Make a Cricut Card For Beginners
This greeting card is the epitome of simple elegance. It’s so quick and easy to make too! Learn how to Make a Cricut Card For Beginners.
You can whip up several of them to keep on hand for any time you’d like to send one off to someone special.
Make a Cricut Card For Beginners
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- Cricut Maker
- Cricut Light Grip Mat
- Cricut Black Marker/Pen
- Cricut Stylus
- Bone Folder
- ATG Gun
- Embroidery Floss
- White Cardstock
- Kraft Paper Cardstock
- Printed Cardstock
- Download the font from the Makers Gonna Learn website. Then, unzip it and install it on your computer so you can easily search for it in the design space.
- Go to Design Space and grab a square from the Shapes button on the left. You can size it the same size as the base of the card you will be making. This will help you to visualize how much space you have to work with and size your design accordingly. For this tutorial, we used 8.5″x5.5″. (This is so that once it’s folded, it will be 4.25”x5.5”).
- Go back to the Shapes button on the left and grab a scoreline. Place it on your rectangle. You need to size it the same as the height of the card base. Next, select both layers, choose Align, Center. Now, select both layers again and Attach (bottom of the Layers Panel).
- Next, make the liner for the card. Duplicate the card base. Then, change the duplicate to a different color so that it cuts on a different mat then the base. We like to use the colors that match the colors of our finished project because this helps with the visualization of what the completed card will look like.
- Since we duplicated it, the scoreline is already there. So now, we just need to size the liner down a bit so it fits nicely on the card base with a bit of a border showing.
- Next, we are going to make the decorations for the front of the card. We are using 3 rectangles. Grab a square from Basic Shapes and resize it until you’re happy with how it fits on the card. You can either eyeball it or do the math. Remember that you’re going to want some space in between each of the rectangles. We are using the measurements 1.3”x5.3”.
- Once you have one of the rectangles sized appropriately, duplicate it twice. Change the colors of the rectangles to 3 different colors so that once again, they will be placed on different mats.
- To be able to visualize the layout and sizing properly, choose all 3 of the rectangles and then select Align, Distribute Horizontally. Select again and choose Align, Top or Bottom.
- Grab another square from the Shape button on the left and size it – we’re using 3.5″x1.3″. Then, change the color if you want to. We’re making ours white. This is going to go horizontally across our 3 vertical rectangles near the bottom of the card.
- Duplicate that rectangle and change the size to 3.25”x1.6”. Change the color of this one to match the color of the card base. Place it behind the white rectangle by selecting the white rectangle and then choosing Arrange, Send to Front.
- Open a text box and type in your chosen text. Change the font to whatever you want and then kern your font by decreasing the Letter Spacing. You can also Ungroup and then move one letter at a time but we find it easier to use Letter Spacing first. Often that will be all you need, but then if there are one or two letters that need a bit more adjusting, you can always fix those.
- Move the text inside the white layer and size it to fit. You could cut the text out of vinyl, but we’re going to use a pen and draw the text on. Select the text and go up to the top where it says Line Type and choose Draw on the drop-down menu. (NOTE: It is recommended to use a thinner font when you want the text to be drawn line instead of cut line).
- Select the text and the white layer. Then, go down to the bottom right below the Layers Panel and press Attach. (NOTE: 3rd party fonts do not fill the inside so you can use a pen to fill in when it’s printed if you want.)
- Click Make It. Check all of your mats to make sure they are correct. Also, make sure that your material sizes are correct. For example, our brown cardstock is only 8.5”x11” so you need to choose that on the dropdown menu just under the mat.
- Click continue and connect to your machine. Then, set the material to heavy cardstock. Press Edit Tools and select Scoring Stylus instead of Scoring Wheel if using that like we are.
- Your machine will prompt you as to which tools you need and when. First, we need to load our Fine Point Blade and our Scoring Stylus.
- Load your mat with your cardstock for the first mat. Load the mat into the machine and press the flashing Cricut button. Once it has scored the cardstock, remove the Scoring Stylus and replace it with the Cricut pen. Do not remove the mat from the machine! Press the flashing Cricut button again.
- Remember to keep an eye on Design Space. It’s going to prompt you and tell you when it’s time for each of these steps.
- Unload the mat from the machine. Flip your mat upside down and slowly peel away the mat from the cardstock. Repeat with each of the different cardstocks until you have them all cut (and scored as needed).
- It’s time to assemble the card. First, you need to fold the base card and the liner along the score line in the middle using your bone folder to crease them.
- Assemble the card as it was laid out in Design Space, using the ATG gun to glue the pieces together. Glue the white card to the brown piece, but don’t attach that to the card just yet.
- After that, the last thing to do is take the embroidery floss and cut three strands. Line the 3 strands up and then wrap them around the white/brown cards and tie a little bow. Glue this onto the card using the ATG gun.
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