Hey friend, Today I am sharing with you an easy way to make cheerful birthday cards using the Zany Zebras. This set is soon becoming a favorite of mine as these little zebras are easy to color and have so much personality! So let’s get started, shall we!!
How to make Cheerful Birthday Cards
One of the things that help me when making cards is thinking about the feeling I want them to have. In this case I wanted to have Cheerful Birthday Cards and with that in mind I thought of bright colors.
Once I have the emotion defined then it is easy to look for paper that inspire me that sentiment.
When looking for the patterned paper, the stripe pattern from the Flowers for all seasons DSP called my attention immediately, as it is bright, and cheerful.
The Color Combination
As usual, I picked the color combination for my cards from the designer series paper. I love doing this as a lot of the times I can get new color combinations that I would not have come up otherwise!
Honestly I would have never picked these colors on my own, however when I saw the patterned paper, I knew this was the color combo I wanted to try!
Most of the times I don’t think of red and pinks together, but it worked really well. I loved that all the colors are so bright and they shout happy at me! Don’t you think?
Card Details and Sketches
Once I have figure out the paper, the set and the color combination, I then proceed to find sketches for the cards.. I love doing this, as I can get super fun looks on my cards. Sketches are truly what sparks my imagination and creativity every single time! believe me!!
Below you will see the sketches I used with the corresponding card, so that you get an idea of what you can do when using sketches!
Handmade Card #1
One thing that I did on all these cards was fussy cutting the zebras as well as their party hat, that way I could use them in all the cards as if they were embellishments.
Additionally for the sentiments I actually die cut the banner shape with the tasteful labels, that way I had matching stitched marks in the circle and the sentiment. I honestly think that this added a little of flair to this card.
And finally, I added ribbon and the enamel dots, which are my most favorite embellishments to add to cards. I think that just adding a bow and gems to any card will make it look amazing.
Do you have embellishments that you tend to use a lot when making cards? if so are what are your favorite embellishments? which are the ones that need to be in every card you make? Let me know in the comments below..
Handmade Card #2
For this card, I used two sizes of circles, but you could use the same size if you want to. Just play with it and see what you like best.
Additionally, I added another pattern to the circles as you can see from the picture. If you don’t have another coordinating pattern you could always use cardstock and add texture or stamps on it, to add some interest..
Handmade Card #4
For my third card, I just loved this sketch!! I think this one is a really cute and easy one to do and some how it calls my attention a lot more.. maybe it is the ribbon around the top layer.. I don’t know, but by far this was my favorite.
By the way if you are interested to see how to make all the cards, I have you covered my friend! I have a full video tutorial for you to see step by step how to make these cheerful birthday cards!
And by the way, I wanted to share with you what you can do to the inside of your cards. I did this for all my cards.
I just stamped a zebra into a piece of whisper white, I colored it and then add it to the card.
One thing to share here is that more and more I make these little inserts which are 3″ x 4 1/4″. I really love this size as it is large enough to not feel overwhelm when addressing the cards.
I have implemented these smaller inserts on my cards, as I felt in the past that having a full size ( 4″ x 5 1/4″) would make me feel like I have to write too much and sometimes I don’t have too much to say.. Once I change this size it became easier for me to send cards.
If you struggle with the same, then give it a try! I specially love this for Christmas cards for instance where I send a gazillion of cards and I know I will not be sending long written letters.
The Video Tutorial
And as promised here is the video tutorial where you can learn how to make these cheerful birthday cards cards step by step. I go over all the supplies, as well as all the measurements.
The Supply List
You can see below the full list of Items I used to make these cards, if you click on the images below it will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support 🥰
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