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Tool Box Birthday Card

Today I’m sharing a tool box birthday card that I made using die cuts and stickers. I also used my distress inks and distress glaze to create more texture and visual interest. Overall, I was very happy with how the card turned out so I am sharing the process with you here. I have also uploaded a YouTube video if you want to see the process in action.


  • Generic red card stock (this is from Recollections)
  • Generic white card stock
  • Silhouette Design Store tool box SVG file
  • Lettering Delights’ “Just Toolin’ Around” SVG collection
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks
    • Pumice Stone
    • Black Soot
    • Candied Apple
    • Walnut Stain
  • Tim Holtz Distress Glaze
  • Mini Blending Tool
  • Silhouette Pick Me Up tool
  • Double Sided Tape


Behind the Scenes

Prior to decorating the card, I downloaded the tool box SVG from the Silhouette Design Store. I cut it out on my Cameo 3 using red and white card stock.

My next step was to put together the die cuts and the sticker. Using the Lettering Delights’ “Just Toolin’ Around” SVG file, I printed and cut a few different tools to include on the inside of the card. I also printed and cut the “Happy Birthday” die cut. Wanting to add a background element to the inside of the card, I created a collection of bolts, screws and nails, by copy/pasting and adding the images until I was happy. I then print and cut it on my Cameo 3 as well.

Tool Box Birthday Card Set Up

Outside of the card

I wanted to start off by decorating the outside of the card first since I knew it would need some time to dry. Even though the card stock was already red (the colour I wanted for my tool box), the colour was still a bit too flat. I matched a Distress Ink to the card stock (Candied Apple) and started blending colour all over the card. Once I had applied the red, I took the Walnut Stain ink to distress the edges of the tools box. I put it aside to allow the ink to dry.

Next, I grabbed the tool box clasps (that I had cut out of white card stock) and coloured it in using the Pumice Stone ink and a blending sponge. Using my Pick Me Up tool, I added the small round elements to the clasps, dabbing with the same ink again. I then used Black Soot ink to colour the handle. I could’ve cut it out in black card stock but it was such a small element I decided I could just colour it in. Both sides of the clasps and the handle were coloured in to make sure it looked “finished”.

Once everything was dry, it was time to add the glaze. I glazed the tool box and the clasps. The handle was too small to even try. So, using a paper towel, I picked up some of the glaze and started applying it to the card in round, circular motions. It definitely gave it a gloss that I loved! I plan on using the glaze in more of my projects! Glaze was also added to the clasps to give it the same sheen as the box.

When adding the glue, I glued half of the clasps flat, and half I used foam adhesive for dimension. I also ended up gluing the ends of the handle flat, but the center portion of the handle was popped up with foam adhesive for, again, dimension.

Inside of the CardInside of the card

For the inside of the card, I wanted to create different layers so I decided to use stickers and die cuts as described above (Behind the Scenes). But first, I distressed the edges of the card with the Pumice Stone ink. I then went and added my nails, bolts, and screws sticker to the bottom of the card.

Next, I glued down a hammer and screwdriver to frame the happy birthday die cut. In my quest to layer elements, I added foam adhesive to pop up the happy birthday die cut. I ended up writing the birthday message on the back of the card.

I think I’ve mentioned before but I got my start in the “craft world” by making birthday cards. I’ve obviously come a long way since using many new and different techniques. I especially enjoyed taking what could’ve been a very basic card and elevating it. Of course, you don’t have to. It can be as simple or as fancy as you want. But I’ve really come to enjoy adding all of these small elements into my cards.

What elements do you like adding in your cards? What elements do you like seeing in cards? Let me know in the comments. I would love to try either use or create it!



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