the tutorials and files.

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