There is an important birthday coming up this week and I created this fun happy birthday box card for that occasion! At first I was having a hard time coming up with an idea for a card but then stumbled on the gorgeous Birthday Wishes stack by DCWV at Joann.
I immediately thought of the 5×7 birthday box card that I bought during the recent Silhouette Online Store sale and decided to make the card. I must admit that I was intimidated at the prospect of making this card at first but it turned out to be really easy!
- 5×7 birthday box card by Lori Whitlock (Design ID #5726)
- 12×12 The Birthday Wishes Stack from DCWV (affiliate link)
- ATG adhesive (affiliate link)
- Silhouette Portrait (affiliate link)
- Silhouette mat
- 2 full 8.5×11 sheets and smaller scraps of coordinating cardstock
1. Watch Lori Whitlock’s video on how to assemble her box cards. You can skip the first 4 minutes which contains descriptions of box cards that she has available. Lori’s video gives a good explanation but I have some tips and design changes.
2. I have a Silhouette Portrait so the designs did not all fit on my smaller mat.
I moved everything to the right of my mat and then ungrouped it.
3. Next I made my paper choices for all the cuts and cut them out using the Silhouette and mat.
– Make sure the paper is put on the mat in the correct orientation for the cut. Since I have a smaller mat, I rotated the large pieces to get them to fit. I had to rotate my paper as a result.
– As I cut shapes, I moved them off the mat and to the left so I could keep track of what I had already cut.
– I loaded up my mat in Silhouette Studio with shapes and added paper in the corresponding positions on the mat so I only had to cut a few times instead of once for each paper or shape. (This mat is really loaded because I cut two of everything so I could make two cards at the same time.)
Card Design Changes:
– I did not like the shape with the “Happy Birthday” sentiment because the letters were missing the inner parts. I decided to use the Stencilia font instead of the font that came with the design.
I ungrouped the shape, deleted the original letters and then added my own. Be very careful lifting this shape off the mat so that it won’t tear the small pieces between the different parts of the letters.
– Since I was using birthday hat paper, I decided not to use the birthday hat portion included with the design. I just cut two presents instead.
– I also cut the stars off the presents.
4. I adhered the shapes together per the instructions in Lori Whitlock’s video.
I love how this card folds flat to fit in a 5×7 envelope.
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