Have you ever wanted to make a birthday card for someone who you are close too? I know that I love receiving handmade cards, because they feel so much more heart sent than store-bought cards.
Cardmaking really is so much fun, and it lets you become the artist, and you can make whatever is pleasing to your eye, and you don’t have to follow any rules.
I made this card for a Birthday Card swap at my work. I will make 10 of this card and will turn them into the organizer of the card swap. When I get them back I will have 10 different cards from the others who participated. I love card swaps they are a great way to get lots of different cards without all of the work.
- big shot
- colored car stock
- honeycomb embossing folder
- 6 different colored ink pads (I used 3 blue and 3 orange that went from dark to light)
- aqua painter
- Sizzix Hears & Brackets Originals Die
- Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set (Stampin’ Up)
- 1 3/8 square punch
For the base of the card, cut an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of card stock in half so you have two pieces that measure 4 1/4 x 5 1/5. Fold that piece in half and you have your card base.
Then comes the fun part of decorating the card. I started with a white card stock and ran it through the big shot using the honeycomb embossing folder.
I love the Ombre look so choose 3 blue ink pads and 3 orange that went from light to dark.
For the blue I used Midnight Muse –> Not Quite Navy –> Baja Breeze
For the orange is used Peach Parfait –> Pumpkin Pie –> So Saffron
and I used my fun aqua painter.
The aqua painter is kind of like a paintbrush, but it has a reservoir inside that holds water. So if you dip the brush in some ink and give the brush a light squeeze it lets you paint with the ink, and it looks like watercolor. It really is a great effect.
To get the ink, slightly open the ink pads just to where you can squish the lid on the pad inside. When you open the pad you will see ink on the inside lid, and that is where you touch the brush to pick up the ink. Then paint.
I used the darker colors on the outside and brought the lighter shades together.
After the paper is dry, trim it to fit the front of the card. I trimmed to 4 x 5 1/4.
Choose a coordinating paper for the strips and cut them to these sizes.
For the yellow wider strip you can either use the square punch to cut out the end to give it that banner look or you can trim it with a pair scissors.
I think brackets are a lot of fun, and the one on this card I got by using the Hearts & Brackets Sizzix die. I used the smaller of the 2 bracket sizes on the die.
For the stamped greeting on the front of the card, I used Midnight Muse ink with a birthday stamp on the same white card stock. I punched it out using the 1 3/4 square punch.
Then I got to assemble my masterpiece. I love bringing all the pieces together and seeing the final product.
I am sure you are probably thinking “sure, it’s a great card, but I don’t have all those supplies”. That is the best thing about card making, you can now change it and make it yours. Get creative and use what YOU have.
I would love for you to show me what you come up with!
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a couple of other cards that I have made. Click on the picture and it will take you to the tutorial!