Cricut Tutorial: Sliding Shadow Box Card

August 22, 2020

A Sliding Shadow Box Card?

Today’s Cricut tutorial is this sliding shadow box card from Lori Whitlock.  I don’t know about you, but I’d never seen anything like it (and I troll A LOT of craft sites!).   I made this card design for a dear friend’s birthday and was so impressed with the design and, frankly, the ease at which it came together.

The original card design by Lori Whitlock is an “I love you” card, and I changed it into a custom birthday greeting, so I’ll show you how to do that too!  The card is so much fun.  You slide the sides out, and out pops the box card in the back!  

The card design is a 5 by 7 card, but you’ll see in the tutorial that I took it down just a notch to make sure it would fit in the envelope since I knew it would be poofy.

Bonus Content...Custom Printed Ribbon!

I also used this card as an opportunity to create a custom ribbon with my PTouch ribbon printer.  It’s a tool that is super cool (like a label maker, but instead of printing on label, it prints on ribbon!)  

If you want to see that, it’s in action on the YouTube video link at the bottom of this post.  I make the ribbon at the very end.

But isn’t it cute?  I just thought this card was so boing-y that it could use a mechanism to keep is collapsed!

Ribbon printed with Brother PTouch ribbon printer
Card closed with custom ribbon

Get the File, and Get it Into Design Space

To avoid sounding like a broken record, I’m going to direct you to a video I have that is dedicated to getting Lori Whitlock’s files out of her shop and into Design Space.  The process works for many third party SVG designers, but since this happens to be Lori’s design too, it seems fitting…

The video link is here if you need it:

If you don’t need that help, skip ahead to the next steps!

Adjust the File, and Make Any Customizations You Might Want

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, this was an I Love You card and I needed a birthday card.  Quick fix!

Select text to replace

Select the text you want to remove, and then select ungroup in the upper right.  This will allow you to delete the text.

Select the text tool on the left side, type in your new message, and then go to the top filter and filter on “writing”. 

This will allow your Cricut to draw your new message for you. 🙂

Scale down your text to the right size, and move it into position on your tab.  Move all of the embellishments out of your way so you can select the text and the tab together.   Once you have them selected, click on attach in the lower right to attach the text there so when it writes, it will write right where you want it.  That’s a lot of rights.  Right? 

Change Your Cut Lines to Score Lines

As with most third party SVG files, you need to fix the lines in the file that pull into Cricut Design Space as cut marks instead of score marks.

If you look at the image below, you can see the panels that will need to be folded, but on the right side when you select them you can see that they are listed as “cut”.

This is a simple fix, you just need to catch them!

Select each one and go to the upper left to the dropdown menu and select “score” instead.

If this instruction doesn’t make much sense to you, skip ahead to the video tutorial link and give it a peek.  I take you step by step through this and you’ll get to see each of the things you need to change.

Once you have changed your cut lines to score lines, make sure to select the scores and the paper piece and attach them.  I forget this step ALL THE TIME and don’t realize it until I go to cut it out and have score marks floating by themselves on my mat.

There’s another spot that needs attention, it’s on this page with the leaf and scroll design.  You can see the little score marks on the sides of the frame…those were cuts too, so make sure you change those!

Cut Out Your Pieces and Let's Assemble!

Pick out your papers and cut out the pieces with your Cricut.  I suggest using a thick cardstock for the base of the card (which is everything white in the file).  I think the base needs to be sturdy because there are so many moving pieces and inserts in this card. 

My favorite sturdy white cardstock is from Amazon (and has a pretty metallic sheen to it) and worked really well for this project.

Whimsical garden Cricut paper

I used a Cricut patterned paper called Whimsical Garden

And didn’t the text we created turn out nicely?  I used the set of Cricut pens that I got in the Very Berry color.  I think it coordinated well with the accent berry in the Whimsical Garden pattern.

Cricut pen set

Fold The Base Card Pieces

To make the sliding box card you need a few moving pieces, but the number of pieces is actually manageable!  

I started with the frame piece (front piece) of the shadow box.  It folds on those fancy new score lines you made earlier, and then the little tabs fold down for you to attach it to the back.  You’re making a little frame with open sides…

Shadow Box Card Side Panels

The side pieces line up with the slats forming a triangle…largest in the middle and smallest at the end, like so:

You fold the right size panel into a Z shape.

And the left side panel into what I think looks like a swan… (but it’s also a backward Z) 🙂

Attach Side Panels to Center Piece

Finally, I linked the 2 sides together with the base piece that looks like a square.

IT’S NOT A SQUARE.  It’s a very slight rectangle, so just be careful when you put it down that it’s the right direction.  If it’s not, you’ll have an overhang like this: 

Obviously, I also attached the blue side panels too.

Once you glue down the center piece, set it aside to dry.  These panels are going to move around a lot, so you want to make sure they’re nice and secure.

While you are waiting, go ahead and decorate the inside bits!

Embellish the 3 Insert Pieces and Frame

This is the fun part, get creative!  As you can see, I chose to flip around some of the patterned paper and added some bling to the centers of the flowers.

Decorated insert panels

My favorite stick on embellishments are these little enamel dots from Doodlebug Designs.  They’re called Sprinkles.  I use them in almost every card I make, even when I try not to.  When I first fell in love with them, I ordered them in every color I could find…and I’ve been working my way through that stash for about 3 years! 🙂

Putting together the rest of the frame is a breeze too.  You’ll want to make sure you put the border piece on first, and then add the leaf decoration, otherwise you’ll cover it up!

Assemble All of the Pieces

This part looks complicated, but I promise it’s not.  Start by putting one of the side panels into the side pocket of the frame you made.  

Flip the card over so you can see the back, it’s easier.  The front of your frame will be down on your table.  Like this: 

Flip it back over, and slide one end of each of the inserts into their corresponding opening on the side of the shadow box.

I found it easiest to start with the back, the large one.  Then I worked my way to the front, all on the same side of the box card.

Then you match them up on the other side, and secure the other side piece of the card base into the frame pocket, just as you did on the first side. 


Final Touches and Video Tutorial Link

Okay, my friends.  Flip it back over and you’ll see that you are 95% of the way finished! 

To open the card, you pull the light blue (in my case) tabs to the sides and the back of the shadow box card pops out like magic!

I kind of think it looks like they are entering a stage…it looks like some come in stage left and stage right.  Maybe that’s just me.


Put the Back on Your Shadow Box Card!

Full disclosure.  I forgot this step at first.  I got to this point and opened and closed the card about a dozen times and felt like I was finished…and then I looked at my table and realized there were some extra pieces. 🙂

Flip it over and put some glue or double-sided tape down on just the square (not square) part of the back.  You don’t want adhesive anywhere else, or else your sliding mechanism won’t work.


Finally, line up the back piece with the semi-circle cut outs on both sides, and you’re done!

I shrunk the whole file down to about 6.8inches on the long side instead of 7 (you just use the “select all” button and grab a corner arrow to squish it a little).

I think this was the right choice, because even shrunken a bit, it was a tight fit!

Sliding Shadow Box Card Video Tutorial

If any part of this text tutorial was confusing, I encourage you to watch the video tutorial. You can watch me click the buttons and take it step by step if you like.  I won’t be offended if you fast forward through the bits where I hem and haw over what colors of enamel dots to use in the centers of my flowers. 😉

Materials used for this project are listed below.  Some links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.

Heavyweight pearl cardstock for card base:
I use this cardstock a lot, and particularly like it for placecards in addition to card bases.  
Cricut Multi-pen pack:
Cricut Patterned paper in Whimsical Garden:
Cricut Explore Air:
Cricut Access:
Cricut cardstock:
Doodlebug Designs Sprinkles:
PTouch Ribbon Printer:
Links to favorite glue and Cricut supplies are on my blog resources page here:

Love, Amanda

Add Sound to Your Cards!

August 1, 2020

It's the Future...

It’s official, it’s the future.  I know this DIY card sound technology has been around for awhile, but for a combination of reasons, I haven’t explored it until now.  But it’s possible to add sound to your cards and customize them in ways that only seemed like sorcery growing up. 🙂

Is anyone else with me?  Growing up with my tween years in the 80’s, I remember when finding a sound card in the store was a BIG deal.  Getting a sound card from someone was an equally big deal, because those suckers cost like $8, even in the 80’s (and remember, mortgage rates were in the double digits then, so ain’t nobody got $8 for a card with sound in it!)

Anyway, I thought it would be #1, too hard, or #2, too expensive, and I’m here to say that it’s neither of those things.

I understand the concept of “too expensive” is going to vary, but you hardcore card-makers out there know that you can pile on the premium papers and embellishments and chipboard pieces and bling and make some pretty “expensive” cards, so this is just kind of next-level.


The Card Sound Device

In order to add sound to your card, you need a card sound device (I know, duh).  The company that makes these sound devices is called Big Dawgs, and this is a link to the device I used, which is a 10 second sound recording device and is between $3.50-$4.00 as I write this today in 2020.

I think I may have the only husband on the planet who willingly and thoughtfully purchases craft supplies for me (and even researches things that he thinks I might enjoy, like this!) for gifts, and so I got a bunch of these for Christmas.  #myawesomehusbandspoilsmewithcraftsupplies  (I’m guessing that’re REALLY not a hashtag… maybe I’ll start one!)  

So, when I got the gift, I was really excited…and then intimidation set in. 

I mean, it looks a little intimidating, no?


Big Dawgs Greetings Sound Device

Recording the Sound for Your Card

The little red button on the right side by my thumb is your record button.  That’s kind of universal for little red buttons though, right?  The big red buttons brings you Staples supplies and the little red buttons record things. 🙂

You press the little red button, record your message for 10 seconds, and then you hear a beep.

In order to “save” the message, you need to press the button again afterward until you hear TWO BEEPS.

Trust me, it will save you some heartache.  I recorded mine THREE TIMES because I kept hitting the little red button and erasing my message!

Installing the Sound Device in Your Card

Much like many of my tutorials, I made a bunch of mistakes since I was trying this for the first time.  But I’m always trying to keep it real with you and save you the pain points, so I leave the boo-boos in place so you can see what not to do. 🙂

The device peels away from it’s protective backing easily.

Peel sound device from backing

And what you want to pay close attention to are these tiny little notches at the top of the clear tab.

Sound device notches

There is one at the top and one at the bottom.


If you screw this up, the whole thing doesn’t work…so this is important.  It’s also super sticky, so go slowly and try to be careful.

I, of course, kind of dropped the heavier part of the device onto the card and had a hard time repositioning it…

Lining up notches on card crease
Sound device installed in card

So here’s where things went really sideways for me.  I was feeling pretty good up until this point.

Once you lay down the device and it firmly attaches itself to the card base, you’re left with the little red wires attached to the little red button.  And you need to figure out where to put it.

If you haven’t already recorded your card, then obviously move it somewhere that is convenient for you to press it later and record your message.

On the back of the button is a little adhesive strip…so you can tack it into place somewhere. 


Remove adhesive from record button

If you’re me, you HIT the button as you’re tacking it down…and you erase your message completely.

It’s really easy to hit the button when you need to press it to stick it down to the card!

Accidentally erased message

Clearly I will need to re-record it…. but let’s continue.

Add Panels in Your Card to Cover the Sound Device

The left side of the card is easy, you just glue on an inside panel as you would with any other.  There is very little of the clear device on that side.

On the right, however, I found it was best to put down a bunch of dimensional adhesive.  I tried to just tack the panel down lightly to hide the mechanics, but that really didn’t work.  You need some relatively thick foam squares.

Add foam squares
Add cover panel

I can still see the button on the inside, so I marked the top so I knew where to press it to re-record my message!

Button on the inside of card
Mark the stop where the button is

Video Tutorial

If a video tutorial is more your speed, I extracted the adding sound to your card portions of this card construction so you can see the mistakes and corrections.

Materials used for this project are listed below.  Some links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.

Big Dawgs greeting card sound device: 
Cricut Explore Air:
Cricut Access:
Cricut pink and purple patterned paper:
Cricut cardstock :
Cat’s Eye Chalk Inks:
Double-sided adhesive and dimensional adhesive squares found here in a variety of sizes:
Links to favorite glue and Cricut supplies are on my blog resources page here:

Love, Amanda

Trunk of Wildflowers Box Card Cricut Tutorial

July 3, 2020

Trunk of Wildflowers Box Card Design

You don’t have to tell me that I sound like a broken record, I KNOW I sound like a broken record.  My record is, in fact, broken.  This is another gorgeous SVGCuts design and I absolutely fell in love with the trunk of wildflowers box card design.

The link to the file is here (affiliate link): SVGCuts Trunk of Wildflowers Box Card

The design is beautiful (obvi), but for me this was a multi-day project.  I always talk about how much I enjoy box cards, but part of the reason for that is because I like the puzzle aspect.  Lots of little pieces coming together at the end for a satisfying finale…and that’s what I got with this card.

Tons of steps, lots of pieces, and totally worth the effort (for the right recipient).  

You know what I mean.  There are some people who really appreciate a handmade card, some people who only moderately get the amount of work involved, and some people who don’t even pay enough attention to realize that the card IS handmade.  

All I’m saying is, choose your audience to maximize your efforts. 🙂  Those who take the time to enjoy the handmade cards, get the best handmade cards.

And those people should get one of these box cards.

Grab the file and follow along.  If you prefer a video (I often need more than pictures) there is a video tutorial link toward the bottom of this post, so you can just go there if you’d prefer.  No judgement. 🙂

What's A Box Card?

If you’ve stumbled into this post and you don’t know what a box card is, first of all welcome, and second, it’s MAGIC.

When I first got my Cricut many moons ago, the box card was the ultimate goal for me.  I was motivated and wanted to get there quickly, because in my mind it was the perfect mechanism.

I’d always been fascinated by pop-up cards (in fact, my old college roommate reminded me the other day that I used to buy pop-up cards and take them apart to figure out how they went together…perhaps a little life goals foreshadowing there?).  But the pop up card can sometimes be kind of one note.  You know?  It’s fun and then it’s over.  With the box card, you get the same dramatic pop up card effect and then you can rotate it and admire it from all sides!

It starts off flat, unfolds to be super-dimensional (look at this one, it’s like 4 inches deep!), and then folds back up to go into your envelope.  MAGIC.

Trunk of wildflowers box card opened to full height
Trunk of wildflowers card folded flat
Front view of finished wildflowers box card

Get Your File Into Cricut Design Space

Ok.  Grab the file, and let’s get it into Design Space.  I did a whole video tutorial on getting third-party (non-Cricut) files into Design Space, so if you’re new to this process, I’ll link that video for you as well.  BUT, I will go through most of it below…

The link will take you to the SVGCuts website.  You’ll likely get distracted and never come back to finish this blog post, but my hope is that if I call you out on it now, you’ll catch yourself and come back to me. 😉

The site is super-well organized and the box cards are in the menu on the left.  My link will take you directly to this particular file, but you should come back sometime and grab some others when you want to play!

svgcuts website with trunk of wildflowers photo

Once you buy the file, save it somewhere on your computer where you can easily locate it.  I personally have an enormous repository of files from many years, so I put mine in there.

Open Cricut Design Space and start a new project.  

Select upload image, and then find the file wherever you have saved it.  There is a lot of stuff in your download, but here’s where you should start.

Open the folder called “SVG Files”, and then head to the “extras” folder.


All downloaded files list

Then open the solid score lines folder…

Solid score lines folder

And in there, you will find the entire card file, with solid score lines.  Download that one!

Entire card with solid score lines
Whole card file selected

You’ll hit save in the lower right, and then you will see your file ready to be uploaded into your project.

Just click on it, and go to the right to select “insert images”.

Selected image from Design Space

Voila!  Your file is imported into Design Space.

Make A Few File Adjustments In Cricut Design Space Before You Cut The Pieces

In the video tutorial I linked earlier, I go into more detail about this part of the process, but you need to make a few changes so that some pieces that are marked as cut lines can instead be scored.

I started with the hinges.  If you select them and look to the right, you will see the highlighted hinges and the lines are marked as “cut”. Those need to be score marks instead.  To accomplish this, ungroup them with the ungroup button on the upper right, then select just the “cut” lines so they are highlighted.

Select hinges

Once the cut marks are highlighted, go to the upper left and change the “cut” in the dropdown menu to “score”.

Once you do this, you will notice the cut marks are now score marks and all is right with that portion of the file.

Now score marks on hinges

Repeat this process for a few more pieces.  I’ll post their pics below.

The first one are the main pieces of the box card, and all of the cut marks are attached, so you only need to make the change once.  If I’ve lost you, I encourage you now to go down to the bottom of this post and watch the video, because I do it step by step and that may be easier to follow. 

The second one is the insert at the top in the middle.

And the final piece that needs attention is the envelope.  You need to highlight the big black rectangle in the middle and change that from cut to score too.

Main pieces
Insert piece

Print Out A Copy of the Trunk of Wildflowers Box Card PDF

This is a matter of personal preference, of course.  I typically print out the pdf document to use as a reference while I’m putting the project together, and then I just save it for scrap paper later.

It’ll be in the folder you downloaded in a safe place and marked as a pdf document.  It looks like this.

trunk of wildflowers pdf

Cut Out Your Pieces, and Assemble!

I have an 8 year old boy, so whenever I say or read the word “assemble”, what goes through my head is “Avengers, assemble!” 🙂  It’s oddly motivational, and also super-irritating. 

But, let’s assemble!

Start With the Box Card Front Piece

Here’s what you start with on the first layer on the front panel.  All of the front panel pieces, as shown below.  Make sure you don’t try to put the left panel piece on the front.  You know the left one goes on the left because the brad holes line up.

You can also add one of the leaf pinwheels, and the smaller of the little green draping wildflowers to the front.

Front panel

Then you can add the first flower embellishment on top of the leaf pinwheel.  

I chose to ink the edges of the petals a little, and added a Doodlebug Designs enamel dot to the center of the flower.

Add flower embellishment

Next Do Insert Number One

There is a number 1 that has been cut into the side tab of insert 1…so it’ll be easy to indentify. 

Start by adhering the leaf on the right side.

First layer of insert 1

I assembled the yellow flower with a few foam squares, some inked edges, and a little bling in the middle.

Yellow flower assembled

I glued down the small green leaf, and then placed this yellow flower on top.  I actually put the foam adhesive too high on the flower, so it would be sticking out in the back.  I needed to fold down the edges to hide them. An easy fix!

Folded back adhesive on flower

With the right side of insert 1 complete, work on the left side.  Start with the large green part, and then you can assemble the remaining 3 green bits in whatever arrangement you like.

Work on left side of insert 1
Assembled left side green pieces

Assembled, mine looked like this.

Assembled insert 1

Now For Insert Number Two

Find the piece with the number 2 cut in the side, and let’s put that one together next!

I put down the first couple of pieces.  The leaf on the bottom, the tall green thing that pokes out of the top, and one of the smaller little pinwheels of leaves…

Insert 2 with base layers

I glued on the yellow flower first, and then glued on the red one sitting slightly on top, plus the little embellishment in the center, so it matches the first one.

Glue on flowers

I didn’t have a stick-on embellishment that I liked for the center of the yellow flower, so I grabbed my collection of buttons and poked a hole in the paper and just popped one of those inside.

Buttons as embellishments
poke hole for button

Assemble the Back of the Back Piece

That’s right.  There’s a front of the back and a back of the back.  I started with the back of the back.

This is where that last trunk side panel goes.

Back panel piece

Then you arrange the frame pieces along the back as shown.

If you get stuck, I would again encourage you to look at the video tutorial…I show you how to place each one. 

Note that the 3 pieces at the top are flush with the top of the card.  None of the other pieces are, so I’m pointing it out since it matters as that’s the front flap of the trunk.

All back panel frame pieces

Finally, add the oval sentiment panel.

Add oval sentiment panel

Flip it over and let’s do the front of the back…

Start with gluing on the back panel.  For those of you keeping up, this is the back panel on the front side of the back. 🙂  

Glue on back panel

The giant twiggy part comes next.

Be careful when you attach this that you don’t extend the top of the twig too high.  If you can help it, it’s best to keep the top of the twig below the fold line of your trunk lid so you don’t have to fold it inside and make it extra bulky.

Insert twig piece

Add the larger pinwheel leaf and then your bigger flower on top.

I used some foam squares to pop up the layers of the large flower.  I sort of just rotated it until I thought it looked nice and this is where it ended up.

Add large pinwheel
Add largest flower

Now For The Magic Part - Assemble the Box Part of the Box Card!

Start by putting some glue on the side tab and aligning the cut out shapes with the brad holes on the side of the card base.

Glue side tab
Align cut outs with brad holes

Next, glue the left tab of insert 2 and glue it flush with the back of the card base.

Be careful here to also align the holes on the tab with the holes on the side of the box card.

Glue tab for insert 2
Align holes on tab side

Glue the left tab of insert 1 and glue that down butting up against the front of insert 2.

Glue next tab in up against first tab

Do the same thing with the right side tabs…making sure to stop and fold flat regularly to make sure everything is well aligned.

Right side tab glue
Flatten regularly to check alignment

Finally connect the front of the box card! You made a trunk of wildflowers box card!

Connect front of the box card

Add Final Embellishments and Envelope

Home stretch, ya’ll.  I told you it was a lot of steps.  I probably should have turned the writing of this post into a multi-day event too!

To finish this up, you need to add the hinges.  To add the hinges, you need some craft brads

Craft brads

There are two different kinds of hinges. 4 of them look like little hip bones to me, and the other 4 are straight.  The hip bone ones go on each corner.

Hinges on corners and sides

Add the remaining brads to the empty brad holes.  You can’t cheat here and glue them on instead…the card won’t open and close correctly if the hinges are glued down!

Finally, fold up the envelope.  It’s simple, just 4 folds and a little glue!

Fold and glue envelope

One thing to note before you put your card in your envelope.

If you fold the card all the way to the left, the little twiggy bits stick off to the side, which would make them prone to being bent.

Dont fold card to the left

Folding to the right will help keep those pieces safe from squishing. 🙂

Fold to the right before putting into envelope.

Fits perfectly in it’s GIGANTIC envelope.  I put this in the mail as a birthday card, so I was sure to add extra postage and a piece of cardboard inside the envelope to keep it from being bent.

Box card fits perfectly in envelope!

Materials used for this project are listed below.  Some links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.

Cricut Explore Air:
Cricut Access:
Cricut cardstock (leaves with texture):
Cricut green pearlescent paper:
Cat’s Eye Chalk Inks:
Doodlebug Designs Sprinkles:
Double-sided adhesive and dimensional adhesive squares found here in a variety of sizes:
Links to favorite glue and Cricut supplies are on my blog resources page here:

Want Some More SVGCuts Box Card Tutorials?

Some other SVGCuts box card projects that have tutorials on my site can be found here:

Jeep card tutorial

Spring tulip card tutorial

I’m a big fan, so there will surely be more to come!

Love, Amanda

Cricut Tutorial – Grill Box Card

June 19, 2020

Grill Box Card Design

This Cricut tutorial will show you how to put together a grill box card for Father’s Day!  Frankly, you can save this card design, remove the “Father’s Day” bit, and use it as a card for any occasion for the grill master in your life!  

For example, I’m reminded of the BBQ apron birthday card I made for my husband back in January.  This apron card design was from Cricut and was originally a baking-themed card…so you could easily use this grill box card design for anything you want!

BBQ birthday apron card

 The file for today’s grill box card, however, is from Lori Whitlock’s shop online and can be found here:

I also have a tutorial video dedicated to getting Lori Whitlock’s designs out of her shop and into Cricut Design Space.  I’ll link that here for you as well in case you need help with third party SVG’s

Adjust Grill Box Card Design in Cricut Design Space

Once you have gone through the process of getting the grill box card imported into Design Space, you need to make a few quick adjustments.

I will detail them for you here:

Ungroup to start
Start by ungrouping the file using the ungroup button in the upper right. This will allow you to isolate individual pieces you need to adjust.
Select one of the three inserts
Select one of the three insert pieces (I started with flames) and click inside of the piece until the 2 cut marks are highlighted. You can see in the upper left that the lines are cut lines.
Change cut to score
Change "cut" to "score" in the drop down menu.
Select piece and score lines together
Select the piece and the score lines together...
Attach score lines to piece
In the bottom right, select the attach button to attach the score lines to the piece.

Repeat this process for each of the three small insert pieces.  You can scoot the chicken legs and corn out of your way first. 🙂

Now, this next part is a little tricky to concieve of, but ultimately the same steps as above.  You need to start by isolating the main body of the card.  Every line on that piece is a cut mark.  The problem with this piece is that we actually WANT some of them to cut…so we can’t just change them all to score marks. 

If you look at the image below, I have pointed out the two marks that you actually want to remain cut marks. The skinny yellow lines are actual cut marks. All of the others should be score marks.  I apologize for the wonky yellow lines…it’s incredibly hard to get the little virtual pen to make a straight line!

Click inside the piece until the inside rectangle is highlighted.  The two marks I’m pointing to below look like they are going to remain cut marks once you change the others to scores…but they DO change!

These lines will change too

Once you have this rectangle highlighted, go back up to the dropdown menu and change these to score marks as well.

Once you do that, your card base will look like the image below.  Then you can select the card base and the score marks and attach them, just as you did with the other pieces. 

Score marks complete

Next, we need to deal with the little “Happy Father’s Day” sign.  Right now, the image is in Design Space as a cut file.  If you’re a glutton for punishment and you WANT to cut out and glue out all of the tiny letters, go right ahead. 🙂  Personally, I think it makes more sense to flatten this sentiment and print it out.

To do this, select the Happy Father’s Day image and the white rectangle it’s sitting on.

Select fathers day sign

And on the bottom right, hit the flatten button as pictured below.

Flatten text

That’s it for changes to the actual grill box card file.

But wait! There’s no envelope!  Let’s make one before we leave Design Space.

Create an Envelope to Accompany Your Box Card

First things first, what size envelope do we need?  Well, when you look at the design, the single large base piece will be folded in half in an envelope.  The height of the card will be the same as pictured in Design Space.  So, with those things in mind, a 5 by 7 envelope should do the trick!

I clicked on images, and just searched “envelope”.  I chose a free envelope design so those of you with Cricut Access will be able to pick the same one if you like.  I picked the green one on the bottom pictured here.  Pretty generic envelope.

Select envelope design

Unlock the aspect ratio of the envelope so you can resize it.  My lock is in the upper left instead of lower left because I turned my envelope around.  I’m visually more comfortable when my envelope is the same direction as my card. 🙂

Drag the envelope by the little arrow on the corner until the inside square measures 5 inches tall by 7 inches wide.  I go through this process in the video tutorial as well if this is not something you’re familiar with.

Resize to 5 by 7

Now, Let's Put Together Our Grill Box Card!

Sometimes with box cards, assembly can be kind of a mess.  I typically still enjoy those experiences because it’s kind of like a puzzle. 

This box card design, however, is actually quite simple.  I’ll lay out the steps below:

Ink Any Pieces You May Want, and Assemble the Inserts

Cats Eye Chalk Inks
I use Colorbox Cat's Eye chalk inks to ink the sides of the accent pieces.
Added ink to inside of the corn as well
I also tapped the ink onto the inside of the corn so it didn't look quite so flat...
Put chicken on the bone
I assembled the embellishments for the center piece . Glued the chicken to the bone and the corn husk to the cob
Assembled flames
I placed the smaller flame on top of the larger flame and then added the embellished pieces to the 3 black narrow inserts.
Main card base unfolded
Now, take your main card base piece and fold along your score lines.
Side flaps fold down
When you get to the side panels, fold those down so they will be on the outside of the card.

Put Together the "Box" Part of the Box Card, and Decorate

Glue tab and connect
Put some glue on the tab and connect one side to the other side.
Press down after gluing
Press down as the glue dries. I like to press in both directions with each box card addition...just to make sure all of the pieces are connected well.
Add grilll pieces to the sides
Glue the side grill silver accents down.
Add other silver accent pieces
Then add the other silver accent pieces. Doors, top of the grill, and bar above the grill where the knobs will go.
Flame insert
Next, work on the insert pieces. I started with the rear piece, the flames. Bend the two tabs back (away from you).
glue side flaps
Apply glue to both side flaps.

Glue In the Three Insert Pieces, and Finish Decorations

align back flaps
Align the back of the flaps to the back of the box.
Flatten and press piece
Flatten the card and press the piece into place.
insert second tab
Do the same thing for the second tab, making sure the second tabs line up with the front of the back. It'll look like this...
Insert the final piece
Insert the front piece (the single chicken leg) and this time bend the flaps toward you and line them up with the front of the card.
Attach fathers day and grill tools
Glue down the Happy Father's Day sign and the grill tools on the back behind the flames.
Glue sentiment panel on back
Glue the sentiment panel on the back.

Put Together Your Envelope!

Fold bottom of envelope
Fold up the bottom of your envelope.
Glue sides of envelope
Glue down the sides of the envelope.
Insert card
Your card should fit perfectly in your custom-sized envelope! 🙂

And you’re done.  Nice job, You. 🙂

Isn’t this part of cardmaking always so satisfying?  I love it.  The only part I love more is being able to see someone’s face when they open the card.  I always miss that part when I have to mail a card!

Finished card upright
Finished card folded flat

Prefer A Video Tutorial?

If you would rather watch the video tutorial of these steps, I’ve got you.  The video itself is about half an hour, but step by step including the Design Space portion. 

Materials used for this project are listed below.  Some links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.

Cricut Explore Air:
Cricut Access:
Cricut cardstock:
Heavyweight silver cardstock for grill accents:
Cat’s Eye Chalk Inks:
Doodlebug Designs Sprinkles:
Double-sided adhesive and dimensional adhesive squares found here in a variety of sizes:
Links to favorite glue and Cricut supplies are on my blog resources page here:
Join the blog email list here and get notified automatically of new project posts and ideas!
Once again, here is the link to the file on Lori Whitlock’s shop in case you don’t want to scroll back up for it. 🙂 This is not an affiliate code: 

I hope you enjoyed!

Love, Amanda

Cricut Tutorial- Super Dad Card

June 5, 2020

This Is A Super, Super Dad Card Design!

You guys.  Can you stand it?  I saw this design on the Dreaming Tree website and realized that it was absolutely the perfect card for the super dad in my life, my husband Mike.  In the tutorial below, I will show you how to get this card into Cricut Design Space, do very little file manipulation, and put together this super, super dad card.  This is a great file that needs nothing much from us….in fact, I struggled to pull anything original into it at all!

There are a LOT of layers of paper in this card design, but I think it’s totally worth it.  I actually also really enjoy layering paper because it puts me in the same head space as putting together a puzzle.  Anyone else?  Only with card making, when you are done with your puzzle, you have a card to gift instead of a mess to put back into a box. 🙂

So let me show you how to get here…

Finished card

Get the File From Dreaming Tree

If you are reading this in the future, this will likely not still be true, BUT for those of you reading this in advance of Father’s Day 2020, this design is actually free right now if you make a purchase of $9.98 or more. UPDATE: This deal is already gone and there is a new free bundle up…but the link to the card file is here and it’s $2.99 at the moment. 

Dreaming Tree does these promotions a fair amount and it’s always kind of nice that the promotions typically match something you actually need when you go to search. For example, I went looking for Father’s Day card designs and that was the first page.  

Hmmm…I spent $10 on other stuff and get $7 in free Father’s Day cards that I was probably going to buy anyway.  Yes please.  So, I usually take these opportunities to grab a few files for upcoming projects in order to get to my $10 order and then add in the freebie.

There’s a video tutorial link toward the end of this post, and in the video tutorial I show you how to get the free gift into your shopping cart.  It’s not at easy and just putting it in your cart and having it come off at the end.  Get all your stuff ready to go, then DON’T put the freebie in your cart.  Seriously. I’ve made this mistake before and ended up with 2…one I paid for and one I didn’t.  All you need to do is put “freegift” into the coupon code and it magically populates itself into your cart.

Get Super Dad Card Into Design Space

This is a pretty straightforward import into Design Space.  If you need help with the actual process of getting the card downloaded from the site and uploaded to Design Space,  I have a step by step video tutorial showing how to get third party SVG’s into Design Space. I used Lori Whitlock’s file as an example, but the process works the same for Dreaming Tree files.

As I said before, there’s not much to be done with this card file!  The biggest thing you need to watch out for are score lines that are imported as cut marks.  You will want to select those and change them from cut to score.  The video mentioned above does this step by step with you.

You can see from the picture below that if you didn’t have score marks on your card base (they grey part), you would be slicing off the sides!

Cut lines changed to score lines in Design Space

Assemble the Super Dad Card! It's Not Super Hard...

The only really tricky part about this card is getting the layering done in the right order, but I’m going to step you through it.

I started, however, by inking some of the pieces to add a little dimension.  This is a technique I use a lot and am kind of obsessed with the Colorbox Cat’s Eye chalk inks.  I love that they stack and make it easy to have a bunch of options in one tower of color. 

Selectively Ink Anything You Want to Emphasize

inking card pieces before assembly

Glue Super Dad to the Inside Yellow Panel

Applying glue to Super Dad logo
Align with notch marks

The file will have marked some tiny notches on the yellow piece that show you exactly where to stick the Super Dad logo.  It’s actually important that you get this piece in the right spot, because it’s what peeks through his shirt when the card is closed.

Fold Your Card Base

Folding gatefold card
Perfectly align centers

For this card base, I used an 8.5 x 11 cardstock that is one of my favorites for card bases (and placecards, as seen here).  It’s super sturdy and has a great pearlescent sheen to it.  In the tutorial video, I think the sheen was picked up a little better than in the photo. 

The important thing about folding a gatefold card base is lining up the center.  The magic of the gatefold card is that the design is uniform on the front.  You want to make sure the seam meets perfectly so you don’t ruin the effect.

For this reason, I like to fold half of the card, and instead of using the score mark on the other side, I line up the center in the top and bottom, and then force the score line to be wherever it needs to be.  Some machines callibrate a little differently…and some papers are thicker than others, so I think this is a good habit to get into.

Add Super Dad to the Inside of the Card Base

Using double sided tape
Image peek a boo from the front

I used double sided tape to affix my inside because I didn’t use cardstock for the yellow piece, I used text weight paper.  To avoid getting it all wiggly and weird, I used the smallest amount of glue I could.

I think my centering was a little off, but you still have the nice peek-a-boo effect from the front!

Stack and Glue Jacket Pieces

Largest jacket pieces first
Start with the largest jacket pieces first.
Add lapel pieces
Add lapel pieces second.
Collar pieces next
Third, add the collar pieces.
Add the tie
Last, add the tie pieces.

Assemble the Neck and Chin...But Don't Do It Backwards Like I Almost Did

Neck piecces only fit one way
The 2 neck pieces only fit 1 way, so that part is easy enough.
Chin pieces done wrong
The chin pieces, on the other hand, are open to interpretation. THIS IS NOT the correct interpretation. 🙂
Correct chin orientation
THIS is the position in which to glue the chin pieces!

Assemble the Sleeves and Attach the Arms

Correct arm orientation
Get your arms situated in the correct position so you can add the sleeves.
Glue down sleeves
Glue down the jacket sleeves.
Add cuffs last
Finish the arms by adding the cuffs.
Attaching arms with pop dots
I used dimensional adhesive to attach the arms. Line up the knuckles when you attach them.

Add Embellishments

I used some enamel dots and Doodlebug Designs Sprinkles to make cufflinks and buttons.  The file will have given you the small star for the center of the Super Dad logo…I cut mine from Cricut glitter vinyl so it would already be a sticker.

Finally, Assemble the Belly Band and Envelope

The belly band design may be my favorite part of this design.  I HATE piecing together tiny little letter bits, but this card has been designed so the interior pieces of the letters are made with a rear panel of the same color.

This is probably easier to understand with photos…

Attach fathers day text to align with open holes
Glue the Father's Day sign onto the white part of the belly band making sure to align the inside of the letters with the holes underneath.
Attach red back piece
Then attach the red backing piece so that the red shows through the holes. This creates a complete stacked letter effect that is brilliant design!
Attach belly band rear
Slide belly band on the card bottom
You can then slide the belly band onto the bottom of the card. Try to keep it level with the base of the card to help is slide on more easily.
Fold envelope
Fold the envelope and glue the bottom flap.
Add envelope embellishment

BAM! You're Done!!

Bam! You're done!

Here Is the Link to the Video Tutorial

Materials used for this project are listed below.  Some links above and below are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.


Link to Dreaming Tree file: 
Heavyweight pearl cardstock for card base:
I use this cardstock a lot, and particularly like it for placecards in addition to card bases.  
Cricut cardstock:
Cricut red metallic textured paper
Cricut glitter vinyl:
Cat’s Eye Chalk Inks:
Doodlebug Designs Sprinkles:
Carta Bella Home Again collection enamel dots:
Double-sided adhesive and dimensional adhesive squares found here in a variety of sizes:
 Links to favorite glue and other supplies are on my blog resources page here:

Love, Amanda

Graduation Box Card

May 23, 2020

Need A Graduation Card With A Wow Factor?

I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I’m kind of excited about this project.  I went into Cricut Design Space looking for an awesome graduation box card (or any cool graduation card design!) and basically came up with nothing.  There were some money holders and simple designs, but I wanted a wow factor.  

So I made my own. 

If you have Cricut Access, you should be able to access the file and use it for yourself.  Need Cricut Access?  Here’s a link for that.  I totally think it’s worth it to have access to all of those files and images.

If you already have Cricut Access, you can follow this link and it’ll take you to a sign up for my email list (pretty please?) and as soon as you provide your email, you’ll get an instant download of the file location.

Change A Cricut File to Suit Your Needs

If you’ve read my blog or seen my tutorials, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of box cards.   I love a good pop out, and a box card kind of pops out in every direction at the same time!  So, when there was a lack of acceptable exciting graduation cards from which to choose, I went to look at the box card designs to see if there was something I could change to suit my needs. 

Here is the file that I found.  

Yes.  It’s a sympathy card.

Anna Griffin sympathy box card design
Screenshot from Cricut Design Space

But the more I looked at it, the more it started checking the boxes for me.  

It’s pretty

Some sort of celebratory looking flags are in the design, so that’s festive!

There are a lot of features in the design, which I think makes the card looks FULL

Let me show you how I changed the sympathy box card design into a graduation box card design!

No Sympathy Card Here!

Below are the step by step directions on how I changed the Cricut Design Space sympathy box card design into a graduation box card design.  There aren’t a ton of fancy skills used, but we do use the flatten tool, which has been known to incite fear in new users.

It’s not scary, I promise, and with that one tool, we can basically do all of the changes we need.

I will also include a link to the video tutorial below, in case you prefer to just watch the step by step directions, or want to follow along for yourself.

Import card design
Start a new project in Design Space and import the sympathy card file.
Choose some graduation images
Go into "images" and select some graduation images you like. I always take more than I need and edit out what I don't want later.
Work on changing front panel design first
First, I changed the front panel design...the one that said "You Are In My Thoughts"
Added green square
Add graphic and flatten
I moved the "Congrats to the Grad" graphic that I chose earlier to the top of the green square. I selected the old panel, the new green square, and the new text and went to the lower right to select "flatten". This takes all of the elements selected and squishes them together. So now it will print just as you see it on screen.
Do same thing to other panel with different graphic
Do the same process and add the second graphic, then flatten that one.
Choose a flag image
Choose a flag image from Design Space in the "images" menu.
Duplicate flags
Duplicate the flags so you have enough to cover all of the existing flags.
Add new text to flags
Using the "text" menu, add new words to your flags. Change the colors into whatever you like! Put them in place over the old flags, select them all and hit the flatten button again!
Put cap on flowers
I decided it would be funny to let the flowers wear the cap, so I scaled it down and put it on top of one of the larger flower bunches. I also changed the tassle to coordinate with the pink flowers. I selected the flowers and the cap and flattened them together.
Added a rectangle for a sentiment panel
I added a square shape and sized it into a rectangle so I would have a panel on which to write my message.
Color coded 2 squares as a reminder
To remind myself that I wanted to cut 2 of the accent panels in a patterned paper, I made them a random color so they would be on their own mat.

That’s it.  I also deleted a random swirly thing that I didn’t like…but changing the sentiment, the flag text and adding some graduation imagery made this design decidedly festive!

Now, let’s put it together our new non-sympathetic graduation box card. 🙂

And Now, We Assemble!

Assembling a box card is always kind of magical for me.  I absolutely love it when it comes together and suddenly there is a super-dimensional something-or-other in front of you!

Assembling this box card was kind of a breeze.  I said so at the beginning of the assembly portion of my video, which I thought for sure was going to jinx me, but it was just as simple as I had hoped.

Fold box card base sides
Start by folding the box card base along the side score marks.
Fold 3 side flaps down
Fold down the three flaps on the sides. The back stays upright since that's where our sentiment panel will go.
Glue tab and press down
Put glue on the tab and fold the box card in half and press down to adhere.
Put sentiment panel on back
I put the sentiment panel and one of the graphic panels on the back.
Folded inside panel pieces
I folded the inside panel pieces so that 2 of the tabs were facing away from me, and one was facing toward me.
Put inside tab panels
I placed the panels inside the box relatively evenly spaced. Making sure the box card still folded well and easily.
Added embellishments to the inserts
I added some bling to the flower inserts, and the top of the cap and the tassle.
Added flowers and signs to insides
I attached the flowers and the sign to the various inside panel pieces where I thought they looked nice.
Making sure to close regularly
After each addition, I closed the card to make sure it still closed easily.
Added graphic panel to the front
I added the graphic panel to the front, and the two patterned panels to the sides.

The Issue of An Envelope...

One of the things I like when you purchase an SVG file from many other designers such as SVGcuts is that they will include an envelope with the design.  With many Cricut projects, you often need to go find one for yourself.

Luckily, there are a number of envelopes in the images section of Cricut Design Space, but how do you know what size you need?  And how do you resize it if it’s too small?

With this card, I don’t think there is a way to pre-design an envelope since the size of the card is, in my opinion, largely dependent on where you stick the flowers.  If I had chosen to put them all out toward the edges of the inside tabs, it would have been even wider.

So, in a follow up post, we will deal with the issue of the envelope.  I’ll make sure to let you know when that post is up!


Here is the Link to the Video Tutorial!

Materials used for this project are listed below.  Some links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.


Cricut cardstock

Cricut washi sheets no longer seem to be available (maybe because they didn’t work!)  But here is a link to some Anna Griffin adhesive vinyl that is probably close
Links to favorite glue and Cricut supplies are on my blog resources page here:

Love, Amanda

An EXTREME Mother’s Day Pop Up Card!

May 5, 2020

WHOA. This Is What I Call A Pop Up Card!

I love pop up cards.  I love getting them, I love making them, and I love giving them.  There’s a little magic is a really effective pop up card, dontcha think?  

I have, for many years now, been a fan of the Love Pop cards, have you ever seen those?  The first time I saw one, I didn’t at all understand how it was possible.  Sorcery?  Dark Magic? Engineering Skills?  Whatever it was, I was pretty sure it wasn’t something I possessed. 🙂 

But THIS pop up card is awesome.  Truly dimensional, and not so hard that it will make you cry. 🙂

Video Tutorial Included Below (at Bottom)

I honestly don’t know how well I can explain the construction of this card in text and photo, so I’ve included a step by step video tutorial for you.  

Be warned, that sucker is an hour long…but I THINK you can pause as you go through it and follow along.  The video is an hour, but truth be told, I think it only took me about an hour and 15 minutes, so there isn’t much that I don’t show you.  Mostly I spared you from gluing and waiting for glue to dry! 

You’re welcome. 🙂

Where To Get the File

This file is from Dreaming Tree.  If you’ve read my blog or followed my YouTube channel, you may have recently seen the FREE Tealight tutorial, which was a freebie Dreaming Tree file. 

The file for this card is not a freebie, and the link is an affiliate link, so if you make a purchase with this link, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  The file, as of today, costs about $3.50 and BOY is it worth it!

Here is the link to the EXTREME Mother’s Day Pop Up Card!

For some perspective, a Love Pop card is upwards of $10…for one card.  I think this card packs the same punch, AND once you buy the file you can make as many as you want! 

I mean, look at it…what in the world?  So cool.  Seriously.

Holding up pop up card in front of my face

How Can We Change This File To Use For Other Projects?

So, if you are like me, when you see a file in Design Space or on a 3rd party site, you think “how else can I use this?”  I’m not sure if that means I’m cheap…or creative.  Please don’t post in the comments which you think it is. 🙂

BUT, I look at this card and think that I could easily wipe out the “Mom” with a quick weld function in Design Space…and I could go for a Happy Birthday written by the Cricut?

The front of the card looks like this:

Front of Mother's Day Pop Up card

Couldn’t we easily turn that into a Valentine without doing much other than changing the color palette?

Yes.  The answer is yes. 🙂 

It's the Pop Up Mechanism That Makes This Card Extraordinary

I’m not throwing shade on anybody’s design, the card is lovely.  And I didn’t change the Mother’s Day card design, because it’s bright and cheerful for Mother’s Day.  

But it is not the graphic design, or the color choices, or the little flowers that make this card special.  It’s the MECHANISM.

We’ve already discussed the fact that I don’t possess the sorcery skills to make the pop up part happen on my own, but I can sure as heck use that lattice design to make some new projects. 

Take a peek inside and you’ll see what I mean.  If you put nothing in the center of that pot, it’s a blank slate.  We could make it a Halloween card with tombstones and ghosts…or a birthday card with candles and cupcakes…or a congrats card with confetti and party horns.  

Inside pop up mechanism

Once we HAVE the mechanism, we can really play.

Feel free to post some comments below if you want a tutorial on making this card into something else.

Should we make a Father’s Day card using this card base and some elements from Design Space to make it our own?  Let me know!  Grab the file, and follow along with the tutorial below.  And once you own the file, you can participate in whatever we turn it into next!

Materials List

Materials used for this project are listed below.  Some links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.



Most of the papers used in this project are Cricut cardstock, which comes in a variety of colors and goes on sale a lot.  The patterned paper used was scraps from my stash.

I promised in the video that I would link to the purple kraft paper used for the flower basket, which is a Tim Holtz kraft paper from this pack.

I used the Dew Drops chalk inks for inking on this project.

Links to my favorite glue and a bone folder and Cricut products are available on my resources tab , along with some links to the various types of bling used on the flowers .  It can be found here.

And Here's the Video:

Love, Amanda

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