Make elegant and shiny DIY Cricut Christmas cards with the new Cricut foil and cardstock. Handmade cards that are easy and fun!
Whew, Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas season is in full effect! If you are like me, then my Cricut is working constantly.
I do order bulk photo cards for all the people on our list that I only update once a year, but I like to give the extra personal touch to teachers, neighbors, family, close friends, etc.
In my last post, I showed you how to make personalized Christmas cards with a Cricut Joy, but I also really wanted to make some shiny foil holiday cards.
You only need a few craft materials to make these, so let’s get started!
Materials Needed For Cricut Christmas Cards
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- Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker – find out which one is best for you
- Cricut foil transfer kit
- Cricut foil transfer sheets
- Cricut gel pens (optional)
How to Make Foil Holiday Cards
Design Space makes it easy to find images you can draw and foil by having a filter. Once you click on the Image button, check the Draw Only under Art Type. Then search Christmas or Holiday in the search bar.
If you are new to CDS, make sure to check out my series of Cricut Design Space 101 tutorials to get started.
Find a few images you like and insert them. Also search cards and find a few card templates to insert.
You can find my project in CDS by clicking here.
I have a full tutorial on how to use the Cricut foil transfer kit, so make sure to check that out for more detailed instructions.
Change the LineType of the images to Foil and then Fine or Medium. Choose your foil color.
If you are using any pens, choose your pen type and color in the drop down menu.
Size the foil images so the image hangs slightly over the sides. Center the images over the card template, select both of them and then click on Attach.
For my candy cane Christmas card, I am cutting the Happy Holidays out of cardstock.
Once everything is ready, make sure to save your project and then click on Make It.
On the Prepare screen you will need to move the cards with foil in and down a little to make room for the tape.
Select cardstock or whatever material you are using and follow all the on screen prompts to foil and cut out your Cricut Christmas cards.
Cutting and Foiling Holiday Cards with a Cricut
The first mat CDS is telling me to load and cut is the cardstock for the Happy Holidays top layer. This is just a basic cut with the fine point blade on cardstock setting.
Remove the excess cardstock and cut out words from the mat.
The card template has a score line so Cricut will prompt you to insert the scoring wheel if you are using a Cricut Maker.
The double scoring wheel is one of the amazing interchangeable Cricut Maker blades.
Once the scoring is done, CDS will pause and a new pop up window will appear. DO NOT REMOVE THE MAT!
Insert the Cricut foil housing with tip that was chosen and tape down a piece of foil that is bigger than your design. Tape it down tight on all four sides.
The one problem I have with the foil is remembering exactly where to tape it when the design isn’t in a corner. I wish I could pull up the mat screen again so I could see between which inch marks it is.
I have started taking a picture of the mat screen with my phone or writing down where to tape the foil so I remember.
Once the foiling is done, you’ll get another pop up window to remove the foil and insert the fine point blade housing. Again, do not unload the mat!
The fine point blade will cut out the rest of the card.
Unload the mat when instructed and pull up the excess cardstock. Flip the mat over and remove the mat from the cardstock. This is to help the cardstock not bend!
Look how shiny it is!! You could definitely leave just like this!
I used a glue stick to glue the top layer to the shadow layer of the Happy Holidays cut out.
I wanted the sentiment to pop up a little bit so I taped some foam tape from the Dollar Tree on the backside and stuck it on.
I ended up using a red glitter gel pen on the green card but it didn’t stand out as much as I would have liked when it dried. Next time I’ll probably just foil the entire thing! If I had the red foil sheets I would use those.
I do have a quick process video of making the green cards at the top of the post so make sure to check it out to see everything in action!
Again following the prompts and taping down a large foil sheet.
That’s it! I love how shiny these cards are. The Christmas tree foil holiday card is probably my favorite! I do have a video reel over on my IG account of making this card.
Tip for making the tree card: Use the FINE tip foil blade. I tried to use the medium first and it tore up the foil sheet since there are so many lines in the tree.
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Thanks so much for stopping by and have a creative day!