Make #6 – Modern Birthday Card

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One of our daughter’s best friends is turning eight this weekend. So I decided to of course mark the occasion by creating a handmade card for her.

I started this project by gathering a few things together to start planning my design. I had purchased a box of A2 sized pre-folded cards with matching envelopes at Wal-Mart earlier in the week. In case you’re wondering what is A2 size, it’s 4.25” by 5.5” and probably the most common size papercrafters like myself use. So I was definitely going to use one as my card base. A few weeks ago I had die cut the Circles of Hearts background we sell using a variegated pink cardstock. I had originally intended to make a Valentine’s Day card with it but after helping both the kids with valentines for school parties, I was left disenfranchised to say the least. So I was sifting through my stack of cut but unused embellishments when I found that background and immediately thought it would be an excellent fit for this awesome girl’s birthday card. I also discovered a gray scalloped square with “Make a Wish” stamped on it and decided this was a perfect sentiment for the inside of the card. I have a tendency to make extras when I’m crafting to save for another project.

Nesting Dies with Magnetic Sheet

Planning Design

I knew I wanted the front to have a “Happy Birthday” sentiment. I remembered I had another stash of die cuts and found positive image letters from our Happy Birthday Various Size Letters die set. I picked out just enough to spell “HAPPY”. I oriented the card base to be horizontal (landscape). I placed the Circle of Hearts die cut background on top centering it. It was almost a perfect fit, just slightly smaller than the card front. Then I arranged the H-A-P-P-Y across the card on top of the background. I went with a somewhat jumbled look but the word still reads from left to right like usual. To make the rest of the sentiment I found our bsiness copy of the Wish Big Sentiment Words dies. I used a magnetic sheet to keep the nesting dies from moving. I chose fine glitter look (but not actually glitter) metallic silver cardstock to cut “BIRTHDAY” inside the rectangular frame. To fit my modern theme I saved the positive images (the loose letters and the rectangular outline frame) for future use. I placed the negative image on the card on the left side at a small angle and decided that “BIRTHDAY” was hard to read and I needed another layer. So I cut just the rectangle frame again, this time using a light blue paper. I also saved the outline frame. I put the solid blue rectangle under the one with “BIRTHDAY” and like magic, it looked so much better!

Adding Glue Dots

Card Front Finished

Card Inside

Stamping Colored Paper

Card Back

Due to the cutout design of the background, I decided to use glue dots to attach the positive image “HAPPY” to the pink cardstock. I used a glue pen on the negative image “BIRTHDAY” to join it to the blue rectangle and then more glue dots for attaching to the background. Next I used my bigger Elmer’s glue pen to attach the background to the card front. I glued the inside sentiment “Make a Wish” with enough room underneath for my daughter to sign.

P.S. She refused to sign her oldest friend’s card. Just wow.

Anyhow, for the finishing touch I cut a double-stitched square with rounded corners from purple paper with a die from my personal stash. I used a wood block rubber stamp I bought for a $1 at Target around Christmas that has “Handmade with love” on it with foliage. I can’t remember where I got the ink pad. Studio G is the brand. Maybe I bought it at Meijer or Wal-mart?  There was still a lot of ink left on the stamp so I blew on it and stamped a red piece of paper too. Afterward I used our paper trimmer to make it a square and saved for another project. After allowing the ink to dry I used a glue pen to attach the purple square to the back of the card.

Finished Card

Tools/materials used (where to purchase):

Assorted glue pens (Wal-Mart, Michaels & Amazon)

Paper & cardstock – all Colorblok Assorted Scrap Pack 1 lb (Meijer & Wal-mart)

Circles of Hearts Background Cutting Die – available here and on our eBay store

Happy Birthday Various Size Letters Cutting Dies – available here and on our eBay store

Wish Big Sentiment Words Cutting Dies w Frame – available here and on our eBay store

Paper trimmer (Amazon)

Glue dots (Amazon)

Studio G blue ink pad (can’t remember)


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