Easy to Make Birthday Card: Flower Bird
My Cricut personal cutting machine is busy everyday helping me to create handmade greeting cards. This striped, sherbert-colored cardstock inspired a Happy Birthday card I really had fun making. The bright and numerous colors on this cardstock are easy to match up with solid colors of cardstock which gives the finished homemade card a fun, cheerful look; which is what is wanted for a birthday card.
The bird featured on this card is from a Cricut cartridge called "3 Birds on Parade". I recently published a Hub featuring another of the birds included in this Cricut Cartridge. This bird shape features the bird holding a bouquet of flowers; numerous layers include the stems and blossoms of the bouquet the bird is holding and I added an additional bouquet for an extra touch.
The rectangle shape was cut by hand to be used as a layered background for the Happiest Wishes on Your Birthday sentiment. I used my Stampin'Up! acrylic stamp set of various birthday wishes. Creating the squares in graduated sizes is easy especially if you have a paper cutter, mine is from the Cricut Essentials Kit:
- I choose the three large pieces of colored cardstock I want to use.
- Top Layer: I stamp the sentiment and let it dry.
- Using my paper cutter, I cut a square shape around the sentiment.
- Middle Layer: I place the finished top layer square on the middle layer cardstock and "pencil" dots at each corner; just a tad bigger than the top layer. Then I cut out the square on the paper cutter.
- Bottom Layer: Repeat step #4 again making the bottom layer a tad bigger than the middle layer.
What You Need
Circut Personal Die-Cutting Machine
Circut Cartridge: 3 Birds on Parade
Colorful Cardstock, some patterned, some solid
Cricut Machine Blade Depth: #4
Cricut Machine Speed: Medium
Cricut Machine Pressure: Maximum
Acrylic Stamp & Ink
How You Do It
Base Card and Background:
For the base card cut a piece of cardstock to measure 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" then fold it in half; your base card will measure 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". I used a Cricut paper folding tool for best results.
- Cut a piece of patterned cardstock to measure 5 1/4" x 4" for the backround.
- Adhere the background piece to the base card.
Bird & Bouquet layers
Cut one <Flowers> size 3" using the base keyboard key. This will cut out the bird's basic body and flowers. I used white cardstock (the eye will peek thru the top bird layer).
Cut one <Flowers> size 3" using the Shadow and base keyboard key. This will cut out the bottom large layer of the bird and flowers shape. I used green cardstock.
Adhere the white bird layer to the green bird layer.
Cut one <Flower-s> size 3" using the Shift and base keyboard key. This will cut out the top bird layer. I used orange cardstock.
Cut one <Flower-s> size 3" using the Layer 1, Shift, and base keyboard key. This will cut out the bird's feet and beak.
Adhere the orange and yellow layers on top of the finished white/green layers.
Cut one <Flowers> size 3" using the Layer 1 and base keyboard key. This will cut out the bird's wings.
Cut one <Flowers> size 3" using the Layer 2 and base keyboard key. This will cut out the flower's stems.
Cut one <Flower-s> size 3" using the Layer 2, Shift, and base keyboard key. This will cut out the top layer of the flowers.
Adhere the bird's wing.
Adhere the flower's stems.
Adhere the flower's blossoms.
Adhere the finished bird to the left side of the base card. I slanted the bird a bit to allow room for the sentiment layers and extra bouquet.
Create the layers as I described above, graduating the layers a bit. Mine measured 2" x 1 3/4", 1 3/4" x 2 5/8", and 1 1/2" x 1 1/2".
Adhere the layers together and to the bottom right side of the base card.
Cut one <Flowers> size 3" layer 2 and baseboard key. This will cut out the flower's stem.
Cut two <Flower-s> size 3" layer 2, Shift, and baseboard key. Use two different colors of cardstock. This will cut out flowers.
Adhere one set of the flowers to the flower stem.
Adhere the 2nd set of flowers offsetting the top layer a bit so both colors show through.
Adhere the bouquet of flowers to the top right side of the base card.