Cute Handmade Birthday Card for a Friend

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Want to learn how to make a cute handmade Birthday card for a friend? then keep reading my friend as today I am sharing with you a super cute Handmade Birthday card that you can customize with tons of little critters like the one I used in mine. 

And as you can see I am participating in the monthly colour combo blog hop to challenge myself how to use their color combination into a handmade card!

So Let’s get started!! 

How to make a cute Handmade Birthday Card for a Friend

So as I mentioned above, today I am participating into this blog hop to challenge myself to use the color combination of the month which you can see below 

And honestly this is how I started brainstorming how to make my card or what to use for this Birthday handmade card, which I am not going to lie, sometimes I found this a bit more challenging than starting with the products in mind.. 

You see, I almost always try to pick the products and then from those products I pick the colors.. So you can see that going the opposite way can be challenging for my mind LOL. However I love it, because it forces me to look at things differently and I feel like I actually stretch my mind and my creativity.. And at the end of the day this always helps you to grow new skills! 

So always try something different that challenges you, as this always helps you grow in other ways.. and I mean this not only for your card making but for everything in life! 😉

Anyway, back to my card.. I first thought about using flowers (I think I always want to go that route!). However, I remembered I got this cute new set from the August-December catalog (a.k.a. Winter or Holiday Catalog) that can make cute little critters. And this is when the light bulb went on! Why not using the soft suede for a little critter and use the other colors as highlights. Why not?

After I had picked up the little critter, I looked for paper and embellishments in the other colors from this color combo. I realized I had a spool of ribbon in Mint Macaroon. This got me thinking about using this color as the highlight and the Rich Razzleberry as the color for my card base. 

So here is the card!! tah-dah!! what do you think??? 

Cute Handmade Birthday Card for a Friend

 

The Sketch & Other Details 

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Once I knew which products I was going to use for this card, I then looked for a sketch.

If you have been following me for a while, you know how much I love using a sketch. I strongly believe that this makes things so easy when you are coming up with ideas for your cards.

One think I always suggest is to start with an easy and simple sketch, that way you don’t get overwhelmed by thinking how to substitute the elements on the sketch. 

As far as the card itself, I made the little beaver using the Menagerie Mix-up stamp set, and if you look in to the details you will see that his cheeks are colored as well as his scarf. 

Close up on this cute little critter

I used Flirty Flamingo – dark shade from the Stampin’ Blends  to color his cheek. And the Dark shade of the Mint Macaroon to color his scarf.  I think this added a little bit more of personality to the beaver. Don’t you think?

One tip to assemble the beaver was to stamp, color and cut out all the pieces using the dies, and then glue all the pieces using the Glue Dots. 

When you are ready to add the beaver to the card, you can use dimensionals to add more dimension to it!!  

The best think of the Menagerie Mix up bundle is that you can create so many critters that you can customize the card to many options. 

And I am also thinking that these little critters can go perfect for like Baby Shower cards, or kids cards! so the possibilities are endless for sure!! 

If you are enjoying colors combination challenges and want another color combo to play, you can see the Color Combination from July 2020 here as well as the card that I made using it! 

The Blog Hop 

As mentioned above, I am participating on a blog hop where all participants will be sharing their projects using these colors!! I am really curious to see all their great creations!! As I know they always come up with so many ideas that keeps me inspired. 

So click on the button below to go to the next Blog participating in this blog hop! 

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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 onlline store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support  🥰

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Color Combination for Card Making

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Do you like challenges? If so you will enjoy this one, as it is about color combination!! everything goes as long as you use the color combination we showcase!! Additionally I am participating on the blog hop as I think you will get lots of inspiration of how to use this color combination for card making projects! 

I love playing with challenges and this type is becoming a favorite of mine. I will be honest, this color combo was a bit more challenging than the previous one. Mainly because I was thinking so much of flowers, and there was no green on this combination.. So I literally had to look at other ideas.. 

I thought of incorporating foliage in the Sahara Sand color, however it was looking a bit sad, 😂 or at least my card was looking that way, and I was going for a different feel. So then I decided to look for “shapes” not so much of an image like flowers, and then it hit me!! BANG!! Why not doing a fun background with watercolor!!! 

This was when I got all excited and my card design started flowing immediately.. has that ever happened to you?  You start with one idea and then something hits you, so that you change route and get all excited with the new idea that everything falls in place perfectly.. this is really how it felt for me this morning!!! 

And this my friend, is why I love challenges!! it really forces me to get creative!! So whenever I don’t feel my mojo, I look for all sorts of challenges, whether these are sketches, playing with specific products or a color combination for card making. It never fails! Give it a try and you will see what I am talking about!!   

I am also secretly uber-excited to see what the team is creating today!! specially cause like I mentioned before I thought this color combo was a bit  more challenging for me.. So make sure you see all the participating blogs on this blog hop!! I am sure you will love seeing what everyone came up with this color combination for card making!! 

So without further ado, here is my card!!! TA-DA!!! 😎

Color combination for card making

The Color Combination

So as you all see in the banner the color combination for this challenge is the following:

So when I was designing this card I was 100% sure I wanted to use the Sahara Sand as the card base of my card. Being a Neutral color it makes it easier to color coordinate with almost any other color. 

Brand NEW water paintersFor the background – I really wanted to play with watercolor, and try the new water painters.

The new water painters have three brushes as you can see on the picture on the left. Now you have a wide, medium and fine tip for the brushes, which will help you a lot when watercoloring different type of images or backgrounds. 

I definitely wanted to try a stripy background. I have been wanting to give it a try ever since I saw the new wide tip brush water painter.. And oh my!! It was super easy!! believe me no need to have a steady hand lol.. 

To make it all come together for my card, I added the Misty Moonlight lines in between the Highland Heather stripes using the finest tip brush of the water painters.. 

So you can see that overall the background was easy peasy to put together!! give it a try! I definitely want to try this background with so many other color combinations for sure!!! 

Card Sketch, Measurements and Instructions

The Sketch

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For this card I used a card sketch that I have previously showcased a few months ago. I love this type of sketch whenever I am working on my background, as It makes it easy to feature even more the background you are creating. 

This could also work if you want to use Designer Series Paper (DSP) a.k.a. patterned paper, if you want to feature the beauty of and specific design, this sketch would be perfect as well! 

Measurements

Below are the measurements of the cardstock I used for this card.  I am also sharing with you the full supply list at the end of this post for you to see all the products I used. 

  • Card base – Sahara Sand 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scraps to die cut 
  • Misty Moonlight : 4 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ and strip of 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ 
  • Watercolor paper: 4 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ 

Instructions

  1. Fold the card base in half using the bone folder
  2. Paint the stripes onto watercolor paper with Highland Heather ink using the wide tip brush water painter.  Tip: for the new ink pads you can grab the color with an acrylic block so you can pick up the color from it with your water painter easier  
  3. Paint the lines onto the watercolor paper with the Misty Moonlight ink pad using the fine tip brush water painter. Paint these lines in between the stripes you paint on step 2
  4. Let dry the watercolor paper and then glue it down onto the Misty Moonlight cardstock
  5. Tap the Misty Moonlight strip with the embossing buddy. This will help get the embossing powder only on the areas where you stamp with the versamark
  6. Stamp with versamark the sentiment onto the Misty Moonlight strip and add white embossing powder 
  7. Using the Heat tool, apply the heat onto the embossing powder until you see it melts completely
  8. Cut the end of the strip with the Tailored Tag punch to get the banner shape on the end of the strip
  9. Die cut the swirly flower and leaves from the Well Written Dies in Sahara Sand
  10. Glue the die cut onto the card front and color it with Wink of Stella to add a shimmery look 
  11. Glue the sentiment onto the card front with dimensionals 
  12. Color with the Dark Highland Heather Stampin Blend the rhinestones and add them to your card

The blog hop 

As mentioned above, this post is part of a blog hop where we all are sharing what we came up with this color combination! so make sure you check out all the blogs participating on this blog hop as you will get lots of inspiration and of course you can see how everyone used this color combination for card making! I know you will love to see all the projects! 

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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 onlline store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support  🥰

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Playing with Sketches to Create Handmade Cards

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I shared last week that I love playing with sketches, mainly because this is a great way to come up with ideas for handmade cards.  

If you are new to sketches you can read this post where I share a lot of information about how to select sketches, how to change them and how you can use them to get inspiration over and over any time you feel not crafty. 

So today I wanted to share with you a sketch challenge a fellow demonstrator is hosting.. this is the first one! so hopefully she keeps bringing them again, as I love a good sketch challenge, don’t you agree? 

Playing with Sketches

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 Here is the sketch for the challenge. As you can see this is a simple sketch, which are the best type of sketches to play with, if you ask me!

Simple sketches are the best because they allow you to be very creative and change the sketch in multiple ways. So if you are not feeling creating, this is the best way to go. 

This is a great way to challenge yourself to see how many looks you can get with only one sketch and therefore your creative juices start flowing! I am not kidding you! try it out! 

And below you can see the card that I came up with using this sketch! I truly enjoyed playing with this one!  

 

Playing with Sketches to make a one of a kind handmade card

For my entry to this challenge I decided to use the circle as a window to stamp the sentiment on my card. I also paired two of my favorite stamp sets: “The Gorgeous Posies and the Ridiculously Awesome” 

The Gorgeous Posies is actually a stamp set that compliments the Gorgeous Posies Project kit. Which is a beautiful card kit, that makes 16 cards. 4 of each 4 different designs. You can see them below! Don’t you love these cards? 

       Gorgeous Posies Project Kit        Gorgeous Posies Project Kit

The Color Combination 

I used the color combination on this card kit as inspiration for my entry to this challenge.  Not sure if I have share this with you, but Purple is my FAVORITE color!! you might not know that, since I almost never use it on my projects ha!  Therefore I fell in love with this project kit the minute I saw the colors! and as you can see I could not resist myself to make a card using this color combination! Below you can see them together!

Measurements:

Card stock (CS) : Card base – Purple Posy 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″,  Card front 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ , Whisper White 4″ x 5 1/4″ and scraps to stamp and cut 

Instructions:

  1. Fold card base in half using bone folder 
  2. Die cut the largest circle from the stitched shapes dies on the card front (Purple Posy CS)
  3. Emboss the Card front using the Subtle embossing folder
  4. Lay the Card front on top of the Whisper White and stamp the sentiment with Smoky Slate onto the Whisper White CS where the circle is. TIP – Do this before you glue anything, so if you don’t  like it you can flip the Whisper White and try again
  5. Glue down the Whisper White onto the card base using stamp seal
  6. Glue the card front onto the Whisper White using dimensionals 
  7. Stamp the flower using Heather Highland ink, the dots with memento ink and cut it with paper snips
  8. Stamp two leaves with Pear Pizzazz, fill the leaves using the blender pen and the Pear Pizzazz, then stamp the leave details using Soft Suede. 
  9. Cut the leaves using paper snips
  10. Glue the Leaves and the flower onto the card front using dimensionals and glue dots 

So as you can see this card was super easy to make when you are playing with sketches! Try it out any time you feel like your creative mojo has gone! I am sure you will get creative in no time!!! 

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 onlline store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support  🥰

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Using color combinations for handmade cards

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Do you struggle choosing color combinations for handmade cards? if so let me tell you that challenges like this one will help you a lot for when you are struggling with ideas of which colors to use in your projects.  

This is why I am joining this amazing team to help you with lots of ideas using the same color combination, and hopefully inspire you to make your own card.

Please note that all of us will be using the same color combo, however you will see that each of us used it in different ways, so make sure you got thru all the blogs participating in this blog hop to see all the ideas with only one color combination. 

The color combination 

For this challenge the color combination to use is the following:Color combo - Flirty Flamingo, Soft Sea Foam, Daffodil Delight

I will be honest, I thought this combination was going to be hard, however it was super easy. So let me share with you an easy process to make a card using the colors that this challenge called. 

Using Color Combinations for handmade Cards 

As I mentioned above, I put together a quick and easy process to help you make cards using color combination.

  1. Get a sheet of card stock of each of the different colors in the color combo
  2. Then try to put it in pairs, one sheet on top of each other and then alternate, this will help you visualize which color you want for the card base and which one for the secondary color on your card.  Below you will see all possible pairs you can form with this color combination. 
    • Flirty Flamingo with Soft Sea Foam
    • Flirty Flamingo with Daffodil Delight
    • Soft Sea Foam with Daffodil Delight 
  3. Once you define which color you want to have as your card base, then start looking at the remaining two and check which one would go best as a highlight 
  4. Select the stamp set you want to use and follow the colors you picked in the same way when stamping. 

Below you will see my card following the above process, I selected the Soft Sea Foam as the card base (Main color), the Flirty Flaming as the secondary color and then Daffodil Delight as the highlight color. 

When I stamped you will see that the larger image were in Soft Sea Foam and the smaller images were in Flirty Flamingo. And as far as the Daffodil Delight, I actually use some enamel dots to add some pop of yellow. 

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Dimensions 

Soft Sea Foam 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, Flirty Flaming 5 1/4″ x 4, Whisper White 5″ x 3 3/4″ and scraps to stamp and cut the flowers, Daffodil Delight 3″ x 3/4″ 

Other Details on this Card 

I wanted to keep this card simple and clean as I had the idea of using the Lovely You stamp set to make a wreath. Specially because I noticed one of the leave stamps had a curve, so I knew it would be perfect for a wreath. Below are the steps I took to make this card:

  1. Fold the Card base in half using bone folder to have a crispier fold. 
  2. To make the wreath mark a circle with a pencil (lightly) to have a guideline as you stamp.
  3. Stamp with Soft Sea Foam the leaves image following the circle you draw on the Whisper White card stock.
  4. If you see any pencil lines, wait for the ink to dry and then erase these pencil lines gently
  5. Glue down the Whisper White onto the Flirty Flamingo card stock and then glue this to the card base.
  6. Stamp with Flirty Flaming 5 flowers and cut them with scissors. 
  7. Stamp the sentiment with Early Espresso on the Daffodil Delight and cut the banner ends using the Tailored Tag Punch.  
  8. Glue the sentiment using dimensionals onto the middle of the wreath 
  9. Glue the flowers using dimeniosnals
  10. Add a few yellow enamels dots around the wreath
  11. Color a piece of the gold edge ribbon using Flirty Flamingo – dark  stampin’ blends (alcohol marker)
  12. Make a bow with this ribbon and glue it to the card using glue dots  

Hope you have enjoy this project and as mentioned before, make sure you go thru all the blogs participating in this blog hop! I know you will love it!!  Click on the button below to go to the next blog. 

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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 onlline store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support  🥰

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Stamp ink Paper Challenge #132 – Fun Cake – Birthday card

Hello Friends!! so here I am again participating in the SIP challenge of the week!! this week the theme was fun Cake! so when I read the challenge I immediately thought of using the sweet soiree suite!! which is the one that has a cake in it!! I mean it was just perfect.. I just got this set and I have been wanting to play with it, but since my focus has been valentines I have not had time to play with this!! so I love that this challenge is giving me the perfect excuse to play with this suite!! 

So here is my sample!! I use the designer series paper (DSP) on this suite, it is the Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP, and what is cool about this paper pack is that each sheet has silver foil, it looks gorgeous!! and on all projects this will have a WOW effect!!
Did you see the cake stand??? This was die cut with the coordinating framelits! and you guess it, when you get both the stamp set and the coordinating framelits on a bundle, you save 10% on both items!!! 

I colored the flowers on the cake using the blends markers!! I love these alcohol markers!! and then I added Wink of Stella on the flowers, this adds a lot to the card!! on the below picture you can see more details on the flowers!!  you definitely need to get all the colors of these markers!!! 
The best way to get all of these markers is by purchasing the starter kit!! no kidding (keep reading).. the full collection of blends cost $121.5 plus shipping (10%) plus tax so total is about $144 (depending on your state tax), but if you purchase the starter kit, you actually get $125 worth of products for only $99 plus tax, there is NO Shipping fees on the starter kit, so about $107 (again depending on your state taxes), and during Sale-A-Bration which is going on right now, you get TWO stamp sets of your choice from the annual or occasions catalog for FREE. And the best thing is that you get to enjoy at least 20% discount in any of your future orders, plus you get to be part of my team 🙂  

you can see more samples being made with the challenge of the week HERE 

And here is the video tutorial where I show you how to make this beautiful card, hope you enjoy watching this video.



Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration is still going on, so for every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! products on my store you get a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure!!! don’t miss out on this great promotion!! this is truly the best time of the year!!! 

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