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Easy to Make Homemade Birthday Card with a Cricut
Cheerful Birthday Greetings
With a young girl's birthday coming up, I decided to make an easy homemade card with my Cricut Personal Cutting machine rather than buy one. This card was actually fun to make, as each of the cuts was made, the cute little birthday cake revealed itself.
Even for a beginner or novice, as I was when I made this card, a Cricut machine is easy to get the hang of. There is some trial and error for the sizing and I have made it a habit to use plain White Cardstock when I am looking for a size.
For my little granddaughter, I keep a shape box in my craft room- she gets the unused cut-out shapes to use for her own projects.
Not only are Cricut cards easy to make once you get the hang of it, but giving a homemade card means so much more to the recipient. The person knows you took the time and thought to create a card just for them; often in the colors and patterns they enjoy.
Cricut Cartridges & Tools
I used one of the best Cricut Cartridges to have in a collection, Simply Charmed. This cartridge features really cute designs for just about every holiday and celebration throughout the year. The directions included in this, as in every, Cricut Cartridge are easy to follow. Each key can cutout up to at least 6 designs depending on the combination of other keys you use.
One of the handiest accessories to get for your Cricut Machine is the Cricut Essentials Kit. This kit has everything the beginner or seasoned user will want to have to make successful and easy homemade cards.
Happy Birthday to You
Easy Homemade Birthday Card
For this card I used heavier cardstock, which can be purchased from a scrapbook supply store or the craft department of a department store. Although the cutouts are not intricate, the shapes are defined. I think the heaver, stiffer cardstock allows for a more defined edge. Also, the cutouts adhere to each other better.
- Cricut Blade Depth: #2
- Cricut Pressure: Max
- Cricut Speed: Medium
- Card Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Extra Sprinkles with that
Along with the main cutouts for Layer 1, Layer 2, and Layer 3 small bars of color, "Sprinkles", will be created in between the shapes. If you set them aside too, you can use them for extra sprinkles on the cake, in addition to the ones you create in the last step.
If you want to make the "Happy Birthday" cutout using the Word Key, make the entire cake project smaller to fit on the card.
From patterned cardstock, cut a piece 5 1/4" x 4" for the card front background. This paper can be thinner as you will use your Cricut Paper Trimmer which comes with the Cricut Essentials Tool Kit.
From a Dark Green piece of heavy cardstock, cut one <BdayCake> pg 74. Size 4", Use the Shadow Key only.
From a Yellow piece of heavy cardstock, cut one <BdayCake> pg 74. Size 4", Use Layer 1 Key only.
From a Red piece of heavy cardstock, cut one <BdayCake> pg 74. Size 4", Use Layer 2 Key only.
From a Pink piece of heavy cardstock, cut one <BdayCake> pg 74. Size 4", Use Layer 3 Key only.
From a Light Green piece of heavy cardstock, cut one <BdayCake> pg 74. Size 4", Use Layer 4 Key only.
Putting it all Together
Adhere the patterned cutout of cardstock to the front of your card.
Adhere the Dark Green Shadow cutout to the patterned cardstock.
Adhere the Yellow Layer 1 cutout (the entire cake) to the Dark Green cutout.
Adhere the Red Layer 2 cutout (Flames, Sprinkles, Bottom Border) to the Yellow cutout.
Adhere the Pink Layer 3 (Candles, Sprinkles, Cheeks) cutout to the Yellow cutout.
Adhere the Light Green Layer 4 cutout (Frosting) to the Yellow cutout.
You will notice that I started with my cake offset, this was to allow for the "Happy Birthday" cutout you can make using the Word Key. I decided at the last minute to add an acrylic stamp to the cake itself instead. Either method will work but the "sprinkles" that are cutout with each step would have to be arranged around the stamp instead of randomly all over the "frosting".
This cartridge has all the cutouts you will need for all the holidays, celebrations, and seasons. It is a great cartridge to have in your collection, especially as a beginner Cricut user.