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Layered Cardstock Banner Tutorial and Freedom Banner Cut File SVG

I was in Michael’s yesterday for some bracelet materials and screenprint paint when the paper isle caught my eye. I got the itch to make a layered cardstock banner. I picked up some red, white and blue peices of cardstock to do a patriotic banner.

While I love making hand lettered cut files, making layered cut files is always a different type of challenge. I use Adobe Illustrator to make these designs. When the peices are layered together all of the parts fit like a puzzle.

I share my cut files as DXF files for Silhouette Cameo users, SVG for Cricut users and PNG to use as a clipart.

Freedom Banner Cut File FAQs

What can I make with this cut file?

This file was intended to be used for a layered cardstock banner, but you can use the file in any way you choose.
I have put together a list of adhesive and iron-on blanks and 35 ways to use adhesive vinyl to give you more ideas. 

Can I sell items I make using these cut files?

Yes, the cut file is for personal and small business commercial use. You may NOT sell the digital files themselves but you may sell items you create using the cut file designs. Please tag us with your creations on IG (@poofycheeksblog) and we may share on our own feed! 

**You may not use this design for print on demand sites such as Amazon, Café Press, Zazzle, Printify etc.

Do I have to enter my name and email each time I want to download a new cut file?

Yes. The form tracks cut file popularity and how many times cut files are downloaded.

Layered Cardstock Banner Tips:

I purchased cardstocks of all different thicknesses. From printed paper that was the thickness of copy paper to thick glitter cardstock I used different techniques to cut them. I posted a video to Instagram about how to cut cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo based on the type and thickness.

I used the light grip and standard grip cutting mats for the cardstock. I purchased this 3 pack of cutting mats on Amazon for under $10 and the quality is the same as the more expensive mats in my opinion.

Once all the parts of the banner are cut out, they are ready to be layered. The smaller banner part layers on top of the larger banner with the holes lining up to one another. Then the smaller letter layers on top of the larger letter. When those two parts are together center and attach the letter pieces to the banner peices.

I created holes on the smaller and larger banner pieces so that once they are put together twine or ribbon can easily be threaded through.

Suggested Layered Cardstock Banner Tools and Supplies:

What files are included in the download?

Each download includes one zip folder with a DXF, PNG and SVG of the cut file design. 

  • DXF files can be opened in Silhouette Studio and cut with a Silhouette Cameo.
  • SVG files can be opened in Cricut Design Space and cut with a Cricut machine or a CNC machine.
  • PNG files can be used with either software using the trace feature if you are having issues with the DXF or SVG files.

How to Open the Free Cut Files

I wrote a post about how to open cut files in Silhoutte Studio and Cricut Design Space.

Download the Freedom Banner Cut File

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Thursday 1st of July 2021

hi kelsey, i got my cricut more than 2 years ago and im still afraid of play with it, but i loved your banner on the Instagram, so i decided ill make one too. thank you for sharing, God bless you


Tuesday 6th of July 2021

Oh this makes my day Marta! I hope it turned out amazing!! :) :)

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