Cricut Faux Leather Cardinal Earrings

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Cardinal earrings made with faux leather and a Cricut

During the holiday season, the cardinal is a symbol of wintertime, and also remembering loved ones. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “when a cardinal appears, a loved one is near.” I love that, so I made these Cardinal Earrings with faux leather and heat transfer vinyl as a symbol of the winter holidays. You can make them with a Cricut Maker, Maker 3, Explore Air 2 or Explore 3, or even the Cricut Joy.

This SVG is included in my Christmas Earrings Event SVG Bundle – you can learn more and get it here.

I also have the earring SVG template for sale individually in my shop – the link is in the Materials section below.

So if you’re ready to try making these Faux Leather Cardinal Earrings with a Cricut, let’s get started!

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CRICUT CARDINAL EARRINGS MATERIALS LIST

  • This SVG is part of my 25 Days of Cricut Christmas Earrings Event. Visit the event page here to learn how to download this SVG as part of the event.
  • Get the earring template from my shop here. If you’d like to sell earrings made from my earrings SVG template, there are commercial use license options available at this link, too.
supplies and materials for making faux leather Cardinal earrings with a Cricut

How to Make Faux Leather Cardinal Earrings with a Cricut

For a printable version of the text portion of project instructions, click here.

STEP 1 – Get the Earrings SVG Template

You can get the Cardinal Earrings SVG template from my shop here. You’ll receive an order confirmation email with a link to download the SVG after purchasing.

Save the zipped folder that downloads to your computer. You’ll need to unzip or extract the folder FIRST so you can upload the Cardinal Earrings SVG file to Cricut Design Space.

STEP 2 – Upload The Earrings SVG Template to Cricut Design Space

Click on Upload Image, then browse to where your unzipped file SVG is located on your device.

Click on it to upload it to Design Space. You’ll see a preview of the Cardinal Earrings SVG on the screen. Click the UPLOAD button.

uploading cardinal earrings SVG template to Cricut Design Space

Then select the SVG from your Recent Uploads row and click Add to Canvas.

There will be two versions the earring SVGs – one with pre-cut holes and one without. Decide which version you want to use and delete the other one. You will need to ungroup both versions from each other first before you can delete.

uploading cardinal earrings SVG template to Cricut Design Space

I suggest using the “no-holes” version if you want to change the size of the earrings or if you prefer making the holes manually using a hole punch. If you use the “with holes” version, you can always finish making the earring hole with a hole punch if the Cricut doesn’t cut the hole completely.

uploading cardinal earrings SVG template to Cricut Design Space

I have a YouTube video all about earring holes if you want more information about faux leather earring holes or you need help deciding which version you want to use.

It isn’t necessary to resize the earrings. Click the green “Make It” button.

STEP 3 – Prepare to Cut Earring Shapes in Cricut Design Space

When Design Space prompts you to choose how you will load your materials for this project, choose “On Mat.”

uploading cardinal earrings SVG template to Cricut Design Space

See the graphic below to know which layer will cut from what material.

cardinal earrings layering guide

For this project, I used red faux leather for the bottom layer, red glitter heat transfer vinyl for layer #2 and regular black heat transfer vinyl for layer #3. The black “eyes” in this design are small and will cut best from regular heat transfer vinyl or foil iron on rather than glitter heat transfer vinyl, which could be hard to weed.

The mat preview screen will show all three mats for this faux leather earrings project, separated by color on the left hand side.

First, toggle the MIRROR button to ON for all the mats in the project. This is because faux leather and heat transfer vinyl cut face down. (If you are using permanent vinyl instead of heat transfer vinyl, don’t mirror the mats you plan to cut from permanent vinyl).

mat preview screen cardinal earrings made from faux leather and a Cricut

On each mat preview, click and drag the shapes apart from each other just slightly.

Then click back on the faux leather mat to select it. Click the green CONTINUE button to make the first material selection.

STEP 4 – Make Material Selections

Note for Explore Air 2 users: Cricut Explore Air 2 users will need to turn the dial to “Custom” before choosing Faux Leather (Paper Thin).

Note for Cricut Joy users: Cricut Joy users should check out my tutorial on How to Make Earrings with the Cricut Joy with more specific instructions for Joy users.

I always cut the faux leather mat first.

On the Material Selection screen, choose Faux Leather (Paper Thin) as the material setting. If you don’t have this material setting as a favorite, click “Browse All Materials” to search for it and select it.

material settings to make cardinal earrings with a Cricut

Then select “More” from the Pressure dropdown menu.

Now it’s time to prepare the faux leather mat to cut.

STEP 5 – Cut the Faux Leather Mat

NOTE: I didn’t put a backing on these faux leather earrings in this tutorial to keep it as short as possible. But I do have a post here and a YouTube video here that demonstrate four ways to put a back on faux leather earrings if you want to learn more.

Cut a piece of faux leather just slightly larger than the size shown in the mat preview screen.

faux leather to cut to make cardinal earrings with a Cricut

Place it pretty side down on a sticky purple cutting mat in the same location shown in the mat preview screen.

Tape the faux leather down on all sides with blue painter’s tape.

Make sure the white “star wheels” on the roller bar are pushed off to the side so the wheels don’t make indentations in your material.

Load the mat into the Cricut by lining up the mat with the guides and pressing the double arrows button. The machine will pull the mat into the machine.

cutting faux leather to make cardinal earrings with a Cricut

Press the C button to begin the cut.

After the cut is complete and before unloading the mat, use a weeding tool to carefully lift the edge of the faux leather shape to see if the cut was complete.

cutting faux leather to make cardinal earrings with a Cricut

If not, press the C button again to repeat the cut.

Unload the mat and remove the earring shapes. You can trim any stray fuzz with small curved scissors.

cutting faux leather to make cardinal earrings with a Cricut
trimming faux leather earring shape with small scissors

If you want to finish the edges of the faux leather with color, use a color coordinated Sharpie marker.

coloring edges of faux leather with a Sharpie

If the Cricut didn’t cut the earring holes all the way through, finish them now with either a sharp weeding tool or a 1/16″ hole punch.

making earring holes in faux leather earrings cut with a Cricut
making earring holes in faux leather earrings cut with a Cricut

STEP 6 – Cut the Vinyl Mats

Next, cut the vinyl mats. In Cricut Design Space, on the left hand mat preview, click on one of the vinyl mats to start.

mat preview screen cardinal earrings made from faux leather and a Cricut

I cut the cardinal wings from red glitter heat transfer vinyl.

You can use your mouse to hover over the mat to make a note of the size vinyl you need to cut out the shapes completely. I like to use a small piece of vinyl trimmed just larger than the shapes that need to cut.

Reminder: if you are using heat transfer vinyl, be sure the MIRROR toggle is turned on. For permanent vinyl, leave MIRROR off.

Choose your material setting according to the vinyl type you are using. I use the “Glitter Vinyl” setting with “default” pressure for glitter heat transfer vinyl. I use “Vinyl” or “Washi Sheet” for regular HTV with “default” pressure.

material settings to make cardinal earrings with a Cricut

Place the first heat transfer vinyl you plan to cut shiny side down on a green standard grip cutting mat in the location shown on the mat preview screen.

cutting glitter heat transfer vinyl with a Cricut

Load the green mat into the Cricut and press the C button to begin the cut.

NOTE: If you are using Siser Glitter heat transfer vinyl for any of your layers, I recommend repeating the cut once by pressing the C button again before unloading the mat.

When the cut is complete, unload the mat and weed away the excess vinyl using a weeding tool.

weeding heat transfer vinyl to make cardinal earrings with a Cricut

Repeat this process to cut the black “eyes” vinyl mat. Weed the excess vinyl, and trim the shapes apart with scissors.

mat preview screen cardinal earrings made from faux leather and a Cricut
weeding vinyl for making faux leather earrings with a Cricut

STEP 7 – Press the Vinyl to the Faux Leather Earring Shapes

I press vinyl to faux leather using a Cricut EasyPress Mini on the “low” setting (one green bar). You can also use a traditional EasyPress set to 255-265 degrees.

layering vinyl onto faux leather cardinal earrings

It’s important to have a heat pressing pad to protect your surface, as well as a cover sheet of some kind to put between the heat and your materials. You can use a piece of parchment paper, butcher paper, or a Teflon sheet.

Place the faux leather shape on the pressing pad and layer the vinyl on top. Cover with a cover sheet and press for 7-10 seconds. You can move the EasyPress Mini around like an iron if you’d like to.

heat pressing vinyl onto faux leather earrings cut with a Cricut
heat pressing vinyl onto faux leather earrings cut with a Cricut

After 10 seconds, remove the cover sheet and carefully try to peel up the clear vinyl cover sheet. If it peels up easily, remove it. If the vinyl is pulling up, place the clear vinyl cover layer back down and repeat pressing for 5-7 seconds. Repeat this process until the vinyl adheres to the faux leather well.

heat pressing vinyl onto faux leather earrings cut with a Cricut

Layer the black “eye” vinyl layer onto the cardinal earring shape. Cover again with a cover sheet and press. Carefully peel away the clear cover sheet.

If the little eyes are too small, you can always color the eyes with a marker.

heat pressing vinyl onto faux leather earrings cut with a Cricut

Repeat the pressing process with the other earring.

Then cover the earrings with your Teflon cover sheet or parchment paper and press one more time, for about 5 seconds.

STEP 8 – Attach the Jump Rings and Earring Hooks

Now it’s time to attach the earrings hooks.

You’ll need two jump rings, earring hooks, and two pairs of flat nose pliers. I use 6mm jump rings.

I like to twist the bottom loop of the earring hook 90 degrees first so the faux leather earrings hang straight.

For more details and step by step instructions on how to do that, you can watch my YouTube video here.

Then use the two pliers to open the jump rings and connect the faux leather earring shapes to the earring hooks. Close the jump rings tightly to keep the earrings secure.

attaching earring hooks to cardinal earrings made with a Cricut
attaching earring hooks to cardinal earrings made with a Cricut
Cardinal Earrings made with Faux Leather and a Cricut

That’s it! Your Cardinal Earrings made with faux leather and a Cricut are complete!

Cardinal Earrings made with Faux Leather and a Cricut

If you made these earrings, I would love to see them! Please share them in my Free Cricut Crafting Facebook group, Get Crafty with Amy Romeu. You can request to join here.

Printable Instructions

Cardinal Earrings made with Faux Leather and a Cricut

Cricut Faux Leather Cardinal Earrings

Materials

  • See blog post for materials & links.

Tools

  • See blog post for tools & links.

Instructions

  1. Download and unzip the earring SVG folder. Upload the SVG file to Cricut Design Space.
  2. On the canvas you will see two versions of the earring SVG - one with pre-cut earring holes and one without. Decide which version you will cut and delete the other version. You will need to UNGROUP the shapes before you can delete individual shapes or layers.
  3. It isn't necessary to resize the earrings. Click the MAKE IT button.
  4. When Design Space asks how you will load the materials for this project, select ON MAT.
  5. In the mat preview screens, click on every mat and toggle the mirror button to ON. (This is for when you are cutting faux leather and heat transfer vinyl for the project. If you are using faux leather and permanent vinyl instead, only mirror the faux leather mat.)
  6. Now return to each mat and drag the shapes apart from the edges and each other slightly. Make a note of what size material you'll need to cut to place on the mat and cut the shape completely.
  7. When you've done this for each mat, click back on the faux leather mat. Click CONTINUE.
  8. I like to cut the faux leather mat first. Choose Faux Leather (Paper Thin) as the material setting. If you don't have this setting selected, click "Browse All Materials" and search for it. (On the Explore Air 2, turn your dial to Custom so you can see the Faux Leather material choice.) Then choose "more" from the Pressure drop down menu.
  9. Trim a piece of faux leather to the size you noted in the mat preview screen. Place it "pretty" side down on a sticky purple strong grip mat. Tape the faux leather down on all sides with blue painter's tape.
  10. Load the mat into the Cricut and press the C button to begin the cut. When the cut is complete, BEFORE unloading the mat, use a sharp object like a weeding tool to lift up the corner of a cut to see if it went all the way through. If it did, unload the mat. If not, repeat the cut by pressing the C button again. On a Joy, you'll repeat the cut by clicking on "Rerun" on the screen in Design Space.
  11. Remove the cut shapes from the mat. Trim away any fuzz with small sharp scissors. Color the edges of the faux leather if desired with a color coordinated Sharpie marker.
  12. Return to Design Space and cut any vinyl mats using a green standard grip cutting mat. Place heat transfer vinyl shiny side down. I use the Vinyl setting or the Washi Sheet setting with "default" pressure for regular heat transfer vinyl. I use the Glitter Vinyl setting with "default" pressure for glitter heat transfer vinyl and I repeat the cut once if the glitter is thick (Siser brand). For permanent vinyl, I use the Vinyl setting with "default" pressure (make sure mats are NOT mirrored).
  13. Weed away the excess vinyl and cut the vinyl shapes apart.
  14. Using a Cricut EasyPress Mini set on the "low" setting or an EasyPress set to 265 degrees, press the heat transfer vinyl layers onto the faux leather base one at a time. Refer to the Layers Guide in the tutorial for the pressing order. Place the first vinyl layer onto the faux leather and cover with a cover sheet - Teflon sheet, butcher paper or parchment paper. Then press for 5-10 seconds. Remove the cover sheet and try to peel away the clear vinyl carrier sheet. If the vinyl lifts up, replace the clear carrier sheet and cover sheet and press again for 5-7 seconds.
  15. After the first vinyl layer is pressed, press each additional layer following the directions above. Once all layers are pressed, cover the earrings with the cover sheet and press once more for 3-5 seconds.
  16. If you are using traditional shepherds earring hooks, turn the earring hooks 90 degrees with pliers first so the earrings hang straight. Then connect the earring and the earring hook using a 6mm jump ring.

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Cardinal earrings made with faux leather and a Cricut

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2 Comments

  1. These cardinals are so adorable but even more so with the hearts. Love them!!

    1. I’m so glad you like them, Leesa! Happy holidays!

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