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Updated on February 7, 2015

3 Birds on Parade Birthday

Using the 3 Birds on Parade Cricut cartridge, in previous Hubs I created a set of 5 cards featuring the little bird on each card. This card is just one of the set.

This card is fun and festive with a cupcake and various colored birthday hats. I decided to make the background scrapbook cardstock piece using a black and white pattern to offset and showcase the bright colors of the bird, the birthday hats, and the sentiment I stamped.

I use a Cricut Expression machine now but I created many of the cards I have showcased on HubPages using my original Cricut Create. I also use acrylic & rubber stamps from the Stampin'Up! collections. I find these stamps add to the finished look of the cards.

In Hindsight:

I think an added touch of interest for this card would have been to use the foam squares with adhesive on 2 sides. The little squares create a 3D effect when used with different layers of a homemade card.

Happy Birthday birthday bird card
Happy Birthday birthday bird card

Materials Needed

Cartridge: 3 Birds on Parade

Cricut machine Pressure: Max

Cricut machine Speed: Medium

Cricut machine Blade Depth: #4

Cardstock: Heavy weight for the base card and shape cutouts

Cardstock: Light weight for the background cardstock piece

Paper Cutter

Stamps: Stampin'Up! Happiest Birthday Wishes set

Stamp Ink

Detailed Photos

Base card and background pieces
Base card and background pieces
2 background pieces adhered to base card
2 background pieces adhered to base card
Green shadow layer and Yellow base layer
Green shadow layer and Yellow base layer
Blue/white body layer
Blue/white body layer
Wing, Swirl, Cupcake bottom & hat
Wing, Swirl, Cupcake bottom & hat
Birthday Cupcake Bird layers adhered
Birthday Cupcake Bird layers adhered
3 additional hats
3 additional hats
Sentiment rectangles
Sentiment rectangles
Birthday Sentiment stamped
Birthday Sentiment stamped
Sentiment layers adhered
Sentiment layers adhered

Detailed Directions

Using a heavy weight cardstock piece, cut it to measure 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" then fold it for a base card measuring 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". This card will be made using the fold on the side.

Cut one piece of light weight cardstock to measure 5 1/4" x 4"

Cut one piece of light weight cardstock to measure 5" x 3 3/4"

Adhere from biggest to smallest the two light weight pieces of cardstock to the base card.

Cut one <party> size 3" using the Shadow and Base keyboard keys. This will cut out the bottom bird layer. I used green cardstock.

Cut one <party> size 3" using the Base keyboard key. This will cut out the main bird layer. I used yellow cardstock.

Cut one <party-s> size 3" using the Shift and Base keyboard keys. This will cut out the bird's body. I used blue multi cardstock.

Cut one <party> size 3" using the Layer 1 and Base keyboard keys. This will cut out the bird's wing. I used orange cardstock.

Cut one <party-s> size 3" using the Layer 2, Shift, and Base keyboard keys. This will cut out the Swirl of the cupcake. I used blue cardstock.

Cut one <party> size 3" using the Layer 2 and Base keyboard keys. This will cut out the birthday hat & cupcake bottom. I used purple cardstock.

Cut three more <party> size 3" using the Layer 2 and Base keyboard keys. Keep the birthday hat shapes only. I used three different colors.

Assemble your Birthday Cupcake bird from bottom layer to top layer: Green Body, Yellow Body, Blue body, Yellow Wing, Purple Hat & Cupcake bottom, Blue cupcake swirl.

Adhere the finished bird to the bottom left of your card.

Adhere the 3 birthday hats on the right side.

Stamp the Happy Birthday to a solid colored piece of cardstock. Let it dry then cut close to the edges of the stamp.

Cut two more piece of cardstock with each one being a bit bigger than the other in order to layer them underneath the sentiment.

Adhere the three layers together.

Adhere the finished layers to the top of the card.

Finished!


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