How to Make the Easy Birthday Card with your Cricut
1) Make sure that you've downloaded the card template from my Etsy store (or another template you chose)
2) And also that you've cut it and scored it - more help with that here
How to make this easy birthday card with a Cricut
3) Now, we're ready to start assembling the card. Let's start with the outer card - that's the bit with the cut-out design - in this example, the yellow Happy Birthday piece.
The outer card has the cut-out design
We need to use a metal ruler to help us fold the line cleanly - I use a metal ruler as it has a clean, firm edge that's unlikely to wear or damage, and it's a nice hard edge to fold against. So line your metal ruler up very carefully against the fold - not on the fold, but just ever-so, ever-so slightly to one side of the fold, so that you can still see the fold...
Position the metal ruler up against the score line, ready to fold the card
Press down hard on the ruler to hold the left-hand side of the card in place - but make sure you keep the ruler still and steady...
Then fold the right-hand side of the card up towards the ruler using your other hand...
Keeping the ruler in place, run your fingers along the folded edge making the fold firm and neat.
(You can let go of the ruler now).
If you're a beginner, you might prefer to place the ruler on the fancy/cut side and fold the plain side up...
The uncut side of the card will be a little sturdier and less prone to bending as you fold!
Folding the card
Then, we fold the fold the other way (so that it looks like a proper card) - again you can gradually run your fingers and thumb along the fold, making sure that it's folded neatly and firmly.
The outer portion of your card should now look like this
4) Let's go onto the inner card - this is the plain, slightly smaller card (pale blue in this example). Start by locating the score line in the middle of the card - it doesn't matter if it only looks faint...
Score line on the inner card
Using the same method, we just position the metal ruler right up to the score line - and first fold up towards the ruler...
Use a metal ruler to create a clean fold
Making the first fold on the inner card
Then, just like for the outer card, we fold it back on itself, squeezing the edge gently between fingers and thumb to create a nice firm fold.
Just like for the outer card, the score line will be on the outer edge of the fold - this is what we want for every fold that we make when we're making cards or other papercrafts. It makes the fold much neater.
Fold back to create the finished fold
5) Now, let's get on with the envelope. This has four score lines in a square.
The envelope - scored but not yet folded
We just need to use exactly the same method, folding up the flaps along the score lines, using the metal ruler as the folding edge...
Folding the flaps up against the metal ruler to create the envelope
Folds ready for the second folding
And then folding each fold back on itself, so that the score line is on the outer edge of the fold - remember to squeeze with fingers and thumb as you go, to create a firm fold.
Folded back again - you can see the score line is now on the outside edge of the fold
The envelope is starting to take shape
The template is now ready to become an envelope - we're going to stick down the large flap to the edges to become main part of the envelope and let the smaller flap loose to become the envelope 'closure flap'. If you're not sure which is which, the envelope 'closure flap' has larger curved corners and is also the one next to the small flaps with curved corners.
Apply glue to each side edge of the longer flap - don't go too far in from the edge - but try not to get too close to the edge, either! Do not apply glue to the top or bottom edges of the flap!
I've used paper glue here, but I found that a glue stick was a little easier and less messy. The paper glue seemed to adhere more firmly, though.
Carefully apply glue, just along the side edges of the larger flap
Now, simply fold in the edges and flap and apply pressure for a minute or two to allow the edges to stick down well.
Your envelope is ready!
Your envelope is now ready - you can add a bit of glue to close the envelope when you're ready to send it, or add a bit of double-sided sticky tape to the closure flap now, leaving the protective sheet over the tape until ready to send (this is a great idea if you're selling your homemade cards, so that the purchasers have the envelope ready to seal easily).
You can add double-sided sticky tape (with the protective bit still on) to your envelope closure flap, if you choose, so it's easy to seal and send
6) Now, we just need to glue the inner card to the outer card - this is quite simple but there are a couple of things just to be aware of and bear in mind...
Get ready to glue the inner and outer cards together
Think about the type of glue you use and the quantity - especially if you're using thinner papers and cards, glue can buckle them. This paper glue was just okay and didn't affect the inner card quality, but in later cards I made I did prefer to use a glue stick or (top choice) two pieces of double-sided sticky tape.
Add some paper glue (not too much) or double-sided sticky tape to the inner surface of the outer card
When you're positioning the inner card, don't thrust it up as tight as you can into the fold - leave the fold a little space to move (it doesn't need much, but does need a just a little) - but also make sure the edges won't poke out beyond the edges of the outer card...
Positioning the inner card - not too close to the fold!
We only want to glue that one surface down - the front flap of the inner card will be left loose so that people can admire the cut pattern in the card.
How the inner card will look when the card is opened
So your birthday card is now finished! Well done!
Easy birthday card made with Cricut
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