Cupcake birthday card

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I have a couple of young friends who have birthdays in the next few weeks. I made a cupcake card for my sister-in-law a couple of years ago and remember that it was a bit of struggle getting the “cupcake wrapper” to stick to the card. However, I decided to give it another try.

I worked out the wrinkles on the first card, so the second card came together fairly quickly (less than an hour, including making a die-cut that I didn’t end up using.

Step 1:

Cut a piece of plain card stock in the desired size and fold in half – mine were both about 6 inches by 4-1/2 inches.

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Cut a piece of patterned scrapbook paper in a slightly smaller size than the card. I wanted to add a decorative border on the top and bottom, so I added an extra inch to the length, so the edges would be close to the top and bottom edges of the card.

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Affix the background paper to the card – I use a glue stick.

Step 2:

Cut a 3 inch by 5 inch strip in a coordinating piece of scrapbook paper, Score and then fold. I have a scoring board which makes it quick and easy, but you could fold by hand.  Make sure you have an edge on either side (as opposed to an inner fold). This is the “wrapper”.

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For the “cake”, cut a circle, using a 2-inch round punch.

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Cut off about a quarter of the circle.

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For one of the cards, I added a decorative brad at the top of the circle; for the other one, I added a candle sticker.

Step 3:

Arrange the 2 pieces on the background paper. If the wrapper is too big, smooth out the folds and cut to the desired size.

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Use foam dots or squares to attach the circle to the background.

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On the wrong side of the paper, glue along the outside edge on both sides – this will give you a fold on either side.

Pinch about an inch at the bottom edge on both side and glue.

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Run a piece of clear double sided scrap booking tape down the outside edge on both sides.

Dab a generous amount of white glue to the top and bottom on the wrapper.

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Position the wrapper to fit the circle, making sure to pull the bottom edges in slightly. Press down on all sides.

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To make sure the top and bottom edges stuck to the card, I put a light weight object over it for a few minutes (my white glue bottle was heavy enough). If it still isn’t sticking, you can add some extra glue – I used a wooden skewer to poke the glue under the card.

Step 4:

Stamp a salutation on a narrow step of coordinating card stock – if you wish, decorate the edges (I rounded the corners on one and pinked the edges on the other). Attach to the card with foam double-sided glue dots.

Cupcake card number 2

Cupcake card number 2

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Cupcake card number 1

If you want, you can decorate the inside of the card.

Pop the card in an envelope and send it off to the birthday girl (or boy).

Links include: Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes ; Monday Link Party at Craft-O-Maniac; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple; Making Monday Marvelous at C.R.A.F.T. ; Made by You Mondays at Skip to My Lou ; Market Yourself Monday at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff; Get Your Craft on Tuesday at Today’s Creative Blog; Tuesday To Do Part at The Blackberry Vine: Take-a-Look Tuesdays at Sugar Bee Crafts; Wednesday Wowzers at oopsy daisy; Flaunt It Fridays at Dotted Line Crafts; The Cure for the Common Monday at Lines Across My FaceSix Sisters Stuff – Strut Your Stuff Saturday

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