Throwback Thursday: Happy Wishes Birthday Card [Tutorial]

Throwback Thursday: Happy Wishes Birthday Card

We are going to make a Happy Wishes birthday card today.

What is Throwback Thursday you ask? It’s when I take a card that I made many years ago, because we all know you can’t give away your samples, and use new stamps, papers and embellishments to create a modern version of that card. Sometimes you don’t need a brand new idea. Sometimes you can take something that has already worked and put a modern twist on it. Sounds fun, right?

Past Version

So here is the card I am going to use as my guide to create a new card. I made this card approximately 9 years ago. I used the Good Friend stamp set and the Good Morning Sunshine DSP (designer series paper) and the Hidden Garden rub-ons. These products were in the 2009 spring-summer catalog. Color combinations and design styles go out of fashion, but something like a card fold or a layout does not.

Good Friend/Happy Wishes

Modern Version

To create a modern version of this card I chose to use the Happy Wishes stamp set from the 2018 Sale-A-Bration catalog and Petal Passion DSP and the Stampin’ Blends markers. I think this Happy Wishes birthday card is so beautiful and it was easy to make.

Ready? Ok, let’s get to work.

Step 1:

You should have an idea of the products you want to use. When I was looking for a card to reinvent I knew I wanted to use the Happy Wishes stamp set. It’s such a beautiful set. Did you know you can get it for FREE? To see how check out the details at the end of this post. So I needed a card design that would accommodate the word “happy”. I also knew I wanted to use the Petal Passion DSP because one of the” in” things to do is to color your DSP. I was also looking for a different card base fold than the standard fold (a standard card base scored in the middle). This type of fold is called the Gate Fold. The 2009 card I choose met my 3 requirements.

Good Friend/Happy Wishes

Step 2:

The only modification, for this Happy Wishes birthday card, I needed to make was to increase the size of the card stock piece in the center of the card. It needed to be larger to accommodate the word “happy”. I wanted to stay as close to the original card as possible. So I took a scrap of Whisper White card stock and cut it to fit the stamp. I added a ¼” to the width and 1 ¼” to the length.

Step 3:

Let’s cut all the pieces for our Happy Wishes birthday card first.
Card Base: Cut Pool Party card stock (8 ½” x 11”) to 4 ¼” x 11”, score at 2 ¾” and 8 ¼” (landscape)
DSP: Cut Petal Passion DSP 2 5/8” x 4 1/8”
Center Piece: Cut Basic Black card stock to 4 1/8” x 2 1/8”, cut Whisper White card stock 2” x 4”
Check out my post on the features of the Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Trimmer HERE.

Step 4:

Let’s stamp for our Happy Wishes birthday card!
Stamp “birthday” in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on the bottom center of the right side of the gate fold.
Stamp “happy” in the center of the Whisper White card stock in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

Step 5:

Let’s color our Happy Wishes birthday card! This is my favorite part of this card. Our new alcohol based markers, Stampin’ Blends, are so much fun to color with. Go here to read about them.

Good Friend/ Happy Wishes

DSP: I used the following markers from left to right – Dark Pink Pirouette, Dark Daffodil Delight, Light Old Olive, Light Pool Party, Light Pink Pirouette, Light Daffodil Delight, Light Calypso Coral, & Dark Pool Party.
“happy”: I used the same markers to color the flowers and leaves. As you can see I colored a little bit out of the lines. You can use the color lifter to correct these types of mistakes.


Step 6:

Let’s put together our Happy Wishes birthday card!

Happy Wishes
Using Snail (double stick adhesive) adhere the DSP to the left side of the gate fold.
Then adhere the Whisper White card stock stamped piece to the Basic Black card stock piece.
Turn the Basic Black card stock piece over and put adhesive on the right half and then stick it down on the left side of the gate fold with the piece centered vertically and ½” from the left side of the card base.
Use the Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere 3 black sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment onto the right side of the card. A small sequin was placed on the dot over the “i” in “birthday”.

Happy Wishes

I hope you were inspired today! I just love how this card turned out!!

Recipe: Paper. Images. Embellishments.

Paper: Pool Party, Basic Black and Whisper White card stock, Petal Passion DSP

Images: Happy Wishes stamp set, Stampin’ Blends

Embellishments: Metallics Sequin Assortment

Extras: Snail, Multipurpose Glue

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