Stampin’ Up! Guitar Birthday Card: For John…

Today is my almost son-in-law John's birthday. John is a Special Ed teacher in the Bronx & owner of Miller's Green, a landscaping business. So, John has little free time. When he does have a little time, he can be found listening to music and  playing his guitars. I tell you, he's a keeper!


For John's birthday I knew I wanted to do a card in the shape of a guitar. It was quite an easy shape to draw and cut along one edge of the card. First, I started with Soft Suede Card Stock and as I was playing around with the other shapes and colors,  I knew the Soft Suede wasn't doing it for me. Sorry, Soft Suede! I then took a piece of More Mustard Card Stock and liked that better immediately, but it looked flat. I really have this thing about flat looking cards. Then I got this ideas and here's what I came up with:






Here's what I initially sketched out and then cut it out of Soft Suede. I started with a half sheet of card stock, 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" scored at 4-1/4".  





I then decided to use More Mustard card stock with a Soft Suede 2" circle, Basic Black 1-3/4" circle and all the other guitar parts are from Cajun Craze. The Cajun Craze piece that looks like a lima bean is the pick guard and the other rectangular piece is the neck of the guitar, cut off at the top of the card.  


Even after I cut the More Mustard guitar shape, as I mentioned earlier, it looked flat to me, so that's when I decided to cut 3/4" x 5-1/2" strips.


I distressed the edges of each strip with Cajun Craze Ink and a Sponge Dauber and then I pulled out my Background Woodgrain Stamp. Love it! I inked it up with Cajun Craze Ink and laid each distressed strip on the top to stamp it up! (haha)





The result was realistic looking wood strips. This part was was so much fun and pretty rewarding. Once all seven strips were distressed and inked, I placed a piece of an Adhesive Sheet on the front of the card and I carefully laid each strip down butting each other. This is a great technique for you to use whenever you want to add a wood grain look to your projects.


For the bridge pins I used 6 Silver Brads and for the guitar strings I first tried some of my beading wire, which didn't cooperate at all. I decided to use some retired Stampin' Up! Silver Elastic Cording I have, It worked like a dream and resembles guitar wire more then the wire did. Go figure… I cut other pieces Of Cajun Craze Card Stock to use as the saddle and bridge. Here's a detailed view of the brads and silver elastic cording.


Now, here's the deal, if you would like the template to this guitar, for your personal or class planner, all you have to do is leave me a comment and EMAIL ME and you'll receive a FREE PDF Guitar Template in your mailbox.


I certainly hope you make this card for the guitar player in your life.


This one's for you John!  

Blessed Birthday Wishes xox 

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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41 Responses to Stampin’ Up! Guitar Birthday Card: For John…

  1. Brenda Gray March 1, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    Diane,  This is absolutely AWESOME!!  My husband's birthday is next week and he builds guitars — not as a business, but he has sold several.  I would love to be able to make this for his birthday.  You did a great job and it really looks like a guitar.  Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Diane March 2, 2012 at 11:24 am #

      Thanks Brenda! I’ll send you an email with the template. I hope your husband Loves his card. Hugs!

  2. Nicole McInnis May 5, 2012 at 4:40 am #

    Hi Brenda,
    Thank you so mych for sharing this card and template.  My husband is a big musician and has several guitars hanging on the wall so when I saw this card I knew it would be perfect to make this card for him for his birthday.
    Thank you,

  3. Anita May 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    Hi Diane!
    It's really cool greetings card! You're such a creative person!
    My boyfriend's birthday is in June, and I would like to give him this such cool card. He is a guitar player, I'm sure that he'll love it and be so surprise receive this!.
    Thank you so much!

  4. Nikki June 8, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    love your card well done

  5. Adrienne August 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    This is the nicest guitar I've seen. 

  6. Diane August 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    Thanks again Adrienne! I emailed you the guitar template PDF.  Have fun with it!

  7. Cathy June 15, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    This is a great card! My daughter's boyfriend plays the guitar and I would love to have the template so I could make this for him. Thank you!

  8. Samantha June 29, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Hi i saw this because i was looking to do the same thing for my boyfriend and this card is amazing! you have done a lovely job on it and was wondering if you could please email me the template? πŸ™‚

    • Diane July 24, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

      Hi Samantha!

      Did I ever send you the guitar template?? So many requests, I can’t remember.

      If I didn’t, I’ll make sure I get it out to you.


  9. marsha bone August 14, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    Love this guitar.  It looks real.  My daughter is getting married in October and her minister plays his guitar in church and is a fantastic musician.  I would love to give this as a thank you for performing the wedding service.

    • Diane August 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

      Will email you the guitar template. I hope your minister loves it. The file is a printable PDF Just print it out on your home computer, glue the parts on card board and trace it off. Thanks for contacting me-Diane

  10. Twila Franklin October 14, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    This pattern is really awesome. I have been searching for a pattern for a card for my soon to be 13 year old grandson. Your pattern makes so much sense. I would really love to have the pattern if you will share it. My e mail is
    Thank you so much Twila

  11. YY March 9, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

    Awww…….It looks really great! I would like to make one for my mentor who is a guitarist and bassist as well as a thank you card! Am wondering if I can have the template please? πŸ˜€ Thank you so much in advance!! πŸ™‚

    • Diane March 15, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

      Hi, YY, If you send me your email I’ll be sure ti get the pattern out to you.

  12. Juanita May 6, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    This is amazing! Great job!

    I will definitely be making this for a friend who loves to play the guitar!

    • Diane May 7, 2014 at 11:03 am #

      Thank you Jaunita. Your Guitar Template was sent via e-mail. Send me what you make.

  13. Deb M. May 22, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

    Amazing guitar card. Perfect for my guitarist brother. Would it be possible for me to get a copy of your template please? Thanks so much for sharing.

  14. sarah May 23, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    Oh ! Its wonderful! I loved it . You’re so genius. How can you have an amazing idea like this? Can I have the pdf? I want to make it for my friends.

  15. claire May 23, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    Its wonderfulll!!!!! This is amazing. That card is so unique πŸ˜€ I loved it. I want to make it, can I have the pdf?

  16. Martha July 26, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

    My husband is also a guitar enthusiast and I would love to make this card for him
    Would you send me the pdf PLEASE….

    Thank you so much.

  17. Carrie August 13, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

    Wow! What a fantastic and clever card! Thank you so much for this idea.
    I would love this template!!! Thank you again.

    • Diane August 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

      Sent out the template to you today. Thank you for reading my blog!@ πŸ™‚

  18. Jean September 2, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

    My grandson’s birthday is this month. He is really into guitars and is presently taking lessons. I was searching for a guitar card idea when I found yours. I really like your card and would like to have the template.

  19. Diane December 15, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    Hi, Everyone,

    If you’ve requested the template for this card and I overlooked sending it to you send me and email at:
    and I’ll make sure you get ut.


  20. Natalie June 21, 2015 at 9:33 am #

    I love this card and want to make it for my son in law. Please send me the pattern and thanks so much for your willingness to give it away!

  21. Helen July 21, 2015 at 9:45 pm #

    I have to say I was looking for an idea for a mans birthday card and I came across a card similar to yours but only a picture no template and no instructions, she gave me your email and I am really desperate as I need to make this card by the 27th of this month can you help me as yours looks fantastic
    Regards Helen

  22. Colleen Wolch September 13, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    I have a wonderful son in law who plays the guitar and collects them too! I’d love your template to make him a guitar card for his birthday next month. Love your card!
    Thanks so much.

    • Diane October 3, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

      Hi, Colleen! Did you receive the template I sent you? How did your son-in-law like his card?? Let me know

  23. Blue Kube October 3, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

    I’ve been looking for a good guitar card but NEVER did I expect to find something so fantastic as your card! I’m very impressed how you figured this out. I’d love to have the template.

    • Diane October 3, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

      Your guitar template is on the way. Thanks for adding your comment!

  24. Apoorva Verma October 24, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    hey! just what i needed for my brother who loves playing the guitar. amazing idea. thanks a lot for sharing it. do share the template. thanks πŸ™‚

  25. Deanna Gorneau February 4, 2016 at 9:10 am #

    My brother is turning 50 on Feb. 14th and loves to play the guitar!! I’d love to have the template so I can make it for him!! Thanks so much!!

  26. Wendy February 21, 2016 at 7:29 am #


    This card is awesome, what a great job. I love all the detail you put into it. I have a musical family so this card will work for several family members and friends. Thanks for sharing your template. I will make one for a lady in my circle and stencil flowers on it as her Guitar has a flower inlay.
    Again thank you πŸ™‚

  27. Anne Ryan May 18, 2016 at 7:34 am #


    This is just what I am looking for. Would love to get the template please.

    Anne Ryan

    • Diane January 23, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

      Hi Anne!

      Did I ever send you the guitar template?

  28. Debbie July 9, 2016 at 7:29 pm #

    Such a neat card! My husband is a guitar player and I would love to make this card for his birthday! Thank you!

  29. Gayla October 9, 2016 at 11:11 am #

    Terrific idea to get the wood grain look to the guitar. I have grandchildren who are taking guitar lessons and I’m using this idea to make cards for them.

  30. Kari December 11, 2017 at 6:16 pm #

    This is beautiful! I love the wood-grain effect – that is brilliant! The strings are great too! I have sent an email requesting the template please, for a Christmas card. Thank you!

    • Kari December 11, 2017 at 10:40 pm #

      I have received a failure to send notice. Apparently your email is no longer current πŸ™
      Please let me know how to get in touch with you, as I’d like to use the template for a Christmas gift. Thank you again!

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