Make Personalized Homemade Cards With a Die Cutting Machine

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in Paper Crafts | Comments


I was shopping the other day when I spotted a greeting card aisle inside the store. Just for fun, I stopped and took a look. Being a paper crafter, I do not usually buy cards and I have no idea what is the going rate for a card nowadays. Imagine my surprise when I find out that the price of a simple store-bought card is about $5 a piece! It doesn’t even come with music or any fun battery-operated device. Ouch!

In my opinion, not only is making homemade cards more meaningful, it is super fun to create your own custom greeting cards. Some folks may even say that greeting card making is more economical than buying a card at the store (although personally, I tend to spend a lot more on the card-making tools than buying a card.).

Finished birthday card

I noticed that many of the greeting cards sold in the store are not rectangular in shape. In fact, at least one side of the card takes the shape of the outline of the main image. These style of cards are commonly known as the “shaped cards.” In today’s post, I will show you how you can use your electronic die cutting machine for making a birthday card that’s shaped.

Making a birthday card? Be sure to share your most creative designs in Craftsy’s Birthday Card Making Contest for a chance to WIN a $150 Michaels gift card and have your work featured on the Craftsy blog. But hurry! The deadline to enter is this Wednesday, May 14th!

Tutorial for making homemade cards:

Supplies needed:

  • Personal electronic die cutting machine.
  • A cuttable file or image (for e.g. an SVG file)
  • Card stock
  • Embellishments of your choice.

Please note: I am using the Silhouette Cameo cutting machine with the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software. However, any cutting software that has the tools to make an offset/shadow layer will work too.

Screenshot of Card Making Software

Step 1:

Import the image and bring it onto the virtual mat.

Making an Offset for Card Making

Step 2:

Make an offset (also known as a shadow layer).

Screenshot. Step 3.

Step 3:

Make an offset of the offset from Step 2.

Screenshot of the Silhouette Studio program

Step 4:

Draw a rounded-corner rectangle and align it with the offset from Step 3. Make a copy of the offset (from Step 3) and weld it together with the rounded-corner rectangle.

Screenshot. Step 5.

Step 5:

Copy and immediately paste-in-front the new welded shape.

Screenshot. Step 6.

Step 6:

lip horizontally the new welded shape from Step 4 and align it with its mirror image so that both shapes just overlap.

Screenshot. Step 7.

Step 7:

Weld the two mirror images together to form the card base.

Screenshot. Step 8.

Step 8:

Paste the previously copied welded shape from Step 4.

Pre-assembled cut outs.

Once you have finished designing the card in the cutting software, go ahead and cut the various layers out of different card stock with your personal electronic die cutting machine.

If your cutting machine has the print-and-cut (also known as print-then-cut) feature, you can type in your greeting onto the card and print-and-cut the card base like I did (see picture above).

Screenshot. Step 9

If your machine does not have the print-and-cut feature, just cut the card base and the card front out of card stock (see picture above). You can add the greeting by stamping with a rubber stamp.

Close up of greeting on the birthday card.

To finish the card, just adhere all the layers together with glue or tape. You can use foam tape to add dimensions or other embellishments to make the card even more special. I added some glitter and glossy accents on my card.

Finished card. Have a Snappy Birthday.

You might also enjoy our tutorial for making a pop-out card and our in-the-hoop card making tutorial.

Will you be making homemade cards for any upcoming occasions?