Earlier this year, I found that I love designing layered and 3D-style designs. I was beyond excited to receive an invitation from Jennifer Maker to participate and contribute to the Holiday Maker Fest. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I knew immediately that I wanted to design a Christmas Angel.
As my designing session of the Angel progressed, I had the idea to add the lights and make the 3D version. The Christmas Angel can be cut and assembled on any cutting machine that will accept SVG files. She can be cut smaller on a Cricut Joy – the perfect size for an ornament. As seen in my photos below, she can be framed using only one side of the Angel. Of course, the full design can stand alone and looks beautiful with lights.
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- 65lb Cardstock – Ten sheets of 8.5″x11″ white cardstock was used for the 3D Angel in my video and photos.
- Glitter Cardstock – Just a small piece (3″x5″) would be more than enough for the halo.
- Crafter’s Tape
- Art Glitter Glue
- Micro-Pop Dots
- 3D Zots
- Fairy Lights
- Scoring Stylus or Scoring Wheel
- Light Grip (blue) Mat
- Standard Grip (green) Mat
- Cricut Machine – This project can be made with a Maker, Explore, or Joy
- Design #104 – Layered Christmas Angel SVG – The free cut file (available in my freebie vault—get the password at the bottom of this post).
Note on lights: For the Angel in my photos, I used warm white lights. I also purchased a set of cool white lights and found I just prefer the warm lights. The cool white lights would look great paired with a silver halo or accents.
Looking for a video tutorial? Scroll just beyond the written steps below.
How To Cut And Assemble A 3D Layered Christmas Angel
STEP 1: DESIGN SPACE
Once you’ve downloaded my free Layered Christmas Angel from my Freebie Vault (or the Maker Fest workshop page), unzip the download folder and upload the SVG format version of the file to Design Space. If you’re new to Cricut and need help uploading, click HERE to find detailed instructions.
The design was saved in size perfect for using 8.5″x11″ paper. If you want to resize your project, it’s best to resize while the design is still grouped to keep all layers in the correct proportions. Sometimes when uploaded to the mobile Cricut app, the size changes. If that happens, you may resize it to original (while still grouped) at 17.607″x11.097″.
Once uploaded and sized to your needs, you’re ready to Ungroup. Click Ungroup one time to ungroup the entire design. You’ll then want to ungroup the side pieces.
To set up the score lines on the side pieces, select the layer that uploads as cut.
Change the linetype to Score.
Come back to the layers panel, and while holding the SHIFT button, click the score and the corresponding piece, then click ATTACH.
I saved the layers in shades of gray for ease of viewing on-screen and in-file viewers. The angels I cut and assembled, as pictured above, were cut mainly in white on 8.5″x11″ paper. Feel free to use whatever colors you’d like. You may want to change the color on-screen at this point.
Now you’re ready to “Make It”!
Set your material size for each mat.
If you’re cutting the project at the size in a 3D version, it is possible to consolidate some of the pieces to use less paper. To move pieces and consolidate, click one of the cut pieces on the mat (as shown above). Then click Move Object.
Choose a mat with enough space to place the piece without overlapping. As shown above, I moved one side piece to mat 8. I then moved the other side piece to mat 9.
After moving the piece, it usually ends up on top of the piece that was on the mat. Move one over, so there is enough space for each without the cut lines overlapping. Once each mat is ready, click Continue.
Set Base Material. With the Recollections Paper from Michael’s, I can use the Light Cardstock setting on my Maker with perfect results. I recommend doing a small test cut of your material to determine what works best for your base material, blade, and machine.
The above image shows the layers of one side of the Angel.
STEP 3: CUTTING THE DESIGN
I use a light blue mat for the 65lb paper and then press the paper to the mat using a brayer. I found the times when I didn’t use a brayer; the paper would slip ever so slightly and rip. If you roll over the paper firmly with a brayer, it can solve ripping and tearing problems.
Once you have cut the cardstock, the hardest part can be removing the cut design from the mat without tearing it. I recommend turning the mat upside down and gently peel the mat back from the paper while holding the cardstock as flat to your work surface as possible. This will help keep the paper from curling.
Repeat the process of using a brayer to attach the paper to your mat and removing until all layers are cut.
STEP 4: ASSEMBLING THE LAYERED ANGEL
Once all pieces were cut, and any bits weeded that didn’t stick to the mat, I stacked them in two exactly how they were on-screen in Design Space. We’ll focus on working on assembling one side at a time.
To assemble the Angel, we’ll start with using the Micro-Pop Dots on the bottom layer that has cut outs. These Pop-Dots are very small and a tad tedious to work with, but it’s worth the effort. I found using tweezers works best to grab the dots from the package and place them in spaces that fit around the angel.
Once you’ve placed the pop dots around the angel evenly and spaced similarly to the photo above, you’re ready to start layering. Remove the top of the pop dots on the very bottom line of the skirt.
With the bottom line of dots exposed, hold the skirt up and place the layer directly on top of the solid bottom piece. Holding the bottom part up until you have it exactly lined up. Once you have it in the right alignment, press down on the bottom of the skirt to adhere to that first line of pop dots.
Next, carefully turn over the angel and gently bend back the bottom layer to expose the rest of the covered pop-dots. Remove the top to expose the adhesive and firmly attach the layer.
Repeat this process until all five layers have adhered to both sides of the angel.
Glue the halo in place.
STEP 5: ADD LIGHTS!
Lights can be added to illuminate the angel wings. Links to the lights I used can be found in my materials list. I will use 3D Zots to hold the lights and attach the opposite side. The 3D Zots work well for this as they’re sticky and clear, so the light shines right through.
Start in the middle of the angel near her waist by placing the wire against the paper and then placing a 3D Zot on top to hold it. Continue around the outside border of the angel’s wings. Don’t be afraid to use a lot of the 3D Zots, as they’ll also hold the other half of the angel once we put them together.
The image above shows how I placed the lights with 3D Zots on top of the wire, holding everything in place. I also added a 3D Zot to the head of the angel.
Next, take the other half of the angel and line it up directly on top of the side with the lights. Once aligned, press down to adhere the top half of the angel to the first side.
STEP 6: ADD THE SIDE SKIRT PIECES
Last but not least, we’ll add the side skirt pieces to complete our angel.
Fold each of the side skirt pieces in half along the score line. Then fold the sides of the skirt pieces in.
I used double-sided Crafter’s Tape to adhere the side pieces because I’m too impatient to hold everything together while the glue dries. Using a piece of scrap to protect my work surface, run the craft tape down the flaps and parts to hold the fold together.
Line up the end corner of the fold with the bottom part of the angel’s skirt and adhere on the side.
Next, focus your attention on the other half of the angel and align the skirt and tab fold portion of the side skirt. Repeat the process for the other side of the angel. After both sides adhere, press the folds to ensure everything stays in place.
I used a 3D Zot to attach the battery pack controller in the skirt area.
That’s a wrap! You’ve created a beautiful 3D Layered Christmas Angel!
The smaller angel in my hand was cut on a Cricut Joy at 4 inches wide and all layers glued together.
Just a note, for those who purchase the fairy lights. I know there are more in the package; hang on to them. I have more Christmas designs up my sleeve that will use some lights. They’ll be coming to my blog soon!
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