After the holidays there are so many birthdays in our family. My husband, my dad, my daughters, and my brother have birthdays in January and February. I was looking in my stash of handmade birthday cards and it was pretty dismal. Time to get to work!
First I scoured Pinterest for some ideas. There are so many wonderful ideas out there. I liked this card I found. The cards are very colorful and you can use scrapes of paper and ribbon. Plus you can make it to suit any occasion.
I started looking through my papers. I like to fold my own cards to fit the envelopes I have. I usually buy paper and envelopes on sale. I never pay full price for my paper crafting supplies. I watch when they are on sale or I have a coupon. I have several embossing dies and folders, paper punches, rolls of ribbons, stickers, stamps, ink pads and various other paper crafting items. I just laid everything out and went from there. The possibilities are endless.
Here are the supplies I used:
Cardstock, ribbon, embossing folder, rubber happy birthday stamp and ink pad, paper punch, some small flowers, a brad to hold the flower on the card, and my Xyron machine. I have links where you can buy all of these supplies at the end of the post in case you’re interested.
First I folded a black piece of cardstock for my card. I had a piece of yellow paper which I ran through my Sixxix machine to emboss. I punched the bottom of the paper and stamped happy birthday right above the punched area.
I cut 2 different kinds of blue ribbon. I ran the ribbon pieces and the yellow paper through the Xyron machine with the adhesive on the back. Sure does make it easier to put the card together. If you don’t have one, glue sticks or double stick adhesive will work also.
Now you are ready to put the card together. I stuck the ribbons to the yellow paper and trimmed the excess off. Then I stuck the whole piece to the black card. I punched a small hole through the flowers and the card. I attached the brad through all the pieces. Took me longer to pick out all the colors of paper and ribbon then it did to make the card. Now when I need a card all I have to do is stamp a sentiment inside. I usually put the sentiment in when I know to whom I am giving the card.
The possibilities are endless!!! Here are some more of the cards I made and there are lots more floating around in my head:
As promised, here are some links to the supplies I used:
- Xyron machine (I have the 850, but they sell other versions now)
- Sizzix machine
- Cutterbug “Happy Birthday” embossing folder
- Paper Flowers (there are lots of varieties available)
- Brads (again, there are lots of options out there!)
- Martha Stewart paper punch (the design I used on the original was “Scallop Dot”)
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