Artfully Sent Cricut Collection from Close To My Heart: : Sleeve and Overlay Cards

I'm so excited to finally have the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge in my hands and have been playing around with it. I can't wait to show you my creations. However, first I thought it would be helpful to share with you some details about how to make the various types of cards on this cartridge. Today we will look at the Overlay and Sleeve cards.

2019 Update: Our retired Cricut image collections are now available to purchase using my special Cricut link! The Artfully Sent Cricut collection was first released by Close To My Heart in 2014 in a physical cartridge bundle. It retired a few years later without being offered as a digital-only collection.  This made all of these great images unavailable to anyone who was unfortunate enough to miss out on this cartridge while it was available.

This fall (2019), Close To My Heart began a new partnership with Cricut which allows all of our image collections, including retired collections like Artfully Sent, to be purchased using special links only available from Close To My Heart consultants! This is an exciting development because many of you missed these collection the first time around. 

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Note that the Artfully Sent images are also available in Cricut Access or can be purchased individually in Design Space for $1.99 for each project and $6.99 for the font. However, the best value is to purchase the full collection which includes all 700 individual images (projects plus font) for just $49.95. You can subscribe to Access or purchase the full collection on (If you use the Cricut link in this post for your purchases, I'll earn a small commission. Thank You!)

This week, I'm writing a series of posts showcasing all the types of cards available on this cartridge, plus the envelopes and font. Click the links below to learn more! I'll update the list after the remaining posts in this series are available.


Overlay cards are simply a flat piece with a cut overlay on the front and solid back.

After you cut one of these cards out, you simply add pieces of paper behind the windows and decorate the front to create truly unique cards. These cards do not include a sentiment so they can be used for all occasions!


These cards form a pocket that can be used for so many things --- photos, gift cards, invitations, business cards, etc.

They are designed to be 4" x 6", but of course you can resize in Design Space to whatever fits your needs. Each of these cards is cut on a single piece of paper and include a decorative front with solid back. There are tabs around the edges that you will fold down and adhere to create a sleeve for your picture.These tabs also make adjusting the size difficult. My trick is to use the grid lines in Design Space and adjust the back side of the card to the size you want the finished project to be.

Here's an example of a photo invitation card. To fit a 4" x 6" photo, you'll want the card to be just slightly larger than that.

For this project, the card was sized down to just larger than 3.5" tall making it perfect for a gift card!

Want to learn more about the Overlay and Sleeve cards? Watch this video!

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial for the Sleeve cards on Artfully Sent. I'll be posting information about the other types of cards on the cartridge soon.

Are you ready to get your hands (and Cricut machine) on this collection? Hop on over to Cricut using my special link to view and purchase from the Close To My Heart Cricut library!

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Inspired? Get out your Cricut and your Artfully Sent cartridge and start creating.

As always, keep creating!