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Easy to Create Happy Birthday Cheerleader Card

Updated on December 13, 2012

Using my Cricut Expression, I created a set of 5 birthday cards featuring a cute little bird from the Cricut Cartridge "3 Birds on Parade". Today's card features a "Cheerleader" bird cheering for your special day.

Colors and Textures

For this fun and lively cheerleader bird, I used two different background pieces and cut them at an angle so the sentiment and the bird shape would each have their own separate background.

I cut the little bird's body out of solid colored cardstock and the dress and pompoms were cut from a printed cardstock. The sentiment "Hip-Hi-Hooray!...." was stamped on a solid color cardstock.

What I like best about creating my own cards with my Cricut is the versatility and customization that is possible. If I make a card for a specific person, I can use colors or a theme that they like best.

Once the layout of the card is chosen, make multiples is very easy and fun!

Hip Hip Hooray...it's your special day!
Hip Hip Hooray...it's your special day!

What is needed

Cartridge: 3 Birds on Parade

Cricut Machine Pressure setting: Max

Cricut Machine Speed setting: Medium

Cricut Machine Blade Depth setting: #4

Base Card: A heavyweight piece of cardstock cut to measure 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Background: 2 different colored pieces of lightweight cardstock each measuring 5 1/4" x 4"

Stampin'Up! Stamp: Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp collection

Stampin'Up! Ink Pad

Adhesive

Scissors: I used a pair of scissors that cut a scalloped shaped edge

Photo

Base card and background layer
Base card and background layer
Sentiment stamped on white layer
Sentiment stamped on white layer
Sentiment layers cut and adhered
Sentiment layers cut and adhered
Angled layer cut
Angled layer cut
Smaller angled layer adhered
Smaller angled layer adhered
Sentiment adhered to top right
Sentiment adhered to top right
Body and Shadow layers
Body and Shadow layers
yellow layer adhered to larger bottom layer
yellow layer adhered to larger bottom layer
Face
Face
Arms
Arms
Dress and Pompoms
Dress and Pompoms
Beak, Trim and Feet
Beak, Trim and Feet
Finished Bird layers
Finished Bird layers

What I did

Cut a heavyweight piece of cardstock to measure 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" then fold it in half for a finished base card measuring 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".

Cut two different pieces of lightweight cardstock to measure 5 1/4" x 4". Use one solid and one patterned. Adhere the patterned piece to the base card. Set aside the solid piece for now.

Using a solid light colored piece of cardstock, stamp the sentiment with a bright color ink choice. Let it dry for a few seconds then carefully cut a tear-drop shape around it. I used my scalloped edge crafting scissors for added interest. Cut two addition tear-drop shapes, each one a bit bigger than the other. Adhere one on top of the other with the stamped layer on top.

Lay the finished layers on the solid piece of lightweight cardstock that was set aside earlier. Cut the piece at a diagonal, cutting it just wide enough to fit behind the stamped layers.

Adhere the new angled piece to the top right of the card. It will be a bit smaller than half of the background layer already adhered.

Adhere the finished sentiment layers to the top right of the card.

Cheerleader Bird shape


Cut one <Chrleadr> size 2 1/2" using the base keyboard key. This will cut out the main body/pompoms shape of the bird. I used yellow cardstock.

Cut one <Chrleadr> size 2 1/2" using the Shadow and Base Keyboard keys. This will cut out the bottom larger layer of the body/pompoms. I used purple cardstock.

Adhere the smaller layer to the larger layer.

Cut one <Chrldr-s> size 2 1/2" using the Shift and Base Keyboard keys. This will cut out the face of the bird. I used blue cardstock. At the same time using the blue cardstock...

Cut one <Chrleadr> size 2 1/2" using the Layer 1 and Base Keyboard keys. This will cut out the arms of the bird.

Cut one <Chrleadr> size 2 1/2" using the Layer 2 and Base Keyboard keys. This will cut out the dress & pompoms for the bird. I used a pink & white cardstock.

Adhere the arms and face to the yellow layer, then adhere the pompoms and dress to the yellow layer.

Cut one <Chrldr-s> size 2 1/2" using the Shift, Layer 1, and Base Keyboard keys. This will cut out the feet, dress trim, and beak for the bird. I used yellow cardstock.

Adhere the beak, feet, and dress trim to the bird shape.

Adhere the finished bird to the bottom left side of the card.

Finished!


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    • MimiKat33 profile imageAUTHOR

      MimiKat33 

      5 years ago from Northeastern NY State, USA

      Thank you for your great comment. Stay tuned for a cute little ornament idea.

    • StarryNightsDiva profile image

      Alissa 

      5 years ago from Rocky Hill, CT

      Great, thorough hub. Lovely card!

    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 

      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love yr special cheer leader card. Cutely handmade and unique. Simple, easy to follow. Nicely written. Great hub

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