How to Use Cuttlebug Embossing Folders for Birthday Card Ideas

Updated February 21, 2017

Card crafting is made easier with the Provo Craft Cuttlebug cutting and embossing tool. The Cuttlebug is used for adding shapes and texture to handmade cards. The crafter will find a wide variety of die-cut shapes, borders and letters to use to create a personalised birthday card using simple scrapbooking supplies. You can make meaningful, elegant cards for an adult or character cards that will please a child. The texture that is embossed into the paper adds dimension to the overall appearance.

Fold a piece of card stock in half using a bone folder or craft stick. Measure the card with a ruler. Write down the measurement, subtracting 1/4 to 1/2 inch from each side.

Cut a second piece of card stock, in a complementary colour, according to the measurement that you wrote down.

Select a textured background from the Cuttlebug folders such as Swiss dots, snowflakes, stylised flowers or happy birthday. Emboss the smaller, cut piece of card stock with the Cuttlebug and the selected embossing pattern according to the product directions.

Adhere the embossed background to the card front with a glue stick.

Choose one of the many Cuttlebug shaped die cuts such as a gift tag, butterfly, gift box with bow, flower or star. Cut out the shape from scrapbooking paper, using the die according to the Cuttlebug product instructions.

Emboss the die-cut image with a simple embossing pattern. Create dimension by slightly bending parts of the image--the wings of the butterfly or flower petals, for example. Adhere the shape to the front of the card.

Finish the card with embellishments such as ribbon, brads, glitter or buttons and a stamped or hand-penned message.


Use textured embossing for the die-cut images on a simple background piece to highlight the chosen characters. For instance, emboss a sheep die cut with a swirl pattern for a baby's birthday card.

Things You'll Need

  • Embossing folders and die cuts
  • Card stock
  • Bone folder or craft stick
  • Ruler
  • Pencil and paper
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Glue stick
  • Embellishments
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About the Author

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for various websites. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Children's Literature course in 1988.