Happy 4th of July Birthday


I love it that we have a friend at church who was born on the 4th of July.  Not only is that such a special birth day in my opinion, it is a good opportunity for me to use my patriotic paper. Heehee, most people wouldn’t understand, but I know you card makers do.  I made Ken an easel card, so if he wants to keep it out for a while, it looks more like a display piece instead of a card.   There’s not much to this card.  Basically, it’s the measurements that are needed.


It doesn’t look like a square in this photo, but it is a 6 x 6 inch card.  I used the Americana 6 x 6 inch Paper Pad by PebblesClick on the photo to be linked to the source. 


The woodgrain background is 6 x 6 inches.  It’s puzzling to me that the woodgrain paper is not pictured on the paper pad front.

The brown and white paper with words is 4.5 x 4.5 inches.

The two vertical strips are .2 x 6 inches.

The two horizontal strips are .2 x 4.5 inches.

Born on the 4th of July was typed on the computer and printed on vellum.

Happy Birthday is a die by Our Daily Bread that I ran through the Cuttlebug Die Cut Machine on the Americana paper and then again with 65# Recollections dark blue cardstock to outline the letters.

Tombow Mono Adhesive was used to stick all the pieces together.

Seven stars were die cut with a die from Simon Says Stamp Large Holiday Shapes and the Cuttlebug out of the Americana paper.  As well, seven cards were cut out of 65# Recollections dark blue cardstock to outline the stars.

Ranger Multi Medium Matte Glue was used to adhere the stars to the card front.

I went around all of the plaid paper shapes with a Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen, small point, Indanthrene Blue 247 to make them stand out on the brown and white paper with words.  This is a dye ink, so it will not smear when something like Glossy Accents is used on top of it.

I found a piece of gray cardboard in my stash and cut it just a smidge smaller than 6 x 6 inches.  Scrapbook E-Z Runner Adhesive, a stronger adhesive than Tombow, was used to adhere this to the back of the card front.  The cardboard was needed to hold the card erect when standing.  The white cardstock alone would bend.

110# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock was cut to 6 x 6 inches and adhered to the back of the cardboard.

A Small Easel Die, manufactured by Sizzix and designed by Tim Holtz under his Alterations line, was used to die cut 110# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock.  This was adhered to the center of the card back with Ranger Multi Medium Matte Glue.  I let this dry under a flat heavy weight.  Click on the gray easel photo for the link.


FullSizeRender  Here’s my card back.

To finish the card, I used Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen on all of the plaid paper pieces to give it a little glimmer to help it stand out.  While this looked pretty, especially at an angle, I wanted more emphasis on the plaid so it would “speak.”  So after the Sparkle dried a little while, I put Glossy Accents on all of the plaid pieces.  This really made things pop!  The photograph above doesn’t do it justice.  I’ll take a close up right now!  


See?  Isn’t it beautiful with the sparkle and Glossy Accent?

It was fun making a July 4th birthday card.  I love the red, white and blue combination.  Why don’t you see what you can come up with along the patriot line?  Here’s hoping that if you are a part of the United States of America that you will have a fabulous 4th of July as you celebrate our Nation’s freedom.

In God we trust,



Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #288-#289 – Anything Goes  http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Red, White and/or Blue  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/

Paper Sweeties July Challenge #57   https://www.papersweeties.com https://www.linkytools.com/wordpress_list.aspx?id=280009&type=thumbnail#



3 thoughts on “Happy 4th of July Birthday

  1. Andrea Ockey Parr says:

    What a totally clever idea to combine a birthday theme with a 4th of July vibe! Lucky birthday people born on the 4th! I think the patterned papers that you combined look amazing together and I’m especially loving that plaid. This is a beauty from top to bottom and I’m so glad you shared such an original project with us for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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  2. Karen Letchworth says:

    What a super fun card. Thanks so much for sharing with us in this month’s challenge. I hope you will stop by often. We also have a super inspirational and fun Facebook page so that you won’t miss anything.
    Karen L
    Paper Sweeties DT


  3. shabbygirl says:

    Another wonderful creation … and how cute is the little patriotic snowman fella!!! Thank you so much for sharing your work with us at Paper Sweeties for our July challenge 🙂


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