Happy Birthday

with a wave


10/5/20232 min read

Would you like to experiment with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencil I used from A Colorful Life Designs . Follow the link and use discount code ChrisFan10 to save 10% on your entire order! (Master Creator Bundles are excluded as they already have a 20% discount built in.)

I often find that a nice generic birthday card is a handy thing to have in my ready and waiting pile.

Let’s Get Started:

Card Base: 5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Navy Border: 5.5 x 4.25

Card Face:5.5 x 4 1/8

Stencilled Layer: 5.5 x 2.75

Navy cardstock: 5.5 x 2.75

Small Scrap of Cardstock for Sentiment

Small pieces of cardstock to diecut the flower

Card Face:

I selected an embossing folder and inserted the card face: these were put through the Big Shot.

Stencilled Layer:

  • I attached the stencil to the cardstock, grabbed ink and the appropriate brush and set to work.

  • I applied green ink through the stencil, varying intensity and depth of tone to provide visual interest.

  • Once the inking was complete, I added a curved die, secured it with mint tape and ran that through the Big Shot.

  • This left me with two pieces, each with a curved edge as shown.


I used cream and orange cardstock to cut the four layers of the blossom, alternating colours.


  • I glued the navy border to the card base.

  • I added the embossed cream coloured layer on top of that, centering horizontally.

  • I glued the two stencilled pieces onto the smaller strip of navy cardstock, pulling the top and bottom out slightly to allow a narrow strip of navy to peek through.

  • I glued this onto the embossed layer.

  • I assembled the flower, alternating colours and gluing each one down, then I glued it place on the bottom left as shown.

  • I added a small rhinestone to the center of the flower.

  • I pulled the sentiment from my Ready-to-Go binder: it had been left over from another project, and was perfect for this one. I glued it in place on the top right.

Final thoughts:

I love green and blue together, I think they make a gorgeous duo. In this instance they are on a cream coloured background which softens the contrast slightly as compared to placing them on white.

I think that softer contrast works well in this design.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

I have listed which products I have used, and where they may be purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.

Stencil: Beautiful Rays, A Colorful Life Designs

Die: Sizzix Edgelits, Amazon

Kaleidascope Flower, Spellbinders (retired)

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Mint Tape:Scrapbook.com

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up!

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Blue Cardstock, Stampin' Up!

Card Base and Card Face, 110 lb Cream, Michaels

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