Cricut Joy Insert Card Source: Karen S. Freeman / iMore

The Cricut Joy is a delightful little machine that makes creating greeting cards easy and fun. It's so much better than just picking one out at the store and handing it over. There's that little personal touch, and you can make them however you want! Plus, greeting cards from the card store are quite expensive. However, if you already own a Cricut Joy, you can make your own for a lot less. In this guide, you'll learn how to make your cards in just minutes with the Cricut Joy machine and a few supplies.

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How to make a perfect greeting card every time

While there are many different card styles you can create with a Cricut machine, the Insert Card style is the simplest. You'll need a Cricut Joy Card Mat and a set of blank Cricut Joy Insert Cards, and you're good to go. Once you've used the blank Insert Cards, you could even cut your own from cardstock to save even more money.

  1. Download Cricut Design Space on your computer or smartphone.
  2. Search "Insert Card" in Design Space.
  3. Choose the card design you wish to make.
  4. Select "Make it."

    Cricut Design Space Insert Card ScreenshotCricut Design Space Insert Card ScreenshotSource: iMore

  5. Choose "On Card Mat" and then "Continue."
  6. Select "Browse All Materials" and then "Insert Card - Cardstock."
  7. Remove the protective cover from your Card Mat.
  8. Open a blank card and slide it into the Card Mat, under the plastic divider, from the left. Be sure it is in straight, as far in as it can go, and aligned with the top left corner of the mat.
  9. Press down on the front of the card to ensure that it's completely stuck to the mat.
  10. Insert the top of the Card Mat into the Cricut Joy when directed by Design Space.

    Cricut Joy Insert CardSource: Karen S. Freeman / iMore

  11. When the cut is complete, carefully peel your card away from the mat.
  12. Tuck the card insert into the card, using the cut corners to hold it in place.

You can stop here; your card is complete as is, and you can handwrite your sentiment inside. If you want to add more, you can continue and have the machine write inside the card.

How to add a personal message

Cricut Joy Insert CardSource: Karen S. Freeman / iMore

  1. To add a personal message, Select "New Project" in Design Space.
  2. Select "Text."
  3. Choose your font.
  4. Type your message, aligning it as you like.

    Cricut Insert Card Writing Inside ScreenshotSource: iMore

  5. Size the box to make sure it's smaller than the card.
  6. Fold your card inside out, so the inside of the card is facing out.

    Cricut Joy Insert CardSource: Karen S. Freeman / iMore

  7. Remove the blade from the Cricut Joy and replace it with a Cricut Joy pen.

    Cricut Joy Insert CardSource: Karen S. Freeman / iMore

  8. Repeat steps 8-11 above.

Now you have a gorgeous, thoughtful, homemade card to give for any occasion. Once you get the hang of making cards, you'll find it faster and easier than going to a card store. You can use one of the many designs Cricut offers, or you can create your own designs.

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Here are the must-have items for making cards. Of course, you need the Cricut Joy. The Cricut Joy Card Mat is also essential for making this kind of card. Finally, you'll want to start with a set of pre-made black Cricut Joy Insert Cards, though once you get the idea, you might wish to create your own card blanks from cardstock.

The machine that does the magic

Cricut Joy

Cricut Joy

Card-making wonder

This is the machine you need for this project. You can use other Cricut Machines, but the Joy is the perfect size for the job.

The mat you'll need

Cricut Joy Card Mat

Cricut Joy Card Mat

Essential accessory

This particular mat is a must-have for this project. There isn't anything else you can use instead, so go ahead and pick one up.

Blank cards to get started

Cricut Joy Insert Cards

Cricut Joy Insert Cards

Starter kit

I'd highly recommend starting with a set of blank Insert Cards. Each set has 10-12 cards, including inserts and envelopes. Once you have the hang of making cards, you can cut your own cardstock instead of using a kit.

Once you've invested in the Cricut Joy machine, the additional materials you need are relatively inexpensive. You'll be making cards for far less than what you'd pay in a card store.

Additional Pens

If your handwriting is less-than-ideal like mine, and you wish to write inside your card with the Cricut Joy, you'll need a Cricut Joy Pen. One black pen comes with your Cricut Joy. But, in case you want to buy more, there are other color options.

Extra pens

Cricut Joy Pens

Cricut Joy Pens

Nice to have

You must use a Cricut Joy pen specifically for writing with the Cricut Joy. No other brand or even other Cricut pens will work. The Cricut Joy comes with one pen, but you might need more at some point.

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