BIRTHDAYS ARE FUN DAYS full of cake, ice cream and cards! When birthdays roll around, we all love going to the mailbox to see if there’s a card for us, bringing with it best wishes from afar.
In this chapter you will find cards that span the ages and delight both the young and the young at heart. Discover beautiful basic cards and cards that will really WOW! We’ve created cards that double as fun games and cards that incorporate either a small gift or a gift card. Others practically shout a hearty happy birthday with a festive banner or celebratory balloons. Something as simple as using elastic thread can make a sweet treat spin and twirl.
We’ll even show you how to make a cool card that might just grant a wish when the birthday boy or girl blows out a paper flame. We’ve got dolphins wearing birthday hats while they jump in the air and rockets that blast off with a single pull of a tab. And finally, we share a few ways to incorporate gift cards, such as hiding them in big oversized cupcakes covered in gemstone sprinkles.
Imagine the delight when someone you love receives such an amazing card created by YOU.
Let this cute card light up their big day! It becomes even more fun when you transform the basic card into a shaker game. (And feel free to customize the card to whichever age is appropriate for your recipient.)
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Cardstock, Sandpaper, Paper trimmer, Paper punch, Patterned paper, Adhesive, Buttons, Twine, Die-cut number, Circle punch, Craft knife, Pencil, Shaker cup
Materials List cardstock: Core’dinations, Jillibean Soup; patterned paper: Jillibean Soup, Fancy Pants Designs; die cuts: Jillibean Soup; twine: Jillibean Soup; floss: DMC; buttons: Buttons Galore; clear cup: Stampin’ Up!; punches: EK Success, We R Memory Keepers, Fiskars; other tools: Core’dinations Sand It Gadget, Xyron craft knife
1. Create the 3″ × 6″ (7.6cm × 15.2cm) card base by folding a 6″ × 6″ (15.2cm ×15.2cm) square of brown cardstock in half. Lightly sand the edges to distress them.
2. Cut a 2½” × 4″ (6.4cm × 10.2cm) piece of Kraft cardstock.
3. Using a hole punch, punch half circles to create notches on each side, ¼” (6mm) and ½” (12mm) up from the bottom.
4. Cut three strips of patterned paper to approximately ½” × 3″ (12mm × 7.6cm). You’ll want a little variation in size here. Adhere the strips to the Kraft cardstock.
5. Adhere the buttons to the top of the patterned paper strips to create candles.
6. Wrap 15″ (38cm) of twine around the bottom of the Kraft cardstock and through the notches you created in Step 3. Tie the twine into a bow on the front of the cardstock. Adhere the cardstock to the card base.
7. Adhere the die-cut number to the card base, below the cardstock.
To Start:Follow steps 1–3 of The Basics. Cut an additional two pieces of cardstock (you’ll be working with a total of three), each measuring 2″ × 2″ (5cm × 5cm). Cut the three strips of patterned paper but do not adhere them.
Punch a 1¾” (4.5cm) circle in one of the pieces of Kraft cardstock, about 1⁄4″ (6mm) from the top. This will be Layer A of the cardstock.
Cut a slit in the cup with a craft knife. The slit should be large enough to accommodate the paper candles.
Lay the buttons on one of the smaller pieces of Kraft cardstock and trace around them with a pencil. This will be Layer B of the cardstock.
Cut out the holes for the buttons with a craft knife.
Assemble the shaker by placing the buttons in the cup. Place the cup through the punched circle in Layer A, positioning the slit at six o’clock. Adhere Layer B behind Layer A. Then, adhere the remaining piece of Kraft cardstock (Layer C) behind Layer B.
Adhere the bottom half of the patterned paper candles to Layer A of the Kraft cardstock. Carefully insert the top parts of the candles into the cup through the slit. Follow steps 6–7 to finish the card.
Cupcake Spinner Card
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
1. Make a 6″ × 4½” (15.2cm × 11.4cm) card base from pink cardstock. (This card will open vertically.)
2. Cut a 4″ × 5½” (10.2cm × 14cm) piece of polka-dot patterned paper and adhere it to the center of the card.
3. Cut a piece of stripe-patterned paper to 4½” × 23⁄4″ (11.4cm × 7cm) and mat with a piece of pink cardstock cut to 4½” × 3″ (11.4cm × 7.6cm). Adhere this panel to the card.
4. Cut a circle (approximately 13⁄4″ [4.5cm]) from patterned paper, centering any dominant design in the center of the circle, and ink the edges of the circle.
5. Cut a circle (about ¼” [6mm] larger than your patterned paper circle) from pink cardstock, and cut a scalloped circle (about 3⁄8″ [1.0cm] larger than the previous circle) from brown cardstock.
6. Adhere all three circles together and then adhere this piece to the card.
7. Adhere rhinestones to the scalloped circle.
Follow steps 1–5 from The Basics. For this version of the card, you will need two circles of the size cut in step 4.
Cut a circle out of center of the front of the card base. The circle should be about 3⁄4″ (2cm) larger than the circle you cut from patterned paper.
Tape an elastic cord (about 4″ [10.2m]) to the back of one of the circles from step 4 in The Basics.
Adhere elastics to the interior of the card with tape.
Cover the taped elastic with cardstock pieces. Adhere the second circle to the first to cover the taped elastic.
Adhere the scalloped circle to the card base, around the edges of the circle cutout, and adhere rhinestones to the scalloped circle. Line the interior of the card with a contrasting color of cardstock or patterned paper.
If your patterned paper circles have a dominant image (like the cupcakes in the main project card), be sure to adhere them together so that the image lines up correctly when spun on the elastic. You wouldn’t want one of your cupcakes to look like it’s upside down when it’s spinning, for example.
Birthday Gifts and Balloons Pop-Up Card
Nothing says birthday more than balloons. This card is sure to delight when the balloons appear to float out of wrapped birthday gifts.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Materials List cardstock: Core’dinations; patterned paper: BasicGrey, BoBunny Press, Crate Paper; punches: EK Success, Stampin’ Up!; wire: Michaels Stores
1. Create a standard A2 card base from yellow cardstock (4″ × 5½” [10.2cm × 14cm]) and round the right-side corners.
2. Cut a piece of patterned paper to 4½” × 3½” (11.4cm × 9cm) and round the right-side corners. Adhere a 4½” × ½” (11.4cm × 1.3cm) strip of scalloped white cardstock to the back of the patterned paper and adhere the patterned paper piece to the front of the card.
3. Using the template on page 138, cut out a balloon from green patterned paper. Outline the balloon with a black pen.
4. Create a metal tail for the balloon by wrapping wire (approximately 6″ [15.2cm]) long) around a pencil. Press the wire to flatten, and attach it to the back of the balloon with a piece of tape. Adhere the balloon to the front of the card with foam adhesive.
Make the front of the card according to the instructions for The Basics. Then…
Cut a 8″ × 5″ (20.3cm × 12.7cm) card liner from white cardstock. Mark a line on the back of the card liner 2½” (6.4cm) from bottom and 1½” (3.8cm) to the right of the fold. Cut on the 1½” (3.8cm) long line.
Score on the 2½” (6.4cm) line.
Fold along the score line to create a pop-up box inside the folded liner.
Cut a piece of patterned paper to 2½” × 3″ (6.4cm × 7.6cm) and adhere it to the pop-up box on the interior of the card. Create two more boxes by cutting a 2″ × 3″ (5cm × 7.6cm) piece of white cardstock and score at ½”, 1½” and 2½” (1.3cm, 3.8cm and 6.4cm), and a 1½” × 3″ (4.8cm × 7.6cm) piece of white cardstock and score at ½”, 1½” and 2½” (1.25cm, 4cm and 6cm).
Create curly wires for the balloons by wrapping craft wire around a pencil. Pull the wire off the pencil and press it flat.
Cut out balloon shapes, adhere the shapes to wire and secure the wire to the back of the boxes with tape.
Cover the smaller boxes with patterned paper and adhere the tabs to the liner and the center box. Adhere the liner to the body of the card.
Rocket Ship Birthday Card
5, 4, 3, 2, 1. . . Blast off to birthday fun with a card that is out of this world!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Cardstock, Paper trimmer, Stamp, Ink pads, Markers, Craft knife, Foam adhesive, Black pen, Chipboard, Adhesive, Bone folder, Pencil
1. Create a 4″ × 5″ (10.2cm × 12.7cm) card base from light blue cardstock.
2. Stamp a rocket ship image on white cardstock, color the image with markers and then cut it out. Stamp, color and cut out a few extra flames. Adhere the images to the card with foam adhesive.
3. Draw scrolls with a black pen.
4. Color chipboard scrolls with a white ink pad. Adhere the chipboard pieces to the card.
Materials List cardstock: Core’dinations; stamp: Bella Blvd by Unity Stamp Company; ink: Momento by Tsukineko, Maya Road; markers: Copic; chipboard: Maya Road; foam adhesive squares: 3L Scrapbook Adhesives
Cut a piece of cardstock to 5″ × 11½” (12.7cm × 29.2cm). From the left, score at 3¾”, 7½” and 11¼” (9.5cm, 19cm and 28.6cm).
Rotate the card base 90 degrees and score at ¼” (6mm) along both long sides.
Fold along the three shorter score lines and trim off the cardstock along the ¼” (6mm) score lines on panels A and B.
Notch the corners of Panel C.
Cut a template from cardstock to ¾” × 3½” (2cm × 9cm). Place the template on Panel C, 1½” (3.8cm) from the bottom. Trace around the template and then cut it out.
Create a slide pull from a piece of cardstock cut to 4¾” × 3″ (12cm × 7.6cm). From this piece, cut a “T.” The legs of the “T“ should each measure 1″ (2.5cm).
Cut a 1¼ (3.2cm) notch in the 1⁄4 (6mm) scored area at the bottom of Panel C. The slide pull will slide through this notch when the card is done.
Fold the ¼” (6mm) tabs to the interior of the card, as shown, and adhere Panel C to Panel B, with the slide pull installed as shown.
Create the rocket ship embellishment as per step 2 of The Basics. Adhere the chipboard scrolls to the back of the embellishment, and adhere the embellishment to the slide with foam adhesive. Adhere the extra flames to the cardstock behind the slide.
Pop-Up Dolphin Card
Who doesn’t love a sweet dolphin? Add a googly eye and a festive party hat and he will be the hit of the party! You can also create an interactive version of the card. Your card will dazzle when that same sweet dolphin appears to leap out of the water and off the card!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Cardstock, Paper trimmer, Stamps, Ink pad, Adhesive, Thread and sewing machine, Baker’s twine, Dies and die-cut machine, Markers, Craft knife, Googly eyes, Pom-pom, Circle punch,Pencil,Bone folder, Hole punch
Materials List card base: Hero Arts; cardstock: Neenah; stamps: Lawn Fawn, Papertrey Ink, Hero Arts; ink: Memento by Tsukineko, Stampin’ Up!; markers: Copic; glossy medium: Ranger Glossy Accents; gemstones: Hero Arts; eye: Hobby Lobby; twine: Divine Twine; ribbon: Stampin’ Up!; dies: Papertrey Ink; punches: EK Success
1. Trim ¼” (6mm) off the top of a standard A2 card base (4¼” × 5½” [10.8cm × 14cm]) and stamp with a polka dot stamp.
2. Cut a piece of white cardstock 3″ × 3¾” (7.6cm × 9.5cm) and a piece of black cardstock 2¾” × 3¼” (7cm × 8.3cm). Adhere the black cardstock to the white cardstock.
3. Machine stitch around the edges of the cardstock panel, wrap the panel with baker’s twine and adhere it to the front of the card.
4. Die cut a label shape from light blue cardstock and stamp it with a coordinating stamp.
5. Die cut a scalloped circle from a darker blue cardstock and adhere it to the center of the label.
6. Die cut a circle from white cardstock and stamp with it with blue waves. Adhere this circle to the center of the scalloped circle.
7. Adhere the layered label panel to the cardstock panel.
8. Stamp a dolphin and a party hat onto white cardstock and color the images with markers. Cut out and adhere the pieces to the card, on top of the circle. Add a googly eye and pom-pom to embellish.
9. Add glossy accents to some of the background-stamped images so they look like bubbles.
Trim ¼” (6mm) off the top of a standard A2 card base (4¼” × 5½” [10.8cm × 14cm]). cardstock behind the slide.
Notch the top center of the card with a 1″ (2.5cm) circle punch.
Draw a line ½” (1.3cm) in from the edge on all four sides of the front of the card. Score along the top marked line. With a craft knife, cut along the other three marked sides, leaving the scored line intact.
Score a line in the center of the cut panel.
Adhere the front and back of the card together, along the side and bottom edges, creating a pocket at the top of the card.
Create the tag by cutting a piece of light blue cardstock to 3″ × 5¼” (7.6cm × 13.3cm). Next, create a 1⁄2″ (1.3cm) circle tab and punch a hole in it with a standard sized hole punch. Adhere the circle tab to the top of the cardstock.
Clip the bottom two corners. Score the tag ½” (1.3cm) from the bottom edge.
Slide the tag into the card base through the pocket. Fold the tag along the score line, and adhere the ½” (1cm) tab to the back of the bottom edge of the cut panel of the card base.
Cut a piece of black cardstock to 23⁄4″ × 31⁄2″ (7cm × 9cm) and mat it with a piece of cream cardstock cut to 3″ × 33⁄4″ (7.6cm × 9.5cm). Machine stitch around the edges of the matted pieces, if desired. Adhere this piece to the bottom half of the cut panel on the front of the card, lining up the bottom edges.
Follow steps 3–9 of The Basics to embellish the card. Embellish the inside of the pocket with more fish, and tie a piece of twine through the hole in the circle tab.