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Easy to Make Embossed Owl Birthday Card

Updated on August 1, 2014

Owl Birthday Card

Cuttlebug Owl
Cuttlebug Owl

Making a Homemade Birthday card

As I've said previously, creating a homemade birthday can be both quick and fun to do. With just some pretty cardstock and paper working products the finished Birthday Card is very special because you made it specifically for that one person and you chose colors and shapes that you know your friend will enjoy.

I made this card with a friend in mine who I know loves Owls. I thought she would get a big kick out of it and I was right...also she felt very touched that I took the time to create this card. I was able to choose the colors of this card too.

This Owl image could have been used for another type of card - just changing up the acrylic stamp phrase OR adding a photo to the top layer would have worked also.

Owl Embossing

I used a Cricut Cuttlebug Embossing folder called "Owl Flourish"

The size of the this folder is perfect for the 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" greeting card or could serve as a background piece on which a photo is mounted then adhered too.

Embossing is so much fun...give it a try.

Look at Amazon's selection of embossing folders. They are not all Cricut brand but the descriptions usually will say if they work in the Cricut Cuttlebug machine. I have collected a few of the embossing folders to emboss an entire piece of paper along with a border embossing folder to add a frame around the subject.

The Cuttlebug

The Cricut Cuttlebug is a compact little machine which is cranked, requiring no electricity. The covers open on the front and back which releases a pad on the bottom to suction the machine firm on your table. Using the acrylic plates and spacer, included with the Cuttlebug, you simply place your paper inbetween as instructed, then roll it through.

Some of the Cuttlebug plates, called dies, will cut the shapes while others, called embossing folders, squeeze the paper through the machine pressing the image into the paper.

I love using my Cuttlebug to add that extra dimension to my paper projects such as card making and scrapbooking.

What you will need

Cardstock: Heavyweight and Lightweight cardstock in the colors you choose.

Paper Trimmer

Folding Tool

Corner Punch

2-way paper glue

Cricut Cuttlebug

Cricut (or another brand) Embossing Folders

Acrylic Stamp

Stamp pad ink

How to: with Photos

Cricut Owl Flourish Emboss Folder
Cricut Owl Flourish Emboss Folder
Paper Punch Rounded Corners
Paper Punch Rounded Corners
Happy Birthday stamping trimmed too close
Happy Birthday stamping trimmed too close
Stampin'Up Happy BIrthday acrylic stamp
Stampin'Up Happy BIrthday acrylic stamp
Heavy Weight Cardstock by DCWV
Heavy Weight Cardstock by DCWV
Heavy Weight Cardstock by DCWV
Heavy Weight Cardstock by DCWV
Layers adhered with 2way Glue Pen by Zig
Layers adhered with 2way Glue Pen by Zig
Finished Layers
Finished Layers
Finished Card
Finished Card

How to: with Words

Take a heavy-weight piece of cardstock and trim it to measure 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"

Using a folding tool (trust me-a much better result happens) fold in half on the 8 1/2" side

The base card measures 4 1/4" wide by 5 1/2" high.

Using Cricut's Cuttlebug Owl Flourish Embossing folder, run the folded card through the Cuttlebug machine with only the front of the card in between the folder (the back will be on the outside.

Using a Corner Punch trim the four corners of the base card

Do the Stamping image next. This will give it time to dry before you have to press down on it when adhering it to the cardstock layers.

I use Stampin'Up products; however, any type of Happy Birthday phrase will work; just make sure to choose a quality acrylic stamp and ink pad.

On a large piece of cardstock stamp the phrase then trim it down - leaving just a small bit of border showing. In my first attempt I trimmed it a bit too small as you can see here.

This next photo shows the proper amount of border showing.

Layers for the Birthday Phrase - These will vary in size according to the size of the Birthday phrase acrylic stamp. You want approximately 1/4" peaking out behind each layer.

My stamp measures 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" so...

Light Green Layer - The layer just beneath the phrase needs to measure 2 1/4" x 2 1/4".

Peacock Pattern Layer - This layer is the largest, bottom layer. It measures 2 3/4" x 2 3/4"

Adhere the Light Green (middle layer) to the Peacock Pattern (bottom layer)

Adhere the Birthday Phrase layer on top

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


The Cuttlebug

The Cricut Cuttlebug - makes embossing so easy and fun

The Owl

This is a great little embossing folder that literally decorates the front of a card quickly.


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