Christmas Cupcake Card and Free Templates

Cupcake shaped festive Holiday Christmas card

Cupcakes are always such a really sweet and yummy treat. Why not come and indulge in a fat-free and fun variety this festive season by making a special shaped handmade card as part of your seasonal Holiday crafting this year. With just a small twist on my normal cupcake card design, here's a free printable template that provides you with a shaped card that has some Christmas holly leaf embellishments.

By decorating your design in traditional and seasonal colors of red, green and white, you can make up some special cards that friends and family will love to receive. Christmas is a time for giving, so why not give a little cake along with this to match. It's an easy enough project that kids can join in with too, so have lots of fun with the tutorial.

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Step 1) Make Your Holiday Cupcake Card Template

You'll find two templates near the end of this article, along with instructions for saving them to your own computer. Use the templates by printing them directly onto some card. OR you could print them onto paper then glue them to any scraps of cardboard that you have before cutting each piece out. Either way works great.

Pencil used to trace around a card template

Print out the free templates on this page and trace around the cupcake card template

I do have craft cutting machines and love my Sizzix Big Shot but I still love to use simple cardboard templates for the majority of my shaped cards. I love working with paper and cutting machines, although quick and easy to use, take away from some of the pleasure I get of making the templates myself. Besides, these Xmas card templates are free too!

Step 2) Make the Cupcake Shaped Card

Draw around the whole of the template labeled 'Template A' onto a piece of cardstock. This template provides the entire base for your cupcake shaped card. I like to use a light color cardstock such as cream, white or a pastel color because that makes it easier when writing a greeting inside; a dark card is hard to write on unless you are using special pens or markers.

So draw around the template and cut it out to create your card shape. I like to fold the card in half when it is cut. Try to line up the bottom edges of the card while folding to make a very neat shape. Sometimes each card half doesn't align properly, in which case I tend to trim the edges to make it as neat as possible. I recommend using themed Holiday scrapbook paper if you're unsure of getting color matches on your completed cards. Themed sets take all the hard work out of getting color schemes that work.

Step 3) Start to Add Festive Holiday Color to the Card

Green is a great Holiday season color for this card

Start covering the card front with seasonal paper

Choose some colored paper or card to cover over most of the card front. I've gone for a traditional Christmas green. Whatever color you choose, bear in mind that this color will form the cupcake casing or wrapper area when the card is finished.

You don't need to cover the entire card front because the 'cupcake toppings' are going to go over the top. You only need to cover about two-thirds of the card front. I'm very frugal with my card-making papers and like to get as much use as I can out of each sheet. If you're using a green color, you could use any spare pieces to make up your holly leaves.

Reliable, Clean and Good Quality Glue Pens

Glues and sticky tapes are an essential part of a card-maker's tool-kit. The main glue I use for card-making are the Zig Glue Pens and that's because they come with a wide variety of nibs from broad nibs like this one which is ideal when sticking large pieces of card or paper and right down to very thin tips which I use for applying tiny, flat-backed gems. I've been using Zig pens for years and years with my card-making and they help you create a neat finish combined with excellent sticking power.

Step 4) The Cupcake Topping for Your Card

Adding on the top section of the shaped cupcake card

Draw around the topping template onto colored paper and glue to the card front

Template B gives you the outer layer of your cupcake topping. Draw around this template part onto your piece of card or paper and then glue it over the top of your card front. When you choose a colored card or paper for this section, bear in mind that you only end up seeing a small strip of this color around the outside because the middle part of this is completely covered with another color. I choose a Christmas stocking red for this area because it will match up with the Holly berry on the finished card and the darker color lends itself well to being on the outside.

Step 5) Add the Cupcake Frosting

Card with 3 layers of paper in festive Holiday colors

Add on the inner design. I chose some sparkly white paper

Use Template C to make the inner cupcake card topping or frosting. A large portion of this card or paper will be visible on the finished card, so I like to choose something special for this part. In this case I've opted for a pretty white cardstock which has a raised silver color design that looks like snowflake sparkles. This not only gives a wonderful pattern but also provides some texture too. Cards without any texture can easily end up looking flat and bland.

I opted for a white color frosting because green frosting doesn't make for something that makes my mouth water. Think about cupcake frosting colors that you see and that look good in real life - whites, creams, browns, pinks. These are the colors that will generally work best. But because we're doing a Christmas theme a white or cream is going to be a good option with the rest of the color scheme.

Step 6) Add the Holly and Berry Decoration

Embossed holly with button and glitter detail

Add detail with the holly leaves and a red berry button

With this pattern template, you'll find the addition of some holly leaf shapes and some berry shapes that you can use. The holly decoration is the part of this design that really shows it as being uniquely for the Xmas season. I used some textured paper to make the holly leaves and mounted them onto a layer of darker green card so they are in a two-tone green.

Instead of using the circle shape to make berries, I used a red button which works well. I like to add in different textures to card designs where I can to add extra interest. When I first started card-making, everything I made was flat which made the cards look rather lifeless. It's good to have a balance of both flat and raised or textured surfaces. You can buy textured papers or you can make your own using embossing machines. I've got a very old (but trusty) Sizzix machine with special adapters that allow me to use some gorgeous Cuttlebug embossing plates.

Embossing (making a raised pattern) looks best on thick papers with a medium to strong color. Heavily patterned papers usually don't work well with embossing. You can enhance the raised design with craft chalks, inks or glitter to make the design pop!

Embossed Swirls for Cards

My favorite, and most used, embossing plate of all time is the D'vine Swirls Embossing Folder by Cuttlebug. Do I have a Cuttlebug? No, I don't. I own a very old Sizzix machine, which may well have been the very first Sizzix cutting machine which just shows how good it is and how long it has lasted. With this, I use special adapters that allow me to use the Cuttlebug embossing folders. This Swirls one is the one that I often use for cupcake cards because it looks very good as frosting. In my Christmas example, I've used it for the Holly leaves.

The Completed Christmas Cupcake Card

Red, green and white festive color handmade card

This is my finished Christmas card. I've been making cupcake cards for many years but only recently thought to make a Christmas themed one. I really like how it turned out with the holly decoration and they are so much fun to make. You can have a real blast thinking about your cupcake frosting and perhaps adding dots of glitter, flat-backed gems, mini buttons or circle stickers to make sprinkles.

It's a great card design that can be made in a group - with kids, with family or with your crafting circle. Have one area set out with papers you can use for the frosting or icing and a tub full of items that would make great sprinkles and decoration. I hope you've enjoyed reading my justchristmascrafts page today, thanks for your visit. Hope you have a lot of fun - do grab the free template below.

Your FREE Xmas Cupcake Card Templates (below)

Template Free for all Personal and Non-Commercial Use

Just below is an image of the templates you need for this project - there are two. Click on each image for the enlarged design that you can then save to your own computer. These are standard .jpg files that all computers should be able to recognize. They are safe to download and use.

After clicking on an image below, you'll need to right-click on it with your mouse, pen or trackpad to get the 'Save Image' command so you can then save it to your own computer. As there are two templates, you'll need to repeat this process to save each one.

Print these designs straight onto card and cut out to make templates. OR print them onto paper and then glue the designs onto any spare pieces of card that you have which is a good way to recycle and use cereal packets and cardboard containers.

Template 1

Main printable template for the free shaped card
Template 2

Topping section printable template with holly leaves

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  1. What a cute card. I was looking for something for children and this is perfect thank you and God bless

    1. I'm really happy you found something you liked. Thanks for stopping by.


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One of my favorite times of year to craft for is Christmas. I do the bulk of crafting activities during the colder, winter seasons when I am stuck indoors more. Festive and Holiday crafts are always a lot of fun. I mostly love paper based crafts and fabric ones such as sewing with felt during this time to make decorations for the home and to gift. Thanks for leaving me a comment on Just Christmas Crafts. Comments will not show up until I approve them. Marie