DIY Christmas Cards with the Cricut Joy

Do you want to create Christmas cards this weekend but think it is too difficult? With just a couple of supplies and a little time, you can make homemade cards to share with your friends and family. These cards look more complex than they are. It’s a simple matter of click, print, and cut. Now all that is needed is a quick personal message and a stamp!

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DIY Christmas Cards with the Cricut Joy

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One of the great things about the Cricut Joy is its portability and ease of use. This week while I have been working on other computer or house projects, I simply moved the Joy to the counter where I was working and made Christmas cards. I decided on a basic card design, loaded the cards on the mat, and ran them through the Joy.

Once the cards are finished cutting, then simply remove them from the card mat and insert the contrasting paper.

Tip: The easiest way to clear off the leftover cut pieces from your card mat is to use a credit card and simply scrape them off the card mat.

What if I run out of precut inserts?

When you purchase the Cricut Joy card packs, they come with contrasting insert papers. But what do you do if you run out of these inserts? You can use any stiff paper for the background inserts instead. Just measure the card and cut your paper scraps to fit. The cards I used were 4.25 x 5.5 so I simply cut paper scraps into shapes that are 4″ x 5.25″. This allowed me to use regular cards and envelopes with the fun cut designs in Cricut Design Space.

How long do these take to make?

The printing process for each card is about a minute on average. Some of them have a marker that you use first and then switch out to the cutting blade so it may take a few extra seconds.

Do I also need a full Cricut machine or computer?

No, the Cricut Joy stands on its own and is easy to control with just your phone app. You simply download the Cricut app and let it connect via Bluetooth to the Joy. There are no wires to attach.

Is the Circut Joy complicated?

Not at all! There are no buttons on the Cricut Joy. Just plug it in and let it read your phone app. You simply click the buttons on your phone to control the print.

Have you ever made Christmas cards with the Cricut Joy? I’d love to see what you are creating!

Make Cards from the Couch

Do you prefer to make your cards from the comfort of the couch? You can use the Cricut Joy and markers to create some easy personal cards.

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