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This is a fab birthday card for a 3 year old but you can of course adapt it to whatever age and colour you want.

Fantastic mini party bag on this one with mini bubbles, Smarties and Dolly Mixtures - as well as bunting, balloons and a party blower. Great fun to make!

For this one print:-

The 7" x 5" pink dots background panel sheet onto quality white card or paper
The 3 & 4 motif sheet onto quality white card
The pink striped background sheet onto quality white paper
The Birthday Numbers Minis Assorted sheet onto quality white paper
The Birthday Numbers Miniatures pink onto quality white paper
The punch strips sheet onto quality white card

To make the card, cut out the pink-edged background panel and stick it to a 7" x 5" card blank with double-sided tape.

Cut out one of the pink number motifs and a 8 x 8.5cm piece of the striped background paper and stick them both to larger pieces of silver metallic card with double-sided tape before trimming round each one with a craft knife and ruler to leave a small border. Stick the striped panel to the card with double-sided tape and add the number with sticky pads.

To make the bunting:-

Add double-sided tape to the back of a piece of plain white paper. Cut a 2mm strip of the paper/tape and peel off the backing. Cut out the bunting pieces and add them to the tape as you go (keeps the colours in order!) This card took 7 flags - add to the card with further double-sided tape.

For the balloons:-

Cut out two balloon shapes from the punch strips with a small balloon or egg punch (egg used here). Wind some silver 26 gauge craft wire around a cocktail stick and trim to make the balloon strings. Add little bits of double-sided tape to the back of the balloon shapes and stick to the wire.

Add sticky pads to the back of the balloon and apply a little tacky glue to the back of the wire using a cocktail stick and add to the card blank, weighing down lightly if necessary until the glue dries.

To make the party blowers:- 

Cut one of the party blower strips from the miniatures sheet, along with one of the white strips next to it. Add double-sided tape to the back of the patterned strip then fold in each side longways. Use a cocktail stick to roll up the strip, then let the roll go so it opens up a little - see ours for guidance.

For the white mouthpiece, take the white strip of paper and add small pieces of double-sided tape to one end and also around 1.5cm in on the other end. Roll the strip around a cocktail stick, starting at the end where the tape is 1.5cm in (don't put it at the end or you will just stick the strip to the cocktail stick and you won't be able to get it off!).

Roll up the white strip, graduating it slightly as you go to form the mouthpiece. This piece is a bit fiddly so it took a few tries before I got a couple that I was happy with. Once rolled and stuck into place with double-sided tape, ease a little tacky glue (such as Aleene's) into the mouthpiece, squash up the end of the blower piece and push it into the mouthpiece. Allow to dry before sticking to the card with tacky glue applied to the back of the blower with a cocktail stick.

For the party bag:-

Cut out the bag from the sheet and fold the side flaps in so that they overlap at the back - make sure the wording is central on the front of the bag. Add a strip of narrow double-sided tape to seal the bottom and another to seal the bag and press closed. I've used an oval hand punch to make the handle of the bag here (optional).

For the Smarties:-

Cut out the Smartie strip from the sheet. Wind the piece around a cocktail stick and seal shut with double-sided tape. Stick to the card with a strong tacky glue such as Aleene's.

For the bubbles:-

Make up in the same way as the Smartie tube but let the paper roll out a little until it's the right dimensions for bubbles. I've made the weenie bubble blower here with a spoon (and fork) punch and a 2mm circle hand-punch (optional). Punch the tiny circle first, then line up the spoon over the hole for accurate punching.

For the Dolly Mixtures:-

Stick sheets of pink and brown fun foam to white with double-sided tape. Cut through the layers with small scissors to make the sweets. When you've done a few, wrap them in a piece of card bag or packaging like a present, sealing at the back with double-sided tape. Add to the card with tacky glue or double-sided tape.

Products used on the 3rd Birthday Card