This year has been the BIG birthday year for many of my friends. One of my best girlfriends from college is turning the big 5-0! Even though she lives out of town, I will be seeing her later this year.
For now, I wanted to send her a “party in a box” that will make her feel like a queen, and I’ll be including this swan birthday cake topper. Because she’s…SWAN in a million! Ha!
I’m working with my all-time favorite CutCardStock paper, the Stardream Metallic Pluto card stock. This is my first time using it with my Cricut Joy machine, and I couldn’t be more pleased with it. I know I’ll be using this a bunch more in the future!
The handwriting font is from Cricut, cut from the Stardream Metallic Pluto paper, using a .15 offset in Onyx Stardream Metallic black. It’s about 4 inches in length. This is mounted on foam tape, trimmed down in width for dimension.
The ’50’ is cut in Mirrisparkle Pink Glitter and in Stardream Metallic Pluto white, mounted just a little over the edge for a shadow. These numbers are die cuts from my collection.
Putting it Together
I found a swan image in the Design Space library and set it at 4″ by 6″. From there, I also gave it a .15 offset shadow on my machine settings. By the way, isn’t “offset” the coolest feature ever?
Then, I cut the swan image in the Stardream Metallic Pluto white, the shadow in the Onyx Stardream Metallic black card stock, and the pink bill in Mirrisparkle Pink Glitter. The crown is done in Pearlized Textured Pink Taffeta. These colored papers are thicker, so I recommend hitting “re-run” again…and then it will cut beautifully for you.
For the background, I’ve cut a 2” strip of Stardream Metallic Pluto white, trimmed the ends like a flag, and scored 2 lines. These will fold into a dimensional banner. On top is another strip of Mirrisparkle Pink Glitter to add more stability and color.
I’ve also cut a few scallop circles from dies by Sizzix to hold the images in both Pearlized Textured Pink Taffeta and Onyx Stardream Metallic black. I mounted the ’50’ and the words with glue and let them dry.
To finish off my swan birthday cake topper, I’ve added gems to the crown, a pink feather to the body, and a wood dowel to the back with hot glue. It’s so pretty I almost hate to give it away! What would you make with all the pretty CutCardStock whites and creams on sale this month? I’d love to hear from you below. Cheers!