How to Make Layered Holiday Friends Cards

LEARN TO MAKE FUN HOLIDAY FRIENDS LAYERED CARDS USING PRINT THEN CUT ON YOUR CRICUT CUTTING MACHINE

Print then Cut is a function on my Cricut that I don’t use that often. I thought it would be fun to use for my little characters on this Holiday Friends Card.

If you have been intimidated by Print then Cut, don’t worry. I make it very easy for you to get some great results!

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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HOLIDAY FRIENDS LAYERED CARD – MATERIALS LIST

Holiday Friends Layered Card

Holiday Friends Layered Card

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

This tutorial will show you how to make cute holiday cards using Print then Cut.

Materials

  • My FREE Holiday Friends Layered Card SVG Cut File
  • Cardstock
  • Glue

Tools

  • A way to cut out your cardstock. I am using my FABULOUS Cricut Maker but you can use a Cricut Explore Series as well!
  • Home Printer
  • Cricut StandardGrip Cutting Mat (green)
  • Cricut Scoring Wheel or Stylus
  • Cricut Brayer
  • Cricut Scraper
  • Cricut Pen. I am using Black.

Instructions

STEP 1 - DOWNLOAD THE SVG CUT FILE

Download the Holiday Friends Layered Card (#143) 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 CHARACTERS TO PRINT THEN CUT

Click on one of the characters and select FLATTEN in the LAYERS panel.

click the character and select flatten

Repeat this until all characters have been converted to Print then Cut.

STEP 5 - CONVERT FOLD LINES TO SCORE LINES

Scroll down the list in the LAYERS panel and find the envelope. Click the fold line and change the fold lines to score lines by changing the OPERATION from BASIC CUT to SCORE.

find the score line for the envelope and convert to score

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 attach

Repeat this for the card base.

Find the sentiment layer. Convert the text to pen by changing the OPERATION from BASIC CUT to PEN.

find the sentiment layer and covert the text to pen

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

highlight the group and attach

Click the GREEN Make It Button.

click the green make it button

STEP 6 - MAKE YOUR MATERIAL SELECTIONS AND PREPARE YOUR MATS

You will see the layers for this card in the mat preview.

Click the CONTINUE button.

click continue

Select SEND TO PRINTER.

click send to printer

Make sure to toggle on ADD BLEED and select PRINT.

print

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

make your material selections

Attach your cardstock to the Cricut StandardGrip Mat using the Cricut Brayer.

STEP 7 - 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.

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

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 7 for until all layers have been cut.

STEP 8 - ASSEMBLE YOUR CARD

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

First, attach the red window pane to the patterned paper.

add the frame to the patterned paper

Attach the characters inside the window pane.

attach the characters

Mat and layer the messaging panel.

mat and layer the messaging panel

Fold the card base along the score line and burnish with your scraper.

fold the card base along the score lineburnish with your scraper

Attach the messaging panel to the inside of the card.

attach the messaging panel to the inside of the card

Attach the front cover panel to the front of the card.

add the front cover panel to the front of the card

Add the sentiment to the front of the card.

attach the sentiment

STEP 9 - FORM THE ENVELOPE

To make the envelope, begin by folding along the score lines and burnish the folds with your scraper.

fold the envelope along the score linesburnish with your scraper

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

add glue along the inlay

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

attach the inlay to the envelope flap

Add glue to the bottom of the side flaps.

add glue along the bottom of the side flaps

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.

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Happy Holidays!

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  1. What an adorable card design Nick! I love all the characters looking in the windows, perfect for children….so they know that Santa and his friends are watching them. lol But really cute for anyone. Love it! Hugs, Brenda

  2. This is just so cute! I can’t wait to make this card for my book club members. I might just have to change my crafting plans for today and make this card!

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