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How to Make a great Homemade Birthday Card for any age

Updated on February 18, 2015

Happy Bubbles Birthday Card

I had an idea for a cheerful, multi age and multi gender birthday card. At the time my Cricut personal Die-Cutting machine, Expression, was not available due to a dull cutting blade. Without a sharp blade, the Cricut machine will not cut all the intricate and concise shapes out.

I decided to use the good old Circle punch tool I had purchased from Creative Memories years ago. Unfortunately they are no longer in business but a circle punch is available from Amazon.com. It comes in various sizes but the 1.50" would work great for this card.

When I browsed Amazon's collection of punches I discovered quite a few great looking punches which can make any paper crafter happy. Circles with scallops, Stars, and more. I am definitely going to invest in more punches. Also, if you have a Stampin'Up! consultant in your area, check out a catalog or look for them online.

3D Effect

Another option for this card would be to add the Double-Sided sticky Foam Squares. They come in a variety of size and can be cut easily for those odd sizes.

You simply pull the foam square off the sheet, keeping the top sheet piece on the square. Place it on the shape then pull of the top sheet piece and adhere in the area on your card.

The 3D effect looks great, adds some "pop" to your card.

Happy Birthday Card with Bubbles

What You Will Need

  • Rounds: Created with a paper punch or with your Cricut machine. Sized 1 1/4" I do not have a Cricut cartridge which specifically makes the rounds so I used my paper punch.
  • Stamp: Stampin'Up! "Happiest Birthday Wishes" birthday phrase stamp set. I have also seen Happy Birthday phrases on either rubber stamps or acrylic stamps at many craft stores and scrapbooking stores
  • Multitudes of patterned cardstock. It doesn't matter if the cardstock is thin or heavy.
  • Heavyweight cardstock for your base card


Photo Details

Folded card with background cardstock adhered
Folded card with background cardstock adhered
Punch out the "bubbles"
Punch out the "bubbles"
The punch I used.  Similar ones are available at Amazon.com
The punch I used. Similar ones are available at Amazon.com
Do a trial run of the layout
Do a trial run of the layout
Decorative Strip
Decorative Strip
Bottom Phrase Layer
Bottom Phrase Layer
Middle Phrase Layer
Middle Phrase Layer
Top Phrase Layer
Top Phrase Layer
Adhere Middle Phrase Layer to Bottom
Adhere Middle Phrase Layer to Bottom
Adhere top "stamped" Phrase Layer
Adhere top "stamped" Phrase Layer
Adhere completed phrase layers to card
Adhere completed phrase layers to card
Adhere Decorative Strip
Adhere Decorative Strip
Left middle row
Left middle row
Middle and Right rows
Middle and Right rows
Next row
Next row
Final rows
Final rows

How to Make the "Bubbles" Birthday card

Choose a heavy-weight piece of cardstock for your base card and trim it to measure 5 1/4" x 8". Fold the cardstock in half so it will be a finished size of 5 1/4" x 4". Using a folding tool is the best way to ensure a clean, sharp folded edge.

Cut a piece of cardstock to measure just a tad smaller than the base card. Adhere to base card.

Punch, Punch, Punch

Using pleasing and patterned cardstock, light or heavy, punch out at least 6 circles of each. My card has 17 circles but your card can have any number depending on the pattern you want to achieve.


A photo of the paper punch that I have. Unfortunately it isn't sold anymore but below I've included a link to a very hand friendly pair of paper punches from Fiskars.





Layout

Using the various circles punched out, lay out a pattern for your card. Try not to have same colored pieces next to each other side by side.




Decorative Strip

Using a coordinating piece of cardstock, cut it to be 1/2" wide by just shy of 5 1/4" long. This piece should span the cardstock background piece.




Stamp Background

Cut a plain piece of cardstock to be 1 1/4" wide by 2 3/4" long. This will be the background piece of cardstock for the bottom of the phrase layers.





Stamp Middle Layer

Cut a patterned piece of cardstock to be 1" wide by 2 1/2" long. This will be the background piece of cardstock for the middle layer of the phrase layers.




Stamp Top Layer

Cut a White piece of cardstock to be 3/4" wide by 2 1/4" long. This will be the top and stamped layer of cardstock.

Stamp your phrase on this layer and allow it to dry.


Adhere

Adhere the middle phrase layer to the bottom phrase layer.






Stamped Layer

Adhere the Stamped layer to the top of the other two layers to make 3 layers.





Place on Card

Adhere the completed and dried phrase layer to the top middle of the background piece of cardstock already adhered to the card.





Adhere the Decorative Strip just below the phrase layer.





Bubbles

Before you adhere the "bubbles" place them on the card so you can make sure of the placement and overlap amounts. Adhere the first set of bubbles against the left side.




More Bubbles

Adhere the middle and right side rows of "bubbles". I did it this way so placement of the two left and right side rows can be placed.





Bubbles

Now adhere the left, more of a top layer, row of "bubbles. I reversed the order so the layering wouldn't look all the same across the card.



Last Row of Bubbles

Adhere the last layer of bubbles to be the same of the previous step.

You are finished.



Fiskars Squeeze Punch Large - Circle

Use cleanly punched-out designs as embellishments on homemade cards, scrapbook pages, collages and much more

Punch shapes in craft projects to add dimension

Only punch brand to be awarded the Arthritis Foundation Ease-of-Use Commendation

Open head lets you see exactly where you are punching to eliminate mistakes

Easy-to-squeeze design makes it ideal for extended use


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    • MimiKat33 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mimikat 

      5 years ago from Northeastern NY State, USA

      Thanks for your comment; I appreciate it.

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      Shasta Matova 

      5 years ago from USA

      I'm sure that a handmade birthday card makes it more personal and is more appreciated. It really shows your personality and your care for the recipient. You've provided great step-by-step directions.

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