I don’t know about you, but I love having birthday cards on hand so I don’t have to buy them for over $5 at a store or throw a card together at the last minute. Lately I have been making my birthday cards more “themed” and I recently created some summer-themed cards.

 

Card #1: Happy

 

 

I created this card by:

  • -Using the Simple Stories Summer line and cutting the quilted patterned paper down to 3 1/2 rows. I used the 6”x6” pad.
  • -Next, frame the patterned paper with brown cardstock.
  • -Take the wood paneling patterned paper and cut it 2” wide and then cut the bottom to resemble a banner.
  • -Take the polka dot paper and cut it to 1 1/2” and cut the bottom to resemble a banner (no need for it to be perfect).
  • -Adhere the two banners together and wind twine around it, finishing by tying it in a bow.
  • -Finally, adhere the cardstock/patterned paper to a kraft cardstock card and adhere the banner to the left of the card.
  • -Finish the card by adding a sentiment. I cut mine on the Silhouette Cameo using brown cardstock, but you could use letter stickers too.

 

Card #2: Sunshine Birthday

 

 

To create this card:

  • -Start with a white base and use a sun stamp to create a background. I used the Ali Edwards Bring on the Sun stamp set, which includes an outline of the sun and then a sunburst.
  • -I stamped the outline with orange ink all over the front of the card.
  • -I then took metallic gold ink and yellow ink and alternately filled in the sun outlines with the sunburst stamp.
  • -To draw the eye in, I cut a frame using navy cardstock and my Silhouette Cameo. I cut off the right side of the frame and adjusted the frame by trimming it on the side and lowering the top of the frame to “hug” the embellishments.
  • -Add red and white polka dot washi tape or a red cardstock strip across the middle of the frame.
  • -Add a light teal washi tape or cardstock to the center of the red tape or cardstock.
  • -Use letter stickers to spell out “Happy.”
  • -Using pop dots adhere the sun. (I cut the sun on my Silhouette Cameo.)
  • -Add a button threaded with twine to the center of the sun.
  • -Cut a heart from the bingo card paper in the 6”x6” pad and add it to the center of the sun.
  • -Add twine to the spine of the card.

 

Card #3: Sunburst Birthday

 

To create this card:

  • -Begin with a 5 ½” x 5 ½” kraft cardstock base.
  • -Ink the edges with brown ink.
  • -Set it aside.
  • -Trim the teal green paneling patterned paper to 5”x5” and ink the edges with gold metallic ink.
  • -I cut the background to the sunburst on my Silhouette Cameo using the newsprint-patterned paper.
  • -I cut the sunburst on my Silhouette Cameo using the yellow heart patterned paper and I cut it so the hearts were sideways adding movement to the sunburst, but you could cut it so the hearts are straight up and down.
  • -Adhere the newsprint paper to the teal background.
  • -Adhere the sunburst to the newsprint paper.
  • -Punch or cut a circle from the teal portion of the bingo card paper and add it to the center of the sunburst.
  • -Add a button, wood veneer or any embellishment to the center of the circle.
  • -Add a button or enamel dot to the center of your embellishment.
  • -Hand cut a heart from the bingo paper and add it to the right of the embellishment.
  • -Take a red-bordered label and stamp “celebrate” on it. Add it to the bottom right of the sunburst.
  • -Use pop dots and add them all over the back of the teal background paper.
  • -Then, adhere the teal to the kraft card base so the teal pops off the card, adding dimension.
  • -Finish the card off by adding black outlining to the sunburst.

 

I hope I have inspired you to create some summer-themed birthday cards or to create some summer-inspired scrapbook pages using some of the techniques shown here.

Happy creating!