Anyway, I cut the design the way I thought it should be and this was the result...
Somehow, its not quite right, I kept looking at the template and the picture of the design and wasn't quite sure how it was supposed to go together, it was quite fiddly and all the pieces had to be stuck individually, there is another piece which I haven't used here. I didn't like the paper I used either!
Then I thought I can design my own happy birthday message, and use the template shape to border it.... This was the result, made with metallic card.
This was closer to what I was expecting... So having done this I thought maybe, if I layer the border over the words, it would cut them out together...
I think I may have cracked it... although I re-sized the design to make it smaller that the actual card and have got the resizing wrong, I am much happier with the result although I'm not sure if this is totally the way the designer intended it to be. And as this is for a female friend I added a Butterfly, also cut with the silhouette to feminize the card a bit.
I was very impressed with the Butterfly, it was a large template and I reduced it quite small, the silhouette coped really will with cutting the delicate bits.
I don't intend to make lots of cards, but with a bit of practice I think I could make a few fairly passable cards for the odd occasion!