Today I will show you how I adapted a traditional Christmas card into a fun Disney Christmas card.
Have you seen the insert or cut out style cards? These are the cards where there is a portion of the front of the card cut out and then you insert decorative paper on the inside of the card so it shows through the openings. I took a pre-designed card from Design Space and did my own Disney Christmas card twist on it.
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- Meshdecor (for inside the card front)
- Scoring stylus or scoring wheel
- Tape runner
- Zig glue pen
- Fabric glue
Designing your Disney Christmas Card
You can use any card design you like, but if you want to use the same one I used for my card you can find it in Cricut Design Space. Go to Images and enter #M369AF into the search bar. This should bring you to the Holly Card that I used for this project.
To add the word Joy to the front of the Disney Christmas card, I clicked on the text button on the left side of the screen. I typed J and then left a couple of spaces and typed the Y. I did this because I was going to insert a Mickey Mouse icon to be the O for the word Joy. If you want to use this exact font that I used, the font is called Sleigh Ride and can be found in Cricut Design Space.
Last, I wanted to make a second layer to place on the inside of the card. I wanted to use some sparkly mesh so that it would show through the openings in the front of the card. To do this I click on the card layer from the Layers Panel on the right, and select the Duplicate button in the upper right corner of the screen. I have it indicated with a blue circle in the image below.
When I am creating things in Cricut Design Space I like to make them match the color I will be cutting the items from. This helps to keep me organized, and it also makes it easier to know what color material to put on my cutting mat next. To do this I just click on the piece I want to change the color of, then click on the small square to the right of the Operations button, which I have pointed out with the top blue arrow in the image below.
Since cream is not a color listed in the basic color choices, I clicked on the Advanced button, which I have pointed out with another arrow in the image above. This Advance section allows me to pick any color I want. If you know the hexadecimal RGB color code for the color you want to use, you can even type that in. In the design world, every color has a special code for color matching.
Next we want to close the open pieces on the cream colored layer. Remember, we are going to put this on the inside of our Disney Christmas card, to line the inside and allow this pretty mesh to show through those openings. To do this we can use Contour. Contour allows you to turn on and off different parts of a cut. Click on the Contour button in the lower right corner of the screen, as I have indicated with the blue arrow below.
Once you click on Contour a whole new window opens up, that looks like the one in the image below. Since what we want to do is turn off or hide all of the internal cuts in the design on this piece of our Disney Christmas card, we can just click the Hide All Contours button in the lower right corner of this window. Once you do that, you can click the X in the upper right corner to close out of this window.
You can see in the image below, the cream colored piece is now a solid shape! Since we only want this solid piece to be behind the inside front of our Disney Christmas card, we need to trim down this piece. We will use Slice to do that.
Click on the Shapes button on the left side of the screen. I indicate this with a blue arrow in the image above. Click on the square from the Shapes button to insert that on the the Design Space canvas. Next you will click on the little padlock image in the lower left corner of the square. I have it circled in blue in the image below. This unlocks the square so you can stretch it into a rectangle. Drag from the icon in the lower right corner of the square, that I have indicated with a blue arrow below. Stretch the square until it is a rectangle that covers the upper half of the cream piece.
Now you will select the rectangle and the cream piece at the same time. This will activate the Slice button in the lower right side of the screen. I have it indicated with a blue arrow in the image below. It is very important to remember that Slice will only turn on to use if you have two things selected. I like to look at my Layers panel to verify that I only have two things select. Look where the two blue arrows are by the layers panel. Do you see how those two items have a slightly darker color to them? That is because those are the two items I have selected.
After you click the Slice button you will see that it cut the entire cream colored piece in half. All you have to do now is select the pieces on the top and click the Delete button, which I have indicated in the image below.
Now you can click Make It to cut all of the pieces you need to make your Disney Christmas card.
I am using a cream piece of Meshdecor for the piece that goes inside of this Disney Christmas card. It gives a nice accent that will show through the open cut on the front piece. Meshdecor is a stiff mesh fabric. The biggest tip I have for cutting it with your Cricut is to make sure it does not move around on the cutting mat. Use your strong grip mat, and then tape the edges down with painter’s tape like I show in the image below.
Additionally, I set my Cricut for Custom materials when cutting the Meshdecor. Under Custom materials you will find a list of various types of fabrics. The Bonded Burlap setting worked perfect for me. I have circled it in the image below to help you locate it in your Custom material settings.
All of the other pieces for this Disney Christmas card will be cut from cardstock. I love that the Cricut mat preview screen will show me the color order for me to place things on the Cricut cutting mat and load them into the Cricut for cutting.
Assemble your Disney Christmas Card
Once you have all of the pieces cut it is time to assemble your card. When I started to put my card together I noticed that the red cardstock I had used for the base of the card had white edges in some areas. This is because the type of cardstock I used has a white core, instead of a colored core.
Ink the Edges
Here is a tip if you end up using white core cardstock . . .you can add ink to the edges! I grabbed an ink pad, but you could use a marker also. Just run the ink pad along the edges of the card. For the front detail cut, I put ink on a makeup sponge and rubbed it into the areas where I could see white. This also gave more depth and dimension to this portion of the card.
On the inside of the card, I used fabric glue to attach the Meshdecor to the card front. This has a stronger hold than your traditional glue. I love how it adds a little touch of texture to this card peeking through the front cut out. You could also use a piece of lace or fabric on the inside of the card.
Last but not least, attach the word JOY to the front of the card. The decorative patterned paper and the Mickey Mouse icon are what takes this traditional card to a unique Disney Christmas card.
I hope that you enjoyed this post, and that you stop back every day from now until Christmas to see what other Disney Christmas crafts I have planned for you! I am doing 25 Days of Disney Christmas Crafts to inspire you to add more Disney to your life while using your Cricut for crafting. If you want to see the whole line up of crafts you can go HERE.