Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Birthday Cake Card Tutorial

I need to apologize to everyone who was hoping a tutorial for the birthday cake easel card would be posted shortly after I posted the card. We are "baseball central" at our house. Our 10 year old son is playing on a youth all-star baseball team this summer. For those of you who have no idea what this means let me put it this way - it's baseball, baseball, baseball - EVERYDAY! I'm not complaining but it doesn't leave any time for blogging. My son will practice two or three days per week and then play in tournaments four or five days per week. Oh yes - don't think you're given notice to plan because that doesn't happen. For instance, he has a game this friday at 5pm, and two games on Saturday - one at 2pm and another at 6pm. However, Sunday is "bracket" day which means we could play one game or three games and who knows what time. Absolutely crazy!! But we love it and our son is having an absolute ball - no pun intended.

Ok I digressed... I have been asked to create a tutorial for the birthday cake easel card I made back in April. I do not take credit for "inventing" this masterpiece. I wish I knew who did because they deserve a big applause. I saw this card on several blogs over the last few months and found one written in Swedish that I was able to follow. So, since this is the blog I used to create my card I will give credit to Elein Malein. I used her directions and added a bit of my own embellishments to create my card. If you are interested in step by step directions in English here's my tutorial - I do hope you make one and let me know the results!!


Supplies Needed:

Card Base: (1) cardstock 12” x 5 ½”
Card Front: (1) designer paper 2 ¼” x 5 1/8”
             and (1) designer paper 2 ¾ x 5 1/8”
Card Inside: (1) designer paper 4 ¾” x 5 ¼”
Candle Box: (1) cardstock 3 ¼ " x 4 ¼"
Cake Top: (1) cardstock 2 ¾” circle
Cake Side: (1) cardstock at 1 ¼” x 9”
Extra designer paper for decorating - optional
Extra cardstock for matting - optional
6 birthday candles, ribbon, small piece of acetate,
embellishments for decorating,
paper cutter, scissors, glue, bone folder

Step 1: Card Base
Step 1

Card base: Cut cardstock at 12” x 5 ½”. Use your favorite scoring tool and score 3", 5 5/8" and 6 3/8".

Step 2: Card front

Step 2:

Card front 1: Cut designer paper at 2 ¾” x 5 1/8”
optional: adhere to cardstock mat cut at 2 ¾” x 5 ¼”.

Card front 2: Cut designer paper at 2 ¼” x 5 1/8”
optional: adhere to cardstock mat cut at 2 5/8” x 5 ¼”. Cut a piece of ribbon 11” long and adhere to card base front from edge toward 3” score line. Adhere “card front 1” to card base, centering it over ribbon.

Adhere “card front 2” to card base, centering it between 3” score line and 5 5/8” score line.

Step 3: Cake side
Step 3:

Cake side: Cut piece of cardstock 1 ¼” x 9” and score it at 1/4" and 1" on long sides.

Step 4: Cake Side

Step 4:

Cake side: Take cardstock and cut small triangle from edge to ¼” score line and repeat on opposite side. This will allow paper to wrap around the cake top without creasing.

Step 5: Cake Side
Step 5:

Cake side: Cut cardstock at 1 ¼” x 9” and use border punch to create decoration for cake side.

Step 6: Cake Top

Step 6:

Cake top: Using your favorite circle cutter (i.e. Nestabilities, Cricut, etc.) to cut a 2 ¾” circle from cardstock. Optional: cut slightly smaller circle from designer paper and adhere to cardstock circle.

Step 7: Cake Top

Step 7:

Cake top: Punch six holes around cake top same diameter as candles.

Step 8: Cake Top

Step 8:

Cake top: Decorate cake top as desired. Optional: Use snow maker marker to simulate frosting.

Step 9: Cake Assembly

Step 9:

Cake assembly: Bend all the small triangles away from center of cake side strip and apply glue to them. Wrap strip underneath cake top as seen in photo. Use small piece of tacky tape to inner end of strip to close it.

Step 10: Candle Box
 Step 10:

Candle box: Cut cardstock to measure 3 ¼ " x 4 ¼" - this will fit 6 candles. Using your favorite scoring tool, score the shorter side of paper at 1/2", 7/8", 2 3/8" and 2 3/4". Turn the cardstock 90° and score at 1/2", 7/8", 3 3/8" and 3 3/4".

Step 11: Candle Box

Step 11:

Candle box: Cut away the shaded areas in the photo to the red lines. Cut on score line indicated by green line in photo.

Step 12: Candle Box
 Step 12:

Candle box: Trim tabs and fold score lines as shown in photo.

Step 13: Candle Box
 Step 13:

Candle box: Cut small rectangle in center of candle box – be careful not to go past score lines.

Cut small scrap of designer paper to measure 2 ½” x 1 ½” and punch small decorative window in center and adhere to box top covering slightly large window. Adhere acetate to inside of box.

Step 14: Candle Box
Step 14:

Candle box: Use small scraps of designer paper to decorate sides of box if desired.

Fold at score lines to create box leaving one top end open to allow access for candles

Step 15: Card Inside

Step 15:

Card Inside: Cut designer paper to measure 4 ¾” x 5 ¼”. Dry fit candle box and cake to mat. Use pencil to lightly mark location of candle box. Do not adhere mat to card base yet.

Step 16: Card Inside

Step 16:

Card Inside: Using the pencil markings created in step 15 as a guide – cut small two small slices (indicated by red line) on mat to feed ribbon.

Step 17: Card Inside
 Step 17:

Card Inside: Cut matching mat for designer paper at 5” x 5 3/8”. Adhere designer mat to cardstock mat making sure ribbon has already been fed through slits. (Photo shows candle box and cake already adhered to mat but this is more easily done in step 18)

Step 18: Card Inside
 Step 18:

Card Inside: Cut ribbon at 11” and glue to inside of card base from the 6 3/8” score line to edge. Adhere card inside mat to card base and center over ribbon. Adhere candle box and cake to mat.

Step 19: Card Finish

Step 19:

Card Finish: Use ribbon to close card and have some fun decorating card front. For example, stamp a cute image and color, add a sentiment and flowers – be creative!


  1. Great tutorial!!! Thank you!!!

  2. Hi Hope, You have done a great job with this tutorial. And I have to tell you that we did the same thing when my boy's were young but we did it with hockey for 11 years!! LOL.... Great fun and I wouldn't trade it for anything.. So enjoy it while you can..They grow way to fast!!
    hugs, Janiel

  3. Excellent tutorial, Hope. I have been meaning to give this a try ever since I saw your finished card a while back. Thank you for taking the time to do all the "math" for us, and thanks for posting the instructions. It was great seeing you in SC last weekend. Good luck with the baseball -- been there, done that, glad it's you and not me (grin)!!

  4. Hope,
    Thank you so much for this great tutorial! The directions and pictures are very well done. It must have taken quite a bit of time to do this. It is very much appreciated! I can't wait to give it a try.

  5. What a great tutorial! I saw your card when you posted it back a while, but I had no idea how to create card. Now I feel confident that I can attempt it myself. Thanks!!
    I know what you're going through with your son's baseball. I have two boys who played both travel soccer and local Hot Stove League, and I felt like all I did was drive from field to field for a game or practice. My boys are grown now, and I still marvel at how I was able to get both of them where they needed to be!! But, I wouldn't trade a minute of all the running around ~ "driving time" was good bonding time. I just always made sure I had a good book or my laptop for use during the long waits at various fields! Enjoy ~ these days will be over before you know it, and you'll be wondering what to do with yourself and all your free time!

  6. This is wonderful! Great job - your card is just adorable, too!!!

  7. WoW! This is just wonderful! I love your tutorial. It has so much detail. Just beautiful!
    Hugs, Marie

  8. Cute card Hope and lovely tutorial :o)

  9. Such an adorable card. Thanks for the tutorial! Keep them coming.

  10. Very pretty card Hope! Thanks for the tutorial, I've always wanted to try one of these cards
    Hugs Julie P

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