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Easy Cricut Christmas Cards with Cricut Foil!

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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 love making sentimental gifts, DIY Christmas decor, custom foil gift tags, and tons of ornaments. But I also like giving custom Christmas cards to friends and family I know well.

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.

Unfortunately, the Cricut Joy can’t use the foil, but both the Cricut Explore Family and Cricut Maker can. So you can use either bigger cutting machine to make these fun and easy DIY holiday cards.

You only need a few craft materials to make these, so let’s get started!

cricut christmas cards pinterest

Materials Needed For Cricut Christmas Cards

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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.

draw only cds

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.

cds cricut christmas cards

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.

foil christmas cards cds

If you are using any pens, choose your pen type and color in the drop down menu.

pen selection cds

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.

attach foil to card

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.

foil card cds

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.

christmas cardstock cricut

Remove the excess cardstock and cut out words from the mat.

handmade cards cricut

The card template has a score line so Cricut will prompt you to insert the scoring wheel if you are using a Cricut Maker.

cds scoring wheel

The double scoring wheel is one of the amazing interchangeable Cricut Maker blades.

cricut card scoring wheel
scoring card cricut
red christmas card

Once the scoring is done, CDS will pause and a new pop up window will appear. DO NOT REMOVE THE MAT!

cricut foil cards holiday

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.

cricut foil cards holiday

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.

foil christmas card

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!

cds prompt screen
foil candy cane card

The fine point blade will cut out the rest of the card.

foiled holiday 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!

how to make christmas card with cricut

Look how shiny it is!! You could definitely leave just like this!

foiled christmas card

I used a glue stick to glue the top layer to the shadow layer of the Happy Holidays cut out.

happy holidays cricut cards

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.

sticky foam on card
cricut christmas cards with foil

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!

card with glitter pen cricut

Again following the prompts and taping down a large foil sheet.

cricut christmas cards
cricut christmas cards

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.

cricut christmas cards with explore air

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.

merry christmas foil card diy
cricut christmas cards

If you love the Cricut foil as much as I do, make sure to check out my other tutorials on making personalized address labels, shiny printable vinyl decor, and using foil on a reverse canvas.

cricut christmas cards foil

If you’d like to save this Cricut Christmas cards tutorial for later or share you can PIN It now! If you are on a desktop hover over the top left of the image below and if you are on a phone simply tap on the image and a PIN It button will pop up to click on!

merry christmas foil cricut card

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a creative day!

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