Card Making Ideas

Birthday Cards




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Most of us have gotten so used to using a coloured image as the main focal point for our cards, that we forget they can exist quite happily without one. A Prima flower makes for a beautiful centerpiece.

As you can see I decorated the inside too. I really think it makes the difference between a good card and a quality card. If you are making the effort to create a handmade card, then why not go that extra mile to make it special.







Men are notoriously difficult to create for, but these days there are so many great papers you can use. Don't just look for golf/fishing and the likes; bold, striking colours and designs are fabulously suited for masculine themed project. I used Basic Grey Lauderdale 6x6 pad for my card here

Don't be afraid to use sewing on your project. A random overlapping stitch around the edge for example is fun and quirky. I bought a little sewing machine from John Lewis a while ago and leave it set up just for paper crafting. It's a little gem really, so easy to use. Just remember not to glue edges together before sewing as it may gung up your machine. If you don't want to use a machine you could try the Sew Easy range from We R Memory Keepers. A variety of heads are available enabling great designs.

The inside has been decorated too. The shape is cut from a Spellbinders Nestabilities die.

Buttons and brads are Basic Grey. That large Birthday metal sentiment is available HERE. Tim Holtz "play" ticket.




Here are some birthday ideas that uses our digital downloads. There are stacks more in the main section:




The cards above uses our Let it Shine bundle.


The following card uses our Pixie Chicks Bundles



This is an easel Card. See instructions HERE






The next card uses an image from one of the Holly & Madison bundles:



by Karen Mortensen


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Card by Karen Mortensen using Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary. The backing paper is Prima Zephyr (Paper pad), and the border strip is cut out from the reverse of the G45 Ageless Beauty sheet- Large Prima Rose - Prima Tea Thyme Chipboard - Kaisercraft Rub-On - Prima Crystal


Card by Karen Mortensen using Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary. Also uses: Prima Backing paper - Martha Stewart Deep Edge Punch Prima Flowers and Pearls - Prima Vintage Trinkets



I modified Charmed Delectable Purrfect Annie and Kitty Stamp by removing the kitten and replacing with balloons, cakes and a present. CLICK HERE for a masking technique showing how to combine several images if you are unsure how to do this.

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Products used: Imaginisce All Kinds of Happy Collection

Quick Guide

  • Cut a piece of paper the same size as the folded card and ink around the edges.

  • - Stamp image onto plain card and colour in.

  • - Sew this onto the paper.

  • - The frame is die cut.  Ink the edges and doodle around edge.

  • - Stick to the card using foam squares.

  • - The wishes sentiment is a rub-on from this range.

  • - Sew in a zig-zag stitch to the card front.

  • - Add Prima flowers to the edge of the frame.  I used foam squares to add depth.

  • - The ribbon is attached with double-sided tape.


Created and Designed by DT member Carline Scattergood

Products used: Imaginisce All Kinds of Happy Collection

Quick Guide

  •  Cut a piece of paper the size of a folded card.

  • Ink edges with black ink

  • Sew paper directly onto the card, before sewing I added some brads to create depth to the sprinkles.

  • Attach all Imaginisce embellishments to the top of the cards.

  • The scallop border is made using a scallop punch and then highlighted with white pen.

Once everything is in place go around the edges of the paper and lift and tear in places to give an aged look.


Created and Designed by DT member Carline Scattergood


Card Size: A5

All products are from K&Co's Wild Saffron Collection.

Quick Guide:

  • Cover the front of an A5 card in Wild Saffron paper. The paper used is from the 12x12 Pad and is double-sided
  • Cut a piece of the same paper (but we are using the reverse this time for a coordinated look) the size of the fully opened card. Cut from left top corner down to bottom right corner.
  • Stamp or write a greeting on a tag from the Wild Saffron Die Cut Tag pack. Stick onto paper 2 as shown. Add the name and age of the recipient. I used chipboard letters.
  • Cut a strip of the Wild Saffron Paper Ribbon and glue onto the cut edge so that half is over the edge.
  • Glue the back of paper 2 to the card but leave the front unstuck so that it opens. The card now opens both at the front and normally.
  • Add chipboard embellishments to the original front of the card as shown (Wild Saffron Adhesive Chipboard Buttons).

Created and designed by Karen - Charmed Cards & Crafts



Card Size: A5

All products are from K&Co's Wild Saffron Collection.

Quick Guide:

  • Cover the front of an A5 card in Wild Saffron Brown Pixies paper. Round off the top right-hand corner  with a corner rounder punch.
  • Cut around the swirl, butterfly and flowers from a Wild Saffron Butterfly Swirl sheet of paper. Ink the edges with brown ink. Stick onto card as pictured.
  • Stamp or write a greeting on a Wild Saffron Tag from the Die-Cut pack. Stick onto card.
  • Add a strip of Green Wild Saffron Paper Ribbon diagonally to the top right-hand corner and layer it with a strip of Cream Paper Ribbon. Embellish with a Super Star Chipboard shape from the Wild Saffron Adhesive Chipboard Button pack and add a few of the smaller buttons from the same pack here and there on the card.
  • Add two Wild Saffron Butterflies Grand Adhesions to the card, one positioned slightly above the top edge.

Created and designed by Karen - Charmed Cards & Crafts



Card 3

Card Size: A5

  • Cut a A5 sized card out of Bazzill Bling cardstock. This cardstock is heavyweight enough to use as a card. Fold and score card.
  • Cut a piece of the same Bazzill and glue onto centre as shown.
  • Attach a length of ribbon or fibre to the spine of the card.
  • Add the "Happy Birthday" title
  • Cut the swirls from a piece of Peach Bazzill Bling cardstock. I used the QuicKutz Silhouette but if you have a steady hand, and lots of patience,  you could cut it freehand. Stick onto card as shown and dot with a white Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze pen.
  • Add K&Co Juliana flowers and Prima Quick Picks Hydrangea blossom.
  • Cut out the name of the recipient and stick onto card. Dot with a Purple Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze pen.





Card 4

A lovely bright summery birthday card suitable for older girls as well as adults.

Card Size: A5

  • Cover the card in green stripe cardstock.
  • Cut out a piece of coordinating cardstock for the centrepiece with a pair of paper shaper scissors for a fancy edge.
  • Stamp "Happy Birthday" on the centrepiece and emboss using a bright green embossing powder. Stick the centrepiece onto the card.
  • Punch or cut out three tag shapes using the green dot cardstock. Embellish each one with an orange brad at the top. Embellish three Prima Daisy flowers with a green brad in the centre and stick one on each tag. Arrange on the card.
  • Stick coordinating fibres to the top of the card and top with a Daisy flower with an orange brad through its centre.
  • Embellish with Prima mulberry flowers and dot the centre of each flower with gold Stickles glitter glue.



Card 5

A beautiful luxurious card on rich burgundy suede embossed paper.

Card Size: A5

  • Wrap the card in K & Company Embossed English Accents Burgundy Suede Paper.
  • Stick on All My Memories Herbanella Page Accents "Great Grandma"
  • Embellish with K & Company Glitter Grand Adhesions.

Materials used:







A fun decoupaged card for children to give to their dad on his birthday

  • Cut a rectangle of cream cardstock with a 1cm margin all around a dark blue card and glue it onto the card. Cut another panel from a blue patterned paper, this time with a 1/2cm margin, and glue it onto the Bazzill panel.

  • Cut out the desired picture from a Decoupage sheet and glue it onto the card. Pick out certain elements in the picture that you want to be 3 dimensional - I chose the two smaller bears, the newspaper with the daddy bear's hands, and the slippers - and layer them onto the original picture using foam pads or blobs of silicon to separate the layers. Build it up as much as you want.

  • Cut out a tag shape and stick on the letters DAD - here I used blue Basic Grey letters. Glue the tag onto the card and finish with a Dress It Up Candle button.



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