DIY Greeting Card Set - Fast, Easy Layers! | Cricut | Free Cut Files

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Did you recently get a Cricut and are looking for easy-to-make projects? Or are you in need of fast and easy-to-make cards? I have you covered with this free sweet and simple greeting card set!

The inspiration for this greeting card set was the “enjoy” card everyone makes as their first project. I took the idea one step further with more detailed cuts, a continuation of the card motif inside, and a place for a gift card. This would make a great “Second Project” for any new Cricut owner. These can be cut very quickly, giving you a ready-to-use stash of cards. They may look simple, but you can get fancy with patterned card stock, glitter, decorations, and other embellishments. I personally like them just as they are. Whatever works for you!

All cards are the standard 5″ x 7″, so you can put them in envelopes and mail them easily. Each card uses just two sheets of paper. No scoring or gluing is necessary. Just cut, insert, and you’re done! And once you are comfortable with these cards, check out my really fun shaker cards!

DIY Greeting Card Set - Fast, Easy Layers! | Cricut | Free Cut Files

Here’s a close up of my two favorites:Two Easy Layers Greeting Cards

Here’s what they look like on the inside:

DIY Greeting Card Set - Fast, Easy Layers! | Cricut | Free Cut Files

If you like this project and feel ready to try something a bit more complicated, check out my Pop-Up Butterfly Card, which is good for Cricut beginners.

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Materials for My Easy Layers Greeting Card Set

How to Make the Easy Layers Greeting Cards

Step 1: Get My Free Easy Layers Greeting Cards SVG File

Get Design #42 which are the greeting card designs from my free resource library (get the password to the library in the form at the bottom of this post).

Step 2: Prepare your Greeting Cards for Cutting

When you unzip the Easy Layers Card Set file, you’ll find that each design is its own SVG file. 

How to Upload the Files to Cricut Design Space

  1. Go into Cricut Design Space and click the Upload button.
  2. Click Upload Image.
  3. Browse until you find the folder with the files you downloaded. There is a file for each card.
  4. Select the file you want (it will have “.SVG” at the end of the filename).
  5. Once the card images appear onscreen, click Save.
  6. Click the card image under “Recently uploaded images”
  7. Click “Insert Images.”

Here’s what the Sunny Day Card SVG file looks like uploaded to Cricut Design Space:

Easy Layers Sunny Day Card uploaded to Cricut Design Space

Tip: If you’re not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, here’s how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.

How to Remove the Gift Card Slots

This is simple to do in Cricut Design Space:

  1. Upload the image and place it on your canvas following the steps above.
  2. Click the image on your canvas and press the Ungroup button.
  3. Click Shapes > Square — this will place a square on your canvas.
  4. Click and drag the square over the section of the card with the gift card slots. You can resize the square with the blue double-arrow icon in the lower right corner.
  5. Hold down the Shift key, then click both the square and the card section beneath it to select them both.
  6. Click the Weld button in the bottom right.

Welding layers in the easy layers greeting card set

Step 3: Cut Out Your Greeting Card Design

Load your fine-point blade place and place a piece of cardstock onto your StandardGrip Mat (green mat). Make sure your paper is placed in landscape orientation, wider rather than taller.

Click the green Make It button in the top right corner of your Cricut Design Space Canvas screen.

Click the green Continue button in the bottom right corner of the Mat Preview screen.

Select the material type (cardstock), pressure (Default), load your mat into your Cricut, and push the flashing Go button to begin cutting.

Each card is a two-sheet project, so you’ll need to load another mat with another sheet of cardstock into the machine. Design Space will show you what color will be cut next, or you can use whatever colors you want.

Step 4: Assemble Your Card

Remove your cardstock from your cutting mat. (Read this tip to learn how I remove cardstock from my Cricut Cutting Mat so my cardstock doesn’t tear or curl.)

Fold your card in half, place the inside sheet in place and add a gift card. 

Step 5: Get Even More Free Easy Greeting Cards

This first set was so much fun to design, and so many of you reached out to me asking for more designs. So, if you enjoy this set of easy greeting cards, I know you’ll want to download my second set of Easy Layers Greeting Cards.

Free Cut Files for the Greeting Card Set

Get the password for the library with the free greeting card files here by filling out this form:

Win a Custom Easy Layers Card Design!

Don’t see a design you like among this set? I’m giving away one (1) custom design to 10 lucky winners. That means you can tell me what you’d like to see on this style of card (PG-friendly, no trademarks), and I’ll design it for you. The card will become available to everyone else, unless your design is so specific that I don’t think it should be shared. To enter, use the form below (tip: there are ways to enter more than once). I’ll be drawing names randomly at the end of the week. If you win, I’ll contact you to find out what design you’d like me to make.

Update: The 10 winners have been selected and notified!

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Love,

JenniferMaker.com

And if you love this collection of easy layered greeting cards, please pin it to your favorite Pinterest craft board!

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36 Comments

  1. Hi i just wanted to say i love your creations i have made a whole bunch of them i would love it if i won this!

  2. I would love to win your contest. My sister and her husband watch our pups regularly for us and I would love to be able to give them a custom made thank you card of my pups on the front. Thank you for sharing your amazing creations for free!

  3. I love your creations. Following your blog helps me to be more creative which I genuinely appreciate. Thank you for sharing your creations.

  4. Wow! You are AMAZING! Thank you for sharing your creativity ❀️ I absolutely LOVE everything you do!

  5. I’m so glad I found you and am getting your emails about your blog posts! Having tips on how to make cards has been VERY helpful and your free file library is amazingly generous! Thanks for the chance to win things, too!

  6. I’m trying to make an easy layer greeting card for my friend for Hanukkah. Do you have a template that you can put in your own design that has the other cuts included?? Thank you.

  7. Hi Jennifer,

    I’ve been having a bit of trouble with the rose card. The little rose detail on the inside keeps ripping.
    I’ve been using 160gsm paper so I selected then170gsm cutting setting using the blade that comes with the cricut as it is brand new.
    I’m not too sure what is going wrong.

    1. The 160gsm paper might be too thin. I recommend a minimum of 65lb. paper which, from my research is equivalent to 176gsm paper. You can even try 216gsm paper to see if that works better! Good luck, these are such fun cards!

  8. Hi Jennifer. Any way there are svg files of these cards created for the Joy? When I import them to Design Space, it says the size is way to big. I am not sure how to correctly resize everything. Or maybe there is a tutorial on how to change svg’s in Design Space to make them compatible with the Joy? Thanks!

  9. I just got a upgrade to a cricut maker
    I have the blade that came with the machine
    what cut settings do I do for it to cut 67LB card stock
    I have the lightgrip blue mat

    1. You can set it to light cardstock! If it’s not cutting all the way through, switch to the medium cardstock setting. A lot of using your Maker will be trial and error when it comes to cutting and what setting works best!

  10. I wanted to know what size to cut down the paper to before placing on the mats for cutting with the machine. I am looking but can’t seem to find where those specifications are. Thank you in advance for all your help!

    1. Hi Elizabeth! You don’t have to cut the paper down. Just place your paper on your cutting mat and let your machine do all the cutting for you.

  11. Hi Jennifer, thank you so much for all of the lovely designs you have shared with us. I’d like to make one of these cards but my gift card is larger than the regular sized one you have positioned the cut holes for. Is there a way I can move the holes for the gift card?

    1. Hi Gemma! You can try making the card larger to see if that helps or remove the holes in the contour menu and insert score lines from the shapes menu, turn them into cut lines and then attach them to the card.

  12. Hi, this is my first day setting up my new Cricut Air 2 Peacock colour!! I’m sooo excited, and a bit overwhelmed!!!

  13. I too, am trying to make some of these on my Joy. I get how to resize, but because of the fold, I can’t make them on my card mat, just my regular mat. The one I made came out to just 3″ x 4.25″. I must be doing something wrong. Any way you could do a tutorial for us Joy users? Thank you.

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