Who’s ready to make a beautiful Fourth (4th) of July Day card From scratch using our cricut cutting machine? I know I am! I just love making one of a kind cards for my parents and family members! They truly appreciate the hard work that goes into them! And now we can create this beautiful card together!
The Fourth of July has so many amazing memories for me. My parents always took my sister and I to see fireworks each and every year and we had a blast! There are so many memories of watching fireworks with our loved ones. Plus we got to celebrate our freedom and INDEPENDENCE! Which has a whole other meaning that is dear to my heart!
I am so thrilled to teach you how to make this DIY Fourth (4th) of July Day card from scratch using your cricut! This post may contain some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission, at no additional cost to you! Read my full disclosure here.
Materials Needed for this DIY Fourth (4th) of July Day Card
- Design Space or similar program
- Cutting Machine
- Cutting mat– blue or green
- Fine Point Blade
- Glue or 3d Dots (for dimension)
- Cardstock or I find my cardstock here as well.
- Cricut Pens
- Cricut Access (or you could make items for your card)
- Positive and creative mindset
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Cricut Design Space
The first thing we are going to do is log into cricut design space and start a blank canvas.
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Making the Base for our Fourth (4th) Of July Day Card
So we have started a new black canvas.
Step 1. Now let’s go to our left side panel and find the shapes icon and click on that.
Step 2. We are going to want a square, so go ahead and select a square and unlock it. See the image below. The square has to be selected in order to unlock it.
Step 3. Now size it to 6.278 (W) x 8.46 (H). And we can also change the color of the square to whatever color you want the base of the card to be. For this I am using blue for right now.
Woohoo! We have officially made the base. Except we need one more thing which is the score-line. So let’s go back into shapes and click on the score line.
Now the score line is on your canvas. Go ahead and rotate it sideways, stretch it across the card base, so it will score your whole card. 0 (W) x 6.278 (H)
Now we need to select both the card base and also the score-line, (Select the card base and hold down your shift key and select the score-line).
We are going to head up to the align icon and align center. (see image below)
While they are still both selected head on down to the attach icon which is the paper clip and hit attach. You can see it in the picture above.
WOOHOO! Our score-line is now attached to our card base.
NOTE: if for some reason your score-lines attaches to the back- detach and make sure it’s above the card base like the picture above shows! Then hit attach again and it should stay in front.
We are now ready to make the panels for the card.
Creating the panels for our Fourth (4th) Of July Day Card
Let us go back into shapes and grab another square. Unlock the square like you did before. (select the square and in the left bottom corner is the unlock).
Change the color to whatever color you want your panel to be. I am using a red for right now.
We are going to size this square to 5.548 (W) x 3.991 (H) and once it is sized we are going to duplicate it one or two times depending on how many panels you want for your card! That is your choice.
I think I am going to make 2 panels. One red for the front of the card and the other white for the inside of the card to write on.
2 ways to duplicate
First way to duplicate
Select the panel and if you right click (depending on what kind of computer you are on it may vary) then hit duplicate.
Second way to duplicate
Select the panel in which you want to duplicate and head up to the top of the right hand panel and hit duplicate until you have all the panels you want.
We have now made our panels for the card! We are now ready to decorate and jazz it up with embellishments from cricut access.
So we now have our blue card base, a score-line, and our two panels for our card. Yours maybe different and that’s ok!
Decorating our Fourth (4th) Of July Day card
We are now ready to grab the embellishments from cricut access that we want to use:)
I am going to be sharing the images and the numbers of the images that I used, but feel free to also look and add your own touches if something I am using isn’t to your liking. We could literally create so many cards right now! The possibilities are endless.
Bear and Wagon Images for our Fourth (4th) of July Card
So the first thing I did was head over to the images icon on our left side panel.
Then, I searched for was a bear and a wagon. You can perform your own search to find the items you like, but if you wanted to use these two images, the numbers are below.
- Bear- #M37C5A
- Wagon- #M3F865
Just copy and paste those numbers with the # into the search bar when you click on images.
Select the image and insert it onto your canvas. (when selected it will be on the bottom right side of your screen right next to the cancel icon)
We now have the wagon and bear on our canvas.
Now let’s size the bear to 2.112 (W) x 2.804 (H). I also went into my right side panel and clicked on the bears shirt, then headed up to the top panel and change the color to blue. (see image below)
If you want to leave the shirt red that’s ok too!
Adding writing to the bears shirt
So I wanted to add some words to the bears shirt! Let’s head back into images and search for this number #MD2E2E16, which is the word FREEDOM.
Select the image and insert it on your canvas. We are going to size that word to the bear’s shirt. The size is 1.198 (W) x 0.479 (H).
Because this is so small, gluing it would be a pain, so we are going to have our cutting machine draw this onto our bears shirt.
Let’s select the the word Freedom and head up to the operations icon on the top panel. Then a drop down will appear and change it from a cut line to a draw PEN line. The word will change to an outline.
Now this is the step that most people forget! We aren’t done yet! Yes it will draw, but where? We need to let our cricut machine know where we want this to draw..
So.. First thing we need to do is ungroup the bear. You can right click and ungroup or you can head to the right side panel and hit ungroup. (not pictured below)
Now let’s select the word Freedom, hold your shift key down, select the blue shirt, and head down to the attach icon (bottom right hand side panel- 3rd icon) .
We have now told our cricut machine to draw those words right there on the blue shirt:)
Now we need to group the bear back together so it moves as one piece. You can select all the layers to the bear and hit group.
Now let’s move onto the wagon. The wagon is sized to 2.42 (W) x 2.585 (H).
You can arrange the images how you want them and change the colors here if you desire to. Once that is done, we are now going to add to the front of this card.
Adding a Fourth (4th) of July Top hat to our Bear
Now we want our bear to be patriotic so let us add a top hat to his head.
Let’s head back into images and you an copy and paste this number into the search bar.
Top Hat- #M36204
We are going to size this top hat to 1.871 (W) x 1.819 (H) And rotate the hat a tad till we are happy with how it sits.
If you are not sure how to rotate- Select the top hat and you will see a circle with a arrow on one end- that’s your rotate.
Now we need to add some fireworks to our Fourth of July Day card. Remember since we are working with paper, the fireworks need to be connecting and not all separate pieces. That would be awful to glue. LOL
- Fireworks 1- #M2FE23 SIZE- 1.697 (W) x 1.418 (H)
- Fireworks 2- #M33487 SIZE- 2.356 (W) x 1.982 (H)
Once they are sized, let’s duplicate each one, one time. Which leaves us with four fireworks. Now let’s align them like the picture below shows. And again you can align them as you wish:)
Fourth of July Saying
Let’s head back into images and paste this number into the search bar #M2CCFB18
For this image you can always leave as it, But for me I didn’t really care for the star or the circle with a firecracker on it.
All I did here, ungroup and delete everything but the words. So I got rid of the circle layers (2 of them) and also the Star layers (2 of them)
Then group them back together!
Now let’s size it to 2.285 (W) x 1.709 (H) and as you can see I also changed the colors.
If you go into your right hand panel, like we did for the bears shirt, you can change the different layers without ungrouping them again. But the 4th of July will be one color.
I placed my words like so and this is what our AWESOME Fourth of July Day Card should look like so far:)
Adding the Fire Crackers (fireworks)
Let’s head back into images and paste this number into the search bar for our firecrackers #MBC37B66
The size for these is going to be 1.24 (W) x 1.651 (H). And we are going to put them in the corner of the left hand side.
Below is an image of what our Fourth of July Day Card looks like now:) WOOHOO!
So we have a few options here I want to point out to you!
- If you do not like gluing a lot of pieces together you can always turn some of these images into a print and cut. I always suggest that you duplicate an image and then turn them into a print and cut.
- We can also use our color sync icon (located under the make it icon) and sync some of our colors up that are similar, which takes away some of the mats we are cutting.
Color Sync icon
Real Fast- If you are one that doesn’t want to cut all the mats right under the make it icon is the color sync.
Let’s click on that and start moving items around to sync some of the colors that are almost the same. HOW COOL IS THAT?
Now we are ready to hit that Make It Icon.
Make it Icon
Let’s check our mats and make sure they all look good, which they do, and we are now ready to cut this AMAZING DIY Fourth (4th) of July Day Card that we have made from Scratch!
NOTE: If your score-line is not on the blue base, then you forgot to attach it.
If you would like to move things around on your cutting mat you can also do that now.
Now let us hit that continue icon which will take us to our machine and material screen.
Machine and Material Screen
Select the machine you are working with, which in my case is the Maker. Then we will be prompted to select the material in which we are working with.
Since this is a DIY Fourth (4th) of July Day Card we are going to cut this out of cardstock. I selected medium cardstock because that is what I am working with. So let’s select the cardstock you are using and continue on with the prompts in Cricut design space.
Getting our Material ready to cut
So we have selected cardstock and our machine is ready to go.
Let’s grab our green or blue cutting mat and get our materials in the order, in which design space has laid out our mats.
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Make sure the Fine Point Blade is loaded in your cutting machine.
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Cutting our Cardstock
So we can see we have 14 mats to cut. Let’s go ahead and get our cardstock in the order for which it will cut and let’s begin with the first mat.
Let’s get our white cardstock on our mat and then load it into your machine by pressing the flashing arrows. It will load the mat. Next let us hit that cricut icon and watch your machine go to town:)
Once it is done take the item off your cutting mat and move on to the next mat.
The Second mat should be your red cardstock. Place the red cardstock on your mat, load it into your machine (flashing arrows) and then cricut icon to start cutting.
Keep cutting and following the prompts that design space gives you!
Mat 9- you are going to need to insert the pen into clamp A and continue on.
Mat 12- You are going to need your scoring wheel which cricut will prompt you when you get to that mat!
Continue cutting until all the mats are cut and ready to be assembled.
Putting it all Together
Gluing the pieces that have more than one layer
The first thing I always do while piecing together a card is to group the pieces together that need to be glued.
The Bear– The dark brown layer goes on the bottom, light brown next, then the lighter top layer with the smile goes on top. Then glue the shirt to him. Just like the above image shows.
The Top Hat– The solid back layer, then the red stripes, then the blue banner with the stars.
The Wagon– The red wagon is the bottom, then the brown wagon fence and wheels get glued to the red bottom layer, then the blue outlines for the wheels and handle.
The Happy Banner– Solid blue back then the happy red gets glued to the front.
The fireworks (crackers)–
- 1st firecracker– (bigger one) The firecracker has a red backing, and the blue rectangle gets glued to that with the white star
- 2nd firecracker– (smaller one) Also has a red backing with a blue top. Then glue the blue string to the red string and the 2 white pieces for the stripes
Cardbase-putting it all together
Next, let’s fold our card base in half where we scored it. And start laying out the whole card.
If you made a panel for the front of your card, you will grab that panel and start laying out on that front panel.
First I started with the fireworks. Got them where I wanted them, then laid out the bear, wagon, words, and firecrackers. Once I was happy with the placement I then glued it all down.