A Simple Design for Homemade Birthday Card Ideas

Save this in your homemade birthday card ideas file!

I am always playing around with homemade birthday card ideas because I feel like those are one of the kinds of cards we always need. I love simple cards designs with touches of detail and this idea is definitely a keeper!  For this card I used the Nested Circle Scallop with Holes, Branches and Leaves, Flower Buds, Nested Circles and the sentiment from the It’s Spring Time.  

One of my homemade birthday card ideas featuring a small detailed element on an overall simple design for lots of visual impact

The Card Base

  • Use white cardstock to cut the A2 sized card base and white scallop layer.
  • Stamp the Happy Birthday sentiment on the card base using Nocturne ink.
  • Cut a strip of pink cardstock and run it through your straight crimper.  
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the crimped pink strip and attach it to the card base.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the scallop layer and attach it to the card base.

The Wreath

  • Cut a circle wreath base using two small circle dies.
  • Use green cardstock to cut the two small leaf sections of the Branches and Leaves set.  
  • Place the leaf branches face up on the molding pad and gently form them using your leaf tool or small tipped stylus.
  • Begin attaching leaf branches to the base using glossy accents and over lapping the branches all the way around to fill in the wreath.
  • Use pink cardstock to cut tiny flowers.
  • Place them face up on the molding pad and push down in the center of each using a small tipped stylus.
  • Attach the flowers to the wreath using glossy accents.
  • Apply a generous amount to glossy accents to the back of the wreath base and attach it to the scalloped layer.

I like creating simple card designs that are fast and easy to make yet pack a big creative punch.  My project today is very feminine but you can check out my Sweet and Simple Birthday Card Ideas to see a project perfect for anyone.

One of my homemade birthday card ideas using a detailed die cut element on a simple card layout using stamps and dies from Rubbernecker

I hope this is one of those projects that makes it to your homemade birthday card ideas folder! It’s so flexible and adaptable! And I would love to hear what you think of this and what you do to make it your own!

 
Nested Circle Scallop w/ Holes Die…
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Nested Circle Die Cut Set 5002D
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5404D Branches and Leaves Die
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Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-09D
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3309 It’s Spring time
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Versafine Clair Nocturne Pad
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Paper Blossom Tool Kit 4/Pkg
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Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
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Glossy Accents .5oz
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Scotch Advanced Tape Glider & Tape
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Scor-Tape .125″X27yd
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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A Special Birthday Wreath Card

This truly special birthday wreath card isn’t one you’d necessarily make a big stack of though if you would, you are amazing! I spent lots of time on the exquisite details of this tiny paper wreath making this card one that is perfect for one of those big milestone birthdays or for someone truly special. Read on for all the details.  For this card I used the Rubbernecker Nested Scallop with Holes, Large Ivy, Flower Buds and Kittie Says Phrases #1.

birthday wreath card made with die cuts from Rubbernecker to create a stunning tiny paper wreath of ivy and flowers

Card Base, Scalloped Layer and Sentiment

  • Cut an A2 sized card base using white cardstock and a 5.50″ x 4.25″ layer using purple cardstock.
  • Use ATG adhesive to attach the purple layer to the white card base.  Pro Tip:  Using a colored layer of cardstock uses only one fourth of a sheet and allows me to save the other three quarters for future projects.  
  • Cut the scalloped layer using white cardstock and attach it to the card base using strips of mounting tape.
  • Cut a strip of white cardstock and cut it again using the scalloped die to create matching edges.  Pro Tip:  Secure the strip of cardstock to the die with tape so you can hold it in place when cutting to create perfectly straight scallop holes on both sides.  
  • Stamp the sentiment with black ink and set aside.

 

the exquisite paper wreath made with die cuts from Rubbernecker on today's birthday wreath card

The Wreath

  • Cut a 1.75″ wreath base using the Nested Circle die set.
  • Use scissors to handout the center out of the circle to create the wreath bae.
  • Use green cardstock to cut sections of ivy.
  • Cut each ivy section in two to create two smaller ivy branches.
  • Begin attaching the ivy to the base using glossy accents.
  • Tuck the end of each ivy section under the leaves from the previous section to overlap and continue all the way around the base.
  • For this wreath I tucked additional sections of ivy around the whole wreath to make it full and lush.
  • Cut the tiny flowers using purple cardstock, place them face up on the molding pad and form them using a small tipped stylus.
  • Attach the small purple flowers all the way around the wreath using glossy accents.
  • Create a white multi loop bow and attach it to the wreath using glue dots.
  • Apply glossy accents all the way around the back of the wreath base and attach it to the scalloped layer. 
  • Finish the card by attaching the sentiment layer using  strips of mounting tape.

Check out my How To Make A Wreath post to see a few step by step photos of how to layer the foliage to the base.  I used different foliage but the concept is the same.  Click over to my Multi Loop Bow video tutorial to see how I made my bow.

a birthday wreath card suitable for milestone birthdays with a precious paper wreath made from tiny ivy and flower die cuts

Now that you have some tips up your sleeve, give this a try! And with these basics, you can make little flower arrangements, banners, garlands, etc. – there’s no end to what you can create! You will return again and again to the things you learned with this birthday wreath card because who can resist such beautiful little works of art?

 
5300D Nested Scallop with Holes
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5162-02D Large Ivy
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Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-09D
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3308 Kittie Says Phrases #1
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Versafine Clair Nocturne Pad
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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Glue Dots, Mini (3/16″)
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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New & Improved Mini MISTI Laser…
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Balloon Birthday Card

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Do you have someone on your birthday list that would love to receive a balloon birthday card?  Popped up balloons are great to use as the main focal image on a clean and simple card or incorporated into a fun scene.  I had a girl in mind when I made this card with pastel colors but it would perfect with primary colors as well.  To make this this card I used Rubbernecker’s Nested Scallop with Half Holes, Balloons, Birthday Balloons, Birthday Balloons Coordinated Die, Slimline Clouds, Grass, Leaves and Greenery, Small Flowers #1 and Small Butterflies

Create a balloon birthday card using stamps and dies by Rubbernecker.

The Card Base

I like to create matching decorative layers on my cards that can be layered to add a special extra touch of interest.  So for this card I used the large scallop die to cut the full scene base and the cloud and grass layers.  

  • Cut an A2 sized card base using yellow cardstock.
  • Use white cardstock to cut the scene base using the scallop die, clouds and fence and green cardstock to cut the grass.
  • Use the scallop die to cut the borders of the clouds and grass.
  • Mask off the decorative edge to the scene base and apply light blue ink using a large blender brush.
  • Remove the mask, apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the scene base and attach it to the yellow card base.

The Clouds, Grass and Fence

  • Apply double stick tape to the back of the back cloud layer and attach it to the scene.  Note:  I didn’t want the back cloud to be popped up around the edges so I secure it with the tape.  I added three small pieces of mounting tape to the back scallop portion of the cloud to to pop them up.
  • Apply a strip of mounting tape to the back of the front cloud layer and attach it to the back cloud layer. 
  • Attach the grass to the fence layer using double stick tape.
  • Apply small strips of mounting tape to the back of the fence and grass section and attach it the scene base.

The Flowers and Butterflies

  • Use green cardstock to cut the flower stems, Yellow cardstock to cut the flowers and pink cardstock to cut the butterflies.
  • Place the small glowers face up on the molding pad and form them using a small tipped stylus.
  • Apply glossy accents to the flower stems and attach the small flowers.
  • Apply small dots of glossy accents to the butterfly centers and flower centers and attach pre made white Nuvo Crystal Drops.
  • Note:  I apply small dots of Nuvo Crystal drops to a piece of a Kraft sheet and keep them on hand to use on my projects.  They are easily picked up with the tip of my paper piercer.  When I run out I just create another sheet of drops.  It’s is so much cheaper to use these drops than buying pearls, etc.!  See the picture below.

nuvo drops

 

  • Tuck the flowers and stems in behind the grass layer and attach in place using glossy accents.

Die cut balloon dies are perfect to make a bright and cheerful balloon birthday cards.

The Balloons and Sentiment

The Birthday Balloon image is made with three balloons attached with a sentiment string.  The balloons are perfect for coloring but I decided to modify and use the Balloons die set so I could have three larger balloons.

  • Prep a piece of white cardstock with embossing magic to eliminate static cling.
  • Use VersaMark to stamp the image, sprinkle with  gold embossing powder and heat.
  • Die cut out the embossed image using the coordinating Birthday Balloons die.
  • Trim the stamped balloons so they will fit well behind the die cut balloons.
  • Use pink, aqua and purple cardstock to cut the three large balloons.
  • Attach the two outer balloons to the stamped balloons using glossy accents.
  • Attach the front center balloon using a piece of mounting tape.
  • Apply a large piece of mounting tape to the back of the balloon group and couple small pieces of mounting tape to the sentiment string and attach to the clouds and scene base.
  • Attach tiny gold string knots to the balloons using a good amount of glossy accents.  Hint:  make sure to let the knots stay in place until the glossy accents is dry.   Gold string and glossy accents don’t like each other much but they will stay secure once the glue is dried well.
  • Finish the scene by attaching the three butterflies using glossy accents.  Hint:  I decided to add the butterflies to fill the big blank space between the clouds and fence so it didn’t look empty.

Come see how to make a balloon birthday card using dies and stamps by Rubbernecker.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my pretty birthday balloon card.  I can just imagine those balloons floating off to the sky and up above the clouds.  What is your favorite kind of birthday card to make?  Do you like combining stamped images and die cut images?  I’d love to know what you think?  

 

 
5320D Nested Scallop w/ Half Holes
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5319-03D Balloons Die
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Birthday Balloons 1104-02
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Birthday Balloons Die Cut 1104-02D
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5328-01D Slimline Clouds Die
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Tabed Grass Set Die Cut 5152-03D
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5309-04D Leaves and Greenery Die
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5210-04D Small Flowers #1
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Small Butterflies Die 5147-08D
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Color Fuse Set #9
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String by the Spool – Metallic Gold,…
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VersaMark Ink Pad
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Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder, Gold
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Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
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Life Changing Blender Brush – 4 Piece…
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
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Embossing Magic Bag, Inkadinkado
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Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, Gloss White
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Scor-Tape 1/8′ (3mm), Scor-Pal Tape
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
[ AMZUS ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Scotch Safe-Release Masking Painter’s…
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Come see how I made this fun birthday balloon card.

Rubbernecker Birthday Celebration


Rubbernecker Birthday

Have you had a chance to check out the Rubbernecker Birthday Celebration sale?  Rubbernecker has been in business for twenty-eight years and to celebrate they have placed everything in the Birthday Category on sale.  I like to have birthday cards on hand and ready for family and friends so I don’t let birthdays slip by me.  I haven’t been well for the last couple of weeks and haven’t been able to make new projects so I thought I would pull up a few of my past birthday posts to share with you again.  Click on each individual picture to be taken back to the original posts to see all product links and step by step details for how I made each card.

Die Cut Birthday Cake

I had lots of fun making this fancy birthday cake card.  It is perfect for girls of all ages.  II used the Rubbernecker Birthday Cake set paired with the Nested Rectangle Scallop w/ Holes, Flower Stems, Tiny Flower Buds and Best Friends sentiment set. 

Come join the Rubbernecker Birthday Celebration and enjoy discounts on all items in the birthday category.

Simple Birthday Card

For this card I used the Birthday Background and the sentiment from the It’s Spring Time set.  The picture doesn’t show off the pretty gold embossing used for the images but I love the vibrant colors of the balloons water colored with Color Fuse inks. Oh……and don’t die of shock that there are no die cuts on this card.  LOL!

Come join me for the Rubbernecker Birthday Celebration sale.

Birthday Card with Alphabet and Number Dies

I don’t often use alpha dies on my card fronts but I thought they would be perfect for a “special girl’s” 21st birthday card that I needed to make. To make this card I used the Rubbernecker Upper Case Alphabet w/ stitch Die CutLower Case Alphabet w/ stitch Die Cut and  Number Outlines w/ stitch Die Cut.  I created the sentiment on the Nested Rectangle Scallop w/ Holes and embellished the card with flowers made using the Mixable Flower Stack and foliage using the Small Leaf Group.   I couldn’t resist adding Tiny Flower Buds and Tiny Leaf Buds to the letters and numbers for another feminine element.

Come see how I made this birthday card with alphabet and number dies for the Rubbernecker Birthday Celebration.

Sweet and Simple Birthday Cards

I love to make cards with lots of details, but sometimes I like to produce a few simple cards to have on hand. This one fits the bill and the cheerful colors – which of COURSE are changeable! – and the simple birthday wish means you can send it to anyone and make their day!  I made this card using the Balloons die set and the sentiment is from the Kittie Says Phrases #1.

Come join the Rubbernecker birthday celebration sale and see how I made simple balloon .

I hope you have inspired to hop over to the Rubbernecker Birthday Celebration sale.  There are lots of birthday stamps and dies on sale and you won’t want to miss out.

Sweet and Simple Birthday Card Ideas

Even though I love to make cards with loads of little details, sometimes I like to share simple birthday card ideas for those times when you need to make a card in a hurry. This one fits the bill and the cheerful colors – which of COURSE are changeable! – and the simple birthday wish means you can send it to anyone and make their day!  I made this card using the Balloons die set and the sentiment is from the Kittie Says Phrases #1.

handmade greeting card Simple Birthday Card Ideas shown as a bunch of balloons and a simple greeting

The A2 Card Base and Sentiment Layer

  • Cut the card base and sentiment layer using white cardstock and red cardstock for the layer.
  • Stamp the sentiment using Nocturne ink.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the sentiment layer and attach it to the red layer.
  • Attach both layers to the card base using ATG adhesive.

 

and example of Simple Birthday Card Ideas for handmade greeting cards using die cut balloons and stamped greeting

The Balloons and Bow

  • Cut the balloons out three times using red, yellow and blue cardstock.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of each balloon and attach them to the card.
  • Tie a multi loop bow using red organdy ribbon. Note:  Check out my ribbon tying video tutorial to see how I make my multi-loop bows.
  • Attach the bow to the balloons using glue dots.

Simple Birthday Card Ideas for handmade greeting cards using die cut balloons and small ribbon bow

I shared another very simple birthday card on my blog yesterday.  If you like to make birthday cards that are way more intricate and detailed check out my Birthday Cake post.  

Here are the products I used to make this card.

 
5319-03D Balloons Die
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3308 Kittie Says Phrases #1
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Amazon.com: Ben Collection 1/4″ X 50…
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Clear Acrylic Block 3.25″ X 4.25″…
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I encourage you to save this on Pinterest or wherever else you would save simple birthday card ideas because I am confident that once you make ONE of these, you will want to make more!

Simple Birthday Card

I don;t know about you but I like to keep a simple birthday card or two on hand when an “emergent” need arises.  Those emergent needs happen to me more often than I would like to admit.  Since I have gotten a little older birthdays seem to slip up one me.  Ugh!  I hate to miss my loved ones birthdays.  This clean and simple card took just a few minutes to make.  Rubbernecker released several new background stamps recently and I couldn’t wait to get a few.  For this card I used the Birthday Background and the sentiment from the It’s Spring Time set.  The picture doesn’t show off the pretty gold embossing used for the images but I love the vibrant colors of the balloons water colored with Color Fuse inks. Oh……and don’t die of shock that there are no die cuts on this card.  LOL!

I like to keep a simple birthday card or two on hand to send out to my friends and family.  This birthday background is perfect for fast and easy cards.

The Birthday Background and Balloons

  • Secure the white cardstock and Birthday Background stamp in the MISTI.
  • Dust the cardstock with the Embossing Magic Bag. Note:  Gold embossing powder sticks all over the cardstock if not well dusted.
  • Apply Versamark to the stamp and stamp the image. Repeat the stamping process to make sure you get a good crisp image.
  • Apply Superfine Gold Embossing Powder and tap off excess powder.
  • Use a heat gun to heat the embossing powder.
  • Stamp the balloon section of the background a second time and emboss.
  • Watercolor the balloons with Color Fuse inks and a water brush.
  • Fussy cut the balloons out. and set aside.

The Sentiment and Gold Embossed Layer

  • Stamp the sentiment on a strip of white cardstock and emboss with gold powder.
  • Cut a strip of cardstock to fit behind the sentiment layer.
  • Apply Versa to both edges of the cardstock, apply gold embossing powder and emboss.
  • Attach the sentiment layer to the gold layer using double stick tape.

Assemble the Card

  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the birthday background layer and attach it to the A2 sized card base.
  • Attach the sentiment layer to the birthday background using double stick tape.
  • Use glue dots to attach the gold string to the back of the balloons.
  • Tie the three strings together with bow made using a separate piece of gold strings.
  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the balloons and attach them to the card base.
  • Finish by securing the gold bow and strings to the sentiment layer using a rolled up glue dot.

 

I like to keep a simple birthday card or two on hand to send out to my friends and family.  This birthday background is perfect for fast, simple and easy cards.

A simple birthday card is always nice to have on hand but I like making fancier ones as well.  Check out my Die Cut Birthday Cake and Birthday Card with Alphabet and Number Dies to see more birthday cards. And when in doubt, you can always count on getting inspiration from Pinterest.  Thank you for coming by today and I hope you have a great Wednesday. 

Here are the Rubbernecker products used for this card.

 
1330 Birthday Background
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3309 It’s Spring time
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Color Fuse Set #4
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Color Fuse Set #8
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Color Fuse Set #6
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Here are the tools and supplies.

 
Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight,…
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String by the Spool – Metallic Gold,…
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VersaMark Ink Pad
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Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder, Gold
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MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool…
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Precision 5 Inch Scissors with…
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Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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ATG Double-Sided Refill Tape, 2 pk, 1/4″
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
[ ELH ]
Tonic Maxi 12 Inch Guillotine Paper…
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
Embossing Magic Bag, Inkadinkado
[ ELH ]