How to Make Layered Christmas Cards

home for the holidays layered card

HOW TO MAKE LAYERED CHRISTMAS CARDS WITH YOUR CRICUT CUTTING MACHINE

You all know the song. We all wish we can be home for the holidays even when it isn’t possible.

I created this cute card to be a way of letting your loved ones know you will be home to celebrate the holiday or just a warm and inviting card to give your family and friends.

The card is a layered design which means it has some thickness to it. I also used foam squares to add some dimension to the coach lights and wreath on the front door.

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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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS CARD – MATERIALS LIST

Home for the Holidays Layered Card

Home for the Holidays Layered Card

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This tutorial will show you how to make a fun layered Christmas card.

Materials

  • My FREE Home for the Holidays SVG Cut File
  • Cardstock in your choice of colors.
  • Glue or adhesive
  • Foam adhesive (optional)

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 Home for the Holidays Card (#99) 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 score line of 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 and selecting the ATTACH option in lower right hand corner.

highlight the group and select attach in the layers panel

Repeat this step for the card base.

repeat for the card base

Next, find the sentimant layer and select the fold lines.

select the score line on the sentiment layer

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

Change the text by changing the OPERATION from BASIC CUT to PEN.

change the text to pen under the operation menu

Select the color pen of your choice.

you can change the color here

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

highlight the group 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 nine mats for this card in the mat preview.

Click the CONTINUE button.

click continue in the mat preview

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

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

First, layer the different embellishments.

Add glue to the back of the door panel and adhere to the solid door layer.

layer the embellishements. add gluelayer the paneling on top of the base

Add glue to one of the wreath layers and adhere the two wreaths together. I choose to layer the dark green over the lighter green but it is your choice.

now do the wreath

To form the bow, start by holding it with one hand.

Wrap the tail around the back, up, and around to the front again.

fold the tab around the backand bring over to the front again

Place a dab of glue on the underside of the tail and adhere into place.

add glue to the tabadhere in place

add glue to the tab

Adhere the ribbon tails to the bow by placing glue on the backside and pressing the tails into place.

add glueadhere the ribbon tails to the bow

Now, attach the bow to the wreath.

attach the bow to the wreath

Layer the steps together. Add glue to the back of the white layer.

layer the white steps layer on top of the silver steps layer

Layer on top of the gray layer.

Add glue to the middle of the black coach lights.

add glue to the black coach lights

Attach the white pieces onto the glue making sure to center them.

attach the white layers to the black

Attach the faceplate and doorknob together. Add a dab of glue to the center of the faceplate and add the doorknob on top of the glue.

add glue to the handle faceplate

place the doorknob onto the faceplate

There are two white rectangles included in the file download. The larger one is for the mat and layer on the inside of the card. The smaller one is for the front of the card.

Apply glue to the back of the smaller white layer.

add glue to the back of the smaller white layer

Layer it onto one of the red layers making sure to line up the top edge as well as center it. You want a border along the sides.

line up the top edge of the white layer with the red layer making sure to allow a border on each side

Attach the brown trim piece to the bottom of the red layer.

add glue to the back of the brown trim

place at the bottom of the red rectangle

Add glue to the back of the steps and attach to the bottom of the card making sure to line up the bottom edges.

attach the steps to the bottom of the red rectangle

Attach the door to the white layer.

attach the door to the white layer

Add foam adhesive to the back of the coach lights and wreath.

add foam adhesive to the back of the coach lights and the wreath

Attach the coach lights to the card front.

attach the coach lights

Add the doorknob and faceplate to the door.

attach the doorknob

Attach the wreath to the front door.

attach the wreath

Attach the doormat to the steps.

add the doormat

Fold along the score lines of the sentiment layer.

fold along the score lines of the sentiment

Attach the sentiment to the front of the card wherever you wish.

add glue and place wherever you wish

Fold the card base along the score line and burnish the fold.

fold the card base along the score lineburnish the fold with your scraper

Open the card.

Attach the larger white layer to the corresponding mat.

add glue to the message lauer and attach to the corresponding mat

Add the mat to the inside of the card.

glue that mat and layer to the inside of the card

Now, add the scene to the front of the card.

attach the embellished panel 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 fold with the scraper

Add glue to the outer edge of the inlay and also around the cutout of the envelope.

add glue to the edge of the inlay panel

add glue around the cutout as well

Place the inlay on top of the cutout.

apply on top of the cutout

Add glue to the bottom edge 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!

The front of this card came out just as I intended when I designed it. It is so warm and inviting. I just want to walk right through that front door! I hope you are able to make one of these for family and friends.

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. I have just found the cards I’m sending out for Christmas this year. I’m in love with them thanks for the opportunity to send a card from the heart that I can make myself my family will be impressed…. Off to make 30 of these..
    Julie

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