Learn how to make these very easy dimensional paper art cards. They are super fun and very easy which makes this a great beginner’s project!
In this dimensional paper art project, you can decide whether to separate your layers for the 3D look or simply place one layer on top of another layer. Isn’t it amazing what we can do with something as simple as card stock!
Once you feel comfortable making these easy layered projects, it’s no telling what amazing paper art you will be doing next. These types of layered paper art make incredible home decor and gifts too.
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I’ve even prepared 2 free super easy card pattern files to cut out which you can access in my resource library where I share all my cut files and printable’s for free!
Since Fathers Day was near I created a layered dimensional paper art Golf card. Inside the card I designed it so your Cricut will write “Happy Father’s Day” On the outside you can choose Dad or Pops.
I also added a Happy Birthday sentiment in the file so you can turn it into a Birthday card. Yay!
If you are in need of some quick printable Fathers’ Day Cards that are completely free, check this out!
The second dimensional paper art card I designed is a Beer or Root Beer Mug. In this free file, I include the following sentiments all in one file. These sentiments can be written inside your card with your Cricut Pen.
- Happy Fathers Day
- Happy Birthday
This makes the free file very versatile for you!
Supplies for Dimensional Paper Art
- Card Stock – (Blue tones) Both designs use a white base and 3 similar shades of 1 color. I highly encourage you to use “solid core” card stock for any dimensional paper art project as the finished look will be much more impressive!
- Card Stock – (Yellow tones)
Depending on the look of your layered dimensional card you may want to use some “mounting tape” or “Glue Dots” to separate your layers to give more of a 3D effect. For this project, I prefer the mounting tape.
And something to cut that beautiful card stock with, none other than the Amazing Cricut Cutting machine!
The Process for layered paper art
I could seriously write a whole book on layered paper art but that is not what I will do today! Let’s keep this simple as the project I designed is simple too!
I designed my files in Adobe Illustrator for this project because it’s quite simple once you have a design in mind. But please keep in mind you can easily create something similar right in Cricut Design Space.
Basically, the easiest way is to start with a shape or silhouette of something you want to be the main object. Let’s take my Golf Card Design. It is nothing more than a silhouette of a man in a golf swing stance.
Adobe Illustrator method
If you were using Adobe Illustrator software to design you would simply create your silhouette, make a copy and then go to Object>>Path>>Offset Path. Enter the number amount you want the design to be smaller or bigger then click OK.
Keep making an offset layer off of the previous shape. Add as many layers are you like or can depending on your design size. Boom! that’s it.
Cricut Design Space method
Upload a design/shape or create your design using images and/or shapes and duplicate your image then either size it up or down that exact same size for each layer until you have the desired amount of layers. Boom! that’s it.
Now keep in mind these instructions are for a simple layered dimensional paper art project. Once you conquer this, trust me you will begin to want to get more elaborate. It’s kinda addicting what you can create when you put your mind to it.
Mandala Dimensional Paper Art
Let me just say a “simple” mandala is a lot simpler than they look to create. Ha! Does that make sense? Use my Beer layered Card as an example. Let’s break down what shapes are in a beer mug.
- Clouds for suds
- Rounded rectangle for a mug
- Half circle for the mug handle
That’s It! OK well, a little more than that but it is the beginning of any mandala. At this point, you can weld the shapes together and start slicing out shapes, etc to come up with your final design for your layers. My Beer Card ended up being 4 layers for the design and size I was going after.
So next time you admire a mandala, surprise yourself by seeking out the shapes in the design. You just might impress yourself!
Oh! One more comparison for a mandala. Imagine when you were little and cutting out snowflakes. The concept is quite similar.
Design & Cutting Design
If you want to use one or both of my files, head on over to my Resource Library and download my files for this project. I suggest downloading it to your desktop so you can easily open the file and drag the file you want right into Cricut Design Space.
Once your project is complete you can then move your file to where you store your .svg files or delete it as it will always be in my resource library if you should want it again later.
To assist with downloading my files and creating these cards, I created a video for you to make it easier to learn. Let’s have some fun!
Video: Dimensional Paper Art Cards
I want to encourage you to create some Dimensional Paper Art Crafts. They are truly easy and so much fun and the end result is stunning!
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