Three Beautiful Handmade cards for your friends

Want to learn how to easy make beautiful handmade cards for your friends? if so keep reading as today I will be sharing with you an easy way to make these beautiful handmade cards..

So let’s get started!!

How to make Beautiful handmade cards for your friends

If you have been following me for a while, you know I love to use a set of products to come up with cards ideas only using those elements. And it is using this concept that helped me to make these handmade cards.

You see, when you select just a few set of products, you began to focus more and then the ideas flow even better. This is because you get less distracted or overwhelmed on how to even start or what to use for your cards. In fact you kind of fuel your creativity by challenging yourself to just stick to those products and nothing more.

Beautiful Handmade cards for your friends

But first let me share with you the following process to help you create beautiful handmade cards for your friends every single time!

The Process to make Easy Handmade Cards

The following process is the one I created to help me design cards super easy!

  • Select a few products that coordinate. I would recommend at least the following
    • A stamp set or die set that can stand by itself
    • a label die set – optional
    • Designer Series Paper  a.k.a. patterned paper
    • Color coordinated cardstock
    • Embellishments – I try to pick a ribbon and maybe some sort of gems
  • Select the Color Combination you want to use
    • Pick which color you want to use for the card base and which color you wan to use as a highlight
  • Select a sketch to follow
    • Simpler sketches are usually best as these are easier to substitute with the products you have selected
  • Have fun and create your card

Below you can see more information about how the cards I am showcasing today!

The Color Combination

As usual I got inspiration from the designer series paper to get the color combination for my cards. the only ones that were not included in the DSP were the greens, however since the Peony dies had leaves I decided to pair my color combo with a soft combination of greens that I think work really nice.

Sketches and other details

Below you will see the sketch that I used for each of these cards as well as other details to make it easy for your to put together. Also below you will find the Video tutorial where you will see how you can make these cards step by step.

Handmade Card #1

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For all my cards I actually focused on the die set rather than a stamp set. I loved the Peony dies so much, and I thought these large flowers would be perfect as the focal point for all the cards.

You could actually change this to a large stamped image, or even a large cut out image from patterned paper, for example.

Also note that in the sketch I changed the circle for the flower. Always think how you can use the sketch to fit what you want to use, like in this case I changed the shape.

Handmade Card #2

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This second card follows as well an easy sketch and similar to the last card I changed the circle for the peony.

Also in this card,  I used the designer series paper as the background of the card. This will show you again how you can change parts of a sketch. For instance you can substitute elements on the sketch with patterned paper, or you can use embossed card stock as well. This are just a few alternatives of changes you can make to the sketches. 

Handmade Card #3

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And this final card pretty much follows the same things I discussed in the previous card details.  Like I said, once you have the sketches and the products you want to use, it comes really easy to put the cards together.. I promise you, follow the process and you will see how easy it is to make Beautiful handmade cards for your friends!

If you want additional cards for inspiration following these steps, make sure you check this post, where you can see how I created three cheerful handmade cards, or you can check this other post where I share with you how you can change the sketches and make fun folds or even a pop up card!! 

The Video Tutorial

As promised you can see below the video tutorial to see how to put all these cards together!! I show how to put together those Peony flowers without any trouble.. so make sure you watch it!!

 Also if you are interested in the specific items I used in these cards make sure you check out the the complete supply list I added below. You can click on the pictures to go to my online store where you can purchase all these items!

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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How to make handmade cards with patterned paper

Are you looking for ideas on how to make handmade cards with patterned paper? Maybe you have lots of patterned paper in your craft room that you have not had the courage to cut? or perhaps you have scraps of patterned paper left from a previous project and need ideas to use them! If any of these are you, then continue reading this post, as today I will share with you a few tips to use your patterned paper to make handmade cards!

So let’s get started! 

Handmade Cards with Patterned Paper 

First of all, you will need to pick a pack of patterned paper that you like a lot, and see what is that you like about it.

  • Is it the colors on it? or
  • the images on it?

This will help you define how you will use this paper. For instance, if you like the colors then you can use them as the color combination for your handmade cards. And if it is the images on it, you can even see if you can cut them out and use them as the focal point in your cards or as embellishments. This really makes it easy to incorporate the paper into your cards. 

In my case, for these cards, I did not have images to cut out, however I absolutely loved the color combination on it, so I decided to use it as the color combo for my projects as you are seeing in the picture below. 

how to make handmade cards using patterned paper

If you are interested in seeing examples of how to use images from the patterned paper then:

  • check this post to see how you can use the images as an embellishment for your card, or
  • this other post to see how you can use the images as the focal point 

Because there wasn’t images to use in my patterned paper, I used the images from the “Celebrate Sunflowers” for my cards. So the next step after picking the paper to use, is to select the stamp set to coordinate. 

If you use a suite from Stampin’ Up! this step is easy as you can select the paper and the stamp set from the same suite. In this particular case I actually decided to use a different set from a different suite.  So never think that you cannot mix and match!  

The Color Combo 

As mentioned before, from the patterned paper I got the inspiration for my cards which includes the colors below.  Note that the paper also had Flirty Flamingo as well, however, I did not use that one on the color combination. 

When you are picking colors for your color combination, start with fewer colors and as you are designing you can add highlight colors to enhance them.. In my case I could have used a little of Flirty Flamingo.  

Another thing to note, is that it is usually easier to start with fewer colors rather than with every single color in the patterned paper, and only if you need to add another color. The designing process goes much more smoother when you focus in less colors. 

So just play with the colors.

Sketches and other details

Once you have selected the paper to use and the stamp set for your cards, then the next step is to use sketches! this is the best way to come up with card ideas in no time! Below I am sharing the sketches for these cards as well as other details. 

Handmade Card #1 

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For all the cards that I am showing in this post, I colored the sunflowers using the same colors and the same technique. If you are interested in how to color them, I added a video tutorial at the end of this post for you to see step by step. 

This first card follows an easy sketch but I changed it for a fun fold.  You can see that this fun fold in particular is easy to incorporate with any sketch. 

The tip on this card that I want to share with you, is that because of the way this card open and closes, it is best to glue the inside of the card first, that way you can make sure that the front covers the inside panel (which is where you would write your message) 

Handmade Card #2

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This second card is also super easy to make, this would be perfect for when you have smaller left over scraps of paper! You just mat them with coordinated cardstock and glue them to your card, and voila! you have a card!!  That simple!

Also note that for all these cards I am coloring my ribbon with alcohol markers! This is a great tip to have color coordinated embellishments in any color that you need!! I love doing that.. So the key thing is to have a neutral ribbon or embellishment that you can color with the Stampin’ Blends.  

A few good examples of this are:

  • Metallic Edge Ribbon or any other White or Off white ribbon 
  • Clear Rhinestones
  • Clear Epoxy Droplets
  • Pearls

Always have some neutral embellishments on hand as these will be perfect for any project!!! 

Handmade Cards #3 

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This final card is as well a fun fold and it follows a very similar layout as the first card, the only difference on this card is the orientation of the fun fold! 

Which takes me to my next tip!! Always play with the orientation of the layouts!! I promise you will get lots of new looks just by changing the orientation, in this case this fun fold opens and goes up and down, where the first card open from right side to left side!! Pretty fun huh!  

The Video Tutorial 

As mentioned previously, below is the video tutorial where you will be able to see how to make these cards from start to end. I share the dimensions and go step by step on how to color these sunflowers with alcohol markers as well as how to make the fun fold cards shown in this post. I also go over the inks and colors I use.

Hope you enjoy it.. and if you have any question, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment!! I will be more than happy to help you 

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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Sponging techniques for handmade cards

Want to learn some sponging techniques for handmade cards? I thought so! This is why today I am sharing with you two techniques to add color to your handmade cards using sponges. 

I will be sharing as well a few tips that will surely make these techniques even easier. But most important you need to promise you will practice them!  Cause the more you use these techniques the easier it will be and the happier you will be with the results you get in your cards!

So let’s get started!

Two Sponging Techniques for Handmade Cards

Like I mentioned at the beginning, I will be sharing two techniques for sponging. The first technique will show you how to make a nice cloudy sky with a template and sponging. And the second technique will show you how to mix colors in the background to have a two tone background. 

Learn two sponging techniques for handmade cards

For these cards I used the new stamp set Ridiculously Awesome which have really big bold sentiments that will be great to showcase with the backgrounds I am making with the sponges. 

As far as the sponges, you can see in the video tutorial below that I use the circle sponges from Stampin Up! and I cut them in pieces. I also attach a piece of cardstock in the color I want to use to the sponge, that way I know which color I am using for each of the sponges. Typically  you can get about 6 pieces from one sponge and the pack comes with 3 round sponges. 

Details and Sketches on these cards 

Handmade Card #1 

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For the fist card I used the following color combo:

I made a cut out using the Happy dies from the “So Much Happy” Bundle and I used it as a template or stencil if you will. that way it will give me the curve edge of the clouds as I was sponging the background. On this post you can see two Birthday Cards using the same technique!  

The key thing is to move the template into multiple directions and to sponge or add color right before it crosses the color on another cloud. You can see this in more detail on the video tutorial below. 

Also when you are sponging, try to pick up the color from the ink pad with your sponge and then tap a scratch paper with the sponge, to then start sponging the background piece of your handmade card. I would also recommend to do this on a circular motion, and with a light hand, so that the color is smooth. 

Practice is your friend!

On thing I forgot to mention is that you can play with the sentiments and add die cut letters, like I did in this case. I love this sentiment the best and I wanted to highlight the word FAITH by adding die cut letters and popping them up with the new foam adhesive sheets!  I love how this looks!! 

If you are interested in learning how I made this card step by step, make sure you watch the video tutorial below!! 

Handmade Card #2

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For this second card I use the following color combo:

I decided to use the Dandelion Wishes stamp set for the image in the background, I actually heat embossed it with white emboss powder and then add the color with the sponges. I started first with the lighter color (Pool Party) on top of the embossed image and then apply the daffodil delight. 

Similarly as in the previous card you want to pick up the color from the ink pad with your sponge and take some of the color by dabbing the sponge into a scratch paper. After that you can then start applying color to the background of the card in a circular motion and with a light hand, that way you get a smooth layer of color. 

Also when applying the second color, you would need to blend the area where both colors meet, that way it will have a nice transition from one to another. 

Handmade Card #3

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For this last card the color combo I used is the following: 

 This card is very similar to the last card, where I heat emboss an image from the dandelion wishes stamp set and then add color on top of the emboss image with sponges. However this time I change the sketch and the color combination!!! 

I love this technique a lot more as you can play with lots of color combinations, and be even more creative. For instance you can do a monochromatic background just by playing with shades of the same color.. Give it a try and I know you will enjoy it!  

So just play with it and make the same cards using different color combos!! would love to see what you create with this technique!

The Video Tutorial 

If you want to see step-by-step instructions on how to make these cards, friend! I have you covered! 

You can watch the video tutorial below so you can see exactly how I put together these cards, you will get so many tips just from watching it!

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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Birthday Handmade Cards to Make

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Are you looking for easy Birthday handmade cards to make? if so, keep reading as you will find on this post three easy Birthday card ideas that you I know you will love to make! Plus I know these will cheer up your friends on their special day!

I am also participating today in a blog hop with an amazing group of demonstrators around the world, so make sure you visit all the participating blogs as I know you will get tons of inspiration for your card making projects! I promise you! 

Birthday Handmade Cards to Make

As I was mentioning above, I wanna share with you three easy Birthday Handmade Card ideas that you can make in no time. All of these are featuring the So Much Happy bundle from Stampin’ Up! which not only has a great stamp set, but it also has a fun die set with borders that will help you make awesome cards when you paired them together! 

When I saw this bundle in the catalog I got very excited with it as it has a cloud border die that you can use with so many stamps, like the Hippo Happiness Bundle for example. Also this bundle has images for balloons and stars and it has a die for a mini banner string as well as the “happy” die that can be use for so many occasions! 

Therefore for the cards that I am showcasing today, I want to make sure you see what I was seeing with the cloud edge border as well as the happy die and the banner string! I had so much fun designing these cards and I know you will love making them.  So lets get into the details of these cards!! 

Easy Birthday Handmade Cards to make!

The Color Combination 

For these cards I wanted to have a very cheerful feeling, so I decided to use mainly colors from the bright family.. below you can see the palette of colors that I picked

I also incorporated Basic Black to make these colors pop up even more! 

The Sketches and Other Details 

Birthday Card # 1

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For this first card, I wanted to use the cloud edge die to make a sky background. However, I wanted to just have a partial background, so i added sticky notes to limit the borders where the sky would go. I then created a template with the die set and use it as a stencil to create the sponged background. I have included the video tutorial on this post so you can watch how this background was made step by step. 

The letters were also die cut out of the rainbow glitter paper, and the brand new foam adhesive sheets!! Oh My!! I was so pleased with how well these are cut with the dies. I did run it twice just to make sure these were cut perfectly. 

Make sure you watch the video tutorial below if you want to see how this card was put together. 

Birthday Card # 2

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This second cards is very simple. I cut out the letters on water color paper to be able to watercolor them. I could have also die cut them in regular Whisper White and then color them using the blends. In fact this is what I did for the little banners. 

Doing these things helped me to have several colors in the die cuts, following the colors from the rainbow glimmer paper. 

Birhtday Card # 3

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And for this final card I wanted to get a cloudy background, which I used the same technique from the first cards. However, this time it was for the full background. 

I then added a die cut with Vellum and Whisper White of the clouds edge die. And though you might not see it in the card, It really looks really well in person. Adding both of these layers added a great dimension to the card.  

The Video Tutorial 

As mentioned before, here is the video tutorial where I share how to make these cards with you. You will see how easy these cards are to make!  

The Blog Hop Line Up

As mentioned before, I am participating a blog hop where demonstrators around the world collaborate to bring you lots of ideas to inspire you and keep you crafting.. Make sure you visit all participant blogs as I know you will enjoy them all!!

Below if the full line up! 

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

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How to change sketches for card making

One Sketch, Three Different Cards!

Hi there, I am super excited with today’s cards that I will be sharing with you how to change your sketches for card making. In this post I am sharing the same card however each one is a step up from the previous one. I know you will enjoy seeing the progression on these cards. 

As I have been saying lately, I love using sketches to come up with ideas for my card making projects. It seriously helps me a ton when trying to get into my creative zone! If you want to read more about my process in using sketches make sure you read this post!

And for this post I wanted to share one simple sketch (which you know I LOVE!) and then pair it with using the same supplies and then show you how you can change them a little bit! This process is what brings my creative mojo back every single time!! so lets get started!

how to change sketches for card making

The Sketch 

The sketch I am using today is not a new one, in fact I shared it a few weeks ago with my Thank you cards!

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You will see that I modified this sketch with every card that I made, but also I used the same elements on all cards so these cards look like a set. 

Please note that on this sketch, I added a focal point on the white rectangle of  this sketch. For two of the cards this is a bouquet of flowers and for one it is the coordinating designer series paper. So you can see how by changing elements on the focal point you come up with cards that look different, though you are using the same sketch and the same element. 

Additionally you will see that the first card is simple, while in the second card I incorporated a fun fold. The last card, though it looks the simplest of the three is actually a pop-up card! So make sure you watch the video tutorial to see this card in action. 

The Color Combination 

As usual I decided the use the color combination from the designer series paper which is honestly is the easiest way to come up with color combinations. 

Next you will see each the cars with some of the details and more information about what changed on the sketch for each of the cards that are shown on this post. 

Handmade card # 1 

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For this fist card, I mainly modify the size of the rectangles, making the focal point smaller than the sketch. 

As mentioned before the bouquet of flowers are the main focal point, and I added designer series paper on the background. 

For the flowers, I colored them using alcohol markers  – stampin’ blends following the same color combination as the the designer series paper. After coloring the flowers, I cut out this image using scissors. 

And to embellish this card I added a bow to the base of the bouquet. 

 

Handmade Card # 2

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For this second card, I incorporated a fun fold, which as you can see it is an easy one. Same as with the last card I made a bouquet of flowers for the main focal point. I used the same designer series paper and colored the flowers exactly the same way as the previous one. 

So when you are using sketches see how you can incorporate to a fun fold, you will see that the card looks totally different just by doing that.  

To learn how to make this fun fold make sure you watch the video tutorial on this post. 

Handmade card # 3 

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For this last card, you can see that the card front follows best the sketch, not many changes other than adding a bow. However, the inside of this card is the one that would add the WOW factor as it is a pop up card!

This pop up card is an easy one to make! and you can see I added the same bouquet of flowers as the pop up element. 

You can see how to construct this pop up card on the video tutorial below. I promise you will want to make a lot of this type of cards, there are not fancy dies involved, you just need scissors and that is it!  

The Video Tutorial 

As mentioned before, below is the video tutorial where I will share with you how to color the flowers using alcohol markers, as well as how to make the fun fold and the pop up card! I promise you, both of these cards are extremely easy and you will be able to make them without any problem.  

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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