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Pink Unicorn Birthday Card

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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:

  1. Unicorn Image (.studio file or .PDF)
  2. Silhouette Cameo or Small Scissors
  3. X-Acto Knife
  4. Cutting mat or cutting board
  5. Pink, white, black, and gold paper (scrapbook paper preferred)
  6. Glue Stick
  7. Silver and/or Gold glitter nail polish(Essie Golden Nuggets, Essie Silver Bullions), puffy paint, or glue
  8. Optional: Glue Gun and Glue Gun Sticks
  9. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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I used the gold glitter for the horn, and silver glitter for the “hair” pieces.

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So sparkly and cute. Here’s what it looked like after it dried. Its a subtle glitter, but sparkly nonetheless.

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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!

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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.

Sunday Rose Wedding Card

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Two of the cutest people ever are getting married in a few weeks and unfortunately, my husband and I won’t be able to make it. Instead we’re sending a card and gift and I wanted to share how I went about making their card.

Inspired by Monique Lhullier’s Sunday Rose dress and this beautiful rose envelope from Bird’s Cards.

Note: Since Bird’s Cards has graciously made files available for free, here are terms of use. Free is great, but I definitely support giving credit where credit is due and not profiting from something they have made available for free.

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I purchased a Silhouette Cameo from Amazon this past year and I’ve been finding every reason to make paper crafts and things with it. I LOVE this thing. Its definitely not something you NEED, but honestly we all NEED very few things. If you can splurge, I wholeheartedly encourage you to get one. Its AMAZING.

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Okay back to the card.  You don’t need a Silhouette Cameo and you can definitely simplify what I’ve done here as well. Here’s what you’ll need to duplicate my version:

  1. 2 sheets 12 x 12 white cardstock (one for tux and dress and for the envelope)
  2. 1 small piece of black cardstock (or any color for bow tie)
  3. 6.5″ x 6.5″ sheet pink cardstock (shows through rose envelope)
  4. Silhouette Cameo (and computer) or computer, printer, and scissors
  5. X-ACTO Knife
  6. Rotary Cutting Mat
  7. Glue Stick
  8. Glue Gun and Glue Gun Sticks
  9. 8″ of ribbon (preferably soft and at least 0.5″ wide)
  10. 24″ of ribbon (envelope closure)
  11. Optional: 1 sheet black cardstock (exterior envelope for mailing) & small piece of gold for sealing circle

I’ve included the Silhouette Cameo cut file (Dress and Tux, Envelope) and a JPEG version (Dress and Tux, Envelope) you can print on your own. FREE cut files and FREE templates. I just don’t believe in paying for these things because its so readily available online or you can make whatever you want if you take the time to create the files.

I copied the rose shapes from the Bird’s Cards file and expanded the pattern. I then drew a dress shape and used the crop tool to shape it into a dress. (All things you don’t really need to learn for now since I’ve already done it for you.) I plugged my Silhouette in and got to cutting on one of the white pieces of cardstock. Depending on the thickness of paper you select, the settings will vary. For the cardstock I used, I set my blade to 1, speed of 1, depth of 33. Optional: select the double cut option. Since there are so many cuts, this takes awhile, but its definitely worth the wait.

If you’re not using a cameo, you can use the JPEG file printed on regular 8.5″ x 11″ paper, tape the pieces together, trace onto the cardstock, then cut out the shapes using an X-acto knife and/or scissors.

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Once its done cutting, I removed the cutting mat and slowly peeled back the excess paper around the dress and took an X-acto knife to cut away any pieces that were still attached. Peel slowly to make sure you don’t tear anywhere that’s still attached.

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Next, I peeled back the dress piece, leaving behind the little rose pieces on the cutting mat, and transferred it to my rotary cutting mat. You can use a cutting board for this instead if you don’t have a rotary cutting mat. I trimmed away any remaining pieces from the rose cutouts with an X-acto knife. You can probably avoid most of this if you use the double cut function, but I forgot to check that box before cutting. Oops.

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You can cut out the shirt part of the tux on the same sheet. I forgot to include it and had to go back and cut this on a scrap piece of white paper.

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Repeat the process for the rose envelope on white, bowtie on a small scrap piece of black paper, and exterior envelope (if you choose to do one) on black paper. Its a lot of cutting.

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A lot of cutting later, I had all my pieces to assemble. Tah dah! So fancy.

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Next, I took my glue stick to glue down the pieces. I glued the pink square down to the white envelope, then I glued the dress and shirt down, and lastly the black bow tie. I glued the dress and tux off the the right side so I’d have room for writing on the left.

And now its time for my super clever idea. Well, I think its clever. I pat myself on the back for this one. First, I folded the flaps down along the perforated line cut by my Silhouette Cameo. (I LOVE this feature.) I take an 8″ piece of ribbon, which I specified to be soft so its pliable and somewhat wide for visibility, and glued one edge of it at the center edge of the top flap with a glue gun. I used a glue gun to make sure it stuck well and quickly, but used a thin layer so there wasn’t a bunch a clumping and oozing.

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Next, I tie a knot, making sure not to tighten it at all, then glue the other end to the bottom center edge of the envelope. Off to the side, I wrote “Congrats on tying the knot!” with a sharpie. Do you get it? Do you!? AHHH! I love this. When the couple opens the envelope later, it will actually tie the knot. Amazeballs.

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I added more writing (not pictured) and was ready to seal it up. I folded the top and bottom flaps first, making sure to tuck in the ribbon from my SUPER clever idea. Then I folded down the two side flaps. To keep this all closed up, I took a 24″ piece of ribbon and tied a band around the entire envelope. I tied a knot instead of a bow to keep the bulk down. I also made angled cuts on both edges to give it a cleaned up/polished look.

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Since I’m going to have to mail this thing, I cut out a black envelope using a slightly larger version of the same white rose envelope template, but without the rose cutouts. Unfortunately, it didn’t close all the way in the center. (Womp, womp.) To fix the problem, I cut a round circle out of gold cardstock. I applied glue around the outside edge of the circle and slapped it on in the middle. I only applied glue to the outside edge because I didn’t want any seeping through the gap down into the actual card.

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All done! I ended up writing the address on the center circle with a sharpie and this thing was ready to mail out. Its not pictured because…well…its not important that you know where they live.