I recently released a Slimline Layered Floral Digital Card Kit SVG package over on my Etsy shop. It is the first in what I hope will become a line of beginner-friendly layered cards that you can make with your Cricut, ScanNCut or Silhouette (or other) machine.
Because of the layers in this card kit adding a bunch of extra stuff really isn’t necessary and you can get an entirely different feel just by changing the colors of card stock you use.
I did add some Nuvo drops on a few of the examples below but I don’t think you have to do that to make a stunning version of this card. Please check out more information on the card kit as well as examples of cards I made with it below.
Please check out the video tutorial below or scroll down for instructions with photos:
Looking for more Cricut card making inspiration? Check out this great post on 20 Beautiful Homemade Card Ideas by my friend, Shawn Mosch!
What Comes in the Slimline Layered Floral Card Kit?
The Slimline Layered Floral Card Kit is a digital download of SVG, PNG, EPS and DXF design files for use with your electronic cutting machine.
The entire kit comes in one zipped folder. Within that zipped folder you will find three folders with the digital files for each major component of the kit – the floral layers for the card front, the slimline card base and envelope templates, and a set of sentiments. There is also a PDF instructions and tips sheet that covers specifics for Cricut Design Space, Silhouette Studio and Brother Canvas Workspace. It also has additional handy tips that make constructing the card easier.
The sentiments are general, happy sentiments for everyday kinds of cards. You can mix and match the words to make different greetings like ” Happy Hello” or “Choose Happy” and more. Any of the words can be cut or drawn by your machine.
How to Assemble the Floral Layers
The flower layers come in one of the folders and you will have the choice of SVG, PNG, EPS or DXF versions to use depending on the type of machine you’ve got.
Cricut and ScanNCut users should use the SVG. Silhouette users who have Designer Edition or higher of Silhouette Studio can also use the SVG. Those who have the basic free version of Silhouette Studio should use the DXF file.
The file has five layers that once cut, stack together to create the layered effect on the card front. From bottom to top you’ve got a solid rectangle as a base (you can also use the card base for this layer if desired), then the leaves layer, the flowers layer and the detail layer that stack in that order on top of the base layer.
For the flower centers layer, I suggest adding those into the leaves layer after adhering that to the solid layer (or the card base). It is much easier to add the centers when you have fewer layers stacked together.
I also highly suggest using a glue or wet adhesive when adhering the layers together. It gets trickier to line up the layers correctly as they get more detailed and being able to move them around a bit as you go is important. Wet glue should allow you to do that.
Having a fine tip on your glue bottle will help with keeping the glue dots small, especially as the layers become increasingly delicate.
Having a skinny tweezers on hand as you go so you can clean off any glue that may ooze out from under the layers is super handy. I find scraping the glue off right when you see it is much easier than trying to fix it after the glue has dried. My skinny tweezers allows me to scrape the wet glue off without much hassle.
Once all of the layers are glued together on the front of the card, you can add a sentiment if you would like. In my humble opinion, I don’t think a sentiment is always necessary cause the layers look really good just by themselves (if I do say so myself).
How to Cut and Assemble the Card and Envelope
The card base and envelope templates are pretty straight forward. The only important thing you’ll need to do in whatever software you’re using is set the interior line on the card base and the interior lines on the envelope to ‘Score’ or if your machine doesn’t score, then change the solid interior lines to dashed lines.
If using the dashed line option (ScanNCut machines mainly), be sure to pick a dashed pattern with wide spacing so you cut a line that can be folded and not a perforation-type of line (dashes too close together) so the card and envelope hold up when folded along those lines.
For both templates, once cut you’ll need to fold along the scored/dashed lines. For the card, just fold along the middle line and you’re done. For the envelope, fold all of the scored/dashed lines in to create two short side tabs and two large flaps.
Add skinny (like 1/8″) strong double stick tape to the inside edges of the short tabs and the diagonal edges of one of the large flaps.
If your card is pretty thick, put in in the center of the envelope before sealing the edges together to make sure the card won’t be too tight inside the envelope.
Fold the short tabs in and the bottom flap (with tape along diagonals) up onto the short side tabs. This will adhere the bottom part of the envelope together.
Add the same double sided tape to the top edge of the last flap and then fold it down on to the bottom part of the envelope to seal it shut.
If you use heavy card stock (100+ lb.) to make the envelope you may need extra support to keep the tabs closed. You can add decorative seals or some simple scotch tape on the outside if needed.
Card Examples made with the Slimline Layered Floral Card Kit
Changing the colors of card stock you use for the floral layers can completely change the look and feel of this card. It’s orientation can also make a difference (horizontal vs. vertical). Below you can check out a few of the examples I made and see what a difference the colors make.
I hope I’ve convinced you to check out this new card kit. Click here to go to the listing on my Etsy shop. GET 50% OFF the Slimline Layered Floral Digital Card Kit through June 15, 2022 with Coupon Code YTCARD303
Questions or Comments?
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