Create Father's Day Edge Cards with JenniferMaker's tutorial! Four side edge cards in Father's Day themes sit with a wrapped present on a wooden background.

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Learn how to make Father’s Day Edge Cards to show Dad he’s special!

June is here, and it’s time to say Happy Father’s Day to those special dads in your life! To help you send your love, I created a collection of new Father’s Day edge cards. Each edge follows the contour of the elements along the edge of the card, creating a unique shape. You can make your own using the same basic steps as my other side edge cards, and are easy to cut and assemble in a flash! 

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Homemade cards are a great way to honor a special day, send well wishes, and save some money in the greeting card aisle! They’re a big favorite among new and experienced crafters alike, and typically only use a couple of materials, max. They’re usually simple, easy to put together, and a budget-friendly way to flex your crafting muscles. I’m always brainstorming new card ideas to design and make, and lately I have fallen in love with making cards with fun, uniquely-shaped edges!

Create Father's Day Edge Cards with JenniferMaker's tutorial! Two side edge cards in Father's Day themes sit with a wrapped present on a wooden background.

Now it’s time to add Father’s Day cards to the collection! With Dad’s special day coming up, I’ve gotten to work making four new designs: A cute barbecue for your “Grill Master,” a ball design for your sports fanatic, a tie shape cutout with a “Best Dad” sentiment, and a trophy for your number one dad. 

These cute Father’s Day card designs are ready to cut, put together, and send to your dad, grandfather, father figure, or anyone else you want to celebrate! You can write heartfelt messages inside, or have your Cricut write them for you! Whether you want a sweet or funny Father’s Day card, these designs work well with most sentiments. 

Create Father's Day Edge Cards with JenniferMaker's tutorial! Two side edge cards in Father's Day themes sit with a wrapped present on a wooden background.

I like cutting my side edge cards with a Cricut. You can cut them by hand using my free PDF, but it’s much easier to get clean, precise cuts with a cutting machine. I used my Cricut Maker 3, but you can also use the Cricut Maker, a Cricut Explore Series machine, the Cricut Venture, or even the Cricut Joy Xtra for this project (or another machine that uses cut files). Check my materials list below for the full set of tools you’ll need, like a machine mat, brayer, and just a couple of other items. 

To create the crease line to fold the card in half, you can use an optional scoring tool like a Cricut Scoring Stylus or Single Scoring Wheel, but it’s not required. If you need help setting your score lines, see my Scoring Tools and Tips post. If you don’t have a scoring tool, or don’t want to use one, use the “no score” version of the file and your Cricut will used dashed cut lines to create the fold line instead.

Create Father's Day Edge Cards with JenniferMaker's tutorial! Four side edge cards in Father's Day themes sit with a wrapped present on a wooden background.

As far as supplies go, you’ll just need two: Cardstock and craft glue. That’s it! I used two colors of cardstock per card: One for the main outer part, and one for the insert that shows through the cutouts. With these designs, I chose a white base card and a colorful insert, but you can choose whichever colors you want! Experiment with different types and patterns of cardstock, too. I used metallic foil cardstock inserts in my “Grill Master” and “#1 Dad” trophy cards and love how they turned out!

But there’s still something missing — an envelope! Every card needs one. Just follow my easy Envelope tutorial to make your own with coordinating cardstock. If you didn’t resize the card, the A7 size envelope fits perfectly.

Three rectangular envelopes in yellow, turquoise, and orange with white decorations on white background in the how to make an envelope tutorial.

Your dad, grandfather, step-dad, partner, or special male role model in your life will love that you took the time to make a special Father’s Day card just for him! Making cards at home is so satisfying, and it’s a wonderful feeling to brighten someone’s day with something I made with them in mind. Happy Father’s Day, and happy crafting!

Let me show you how easy it is to make Father’s Day edge 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 Father’s Day Edge Cards

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  • Design #617 (My free PNG design files are available in my free resource library – get the password by filling out the form at the bottom of this page)


How to Make Your Own Father’s Day Edge Cards

Three shaped edge cards folded and on display - one tree design, one whale design, and one flower design

Shaped Edge Cards

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1.50 - $3

Learn to make shaped edge cards with design cutouts!

Materials

Tools

Instructions

STEP 1: GET MY FREE SHAPED EDGE CARDS DESIGNS

First, download my Shaped Edge Cards designs from my free library – look for Design #598. Alternatively, you can use the Save This Project form near the top of this post and the design link will be emailed to you.

In the SVG folder, you’ll find three designs: A flower card, a tree card, and a whale card. Each design has a no-score version that uses dashed cut lines to create the foldable creases, and a score version that uses a scoring tool to create the creases.

There is also a folder for Joy users that contains Cricut Joy-sized versions of each of the three designs, with dashed cut lines to create the foldable creases. Also, there is a DXF folder with cut files, and a PDF folder with versions you can print and cut by hand.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to prepare and assemble the full-size no-score version of the Flowers card with a Cricut Maker 3, and the Joy-size version of the Tree card using a Cricut Joy.

If you want to make the score version of the designs, follow the steps from my score tool tutorial to adjust your file.



OPTION 1: FULL-SIZE SHAPED EDGE CARD


STEP 2: PREPARE AND CUT YOUR FULL-SIZE SHAPED EDGE CARD DESIGN

  1. Open Cricut Design Space and click “New Project.”
  2. Click “Upload” and then “Upload Image.”
  3. Click “Browse.”
  4. Select the SVG file of your choice. I’ll use the Flower SVG with “noscore” in the name from the main SVG folder.

    TIP: If you’re not sure how to upload, go to jennifermaker.com/svgs to learn how to unzip and upload SVG files.
  5. On the Prepare to Upload screen, it will say “Cut Image” with the design preview.
  6. Click “Upload.”
  7. Find the design in Recent Uploads and add it to the Canvas. This is what the Flower Shaped Edge Card design looks like on the Canvas.

    The Flower design for the Shaped Edge Cards on the Design Space Canvas, showing the dimensions as 10 inches wide by 7 inches high
  8. Ungroup the design.

    In Cricut Design Space, click the Ungroup button to ungroup the flower shaped edge card design layers
  9. If you’d like to change the color of the pieces to match your cardstock, ungroup them and do that now.
  10. Make sure the correct machine is selected in the top right.
  11. Click “Make.”
  12. If prompted, click “On Mat,” choose your mat size, and click “Confirm.”
  13. On the Prepare screen, make sure the correct Material Size is selected for your materials.

    On the Cricut Design Space Prepare screen, make sure your Material Size matches your cardstock size for your shaped edge cards
  14. Select the first mat again and click “Continue.”
  15. On the Make screen, your mats will be in rainbow order. Set the Base Material for your mats. I used the following settings:

    “Medium Cardstock - 80 lb (216 gsm)” setting with “More” Pressure for the 65 lb cardstock pieces

    On the Cricut Design Space Make screen, choose the "Medium Cardstock - 80 lb" setting with More Pressure for your 65 lb cardstock for your shaped edge cards

    “Medium Cardstock - 80 lb (216 gsm)” setting with “More” Pressure for the shimmer cardstock pieces, two passes

    “Glitter Cardstock” setting with “More” Pressure for the glitter cardstock pieces

  16. Check that your Premium Fine-Point Blade is clean and in the correct clamp.
  17. Place your first mat’s cardstock pretty side up on a green StandardGrip machine mat.

    Prepare your green StandardGrip machine mat for cutting by adhering the cardstock to the top left corner
  18. Use a brayer to make sure it’s fully adhered.
  19. Press the flashing “Load/Unload” button to load the prepared mat into your Cricut.
  20. Press the flashing “Go” button to begin cutting.
  21. When it has finished cutting, unload the mat, flip it over onto your work surface, and roll it back to release the material.

    After cutting and unloading, flip the machine mat over and roll it back to release the Shaped Edge Card cardstock pieces

    TIP: Use a spatula to carefully remove any intricate parts and a weeding tool to pop out any small pieces. If you have trouble with any of your cuts, check out my Cricut Tips & Tricks for Cleaner Cuts.

    Use a spatula to help remove delicate Shaped Edge Card pieces from the machine mat
  22. Repeat steps 17-21 for each additional mat.

STEP 3: ASSEMBLE YOUR FULL-SIZE SHAPED EDGE CARD

I’ll demonstrate with a full-size Flower card design, but these instructions are similar for the other two full-size designs. I’ll use the no-score version of the design, but if you want to make the score version, follow the steps from my score tool tutorial to adjust your file.

  1. Gather your Flower Card pieces. There is one large base card piece and one smaller liner piece.

    Two cut pieces for the Flower shaped edge card - one white card base and one gold liner
  2. Place the base on your work surface, pretty side down if you’re using one-sided cardstock, with the flower shapes on the left.
  3. Fold the flower side over at the crease.
  4. Use a scraper tool to sharpen the crease.

    Use a scraper to crease along the fold for the flower shaped edge card
  5. Curl each large petal around a pen or marker to make the flowers pop off the card.

    Use a cylindrical object, like a pen, to gently curl the large flower petals upward for the flower shaped edge card
  6. Use a weeding tool to bend or curl the smaller cut petals upward on the three larger flowers, as well as on the small individual flowers.

    Use a weeding tool to lift and bend the small flower petals upward for the flower shaped edge card design
  7. Open the card so the cut out flowers are on the left.
  8. Grab your liner piece and match up its edges with the edges of the base card’s right side. Check that all of the flower outlines match up. If they don’t, flip it over and try the other way.

    Match up the edges of the shaped edge cards flower liner with the card base before gluing it to the inside of the card
  9. Apply craft glue to the inside of the card base on the side with the cut out flowers. Be sure to apply glue all around the flower edges and in the center of each flower, but don’t apply any to the petals.

    Use a precision glue tip to apply glue on the back of the front panel and in between the cutouts for the flower shaped edge card
  10. Push the liner squarely into the crease and carefully close the card to adhere the front to the liner.

    Carefully close the flower shaped edge card along the fold in order to precisely adhere the glued liner to the inside front panel
  11. Make sure the edges are flush along the top, bottom, and side and adjust the liner if needed before the glue dries.
  12. Press the layers together between the curled petals to adhere the liner to the card.

    Press down in the center of the flowers to adhere them to the glued liner for the flower shaped edge card
  13. If any excess glue seeps out from inside the flowers, use a paper towel to dab it away.
  14. Open the card to make sure no excess glue seeped out onto the bottom layer.
  15. This is what my finished Flower Card looks like!

    The finished Flower Shaped Edge Card with a white front and gold liner




OPTION 2: JOY-SIZE SHAPED EDGE CARD


STEP 2: PREPARE AND CUT YOUR JOY-SIZE SHAPED EDGE CARD DESIGN

  1. Open Cricut Design Space and click “New Project.”
  2. Click “Upload” and then “Upload Image.”
  3. Click “Browse.”
  4. Select the SVG file of your choice from the “For Joy Users” folder. I’ll use the Tree SVG.

    TIP: If you’re not sure how to upload, go to jennifermaker.com/svgs to learn how to unzip and upload SVG files.
  5. On the Prepare to Upload screen, it will say “Cut Image” with the design preview.
  6. Click “Upload.”
  7. Find the design in Recent Uploads and add it to the Canvas. This is what the Joy-size Tree Shaped Edge Card design looks like on the Canvas.

    The Joy-size Tree design for the Shaped Edge Cards on the Design Space Canvas, showing the dimensions as 8.33 inches wide by 6 inches high
  8. Ungroup the design. There is a solid back base piece, a front base piece with cutouts, and two colored liners that layer inside to make the tree.

    In Cricut Design Space, click the Ungroup button to ungroup the Joy-size tree shaped edge card design layers
  9. If you’d like to change the color of the pieces to match your cardstock, ungroup them and do that now.
  10. Make sure the correct machine is selected in the top right.
  11. Click “Make.”
  12. If prompted, click “On Mat,” choose your mat size, and click “Confirm.”
  13. On the Prepare screen, make sure the correct Material Size is selected for your materials.

    On the Cricut Design Space Prepare screen, make sure your Material Size matches your Joy-size material
  14. Select the first mat again and click “Continue.”
  15. On the Make screen, your mats will be in rainbow order. Set the Base Material for your mats. I used the following settings:

    “Medium Cardstock - 80 lb (216 gsm)” setting with “More” Pressure for the 65 lb cardstock pieces

    On the Cricut Design Space Make screen, choose the "Medium Cardstock - 80 lb" setting with More Pressure for your 65 lb cardstock for your Joy-size shaped edge cards

    “Medium Cardstock - 80 lb (216 gsm)” setting with “More” Pressure for the shimmer cardstock pieces, two passes

    “Glitter Cardstock” setting with “More” Pressure for the glitter cardstock pieces

  16. Check that your Premium Fine-Point Blade is clean and in the correct clamp.
  17. Place your first mat’s cardstock face up on a green StandardGrip machine mat.

    Prepare your green StandardGrip Joy mat for cutting by adhering the cardstock to the top left corner
  18. Use a brayer to make sure it’s fully adhered.
  19. When the light is flashing, load your mat.

    Load your prepared Joy mat into your Cricut Joy to cut your Shaped Edge Card pieces
  20. Click the “Go” button to begin cutting.

    After choosing the correct material settings on the Cricut Design Space Make screen, click the Go button to begin cutting on your Cricut Joy
  21. When it has finished cutting, click “Unload” to unload the mat.

    When the Cricut Joy finishes cutting, click the Unload button in Cricut Design Space to unload the mat
  22. Flip the mat over onto your work surface, and roll it back to release the cardstock.

    After cutting and unloading, flip the Joy machine mat over and roll it back to release the Shaped Edge Card cardstock pieces

    TIP: Use a spatula to carefully remove any intricate parts and a weeding tool to pop out any small pieces. If you have trouble with any of your cuts, check out my Cricut Tips & Tricks for Cleaner Cuts.

    Use a spatula to help remove delicate Shaped Edge Card pieces from the Joy machine mat
  23. Repeat steps 17-22 for each additional mat.

STEP 3: ASSEMBLE YOUR JOY-SIZE SHAPED EDGE CARD

I’ll demonstrate with a Joy-size Tree card design, but these instructions are similar for the other two Joy-size designs.

  1. Gather your Joy-size Tree Card pieces. The base pieces are the same color – one is a solid back piece, and one is a front piece with the full tree cutout. There is also one solid colored liner piece, and one liner piece with leaf cutouts.

    Four cut pieces for the Joy-size tree shaped edge card
  2. Place the base piece with the tree cutout on your work surface with the leaves pointing to the left – or pretty side down if you’re using one-sided cardstock.
  3. Apply craft glue to the back of the cutout base piece, but avoid the tab along the right side. Be sure to apply glue along the edges and between most of the leaves.

    Use a precision glue tip to apply glue in between the cutouts of the front panel for the tree shaped edge card
  4. Grab the liner piece with leaf cutouts, and hold it over the glued base piece. Line up the edges and cutouts.

    NOTE: The cutout liner is slightly smaller than the base layer, so there will be a thin edge of the base layer showing around the liner when the layers are correctly aligned.
  5. With the two layers aligned, press them together to adhere them.

    Attach the brown cutout liner piece to the back of the glued front panel for the Joy-size tree shaped edge card
  6. Slide the liner to make any adjustments if needed before the glue dries.
  7. Use a paper towel to dab away any glue that may have seeped out onto the back of the card, the work surface, or the front of the card.
  8. Set the assembled layers face down on the work surface.
  9. Apply craft glue to the back of the cutout liner piece, still avoiding the base layer’s tab along the right side. Be sure to apply glue along the edges and between most of the leaves.

    Use a precision glue tip to apply glue in between the cutouts of the brown liner piece for the tree shaped edge card
  10. Grab the solid liner piece, and hold it over the other two assembled pieces. Line up the edges and cutouts.

    NOTE: This liner is slightly smaller than the base layer, too – so there will be a thin edge of the base layer showing around the liner when the layers are correctly aligned.
  11. With the layers aligned, press them together to adhere them.

    Attach the green solid liner piece to the back of the glued brown liner for the tree shaped edge card
  12. Slide the liner to make any adjustments if needed before the glue dries.
  13. Use a paper towel to dab away any glue that may have seeped out onto the back of the card, the work surface, or the front of the card.
  14. Place the assembled pieces face down on your work surface.
  15. When the assembled layers are fully dry, fold the tab up along the crease line.
  16. Use your scraper to get a sharp crease.

    Use a scraper to crease along the tab for the Joy-size tree shaped edge card
  17. Apply glue to the outside of the tab.

    Add glue to the tab for the Joy-size tree shaped edge card in order to attach the front and back panels
  18. Place the back base piece on your work surface, face down, with the long straight edge on the left.
  19. Slide the straight side of the back base piece up against the crease on the front base piece.

    Align the inner edges of the front and back panels in order to attach the tab for the Joy-size tree shaped edge card
  20. Press the glued tab down onto the back base piece.

    Press down to adhere the glued tab on the front of the Joy-size tree shaped edge card to the back of the card

    TIP:
    To cover the tab, duplicate the solid liner piece in Cricut Design Space, cut it out, then glue it inside.


STEP 4: SHOW IT OFF

Here are what my finished shaped edge cards look like!

The finished Joy-size tree and 5 inch by 7 inch flower shaped edge cards assembled and folded on a work surface

Prepare, cut, and assemble your own envelope, then mail or gift it to someone special!

Be sure to make the right sized envelope for your card! The larger 5” x 7” card will best fit into a size A7 envelope, and the 4” x 6” Joy-sized card works best with a size A6 envelope.

Notes

Finished Sizes:

Full-size Cards: 5" x 7" when folded

Joy-size Cards: 4" x 6" when folded

Answers to Your Questions About Making Father’s Day Edge Cards

Q: What is the best thing to write in a Father’s Day card?

A:  As long as it’s from the heart, you can’t go wrong with a sweet Father’s Day message. If you need help, check out these Father’s Day sentiment ideas:

  • “When I have a question or need some advice, you’re always the first person I think of. Thank you for always being here for me, Dad!”
  • “We may not always see eye to eye, but you’re forever in my heart. All my love to you, Dad — today and every day!”
  • “I wouldn’t be where I am today without you. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me, Dad!”
  • “You’re more than my father, you’re my friend. I love you, Dad!”
  • “Dad, you’ve taught me so much and helped me become the person I am today. I’m so grateful for you today and every day!”

Q: Can you make your own cards with Cricut? 

A: Making homemade cards is many beginning crafters’ main reason for getting a Cricut! They’re one of the easiest projects to make — especially simpler designs like my Father’s Day edge cards. 

Q: What Cricut machine do I need to make cards?

A: You can make your own greeting cards with ANY Cricut! While not all card designs can be cut on the smaller format machines like the Cricut Joy and Joy Xtra, many can. If you’re looking to create your own cards, I recommend researching Cricut machines and getting the one that works best for your needs and budget. 

Q: What materials do I need to make Cricut cards?

A: Most cards can be made with some simple cardstock and a little craft glue. That’s it! Some require some other materials, but supplies are minimal. My Father’s Day edge cards only use two colors or types of cardstock and craft glue. 

Q: What are the fonts that you used?

A: I used Wished (free alternative: Marine Sikona), Tingler Script (free alternative: Timberly), JM Block Caps, and JM Sweet.

Q: Are your free SVGs and PNGs 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. 

Always ask permission from independent artists before using their work in your crafts, especially those you plan to sell. 

Q: Do you have any Father’s Day gifts I can make?

A: I sure do! Check out some of these crafts Dad is sure to love: 

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I love seeing what you make with my designs and how you use them! Please share a photo of your Father’s Day Edge Cards in our Facebook group or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.

Love,

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