Making handmade Christmas cards is as old of a tradition as Christmas itself. This year, I decided to share how to make Christmas cards with Cricut, specifically the Cricut Joy machine. I’ve created five card templates to use with your Cricut machine that will make crafting holiday cards easy!
Supplies to Make Christmas Cards with Cricut
- Cardstock (65-80 pound paper is best)
- Glitter cardstock
- Scrapbooking tape
- Cricut machine. I am using the Cricut Joy machine but you can cut the templates on a Cricut Maker or Explore model.
- Cricut Joy card mat
- Christmas card SVG templates (details to access below)
Download The Christmas Card Templates
Firstly you will need to download the templates. Find these five Christmas card designs inside our Member Vault, along with hundreds of other premium Christmas crafts! Once logged in, type in ‘cards’ to find the templates.
For those using a Cricut Maker or Explore model that does not have the card insert mat, you will find SVGs included for full cards!
How to Make Christmas Cards with Cricut – Video Tutorial
Watch the full video tutorial for making easy Christmas cards with your Cricut machine. I am featuring the Cricut Joy machine with the card insert mat, but you can use any Cricut machine with our templates too. In the video, I will also walk you through how to set up the card templates in Design Space and use the Text tool to type your message.
- Cut a 5.5 inches wide x 8.5 inch high piece of cardstock. If you are using an 8.5 x 11 sheet, then cut it in half and fold it once.
- The front single card insert piece should measure 4 inches by 5 1/4 inches.
- If you are using a machine other than the Joy then there are full card SVGs included too that will work perfectly with the Maker or Explore models.
Import the Christmas card templates to Design Space. Scroll up to download my designs or create your own. Scale the design to size.
Card Template Set Up For Maker And Explore Models
NOTE: If you are using the Maker or Explore models, you will want to import that SVG with the full card cutout. There is also a line included for the center of the card, which you will want to select and change to a scoreline. Anytime you use a scoreline, you will need to attach it to the base, in this case, our card. Select both the card and scoreline and click the Attach tool as shown in the image below.
My card design is scaled at 5.2 inches high by 3.9 inches wide. Click on the Make It button and select the dropdown option to the left, choosing the 4.25 x 5.5-inch card size. On this first cut screen, move the design to the very center of the mat preview. You will not need to do this step if you are using the Maker or Explore SVG card templates.
Click Continue when you are ready to select your material. I am using glitter cardstock so I will choose that material option. Place the folded card onto the card insert mat and load your machine. Let your Cricut cut out the Christmas card!
Once the Cricut is finished, unload the card mat and insert the rectangle behind the design. Be gentle with it until it settles into the card.
To write on the inside of your card, start by typing your Christmas message with the Text tool in Design Space. Make sure to choose a Writing font so that you do not end up with bubble letters. Scale your writing to size, my text is 4 inches high.
Flip your card backward gently and load it back onto the card mat. Replace the fine-point blade with a Cricut Joy pen and precede to let the Joy pen write your message on the inside of the Christmas card.
For those making the cards on the Maker or Explore model of machines, I recommend cutting a rectangle using the insert included with the templates or the free shapes in Design Space and having Cricut write on the rectangle, then pasting it into the card as shown above.
When your machine is finished writing, unload the card mat and remove the card. And your easy Christmas card with your Cricut machine is complete! Each one of these only took less than 20 minutes to make.
Do you love making handmade Christmas cards during the holiday season? With this tutorial for how to make Christmas cards with Cricut, you will be able to create dozens of pretty cards easily and quickly every holiday season!