Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Card - Mixing Dies with Stencils

Hey everyone.  One of the first stencils I bought from StencilGirl was the Weaving Stencil by Andrew Borloz.  I loved it because all I really saw were candles.  And candles can always be used on cards.  This is a project I have had in my head for some time and I finally found some time this week to get them done.  

As you can see from the photo below, I made two birthday cards mixing a die cut from Memory Box with Andrew's Weaving Stencil from StencilGirl.  The tutorial is for the card on the left and the card on the right is a more feminine option with different colors and the candles done differently too.  

Supplies Used:

Memory Box - Happy Birthday Die No. 98838
Die Cut Machine i.e. Big Kick, Big Shot, or Cuttlebug
White cardstock for base - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" folded in half
White cardstock 5 1/4" x 4"
Green cardstock 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" and another piece 1 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Purple cardstock 2 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Sharpie Black Fine Tip Marker
Black Archival Ink by Ranger
Double sided tape
Zig Chisel Tip adhesive
Candles rubber stamp by Studio G, No. IC0082
Stamp Positioner
Stickles in Firefly, Orange Peel, True Blue, and Yellow
Removable tape 

Step by Step:

1.  Adhere the Green cardstock (5 1/2" x 4 1/4") to the card front using double sided tape or an adhesive of your choice.

2.  Adhere the Happy Birthday die from Memory Box to the piece of purple cardstock with the removable tape and run it through your die cut machine.  Note: don't throw away the letters that will cut spelling "birthday".  Keep them for another project.
3.  Turn the die cut piece over.  Apply some of the Zig Chisel to the back where the green piece will go and adhere the piece of green cardstock.

4.  Apply some double sided tape to the back of the piece and adhere to the piece of white cardstock.

5.  Using your black permanent marker, trace 3 of the long rectangle design in the stencil to the card front.  Then go back and trace the other designs within each of the 3 long rectangles.  For the middle candle, I put the design on the side and traced.

6.  To make this look like a candle, you need to have a flame.  I did not have just a candle flame stamp so I used a stamp positioner and a sticky note to place the flame at the top of each candle.

7.  Color the candles and the flames.  I used Tombow Markers, Nos. 025, 055, 195, 493, 835, and 925.  After coloring, adhere this piece to the card front using double sided tape or adhesive of your choice.

8.  Adhere the Stickles over the Tombow Markers and allow to dry.  I used markers and Stickles close in color so they would compliment each other.  After they dry, you can use the permanent marker and trace back over any areas that need to be darkened.

9.  Write a nice message inside and send this card to someone special. 

Hope you liked this card. 



  1. Love these Birthday cards! Great tutorial and great colors! Oh and in case you want to mail these to anyone, my birthday is in June!!! :)

    1. Thanks Sue. I truly appreciate your wonderful comments. If you send me your address, I will be sure to get a card out to you. LOL

  2. You are so clever Michael and always seem to be coming up with new and innovative ideas first!! :-)

  3. Already a follower by email... wishing you much continued success and always looking forward to posts using my favorite brand of stencils!!!

  4. fantastic card!!!!