Article Courtesy of Scrapjazz.com: by Julia Sandvoss

Who doesn't love receiving a birthday card? I know I do! It makes you feel special to be remembered. Even more special is a handmade card. Here are some ideas to get you started making cards using stickers, stamps, patterned papers and more!

Train Happy Birthday Card

 

This fun card is perfect for the little guy in your life who loves trains. I used Paper Salon stamps, Sakura Glaze pens to color the train, jewels, a bit of black grosgrain ribbon and a simple polka dot paper.

Scarlet Letter Birthday Card

 

How about an elegant card for an elegant friend? This card BasicGrey's beautiful Scarlet Letter papers, a beautiful print twill, scalloped oval punches and a fun stamped message from Amuse Art Stamps.

Cake Happy Birthday Card

 

This card is perfect for just about everyone! With the touches of pink and blue it's great for little girls and us bigger girls too! I used scalloped scissors for the white paper's edge (which was then inked with blue ink), a bit of blue grosgrain ribbon, Paper Salon's birthday cake stamp and sentiment and some circle punches. To give it a little dimension I used Sakura's glitter pen and a tall foam circle to pop up the cake.

Birthday Cake Shaker Card

 

How about something fun?! This is a cute shaker made by Rebecca Sower. I bought it a while ago intending to use it for something special. There's nothing more special than a friend or family's birthday. For this card I stamped and embossed the Paper Salon Best Wishes stamp in a silver embossing powder. I added some fun print papers by Paper Salon and the cupcake shaker and ended up with one fun card for someone special!

Floral Happy Birthday Card

 

These new EK Success Sticko stickers just screamed to be paired up with the Cosmo Cricket papers and the new Making Memories Dyed Tags. I added a cute Happy Birthday stamp from Studio G and a little ribbon, used a wide scallop scissor and created a fun card ready for giving.

Happy Birthday Dad

 

Often we have a guy who needs a card and it should be a bit more masculine. Although flowers are nice, this one is perfect for that special guy or dad in your life. I used Bo Bunny's Play All Day line. The cardstock stickers and star design are a great theme. I added a larger handcut star, some alphabet stickers, scalloped square chipboard from Deluxe Designs that I inked and a brad to finish it off.

Celebrate Card

 

I love patterned papers that have beautiful elements you can cut out. For this card I cut out the flowers and "celebrate" circles. I added sewn-on buttons and then used foam squares to pop them up a bit. The alphabet letters I inked with ColorBox chalk inks for a soft edge.

For something extra, why not go ahead and make a coordinating tag if you are giving a gift. Makes sense to do it while the supplies are already out!

 

I cut another flower and "celebrate" circle out. I used Paper Salon stamps for the sentiment and added it to a unique handcut tag. It's perfect to add to a gift bag!

Happy Day Card

Last but not least...a fun card using stickers and patterned paper.

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For this card I used a fun new patterned paper by Doodlebug and their matching alphabet stickers. I punched out the circle design from the paper and layered those along with a Doodlebug flower on the card. I added the matching alphabet stickers and rickrack that I stapled on.

Last, here's a quick tip for easy cardmaking. If you're a scrapper, cardmaking is to your advantage. You have all the necessary supplies. So the next time you finish a layout, before you pack those supplies up take a moment to create a card or two. Keep a basket a handy to store the cards and you'll always have a handmade card at the ready to make someone's birthday a little more special!

 

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