It was recently my college roommate’s birthday. If I didn’t know better, I’d have thought she majored in glitter and puffy paint. She puffy painted everything, including her laptop, scissors, and stapler. You name it, it had glitter on it. In her honor, I made her one of my most awesome birthday cards ever. A big, pink, glitter unicorn. We’re all grown up now, but nobody’s ever too old for unicorns and glitter.
So here’s what you’ll need to make this birthday card:
- Unicorn Image (.studio file or .PDF)
- Silhouette Cameo or Small Scissors
- X-Acto Knife
- Cutting mat or cutting board
- Pink, white, black, and gold paper (scrapbook paper preferred)
- Glue Stick
- Silver and/or Gold glitter nail polish(Essie Golden Nuggets, Essie Silver Bullions), puffy paint, or glue
- Optional: Glue Gun and Glue Gun Sticks
- Optional: Tulle Ribbon
So, I went a-Googling and found myself a cute unicorn picture from Zazzle to start. While it would be super easy to just order the card from there, it wouldn’t be the same and it wouldn’t be as giant and glittery and awesome as the one I made. Also, I needed a card that day and I couldn’t wait for processing time and mailing time.
So, I saved the image and traced it in the Silhouette Cameo software and came up with the unicorn outline. To make it extra special, I added “Happy B-day April!” lettering along the edge. Since the person you’re making the card for probably isn’t named April, I removed the name from the links in this post.
With Silhouette Cameo: Next, I was ready to cut. I used a thick pink paper with some texture to it. It was some that I had from another project and thought the color would be great for this. I placed it on the cutting mat and fed it through the machine. I’m pretty paranoid and use a slow cut setting (usually between 1-3) and always set the cutting tool to 2 for any kind of scrapbook paper.
Without Silhouette Cameo: If you don’t have a cameo, print out the PDF image, cut it out, trace it onto the paper you want to use, and cut the image out with a small pair of scissors and/or X-Acto knife. Its more tedious but this image isn’t too difficult to cut out.
Tip: I used to use cuticle scissors to make small and precise cuts. I’d never use them for my cuticles, but they work really well for paper crafts and help you get around curves and corners more easily than traditional scissors.
Once, the cutting was finished, I removed the excess paper around the outside, making sure to remove it carefully and cutting any areas that didn’t cut all the way through with an X-acto knife.
Next, I removed the outline of the unicorn using the same process. I removed the paper slowly and used an X-Acto knife to cut any areas needed.
Next, I took my glue stick and slathered it all over the back of the outline and glued the outline to a piece of white scrapbook paper that would serve as my backing.
Next, I removed what I call the “hair” pieces and glued them to the paper as well. By hair I mean the tail, mane, and bangs. I think they’re the bangs part of the mane. I don’t know. All the hair bits. Oh, and I did the little ear outline as well.
Next, I cut out the horn, eyes, and nostrils. I could have just used my cameo to do this, but I didn’t bother because there were so few pieces and I just cut them out by hand with an X-Acto knife. I used the pink pieces that were cut out by the Silhouette Cameo and traced it with the X-Acto knife onto gold (horn) and black paper (eyes and nostrils).
I was able to glue the gold horn on without a problem, but the placement of the eye and nostrils came out funny when I guessed where they should be. It makes a big difference if you place them crooked or in the wrong place. To get the exact placement for the eyes and nostrils, I used the actual unicorn piece as a guide. Isn’t she cute? This unicorn is DEFINITELY a she with all this pink and glitter.
Next, my little unicorn was ready for some GLITTER. I couldn’t find my glitter glue, so I opted for glitter nail polish instead. You can use any method to adhere glitter to paper here. However, I’m pretty happy with using nail polish because it doesn’t make the paper all soggy and the glitter bits don’t crumble off and leave a mess everywhere. Believe me. Glitter goes everywhere and it never goes away. Ever.
I used the gold glitter for the horn, and silver glitter for the “hair” pieces.
So sparkly and cute. Here’s what it looked like after it dried. Its a subtle glitter, but sparkly nonetheless.
Next, I cut around the edge of the pink outline, leaving about a 3/8″ white border around the edge. I probably could have used the Silhouette Cameo for this, but didn’t have the foresight to do that. Oh well.
I also found some tulle ribbon left over from wedding projects I did years ago. I couldn’t help myself. I cut a piece to the length of the unicorn and attached it underneath the outline of the horn. I used a glue gun for this to make sure it would stick. Regular glue stick wouldn’t work for this. Here she she is!
I wrote a little message along the edge on the back so it wouldn’t ruin the front of the card and wouldn’t show through the white paper if she decides to put this up somewhere.