Homemade "I Be-Leaf It's Your Birthday" Card

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September 21, 2015

finished cardThis fall, celebrate a birthday with the colors normally associated with this season. Add a fun element and make a card that will make the recipient feel young at heart, regardless her age.


Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: one card


  • 1 piece 5.6 x 8.2 inch yellow cardstock
  • 1 piece 5.4 x 3.7 inch ordinary white paper
  • brown skeleton leaf
  • small piece of red felt
  • 1 piece 1.2 x 3.4 inch red net fabric
  • 1 0.6 inch wide small red and white polka dotted bow
  • five 5mm wide clear rhinestones
  • pair of 8mm wiggle eyes
  • Artline golden calligraphy pen
  • Artline 210 black fineliner pen
  • red and orange felt-tip pens
  • pencil
  • soft eraser
  • ruler
  • pair of standard scissors
  • quick-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)
  • small sponge (use one that was inside a medicine bottle)


  1. Score the yellow cardstock to create a card sized 5.6" x 4.1".
  2. Draw two soft pencil lines on the white paper. Use the black fineliner pen and in cursive writing add the words "I be-leaf its your birthday..." Allow the ink to dry before erasing the pencil lines. Then, use the golden pen to add an uneven border all around the white paper.
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  4. With the fold at the left, centre and glue the white paper to the front of the card. Now use the orange pen and color a small part of the sponge. Rub the sponge over the bottom part of the white paper to add a soft orange hue to the paper.
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  6. Cut a strip of red felt that is the same width as the middle of the skeleton leaf.
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  8. Glue the one longer side of the net fabric to the strip of red felt ~ gather the net to make small frills.
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  10. Glue the "dress" onto the leaf.
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  12. Glue the five rhinestones onto the strip of red felt.
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  14. Glue the wiggle eyes and bow onto the leaf.
  15. Cut a small mouth from the red felt and glue it to the leaf.
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  17. Glue the leaf to the front of the card.
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  19. Use the black pen to add legs, and use the red pen to color the shoes.
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