DIY Birthday Card

This week’s birthday card is simplistic and sweet.  I’ve been wanting to create a “grown-up” version of balloons and I was inspired by a card I’d seen awhile back. 

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You will need:

  • cutting board for straight edge
  • cardstock scrapbook paper
  • thin sharpie pen for handwritten quote
  • self-adhesive glitter dots $2-$5 depending on the brand and type
  • tape runner $3-$6 depending on the length and brand
  • diamond brads $3.49
  • folding notecard and envelope $10.99 for a pack of 40
  • thin string (used in the DIY Dreamcatcher Tutorial)
  • 3D adhesive dots $3.49
  • craft punch tool 1″ circle $10.95 (Martha Stewart brand)
  • ink and ink pad

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I chose the color scheme of blues and pinks and decided which color I wanted to be my base (navy blue), and which color I wanted to be the main background color (aqua).  I chose light pink, navy blue and fuschia as my balloon colors.  I used my Martha Stewart craft punch tool to create a perfect circle.  This tool is very easy; you simply slide your cardstock inside the punch tool and squeeze the handle to create your circle.  I cut out little triangles to add to the bottom of the balloons and attached the strings onto the back of the balloons.

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The structure of the banner was simple.  I wrote out “HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENN” onto a piece of cardstock in the shape of an arch and cut around it.  This is obviously optional, but using light pink ink and an ink pad, I shaded the edges of the banner to tie in the pink colors.  Then, I cut out two separate small pieces as the edge of the banner and attached it to the navy cardstock to give it some depth.  I attached the banner to the card using 3D adhesives so that it raises off the page and gives room for the strings to hang freely behind. 

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Any questions, just ask (bubblyonabudget@gmail.com)!  Any comments, type away!

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