Elizabeth Craft Designs General Els van de Burgt Studio Soft Finish Cardstock

Quick Birthday Cards

August 9, 2016

Hello everyone, Sanna here again. Who does not know the situation, when you suddenly need a nice birthday card, but have nothing ready? And you really don’t want to buy one from the store, as you can create ones yourself. How about bold cardstock strips on a white background? This is what I came up with when I needed to create two birthday cards really quickly:

This is how the cards came together:

Sanna Lippert - die cut CS strip background

Step 1: Pick a total of 12 Soft Finish Cardstock colors and cut paper strips in size of 1,5 x 17 cm out of them. I chose to use different colors for every single die cut strip, but you could also use only a color or two for a different look. Now adhere Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the back of all cardstock pieces before die cutting them. This will make adhering them on the card base much easier. Take the Bead Strings 1 die set and use the two straight dies to die cut 12 strips of cardstock. Keep both the positive and the negative pieces for the cards.

Sanna Lippert - die cut CS strip background

Step 2: Cut two Happy Birthday sentiments from black Soft Finish Cardstock.

Sanna Lippert - die cut CS strip background

Step 3: Adhere the paper strips onto at white card base and align the pieces next to each other, but in various lengths. This makes the background more interesting for the eye. Cut the residual pieces off. You can use them on a future project like an ATC card or a gift tag. This way nothing goes to waste.Sanna Lippert - die cut CS strip background

Step 4: Adhere the Happy Birthday sentiment on top of the card. Decorate the surface with embellishments like puffy hearts, black texture spray splatters, and golden half-pearls.

Sanna Lippert - die cut CS strip background

Step 5: Now take a second white card base and adhere the negative die cut pieces. Align them next to each other starting from the top of the card and vary the length of the strips for more interest. Finally adhere the Happy Birthday sentiment across the bottom and decorate with puffy hearts, half-pearls, and black texture spray. This is what the finished cards look like:

Sanna Lippert - die cut CS strip background Sanna Lippert - die cut CS strip background

These cards are so much fun to make and very fast and easy to create. Just imagine the variations you could create by changing the card base colors, maybe adding a few Silk Microfine Glitter strips in between or just doing a monochromatic card!! I think I need to try that next. Thanks for stopping by – hope you enjoyed this fast and easy card idea!

Happy crafting,


Elizabeth Craft Designs: 
Soft Finish Cardstock – Celadon Green
Soft Finish Cardstock – Olive Twist
Soft Finish Cardstock – Whisper Blue
Soft Finish Cardstock – Bonnie Blue
Soft Finish Cardstock – Time for Teal
Soft Finish Cardstock – Pewter
Soft Finish Cardstock – Mustard
Soft Finish Cardstock – Pale Peach
Soft Finish Cardstock – Misty Mauve
Soft Finish Cardstock – Perfect Pink
Soft Finish Cardstock – Rosebud
Soft Finish Cardstock – Rich Black
Soft Finish Cardstock – True Green
Bead Strings 1
Happy Birthday
Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Big Shot
Puffy heart stickers
Half pearls
Black texture spray
White card bases

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  • Pat S August 16, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I love your ideas!

  • josetvdburgt August 9, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Fabulous cards Sanna. What a fun way to use the Bead Strings!

    • Sanna August 12, 2016 at 10:24 am

      thank you , Joset 🙂

  • Kathleen Adams August 9, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Sanna, this is such a great Idea! I just love it. I think I’m going to use this idea for when I need to make a bunch of cards for a “cause”. Maybe I won’t have to stay up all night crafting because I said “yes”! Thanks so much for this idea and tutorial!

    • Sanna August 12, 2016 at 10:23 am

      you are very welcome, Kathleen! glad you liked the idea!!! Happy crafting 🙂

  • Martina Bendinger August 9, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Sanna ich bewundere – wie immer – deine spontane kreative ader mit diesem tollen ergebnis….lg martina

    • Sanna August 12, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Danke, Martina!!

  • Lilaha BOlen August 9, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Marvelous idea! Going to my studio and making 4 right now (needed immediately) I will add a character of Rocky or Baker or Whiskers! Someone will make an appearance! love the idea! AND I already have Karen’s and Els’ dies to use!

    • Sanna August 9, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      thank you, Lilaha! Glad you like the idea – would love to see how your cards turned out!!

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