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 :
- Recollection Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Metallic Shimmer Assorted Set from Amazon – This set is a little lighter in weight but the colors are beautiful in 3D
- 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
- 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.
- Assorted Pink Set from Paper Paper – This is a must-have for paper flower makers. The variety is perfect to create a bouquet.
- Assorted Purple Set from Paper Paper – This is another must-have for paper flower makers. I love the variety of finishes in this pack.
- Metallic Variety Set from Paper Paper – I don’t know any avid paper crafter that doesn’t use Stardream metallics line of shimmer paper. It is the only metallic cardstock line that I know of that has such variety and has colored cores.
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.