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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.

Scrapbook Paper & Tile Coasters

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I bought some coasters from Ikea back when I was in college. They cost next to nothing, but they are also hideous. So I set out to make/buy a set to match my white/grey/yellow themed décor inspired by Mum In the Mad House.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  1. 4.25” Bright White Tiles (Home Depot) or any color tile you want
  2. Clear Spray Paint
  3. Scrapbook Paper (one standard 12 x 12 sheet can be cut for 9 coasters)
  4. Drop Cloth/Paper bag/Something you can make mess on
  5. Scissors/Paper Cutter
  6. Optional: Furniture tabs (Felt or Rubber)

I got my tiles from Home Depot for $0.16 apiece (SO CHEAP!), scrapbook paper from Michaels (don’t forget your coupons!), and clear spray paint left over from another project. I decided on clear spray paint instead of modge podge because I didn’t want to buy any (good reason), spray paint seemed easier, and modge podge seems to give the coaster a cloudier finish. I skipped the furniture tabs because I use these on my coffee table and don’t care if its scratches.

To start, I cut my scrapbook paper down to 3.75” squares with a paper cutter (a better more awesome version than mine from Amazon) to make sure I got straight lines. You can do this with scissors and cut whatever design you want, but I went simple. Obviously…bought too much paper. I also grabbed a pair of scissors and cut a Trader Joe’s paper bag open to lay my tiles on.

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I grabbed my tiles, scrapbook cutouts, paper bag, and spray paint and headed outside. Probably best to do this out of direct sunlight. Spray paint doesn’t do well with direct sun/heat. Also, I do all my spray painting on the grass because once the grass is cut, there’s no evidence of all the overspray (more helpful when its white spray paint and keeps my gardener wondering what the heck I’m doing). Win.

I laid the tiles down on the bag being sure to leave enough space between them to spray the sides because they come kinda rough and not shiny and smooth on the sides. I started by spraying the sides of each tile, then a light spray on top, emphasis on light! If you spray too much this stuff puddles and turns a not cute shade of yellow, especially on white surfaces.

I’d recommend you spray one tile at a time because the goal is to lay the scrapbook paper down before the paint dries/becomes unsticky. I placed my scrapbook paper square on the tile and had a few seconds to shift it around, but after that its stuck. I ran my fingers over the dry paper to make sure it completely stuck to the tile and had no air bubbles. The paper looked a little wet and ugly when I did this, but it went away as it dried.

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I waited about 15 min for it all to dry. Once it was dry, I sprayed another light (emphasis on light) coat of clear on top and repeated this 2-3 times to get that glossy finish and to make sure the paint sealed the paper to the coaster. Let dry 24 hour before use. I wasn’t patient enough to wait that long, but that’s what I’m recommending anyway.

This is when you’d stick on the furniture tabs to protect whatever surface you’re using this on. Make sure to wipe the surface before sticking (maybe with a little rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball) to get any dirt/oil and stuff off to make sure it sticks. I’d recommend one in each corner for balance. Voila.

Here’s what they look like:

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I’ve tested these out with hot and cold drinks and haven’t had any issues with condensation/heat. And since it was so cheap and easy, I can afford to just replace them when I’m ready for a new design!

Here’s a few more ideas I considered:

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  1. Gold Chevron Coasters
  2. Painted Cork Coasters
  3. Lace Coasters