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One of my favorite crafting “marathons” is to make a bunch of homemade greeting cards in advance. That way, I always have the perfect card for the occasion! It’s the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon — and you get bonus points for thinking ahead. So, are you ready to create a stash of Cricut birthday cards? It’s easy with my newest birthday card files and my original step-by-step tutorial.

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Making your own Cricut cards is a lot of fun, and they make a perfect first project for anyone with a new Cricut machine who wants to try their hand at card-making — but they’re great for more experienced crafters, too! There are cards for every skill level, from simple card designs that come together in a flash, to more complex designs that are a gift all their own! 

In this tutorial, we’ll make some of the easiest cards of all: Cricut insert cards! These can be cut very quickly, giving you a ready-to-use stash of cards for any occasion you can think of. They’re easily customizable, too, with endless options for cardstock color combinations. You can even use glitter, foil, and patterned cardstock for extra flair!

Cricut insert cards can be made a few different ways, on any Cricut cutting machine. The process varies a bit depending on which machine, materials, and tools you have, and the tutorial covers a few combinations of a sweet and simple card design.

The first method uses Cricut Insert Cards, which require a Cricut Card Mat 2×2. It’s an extra tool you may not have already, but it makes it possible to cut up for four cards at once — super helpful when you’re wanting to stockpile cards in batches.

The second method uses regular cardstock and a green StandardGrip machine mat. You can make your greeting cards with or without scoring tool like a scoring stylus or single scoring wheel to create the crease. The R20 sized Cricut Cutaway Cards are the same size as an A2 sized card – both are 4.25” x 5.5” when folded.

This tutorial will help you get started on either method you choose! And once you’re comfortable with making pre-designed cards, you’ll be ready to try making beautiful cards with your own designs.

My materials list below links you right to the Cricut Insert Cards and Cricut Card Mat, plus my favorite paper recommendations if you’re using cardstock and a regular machine mat instead. Remember that high-quality cardstock usually cuts better and cleaner than cheaper brands. You can save a lot of time, money, and frustration by using quality materials to make your homemade cards!

One of my favorite things about these simple Cricut birthday cards is that you don’t need glue to make them, thanks to the handy corner inserts! A few tools are helpful, though, like a scraper and brayer

There are some fun and easy ways to customize and personalize your cards, too. Planning to write a message on your card? Did you know you can use your Cricut to do the writing for you? Use my tutorial on how to write on a card to learn how. This is especially useful when you’re writing the same sentiment over an over! 

No card is complete without an envelope, and did you know you can make your own to? Use cardstock and your Cricut to cut and make your own envelopes for your Cricut birthday cards so you can send them through the mail. Just follow my simple envelope tutorial to get the digital files and learn how to make one that fits any of my card designs. If you didn’t resize your card in Cricut Design Space, the A2 size envelope is the correct size for the cards in this project.

I can’t wait to see the ways you mix and match your cardstock with my Cricut birthday cards designs! It’s so rewarding to make your own card to send to a friend, family member, and anyone else that’s special to you. Make their special day even better by pairing it with a birthday gift, or slipping gift cards, homemade stickers, or a sweet note inside. 

Let me show you how easy it is to make Cricut birthday cards! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.

Materials to Make Cricut Birthday Cards

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To make your own insert cards:

To use pre-made Cricut Insert Cards:

For both methods:

How to Make Your Own Cricut Birthday Cards

Square Cricut cards in yellow, red, blue, and green with animal designs in metallic cardstock

Cricut Cards For Beginners

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Learn how to make easy beginner cards for Cricut



First, download my Cricut Cards for Beginners SVG/DXF/PDF files from my free resource library. It's Design #398.

The SVG folder contains four card files, each includes all four designs: a cute bunny, elephant, llama and hedgehog. The first one with "s40" in the name is designed to use with the Cricut 2x2 Mat on an Explore or Maker using the S40-sized insert cards or a homemade equivalent. The second one with “r20” can be used on either the Cricut 2x2 mat OR the Cricut Joy card mat with the R20-sized insert cards, or the homemade equivalent. The other two versions can be cut on a regular machine cutting mat with regular cardstock. I've included one that can be made with a scoring tool or stylus, which you will see in the file name. The other file that says "no score tool" doesn't require any extra tools. I designed that one with dashed cut lines that will create a fold in the card.

I've also included two envelope designs to fit these cards. You can follow the steps in my How to Make an Envelope tutorial to cut and assemble them!

In this tutorial I'm going to show you how to make these simple cards with your Cricut cutting machine using different features in Design Space to make your own custom cards and add personal touches!

We'll also learn how to attach score lines a little later, but let's start by uploading the file with "no-score-lines" in the title.

TIP: If you are not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made.

If you are on an iPad or iPhone, here is how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app

NOTE: For directions on using the cards with the 2x2 mat, follow the same steps as my Cricut Insert Cards 2x2 Mat tutorial. To cut the cards on a Joy, you can use an Insert Card on a Joy Card Mat. Remember to slide the card's back under the protective sheet!


Here's how my simple card collection looks on the Cricut Design Space Canvas.

You can zoom out to see everything by clicking on the minus (-) sign on the lower left.

image of all easy cricut card designs on design space canvas with dimensions

First, I'm going to show you how to add text to a card using a Cricut Pen. You can add text to any of these cards, but I will demonstrate on the bunny card so I'll delete the rest of the designs.

Click "UnGroup" and then drag a bounding box over the other three designs and click delete.

image of selecting ungroup for easy cricut cards

I left space above and below the bunny for a few words. If you'd like to add the curved written text like my example, here's how!

I'll zoom back in a bit.

I'm going to add "Some Bunny Loves You" in two sections above and below. I'll start with the first half.

Click the Text icon to the left of the Canvas to add a text box to the Canvas and type in "Some Bunny."

image of text box on bunny easy cricut card

Since we want the Cricut to write our words, we need to tell the machine to use the pen instead of cutting these lines. Use the drop-down box under Operation to select "Pen." We can also designate a pen type and color by clicking in the color box to the right. I'll stick with a black fine point pen for this card. Then, under Style, select "Writing."

image showing menu select writing style on cricut design space

To change the font, click "Cricut Sans" under Font in the top menu to open the Font options.

Then, click "Filters" and check "Writing" to see fonts that use the Cricut writing tools.

image of selecting a writing font filter in cricut

Look through the results, or search for one you have in mind. Make sure you don't pick one with a money sign next to it to avoid a fee.

I'm using BFC Love Quinn, which is free for Cricut Access users at the time of this writing.

Drag the text into position, over the top of the bunny, then we'll make it the right size and shape. The diagonal cuts are where the card insert will attach on the back, so we don't want to write over them.

With the lock icon above Size closed, you can click and drag any corner of the bounding box until the text size looks good. Or, change the "W" field under Size. I changed my size to 3.5" and like the result.

image of using resize menu on bunny easy cricut card

Now we can leave it like this, but I'm going to show you how to curve the text using the Curve feature in Design Space. Click the Curve icon in the top menu. If you click and drag the circle along the slider to the right with the positive numbers, the outer edges of your text will curve down. If you move it to the left with negative numbers, they will curve up. To start the curve process over, enter "0" in the field to the right.

I set my curve to "7" but your choice might be different. Feel free to experiment!

image of easy cricut card bunny with text curved positive

To add "Loves You" below the bunny, keep your text box selected and click "Duplicate" above the Layers Panel.

Double-click on the duplicated text box to edit it. The text will shift to be straight while you edit it, but you'll see a lighter version of the curved text behind it. Type "Loves You!"

image of adding text "loves you" to design space canvas

Since we want to write in the opposite curve, click the Curve icon again. To get the exact opposite of what you already see, click in the text field and add a minus sign (-) to the left of the "7" or the number you used for the top.

image of easy cricut card with text curved to negative number

Now drag the bottom text into place. To line them up, hold the Shift key to select both Text Layers in the Layers Panel.

image of easy cricut card and align text menu

Click the Align icon in the top menu of Cricut Design Space and select "Center Horizontally." With both lines still selected you can tweak the positioning a little more if needed.

image of easy cricut card bunny and centered text

To make sure the Cricut writes your message right where you want it, drag a bounding box over the bunny card and both text areas to select everything on the canvas.

Then, click "Attach" below the Layers Panel. You've successfully added text! Pretty cool, huh?

image of easy cricut card bunny and arrow pointing to attach in design space

Next, let's make an insert piece for the front of the card. We'll use this piece from a different color cardstock to give the card some nice contrast.

Click the Shapes icon to the left of the Canvas. Select the square shape in the Free section to add it to the Canvas, the one with the sharp edges, not the curved edges. If you're using the same design size as me, keep the lock icon closed and type "4.5" into the "W" field under Size.

NOTE: If you're using a different size card, determine the final size of your card. Then, use the previous steps to add a square to the Canvas that is .25" smaller in height than your card.

You can use the color box next to Operation to change the Insert's color. To see the final look and get a preview of your card, drag it into place over the bunny, then click "Arrange" and "Send to Back." Now you can see the Insert through the bunny shapes. Remember, the corners of the Insert will come through the corner cuts and be visible on the front for a nice detail.

image of card insert square behind the bunny easy cricut card

For now let's group everything together by clicking "Select All" at the top and "Group" in the layers panel. Then we will hide this card for now by clicking on the eye icon next to it in the layers panel so we can work on making a custom card. We'll cut both at the end.

Make a Custom Cricut Card with Your Own Design!

You can use any of my card designs as templates to make your own custom cards!

This will require the use of the "Slice" feature in Design Space. At the time of this tutorial, this feature does not work correctly with the dashed cut lines, so upload the "score-tool" version and add it to your Canvas. Zoom out if needed.

I'm going to work with the elephant card. So let's ungroup and delete the other cards and score lines.

image of easy cricut card elephant on canvas in design space

With the elephant card selected, click "Contour" below the Layers Panel. A new window will pop up.

image of easy cricut card and hide contour

In the main panel on the left, you can see the design as it exists now in shades of gray. To the right, you can see the different cut shapes that make up the card and design. Basically, you can tell the Cricut to ignore some shapes or remember to cut them by clicking on them in the main panel or the side section. This is a great way to make variations on a design without changing the original SVG since it's all reversible.

If you click on a shape to remove its contour, it will become lighter in the main panel but darker in the list to the side. You can use either the panel or the list to turn contours off and on. For this example, click the two shapes that create the elephant.

image of easy cricut card hide contour elephant shapes

Then, click the five shapes that create "Smile" - the "S", the "m, i and the i's dot", the "l" and finally the "e" to remove the word.

image of easy cricut card hide contour smile shapes

Make sure the corner cuts and card shape are still active, then click the "X" at the top of the Contour tool window to accept the changes. Now you can see the result on the Canvas! The elephant and word are gone. How cool is that!

Screenshot of easy cricut card with elephant imaged removed after contour is used

Now, we will use this as a template to make a simple custom card. If you have an image in mind, you can upload it your canvas now. If not, let's find something in Design Space.

It's a good idea to look at some existing Insert Card designs before picking your art. Due to the techniques used, it's best to pick images without floating pieces. And remember that it needs to fit within the corner cuts, so don't try to squish in a really intricate design. Once you've practiced a few times with simple images like I'll show you, you can confidently experiment with more art!

Click the Images icon to the left, then click "Browse All Images" where we can filter our options.

To the left under Filters, check the boxes next to:


Under Operations, check Cut Only.

Under Layers, check Single.

Under Project Type, check Cards.

screenshot of using filters to see card options in design space for easy cricut card customizations

Your options will now be much smaller!

Then, scroll down to to view the images. I'm going to use the two hearts. Select it, then click Add to Canvas.

Keep in mind, new images are added as well as deleted from Design Space all the time, so this exact image may not be available, feel free to use something similar.

Drag your art into position over your card and resize it or keep it as is as long as it fits within the corner cuts.

image of positioning heart art on easy cricut card

Select the card template and your design by holding the shift key and selecting both in the layers panel. Remember, we still have a score line on the canvas, so we don't want to select that.

Then, click "Slice" below the Layers Panel to cut the shape out of the card.

Three layers called "Slice Results" will appear in the Layers Panel.

Delete the two layers that look like the original heart design and you should be left with the heart cutout card and the score line.

However, you will see right now, the score line is still labeled as a basic cut in the layers panel, so we need to change that.

Click on that layer and under Operation at the top scroll down and select "Score."

Make sure the score line is where it belongs in the center of the card, if not select everything on the canvas, click Align and Center. Finally with everything selected, click Attach at the bottom of the layers panel.

image of easy cricut card with hearts attached

Now, just follow the earlier steps to make an Insert and you're ready to cut.

image of custom heart design easy cricut card on canvas in design space


Make sure both cards are visible on the canvas in Cricut Design Space. Click the eye icon next to the bunny card to unhide it. Make sure the right machine is selected and click "Make It."

If prompted, click "On Mat," "12 in x 12 in," and "Continue."

To cut the DIY inserts, you can just place the silver cardstock horizontally on the mat so it covers the design area.

Look over your mats and make sure your colors are correct, the text is all in the right place as well as the score line on the custom card. If not, click "Cancel" and try those steps again.

When everything looks good, click "Continue."

For the cards, I found that the "Cardstock (for intricate cuts)" setting worked best. To find it, click "Browse All Materials" and type "Intricate" in the search bar. Then select the result, click Apply, and leave the Pressure at "Default."

Screenshot of materials menu showing cardstock for intricate cuts for easy cricut cards

Make sure your Cricut Fine-Point Blade is clean and in Clamp B.

Place your first mat's cardstock on a green Cricut StandardGrip Machine Mat. Use a brayer to adhere it well. Load your mat and press your machine's Go button.

Once the mat is finished, unload it, flip it over on your workspace, and gently roll a corner back to release the cardstock. Complete the process for the rest of the mats, loading the colors in the order indicated on your screen.

TIP: When removing the intricate card pieces from your mats, go slowly and use the spatula to gently lift them so they don’t tear.


Assembling Cricut Insert cards is so easy! First, fold your card along the central crease.

Image of bunny version of easy cricut card folded in half

Lay the card open, face down, and hold your insert face down. Gently bend the insert so you can get the corners into the matching slits cut in the card's front.

image showing complete bunny and heart designs for easy cricut cards

When you close the card, you'll see the decorative insert peeking through the design!


For a perfect finishing touch to your Cricut Card, make the envelopes in the collection using my tutorial on how to make an envelope.

Image of four easy cricut cards for beginners with envelopes in two different sizes


Now that you know all the techniques, here’s one more thing you can try. Use a basic shape to make your own card from scratch!

I’m going to make an A1 card, which is a common invitation and greeting card size. Folded, it measures 4.5" x 6.25".

First, click on Shapes and choose a square or rectangle. I’ll add a square. Make sure the top lock is unlocked by clicking on it. Since I’m going to fold the card vertically, I will enter 8.5 under width and 6.25 under height.

Now, all we need to do is add a score line for the center fold. Click shapes, and add the line to the Canvas. You’ll notice in the layers panel the line is already a score line.

We need it to be the same height as the card, so type 6.25 in the height field.

Now select both the card and line, click Align and select Center.

Lastly, with everything selected, click Attach at the bottom of the Layers Panel.

Make sure you add whatever design or text you want to the right side so it’s on the front when you fold the card – just use the techniques I taught you earlier!


Final Card size: 4.75" square

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Answers to Your Questions About Making Cricut Birthday Cards

Q: Which Cricut makes cards? Can you make birthday cards with a Cricut? 

A: You can easily make birthday cards (and tons of other kinds of cards!) with my tutorial, any Cricut cutting machine, and a birthday card SVG file. 

Q: What can I use for Cricut Cards?

A: You can use several different materials to create Cricut cards! My favorite things to use are cardstock with a Cricut StandardGrip machine mat and Cricut Insert Cards with a Cricut Card Mat. 

Q: What is the best paper to make cards with Cricut?

A: I prefer to use high quality, solid-core, 65 pound cardstock for card making. You can also use glitter, foil, patterned, or other cardstock, too for custom cards — a Cricut can cut them all with the right cut setting.  

Q: Can I make cutout cards on any Cricut? 

A: Yes! Cutout cards are a super easy project you can cut with any Cricut cutting machine. The cut setting I used when making the R20/A2 insert cards on my Joy was “Insert Card – Cardstock” with More Pressure. The cut setting I used for the “DIY” 4.25″ x 5.5″ cards on my Maker 3 (using 65 lb. cardstock) was “Medium Cardstock – 80 lb (216 gsm)” with More Pressure. 

Q: Can you sell cards made with Cricut? 

A: As long as you’re using original designs with elements and typefaces that are free for commercial use, you can sell cards made with a Cricut machine. Please see information on licenses for my designs.

Q: What are the fonts that you used?

A: I used JM Block Caps and Biosha Script (or use the free alternative called Joseph Sophia). 

Q: How do I get my Cricut to write on a card?

A: Did you know that you can use compatible pens with any Cricut to write on your paper and cardstock projects? Check out my Cricut writing tutorial to learn how.  

Q: Are your free SVGs just for personal use or also commercial use?

A: First thing, I’m honored that you’d ask! Yes, you can sell completed projects using these designs (with limitations) along with other designs in my free library — please read about licenses here so you know what you can and cannot do. If you use them, please share photos with us! We love to see them. 

Q: Can Cricut make pop up cards?

A: Yes! I have several pop up card design files you can try, like a hot air balloon card, a butterfly card with moving wings, and a pop up birthday cake!

Q: Why is my Cricut ripping my cardstock?

A: There are a lot of reasons why your Cricut’s cuts may be rough, or even tearing. Main culprits include:

Q: Do you have other Cricut birthday card ideas? 

A: I sure do! From pop-up cards to money holders, I’ve got lots of options for handmade cards you can make with your Cricut. Here are a few birthday-specific designs: 

Q: Can you show me how to create simple cards with other designs? 

A: Yes! Search “card” on my blog or you can browse cards in my resource library to find tons of card projects for all skill levels. Get the password by filling out the form at the bottom of this post. 

Get my free SVG files to create Cricut birthday cards!

I love seeing what you make with my designs and how you use them! Please share a photo of your Cricut birthday cards with Cricut or another method in our Facebook group or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.



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