Never ending card Cricut instructions - this tutorial is to help you use your never ending card template in Cricut Design Space, setting it up correctly to cut and score...
Cut file digital template for never ending card
This page is part 1 of the full instructions for making this never ending card with a cutting machine, such as Cricut. This part of the instructions is specific to Cricut Design Space, but if you're making the card with another cutting machine, the instructions may help you understand how to set up the files in your own cutting machine programme.
If you'd like to find out more about the never ending card and a little bit about how it works before you start, as well as think about the materials you might like to use, take a look at the page here, and then come back to this page to continue with the tutorial...
If You're Not Using Cricut Design Space
If you're not using Cricut Design Space to make your never ending card, you will need to know that some of the lines in the cut file need to be scored...
These are the thin red lines on the envelope and on the yellow rectangles, shown below...
The red lines show the score lines for the project
You will need to set up your files in your cutting machine so that these lines score and don't cut (they will default to cut if you don't change anything). Please refer to your cutting machine's help pages if you need help with this.
If you're a Cricut user, this page will give you a step-by-step instruction showing exactly how to set everything up, so keep reading...
If you want to score your lines manually, please delete these lines using your cutting machine's program. You can score the lines manually with a knitting needle (or similar) and a metal ruler.
The score lines for the envelope go from corner to corner around the central square of the envelope.
The score lines on the yellow rectangles are in the centre of the rectangle lengthwise, and the same distance from either edge. In my template, that's 3cm (1.9 inches).
N.B. The PNG will print with the score lines included.
Never Ending Card Instructions for Cricut Design Space
The thin red lines (on the envelope and on the four yellow rectangles) are score lines - these need to be set to score in Cricut Design Space, or they default to cut and will likely ruin your project.
If you're confident you know how to do this, please go ahead, set them to score, attach them to their relevant element, and send your project to cut and then proceed to the next part of the tutorial, assembling the card - if you're at all unsure, please go through the instructions with me, step by step, here - and I'll show you every step you need to get it right...
Please don't be put off that the instructions are very long - that's just because I've photographed every tiny step so that you don't get stuck - there's nothing very complex to do, as long as you just follow the steps as I've set them out.
The page also has a print function that you might find useful to help you follow the steps.
When the file is open in the program, and you can see it in the design area, you're ready to start following the instructions, below...
The first thing we need to do is to 'Ungroup' all the elements of the file (see the image, below...)
First, 'Ungroup' all the elements of the file
Then, we need to scroll right down to the bottom of the layers panel on the right, so that we can concentrate on the envelope element and its accompanying score lines (see the image below...)
Scroll right down to the bottom of the layers panel
What we need to do is select each of the lines that need to be score lines - there's four on the envelope shape (plus 3 each on each of the yellow rectangles) - so let's start with the score lines for the envelope.
The lines you want are the four lines above the envelope shape in the layers panel (I always position my score lines above the shape they go with) - see them pointed out in the image below. You can select each score line individually if you want, but it's easier to select a few at a time - you can do this by selecting the first one, then holding down your Shift key while you select the others.
Select the four score lines that go with the envelope
Now, we set them to 'Score' - do this by using the drop-down menu under 'Operation' (top left) and selecting 'Score' (see the image below...)
Set the lines to score
Let's just check that we've done it right - look across to the layers panel on the right, and you'll see that the four lines above the envelope are all now set to 'score' (see the image below...)
Check the lines are correctly set to score
Now, we need to tell the Cricut what we'd like to score the lines onto - it's the envelope shape, of course. We do this by attaching the score lines onto the envelope shape.
To do this, select each of the four score lines PLUS the envelope shape - and then, press the 'Attach' icon (at the bottom) (see the image below...)
Select all four score lines plus the envelope and 'attach'
Once 'attached', the whole envelope grouping will shoot to the top of the layers panel. We can check it out, it should say 'Attach' with the score lines and the envelope below, all inset into one group (see the image below...)
The group is now 'attached' and puts itself at the top of the layers panel
Yellow rectangle 1
Next, we need to scroll right back down to the bottom again, as we're going to set the lines to score and attach them for each of the four yellow rectangles. I work from the bottom rectangle each time.
So now, let's select the THREE lines that go with the bottom yellow rectangle (see the image below...)
Select the three lines that go with the bottom yellow rectangle
And then set them to score, just like before (see the image below...)
Set the lines to score
We can check in the layers panel on the right that the three lines are set to score - then select all three lines PLUS the yellow rectangle right at the bottom (remember that I put the score lines on top of the shape they go with in the layers panel)...
When they're all selected - 'Attach' (see the image below...)
Select the three score lines and attach them to the bottom yellow rectangle
Once again, this grouping will shoot to the top of the layers panel - we can check it there, to make sure everything looks good - three score lines attached to one yellow rectangle cut.
Check the attached grouping
Yellow rectangle 2
There are four yellow rectangles in total, so we've got three more to do. Let's scroll back down to the bottom of the layers panel and get started on the next one, right at the bottom...
Select those three lines above the bottom rectangle that are going to be score lines (see the image below...)
Select the three lines to make into score lines
With the lines selected, click on 'Score'(see the image below...)
Click on 'Score'
Then, go back across to the layers panel and select the three lines (check they all say 'Score' now) PLUS the bottom yellow rectangle - and press 'Attach' to group them all together (see the image below...)
Select the lines and rectangle and 'attach' them together
The grouping we've just made now shoots to the top of the layer panel - so we may as well check it there (see the image below...)
Take the opportunity to just check the attachment grouping for this second yellow rectangle
If you look across at the yellow rectangles in your design area, you will be able to see that the two tall rectangles have dashed lines showing they're set to 'score'. The two wide rectangles still have solid lines (still set to cut) so we'll deal with those next...
Yellow rectangles showing score lines
Yellow rectangle 3
We do, of course, need to scroll right back down to the bottom again - and we need to select the three lines that are to go with the bottom yellow rectangle - those are the three right above it (see the image below...)
Select the three lines that go with the next rectangle
And set them to 'Score'(see the image below...)
Set to 'score'
Check that the lines are now set to 'score' in the layers panel - and select all three lines together with the bottom yellow rectangle - then click on 'Attach' to attach them all together in one grouping (see the image below...)
Select and attach the score lines for the third rectangle
And of course, the grouping now takes itself right to the top - so we can check it there (see the image below...)
Check the attachment group
Yellow rectangle 4 (last one)
So now, it's right back down to the bottom again to deal with the fourth (and last) yellow rectangle. Select the three lines just above the bottom rectangle (see the image below...)
Select the final three lines to score
Click 'Score'(see the image below...)
Click on score for the final time
Then click to select your three score lines, PLUS the bottom yellow rectangle - and click on 'Attach' to make them into a grouping (see the image below...)
Select and attach to make a grouping for the final yellow rectangle
The last grouping has found itself at the top of the layers - so just take a second to check everything looks right there (see the image below...)
Check the final grouping looks correct
You've done several checks as we've worked through the instructions (with a couple more to come still) - but here's another one for you. I just see it as another chance to make sure nothing's gone awry or been missed before we move onto the next part...
We're just checking that all the lines on each of the yellow rectangles are set to score - this is shown by the dashed line (rather than a solid line) (see the image below...)
Check that all the lines on the yellow rectangles are set to score (dashed)
We can also check the same for the score lines on the envelope (see the image below...)
Checking the score lines on the envelope
Send to 'Make It'
Everything looks good - so let's send the project to make - press 'Make It' (top right) (see the image below...)
Send your project to 'Make It'
You can check that the two colours with score lines are correct, by checking the mats down the left-hand side of the screen. Where all the other mats say 'Basic Cut' alongside, the mat with the yellow rectangles, and the mat with the envelope should both say 'Score' and 'Basic Cut' (see the 2 images below...)
Your yellow mat should say Score and Basic Cut
Your envelope mat should say Score and Basic Cut
Proceed with your cuts as usual, setting your correct base material each time according to the material you've decided to use...
When you get to one of the mats that have the score lines, please insert your scoring tool into the machine as instructed (see this page for a discussion on scoring tools) - you may need to 'Edit Tools' depending on which scoring tool you have for your Cricut and which Cricut machine you use (see the images below...)
How to edit the scoring tool if necessary
If you need to edit your scoring tool, just click on which one you have for your machine, and then press 'Apply' (see the image below - I have a scoring stylus...) Please don't forget to actually put the tool in the machine, too!
Click to select the type of scoring tool you have for your machine
Scoring tools set up and ready for the yellow mat
You may need to edit the tools again when you come to the second mat with score lines (the envelope) (see the image below...)
The main page for the never ending card project is here - check it out to see photos of the card, check out how the card works, and think about materials to use for the card, as well as see all the instructions for the card - click here...