60th Birthday Card

Welsh Birthday Card

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The boss of the carers who come here to help with my mother every day, and help me with showering and hair washing twice a week, had asked me if I’d make her a birthday card to give to her sister.  I didn’t have much of a brief – only that it should have “60” on it, say “Penblwydd Hapus” (Which is Welsh for Happy Birthday), and be big and blingy.  I should have asked what was her favourite colour, whether flowers were OK, etc., but I forgot.  So I did my usual – think about it for a couple of days, then collected an assortment of equipment and consumables, and started working on the idea that had come to me.

What I Used
  • 1 x A3 Sheet of White Cardstock for card, plus 2 for box
  • 2 x A4 sheets of Silver Glitter Cardstock
  • Items from a Kanban Oval collection that included, dies, floral toppers, foiled frames, etc.
  • 3 x Fabric Flowers that I put together myself from a Craft Buddy Forever Flowers kit
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Pinflair Glue
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Bookbinding Glue for constructing box
  • Foam Tape
  • Sticky Backed Faux Gems
  • 2 x Adorable Scorable A4 cardstock from Christmas Collection
  • “Penblwydd Hapus” Silver Peel Offs
  • “60” Silver Peel Offs
  • Hoogie Board
  • Cutterpillar Pro Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Corner Rounder Punch
  • Crossover Die Cutting Machine
What I Did

I made an asymetrical double easel card from a sheet of A3 heavy white cardstock, makeing the finished card A4 in size.  I put a sheet of silver glitter card on the inside/base and trimmed a background cardstock sheet from the Kanban collection and stuck it on top.

A sheet of the glitter card was also cut in half, the corners rounded with a punch, and stuck to the bottom half of each easel.

I then took the a couple of sheets of the foiled cardstock that matched the dies, and one sheet of toppers that matched the dies, and using my die-cutting mathine I cut out several layers from within these. The mats to go between the layers were cut using dies from the same oval collection out of a co-ordinating Adorable Scorable cardstock.  By matting and layering like this the foiled cardstock could be gutted, thus meaning that the top layers of the panel with the greeting as well as the stopper for the easel were cut out of the centre of the layers that form the decorative edged layer that’s stuck first onto the easels.

I also cut a long strip from the Adorable Scorable as well as a strip from a sheet from the Kanban kit that had a foiled decoration, stuck the foiled decoration directly onto the plain strip and then used foam tape to stick the whole thing as a “butt bar” a couple of inches in from the edge of the card base.

I then used glue, fingerlift tape and foam tape to build up the panels on both easel sides of the card, as well as an extra panel as a second stopper to hold one easel back further than the first.

I then made up three flowers from the flower kit and stuck them using glue gel onto the stopper.

I then stuck several different sizes of sticky back gems onto the card.

The Finished Card

And here’s the finished card standing up.  I had thought of makeing one a twisted easel but in the end decided on makeing both front faceing but with one being set back a bit.

A closeup of one side.

And a Closeup of the other side.

Small sticky back faux gems have been stuck spaced out around the central topper and on the centre of the flower.

Larger faux gems were put along the butt bar as well as both corners of the patterned background, and tiny ones on the centres of all the flowers on the base background – you may need to click to enlarge to have a chance of seeing them – then click back to return here.

I even put one faux gem inside the centre flower on the stopper.

I do hope the person who asked me to make it liked it.  She asked one of the carers to collect it.


I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.


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5 Replies to “60th Birthday Card”

  1. Hi Gwyneth this is a stunning card I love it. I bet the lady you made it for did too. Take care. Hugs Jackie