When I think if Christmas and traditions, one of my favorite is going to the Nutcracker Ballet. Unfortunately, it won’t be happening this year. Nutcrackers also make great Christmas decorations, so just had to add one to my growing collection of free layered designs.
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HOW TO CUT AND ASSEMBLE A LAYERED NUTCRACKER
This project requires many small pieces, so grab your stash of card stock scraps and get creative! I’ve included a video showing exactly how I assembled my Nutcracker. I tried to keep the video as short as possible, but yet show all the steps of how I assembled the project. ❤️
MATERIALS NEEDED FOR LAYERED NUTCRACKER
- 65 lb Cardstock – I used Recollections Brand Cardstock from Michaels along with scraps I had in my stash.
- Art Glitter Glue – Don’t let the name deceive you, this glue has no glitter. You can purchase the precision tip. It’s the best for intricate paper projects.
- Micro-Foam Tabs – These micro-foam tabs are perfect for the thin lines on the top layer of the cat.
- Foam tabs – For the Nutcracker, I used Recollections Adhesive Foam Circles. They work well with the Micro-Foam tabs above as they’re similar in depth.
- Light grip mat (blue light grip)
- Cricut Maker – or your favorite cutting machine.
- Design #100 – Layered Nutcracker SVG – The free SVG cut file (available in my freebie vault—get the password at the bottom of this post).
Grab your smaller scraps, they’re perfect for the majority of this project!
The bottom layer is duplicated. If you plan to have your Nutcracker stand on a display and are using a lighter weight cardstock, I’d recommend cutting two bottom layers for stability. Heavier weight paper could also be used on the bottom layer.
If you need to resize the design for your project, it’s recommended to do that while the entire project is still grouped. This will ensure all proportions are maintained.
Once all layers have been cut and carefully removed from the mat, you’re ready to assemble. Refer to my video above for detailed assembly instructions.
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