Updated: Oct 1, 2021
Did you know that you don't just have to make insert cards with the Cricut Joy, you can use Joy alongside the card mat to make beautiful aperture and layered card designs.
I used a shadow box design for this card as it perfectly lends itself to the layered aperture style card, but you could use any layered design.
In this project, I'll show you the steps to create an aperture in your cards that can be easily cut with Cricut joy on the Joy card mat.
YOU WILL NEED:
(Joy card mat https://shrsl.com/353l1)
-Cricut Joy mat
(Joy standard grip mat 4.5 x 12 https://shrsl.com/353k9)
-Cricut Joy insert card
(Cricut Joy Insert Cards, Mesa Samplerhttps://shrsl.com/36nyh)
-Cardstock in 4 different colours
(Cardstock Sampler, Sorbet (12 x 24) https://shrsl.com/36nyl)
-Tape roller or similar adhesive.
Create your own layered design or choose one from the design space library. I used the image 'deer shadow box' #M1FEEE4 from the Cricut Design Space library. Resize all of the layers to fit the joy card, then take the top layer and use the contour tool to remove the outside box so that you now have a circular cut with no border.
Head to make it and choose 'multiple ways' for your mat selection.
Change the top layer to the card mat and ensure all other layers are set to on mat.
Move the top layer design to the centre of the card mat (double-check that you have the correct sized card selected.) This will now cut out of the centre of your insert card. Creating a window.
Load the insert card into the card mat and into the machine, select insert card as your material setting and start cutting.
Once complete remove from machine and then remove the card from the mat.
Next, load the next colour of card onto a mat, and into the machine to cut, repeat this until all layers have cut from their respective colours of card.
To assemble the card, glue the second layer to the inside of the card lining it up with the window.
Then add foam pads between each layer, layering up the second, third and fourth layers to complete the card
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