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How to Make the Cricut Birthday Card: It's Your Day to Celebrate!

Updated on February 27, 2014

It's Your Day to Celebrate

Hello again! January seems to be a good month for creating cards, the weather is cold and here, at least, the ice and snow makes walking difficult outdoors.

What a great activity on a cold winter's day- to use your Cricut Die-Cutting machine to create a brightly colored Cricut Greeting Card for a birthday. This card lends itself beautifully to numerous color choices; in fact, I cut out the phrase "It's Your Day to Celebrate" twice for a layered effect with the blue just peaking from behind the light orange cardstock.

I chose a background of patterned cardstock with bright colors to highlight the solid cardstock featured on the bird and phrase. This card is intended for a young child but with changes made in the choices of colors the card could easily be given to an adult.

It was a perfect choice!

Recently I was invited to a little boy's First Birthday Party and I had this card made and ready to give. The family was delighted with the color scheme and especially the unique handmade card given to the little boy.

It's Your Day to Celebrate!

Cricut Machine crafted Birthday Card
Cricut Machine crafted Birthday Card

Inside the Card

One added bit of interest for this card would be to create a second, perhaps larger, bird using the same color layers. Adhere the finished bird to the inside top half of the card.

What You will Need

Cricut Cartridge: Birthday Bash

Cricut Machine Pressure: High

Cricut Machine Speed: Medium

Cricut Machine Blade Depth: #3

Solid Core Cardstock

Light Weight Printed Cardstock

Scrapbooking Tools or my personal preference:

Cricut Essentials Kit which includes every tool you will need for paper crafting.

2-Way Glue: Choose the type with a sponge applicator which you simply push down to let down more adhesive then you can dot the glue onto your scrapbook cardstock.

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Birthday Bash Cricut Cartridge

Birthday Bash Cartridge

Base Card
Base Card
Card Background
Card Background
Background Piece adhered to Base Card
Background Piece adhered to Base Card
Bird
Bird
Wings and Hat PomPom
Wings and Hat PomPom
Bird's Hat and Legs
Bird's Hat and Legs
PomPom adhered to Hat  Legs adhered to Bird
PomPom adhered to Hat Legs adhered to Bird
Bird's Beak  Decorations for Hat
Bird's Beak Decorations for Hat
Hat decoration and PomPom for little hat
Hat decoration and PomPom for little hat
Decorations adhered to Legs and Hat Beak adhered to Bird
Decorations adhered to Legs and Hat Beak adhered to Bird
Bird's Hat with decorations adhered
Bird's Hat with decorations adhered
Bird's Feet Bird's Eyes
Bird's Feet Bird's Eyes
Bird's Feet and Eyes adhered
Bird's Feet and Eyes adhered
Bird finished
Bird finished
Phrase cut out
Phrase cut out
Phrase cut out (duplicate but different color)
Phrase cut out (duplicate but different color)
Hat Phrase Background with Hat cut out
Hat Phrase Background with Hat cut out
Blue Phrase layer adhered to Hat Phrase Background
Blue Phrase layer adhered to Hat Phrase Background
Orange Phrase layer adhered along with small dots saved from Blue layer
Orange Phrase layer adhered along with small dots saved from Blue layer
Hat Phrase adhered to base card
Hat Phrase adhered to base card
Bird adhered to base card
Bird adhered to base card

How to "build" the card

Base Card-I chose a textured heavyweight White cardstock for the Base card.

Cut 1 <Bird1> page 21, sized 5 1/4", using the Card/Tag button combined with the Bird button on the template.

This will cut out the card which you then fold in half.

I find that the best results are achieved when using a folding tool.






Card Background-I chose a printed lightweight cardstock for the background piece.

Cut 1 <Bird1>page 21, sized 5 1/4", using the CardTag button combined with the Bird button on the template.

This will cut out a second card cutout. Cut the piece in half where the fold marks are indicated for the card background piece.






Background adhered to the Base Card-

Using the 2-way glue - place small dots around the outside edge of the flip-side of the background cardstock piece. Then dot an X shape in the middle of the background piece.

Press the background piece in place and smooth flat. I use a clean "grease rag" type of cloth for this process.





Base Bird- I chose a textured heavyweight White cardstock for the Bird's body

Cut 1 <Bird1>page 21, size 1 3/4", using the Bird button on the template. This will cut out the base Bird shape.




Wings and Small PomPom for the Bird's Hat- I chose a Blue Heavyweight cardstock.

Cut 1 <Bird1-s>page 21, size 1 3/4", using the Shift and Bird button on the template. This will cut out the Bird's Wings and Small PomPom for the Bird's Hat.



Bird's Hat and Legs- I chose a Green heavyweight cardstock

Cut 1 <Bird1>page 21, size 1 3/4", using the Layer 2 and Bird button on the template. This will cut out the Bird's Hat and Legs.



Adhere-

Adhere the Blue PomPom to the top of the Bird's Hat

Adhere the Green Leg pieces to the bird's legs

Adhere the Blue wings to the Bird's body



Bird's Beak, Hat and Leg Decorations- I used a Yellow heavyweight cardstock

Cut 1 <Bird1>page 21, size 1 3/4" using the Layer 1 and Bird button on the template. This will cut out the Bird's leg & hat decorations along with the bird's beak.



Bird's Hat Rim and Hat PomPom- I used a Blue heavyweight cardstock

Cut 1 <Bird1-s>page 21, size 1 3/4" using the Layer 2, Shift and Bird button on the template. This will cut out the Hat Rim and a round hat decoration.




Adhere-

Adhere the yellow pieces to the Bird's Legs, the face, and one half spot to the bird's Hat.




Adhere-

Adhere the Blue Hat rim and the round hat decoration. The orange spot on the hat in the photo is a small dot saved when the phrase was cut out below.




Bird's Feet and Eyes- I used a Black heavyweight cardstock

Cut 1 <Bird1-s>page 21, size 1 3/4" using the Layer 1, Shift and Bird button on the template. This will cut out the Bird's eyes and Feet




Adhere-

Adhere the Bird's eyes to the face and the feet to the feet of the base bird






Adhere-

Adhere the Bird's Hat to the top of the head

The Bird is finished.




Top Layer of It's Your Day to Celebrate- I used Orange heavyweight for one cutout and I used Blue heavyweight cardstock for the second cutout.

Cut 1 <Bird1-s>page 21, size 3" using the Phrase, Shift, and Bird buttons on the template. This will cut out the top layer of the phrase along with the large PomPom (I didn't use) and small dots to decorate the hat.

Cut 1 <Bird1-s>page 21, size 3" using the Phrase, Shift, and Bird buttons on the template. This will cut out a second layer of the phrase along with the large PomPom and small dots to decorate the hat. I made this to add a colored layer effect to the card. along with the large PomPom and small dots to decorate the hat.


Bottom Layer of It's Your Day to Celebrate- I used a textured White cardstock

Cut 1 <Bird1>page 21, size 3" using the Phrase and Bird buttons on the template. This will cut out the bottom layer for the phrase along with the "to".




Adhere-

Adhere the Blue layer to the bottom White layer of the phrase





Adhere-

Adhere the Orange layer on top of the Blue layer, offset just a bit for color interest.

Adhere the white "to" to the Orange circle on the phrase.




Adhere-

Adhere the finished Phrase & Hat at an angle to the top right of the card.






Adhere-

Adhere the finished Bird to the bottom of the card, tilted at an angle.

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