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Do you like making and sending Birthday Handmade cards? If so, you are going to like this post. As I share with you two beautiful birthday handmade cards that you will want to make for your loved ones! 

Also, please know that this post is part of a blog hop to help you get ideas and keep you inspired! so make sure you visit all participating blogs! I know you will enjoy it! 

So let’s get started! 

How to make Beautiful Birthday Handmade Cards

For these cards, I wanted to featured the So Much Love stamp set, which has a beautiful flower that can be colored in different techniques. However for my cards I thought of focusing in just one technique, which happens to be one of favorite ways to color. This is using alcohol markers a.k.a Stampin’ Blends! 

For the sentiments I used the So Much Happy Stamp set, which is one of my favorites for birthdays as I can get a mix of fonts for the sentiments. That always catches my eye! 

Birthday Handmade Card for a Friend coloring with alcohol markers

Color Combination 

Once I know what stamp set to use, then I pick a paper pack or designer series paper (DSP) to use, as this always helps me in getting beautiful color combinations without too much trouble.

If you ever struggle with colors, I would suggest you do this. I promise you all your cards will look amazing when you follow the paper you want to use. 

So for this cards, I picked the Playing with patterns DSP, and I decided to use the purple designs.. (no surprise here, since you know I love purple!)

I added the greens in this color combo, mainly because the flower image I have has leaves.. but as you can see the main colors are shades of purple. 

3 Tips for Coloring with Alcohol Markers 

Birthday Handmade Card for a Friend coloring with alcohol markers  As far as coloring, like I mentioned I decided to go with alcohol markers!

I love these markers a lot more, as I can blend the tones and you don’t get the strokes of your coloring, which is something you would notice if you use regular markers. 

A few things are important to follow to get the best image when coloring with alcohol markers or stampin’ blends. 

1.- Use Memento ink for your stamped image.. this is key as this is a water/dye basis ink that will not be pulled as you color with the alcohol markers. DO NOT use Stazon, as you will smear the black lines as you color, since Stazon is alcohol based ink. 

2.- Add a light layer of the lighter color to the full image you wan to color – TIP – DO NOT over saturate the image with the color.   

3.- Add the shadows with the darker color, and do the blending in the middle section of your image. This will help you avoid any bleeding of ink outside the lines of your image. 

You can see on the video tutorial below how to color step by step in case these tips are not 100% clear, believe me, when you master these steps your images will look amazing every single time! 

Sketches and Other ideas

Once I have the image colored, then it is just matter of selecting a sketch that will go perfect for my focal point, in this case I fussy cut the flower, so I can use this in pretty much any layout.. 

The video tutorial below, shows you exactly how to make this card, from coloring to assembling.. 

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One thing I didn’t mention is that when I colored this flower, I also added wink of stella to the petals of the flower, this adds a beautiful shimmery look that makes your card stand out even more. 

And finally, I love adding some bling, so in this case I used the Highlight Heather stampin’ blend to color some Rhinestones. This helps to have your embellishments color coordinated, when you don’t have them in the exact color you want..  You can do this with ribbon or rhinestones. Another reason to love your alcohol markers, don’t you agree?

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Birthday Handmade Card for a Friend coloring with alcohol markers This second Birthday handmade card is actually using the same supplies and same technique for coloring, however I changed the layout of this card.

This card was inspired in a previous card I made using the Ornate Garden Suite. Interestingly it was another Birthday card .😁 

If you are interested in learning how to make this fun fold, you can see the step by step video on this post. This video tutorial shows this fun fold using the Ornate Garden Suite, but as you can see, you can make it with any paper pack you have, like I did on this card. 

So if you ever struggle with coming up with card ideas, just think of a card you have previously made and change things up.. different colors, different suites, or different techniques. I promise you, this will help you a lot!  

Wanna learn more about how to come up with endless card ideas?

If you want to learn more about how to come up with endless card ideas with ease and confidence, then the Card Making 101 program is perfect for you!!

This is the program where I teach my students my proven step by step process to make one-of-a-kind handmade cards using the supplies they already have. Knowing their cards will look amazing every single time, while enjoying their crafting time to their fullest.

This program is not open at this time, however you can join the waitlist to be the first one to know when this program opens its door again! 

The Video Tutorial

If you want to see how to make the first Birthday handmade card idea shared on this post, make sure you watch this video tutorial. I go over measurements and step by step on how to color using the alcohol markers, I know you will love it! 

Also at the very end you can get the supply list, in case you want to purchase any of the items I show in this video. 

Blog Hop Line-up

And as mentioned before, this post is part of a blog hop to bring you some inspiration on your Sunday to keep you crafting! 

Make sure you visit all participating blogs as I am sure you will get lots of ideas and inspiration from this amazing group! 

 

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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