How to Make a Homemade Birthday Card using a Cricut Machine

Inside the Cover

I made this Happy Birthday card using my Cricut personal cutting machine and some very colorful heavy weight cardstock. The card was for a teenager and I wanted it to look feminine for her as well as not having a look that was too young for her.

I chose colorful cardstock with stripes for the background piece of cardstock which is adhered to the base card of bright pink. Because the birthday was in May I wanted the card to have a bright and cheerful Spring look to it; the daisies at the bottom of the card were part of that thought process.

This was the first card I made on my new Cricut Expression personal cutting machine. I decided after a year and a half that I deserved the larger Cricut machine. I now can use a 24" x 24" sticky mat for larger or more multiple cut outs. Also, the shape that I want to cut out is shown on a screen that pops up on the Cricut Expression; this way there isn't the occasional "mystery" cut that I get, usually from forgetting to click the shift key. My Cricut Create is still going strong but I think I will post it for sale; another Cricut beginner could make good use of it.

Birthday Card front cover

Inside the Cover

Inside the cover:

I decided to make the inside of the card this time. I usually don't but I think I will from now on; it's an added touch to a special card.

I chose to especially for this card because the base card is a dark bright pink and writing on the pink cardstock would've been more difficult so I wanted to add a white shape to write a personal birthday greeting on.

Birthday Card inside

Inside of Happy Birthday card
Inside of Happy Birthday card

Specifics

Cricut Cartridge: Stamping

Cricut Blade Depth: #3

Cricut Speed: Medium

Cricut Pressure: Maximum

Cardstock: Heavy weight preferred especially for cutting out the phrases.

Step by Step Photos

Cardstock card base
Cardstock card base
Cardstock background and card base
Cardstock background and card base
Background adhered to card base
Background adhered to card base
Daisy layers
Daisy layers
Daisy layers adhered
Daisy layers adhered
Daisy layers adhered to card
Daisy layers adhered to card
Daisy frame layers
Daisy frame layers
Daisy frame layers adhered to card
Daisy frame layers adhered to card
Happy Birthday phrase layers
Happy Birthday phrase layers
Happy Birthday phrase adhered
Happy Birthday phrase adhered
Phrase adhered to card
Phrase adhered to card
Small daisy layers
Small daisy layers
Small daisy layers adhered
Small daisy layers adhered
Small daisy layers adhered to card
Small daisy layers adhered to card
Inside daisy layers
Inside daisy layers
Frame cutout
Frame cutout
Small daisy layers adhered
Small daisy layers adhered
Small daisy layers adhered to card
Small daisy layers adhered to card
Tiny dots embellishment
Tiny dots embellishment

Step by Step Instructions

From a large piece of Bright Pink cardstock cut a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece. Now fold it, using your folding tool, to be a finished size 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". I usually fold from the inside of the card so the outer finish won't crack or get marred.




From a Bright Striped cardstock cut a 5 1/4" x 4" piece for the background.






Adhered the background cardstock to the base card.






Cut one <DaisyBdr>, size 1 1/4" using the Shift and base keyboard key. This will cut out the top layer of the daisy border shape. I used a green cardstock.

Cut one <DaisyBdr>, size 1 1/4" using the Shift and base keyboard key. This will cut out another of the top layer of the daisy border shape. I used white cardstock. I cut a duplicate in another color for added layering to the daisy border.

Cut one <DaisyBdr>, size 1 1/4" using the Shift, Blackout, and base keyboard key. This will cut out the middle layer which peeks through the top layer. I used a Floral Print cardstock.

Cut one <DaisyBdr>, size 1 1/4" using the Shift, Shadow, and base keyboard key. This will cut out the bottom layer of the daisy border. I used White cardstock.

Adhere the Blackout layer to the Shadow layer, then adhere the white daisy layer. On top adhere the green daisy layer.

Adhere the finished daisy chain layers to the bottom center of the card.




Cut one <DaisyFrm>, size 1 1/2" using the base keyboard key. This will cut out the top layer of the Daisy frame. I used Green floral cardstock.

Cut one <DaisyFrm>, size 1 1/2" using the Blackout and base keyboard key. This will cut out the middle layer which peeks through the top layer of the Daisy frame. I used colored printed Cardstock.

Cut one <DaisyFrm>, size 1 1/2" using the Shadow and base keyboard key. This will cut out the bottom layer of the Daisy frame shape. I used White cardstock.



Adhere the layers together then adhere the finished Daisy frame layer to the center of the card; just above the Daisy border.

*When I cut a phrase I usually turn the paper over on the sticky mat and use the FLIP key"


Cut one <HpyBday>, size 1 1/2" using the base keyboard key. This cuts out the top layer of the Happy Birthday phrase. I used white cardstock.

Cut one <HpyBday>, size 1 1/2" using the Blackout and base keyboard key. This cuts out the middle layer of the phrase. I used the floral cardstock.

Cut one <HpyBday>, size 1 1/2" using the Shadow and base keyboard key. This cuts out the bottom layer of the phrase. I used a Green floral cardstock.




Adhere the Happy Birthday phrase layers together.






Adhere the finished Happy Birthday layers to the top center of the card.







Cut one <Daisy>, size 3/4" using the base keyboard key. This will cut out the top layer of the small daisy. I used a floral cardstock.

Cut one <Daisy>, size 3/4" using the Blackout and base keyboard key. This will cut out the middle layer of the small daisy. I used green cardstock.

Cut one <Daisy>, size 3/4" using the Shadow and base keyboard key. This will cut out the bottom layer of the small daisy. I used the colorful print cardstock.






Adhere to the top left side of the card.

Hint: There are two more daisies on the inside of the card. If you wish to save time you can cut the small daisy described above in multiples of three, then your inside daisy would be already cut. This works if you want the same colors on all daisies.

Finished with the front. Now for the inside of the card:

Cut two <Daisy>, size 3/4" using the base keyboard key. This cuts out the top layer of the small daisy. I used White cardstock.

Cut two <Daisy>, size 3/4" using the Blackout and base keyboard key. This cuts out the middle layer of the daisy. I used the floral cardstock.

Cut two <Daisy>, size 3/4" using the Shadow and base keyboard key. This cuts out the bottom layer of the daisy. I used Green floral cardstock.

Cut one <Sclpfrm2>, size 2 1/2" using the base keyboard key. This will cut out the scalloped frame where a personal birthday wish can be written. I used White cardstock.




Adhere each of the daisy layers together. Then adhere the finished layers to the top left and bottom right of the inside of the card.




You can embellish the card using a fine point scrapbooking pen and place tiny dots around the scallped frame.

Done.



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StarryNightsDiva 4 years ago from Wethersfield, CT

Great tutorial. Love the Cricut!

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