This is a tutorial for how to turn any pattern design into a card using Cricut Design Space.
Turning any SVG pattern or design into a card is super easy with the Cricut. It is a great way to repurpose a design you already have to make a last minute blank card suitable for every occasion.
I will demonstrate how to do this with my mandala designs in Cricut Design Space.
But first, here’s some recommendations on materials for Cricut Card making.
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Materials for Cricut Cards
Cardstock – My top preference here is medium cardstock with colored cores. Cardmaking is slightly more forgiving so you could probably get away with the textured printed cardstock too but I wouldn’t recommend it for more intricate designs because it doesn’t cut as well.
Here are some of my favorite brands :
- Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Cricut Joy Insert Card Packs – You don’t have to use these with the Cricut Joy, they are nice material kids for cardmaking.
- Cardstock Warehouse Brand on Amazon – I love the quality of all the matte-colored cardstock with Cardstock Warehouse. It is my go-to brand for individual matte colors that I might need
- Poptone Assorted Variety Pack – This is the perfect peppy assortment of colors of heavy cardstock. It’s a heavy cardstock assortment with colors I actually use frequently for cardmaking.
- Seasonal Assorted Variety Pack – This is a slight variation on the Poptone assortment and has a quite few neutrals that complement almost any accent color.
- Stardream Metallics Line – For paper crafts, the Stardream line is the go-to for a metallic shimmer finish. It is the perfect sheen to make any project pop. The core is also colored is which hard to find for metallic paper.
Glue – I like to use glue that doesn’t warp the paper. Here are some of my favorites:
Templates – I’ve already prepared these mandala cards. The mandala card SVG templates are available for free in my resource library.
How to Make any Pattern into a Card with the Cricut
Start by uploading your design.
Select the design and click on the Contour icon in the lower right corner of the canvas.
Hide the outer most cutout of the design. Here in this example, it is just the base plate that is the first item in the graphical elements available.
Now draw a box the size of your card around the design. Resize the design as necessary.
Align the cutout within the box as necessary.
With both pieces selected, attached the graphics together.
It’s up to you if you want the cutout to be on a single piece that is both the front and back or just a top layer.
I usually just score the cards by hand with a ruler and a scraper or credit card.
To glue the layers, I like to use an adhesive roller.