3D Layered Birthday Cake Cut Files
This 3D birthday cake comes in multiple layers and includes SVG, EPS, DXF, and PNG cut files so you can cut this design on a Cricut, Silhouette, or other cutting machines.
Birthdays are so much fun to celebrate and even more so now that I can decorate using my Cricut cutting machine. Making your own DIY birthday party decor is one of my favorite things to make because someone is always celebrating a birthday.
Since 3D cut files are so popular these days, I decided to make a layered birthday cake that is so easy to make. All you need is a cutting machine, some cardstock, and some adhesive.
This 3D Birthday Cake layered cut file can be used to decorate for a birthday party or a unique birthday present for someone special.
Let me show you how to cut one in Cricut Design Space using cardstock and some adhesives.
This can also be made using a Silhouette, Brother Scan n Cut, or another cutting machine. Just choose the file type that works for your machine. You can reference the 'How to use cut files' document included in the zip file to learn which file type is needed for your cutting machine.
If you'd rather watch a video tutorial, click on my Free Birthday Cake Layered Cut Files YouTube video below:
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Materials & Supplies
- Free Birthday Cake Layered Cut Files (Link Below)
- Cricut Cutting Mat - LightGrip or StandardGrip
- Adhesive Foam Circles - 0.25-inch and 0.12-inch
- Tacky Glue
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Below is what the design will look like when you add it to Cricut Design Space. Resize the design if necessary.
The birthday cake can be resized using the Edit Toolbar at the top of the page. I resized mine to 8 inches tall so I could fit them on the Canvas.
Now you're ready to cut it. Click Make It in the upper-right hand corner and you'll be taken to the prepare screen.
Here you'll want to select your material size.
Now it's time to connect to your machine and select your material. For all of my layered designs, I use the Cardstock (for intricate cuts) setting.
This setting along with a clean, sticky mat will ensure you have a nice, clean-cut.
Assembling the Free Layered Birthday Cake
For this project, I used 0.25-inch adhesive foam circles for the cake and 0.12-inch adhesive foam circles for the candles. I used tacky glue for the two frosting layers (background frosting with dollops and top frosting in green/orange/pink) and then used foam adhesive to put the frosting on the cake.
Tips for cutting the Birthday Cake Layered Cut Files
When cutting any detailed design there are a few tricks to make sure you're not wasting time and materials.
Always uses a clean mat
Anytime I'm not getting a clean-cut, it's usually because my mat isn't sticky enough. Clean the mat using a scarper to get any particles off and then wipe it down with a baby wipe and let it dry.
Make sure your blade is free of any debris
If your blade starts to tear the design, rather than cut it, pull the blade from the machine and check to make sure there aren't any small pieces stuck to it.
Use the right material setting
If For detailed cuts on layered designs I use the Cardstock (for intricate cuts) setting on my Cricut Maker. It uses 182 cut pressure with the Fine-Point Blade and cuts the material twice. It's made a huge difference when cutting these types of designs.
Do a test cut first
If you're using other types of materials other than Cardstock, do a test cut first to make sure the settings are correct. It's so disappointing when you wait for your design to cut and it didn't cut through correctly.
Bend the mat not the material
Always bend your mat away from the material, keeping your design flat, when trying to release it from the mat. Especially when using cardstock. Otherwise, you'll end up bending the design and it will be difficult to get it to lay flat again.
Find the right color palette
Each design takes on its own look and feel depending on the colors you choose. Need help finding the right color palette? Head over to my blog post on Choosing the Right Color Combinations for Crafting to learn how to choose the right color palette for your next project.
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