Growing in Unity Day 2

May your days be happy, your future bright! I will be 40 this year! Wow!! What an incredible journey it has been! Immigrating to the States in 1999 has offered me some great opportunities, but unfortunately it separated me from my siblings. They are all over the world; one in South Africa, one in Australia, one in the UK and my brother here in Florida. Both my parents are back in South Africa. My birthdays are not as I wish they could be. When I was little, my mom would bake the cake, my siblings helped decorate and would sing to me when it was time to cut the cake. These are the memories I wish I had throughout all my life.
BUT, this year, I will have 3 of the 4 attending my party in April. I cannot wait!! Hence my early happy birthday card!

Few of my favorite elements in the card: shaker, embossed and gel pen coloring.
This a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card.
Click on the image to take you to Unity Stamp Co.

Cut two sets of frames. This pink will go on the inside with sentiment and the white border will serve as a backing for the green border below.
Here is the green outer border and the white will serve as a “sandwich” to keep the ribbon in place.
The green border should be 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.
Make sure to die cut in the middle of the green paper.
I bought this from Amazon. It doesn’t warp terribly as long as you keep
the heat moving around.
Cut a 4″ by 5 1/4″ piece, slightly smaller than the green frame.
Position the cake on the acetate for stamping.
Make sure to use an antistatic bag to avoid getting white powder EVERYWHERE.
Adhere the acetate to the back of the green frame. I used some thin double sided paper tape purchased from Michael’s.
To color the cake, I used a variety of Sakura Gelly, Glaze and Metallic pens. You can find them anywhere. A.C Moore usually stocks them, remember to take a coupon along.
I chose these pens because they create the illusion of stained glass.
This Altenew stamp was a freebie with a purchase. I wanted to repeat stamp a “Happy Birthday” as a background but liked this more since I could make it shine.
To add some interest, I took a white 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 piece of paper (this is the very base of the card) and sandwiched the ribbon between the white frame and paper. Strong double sided tape ensures stability. Make sure to align the frame to the paper or just cut off the extra paper on the sides.
Place the white framed paper to the base above.
This hides the ribbon.
Adhere some foam tape all around the edges of the base.
My “shakers” will be flowers instead of sequins or glitter. Found these at Hobby Lobby. Make sure that they aren’t too thick for the inside space.
Glue some flowers to the top, middle or sides. When you shake it, you will still have some flowers in these positions.
This is the inside sentiment; came with the cake stamp.
Adhere the green frame to the base, tie and ribbon, and you are DONE!

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54 thoughts on “Growing in Unity Day 2

  1. This is lovely! I just found my packet of heat resistant acetate and will have to try this. Love shaker cards an so does my granddaughter, who turns 21 next week! Thank you for sharing your talents.

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  2. My mom used to do our birthdays the same way. Very nice 3 of your siblings will be able to join you. Very special. This card is amazing. I have never seen that cake stamp before, but now it’s on my wish list. I love all the details you shared. I love the embossing on acetate and the coloring. And using flowers in the shaker card is very creative. Just a beautiful card. I love it. Thanks for all the ideas and inspiration! And have a Fabulous 40th Birthday!

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  3. Love this card!!! And I haven’t seen this stamp before!!! And Happiest B day!!!! I love family traditions, that cake idea is Awesome!!! Plus my boys love to bake!!!

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  4. Happy birthday to you in advance. This is a beautiful card. I love the colors and the little flowers. It so much fun reading about your life and family. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I really like this card… I’ve not tried to stamp/emboss on acetate, but definitely going to try it. I love the idea of the little flowers in the shaker!

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  6. To begin with, Happy Birthday!! I remember 40 very well! Love shaker cards and tend to not make them because they require so much work–you also are a master of embossing on acetate! I melted mine!!

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  7. Happy 40th! I love your detailed description on how to make the card, you make it look so easy, and I like the use of the little flowers too

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  8. Fantastic card!!! What a great idea to put the little flowers on the inside. Very fun card. Thanks for sharing.


  9. What a yummy card! Happy Early Birthday. So glad some of your family will be here to enjoy it with you. I love your step by step visual instructions.

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  10. I’m so excited for you having 3 siblings come be with you for your birthday!! I’ve yet to make a shaker and appreciate all your steps! The embossed cake on acetate is beautiful!!!

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  11. I love, love, love your orange cake! My mom and I go to a charity auction every year, and they sell an orange cake that is fabulous! Your beautiful cake reminds me of that! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Heat resistant acetate is a game changer! What a fantastic panel this created!
    I couldn’t imagine being so far from family in every direction. I hope your birthday celebration is everything you’re hoping for and more.

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