Card Making Ideas

Birthday Cards - Children





Children are not fussy when it comes to birthday cards. Anything bright and cheerful will delight along with any 3D and glittery elements.

TIP: One of the best way to ensure a card is met with shrieks of delight is to include the child's name on the card. Children love to see their name and your card will be treasured for a long time.

TIP: Don't throw out old birthday cards, instead cut out and save anything that can be used for making personal cards in future. This is not viable for commercial card making, but for personal use it's an economical way to create cards.

TIP: If you add a border of any kind you must position a focal point centrally on the remaining body of the card, and not centrally on the card itself.

TIP: Add odd numbers of obvious identical embellishments to a card - i.e. 1,3,5,7 - and not even numbers.  This gives a much softer and consistent look.

TIP: In most cases it is best to use the "opposite rule" when adding  two identical obvious embellishments. For example, if you add two corners to a frame then add them in opposite corners.


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Products used: Basic Grey Cupcake Collection


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This card was one of the simplest I have ever made and so much fun. Assembling the chipboard clown was a visit down memory lane back to childhood pleasures. Why shouldn’t making things be simple sometimes … it’s relaxing!

I used faux stitching round the background paper and also outlined the word in black to lift it off the page.

Designed by DT Member Karen Leahy


Products used: Basic Grey Cupcake Collection

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The beauty of a collection such as this is the ease with which you can create cards, because everything matches so well.

This card was really simple, using a confetti background with two solid cardstock blocks and stickers and chipboard pieces from the range.


To make the lettering stand out a little it was outlined in black.

Designed by DT Member Karen Leahy


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Card Size: A5

This card uses flowers printed from the Wings & Flowers software. The flowers have been glazed and doodled around with a white pen. A large brad has been inserted through the middle of the pink flowers. The card is made from green Bazzill Bling, and has a strip of ribbon attached.






Wrap a King-Size card in Fairy Paper. Cut a strip from the remaining paper and stick onto the top to add a contrasting border.

Cut out tags, age and title using QuicKutz alphabet and shapes.

Pipe a glittering edge on each tags using Stickles Glitter Glue. When dry add letters then attach to card with a brad through each hole at the top.

Add glitter glue to the stuck on number. Embellish with crystal stars.

Finally dot Crystal or Icicle glitter glue onto the fairy's wings.

A lovely card for a girlie girl.

  1. Use plain cardstock to cover the front of an A6 card.
  2. Cut a strip of darker coordinating coloured cardstock and edge with  paper shaper scissors of your choice. Stick on the left-hand side of the card.
  3. Using  alphabet stickers add the name of the recipient. You can use plain alphabet stickers on bits of left-over cardstock.
  4. Punch out flower shapes and stick them on with mini glue dots centrally in a circle , leaving the petals off the paper to create a 3D effect.
  5. Put a number sticker on a handbag from Doodlebug's Pretty Pink Icons sticker sheet (no longer available). Stick the bag on the bed of flowers.
  6. Stick sequin flowers from all over the card using
  7. Punch out tiny hearts from both the plain card stock and stick them on so that they contrast with the background.


A very simple and easy personalised card.

  1. Wrap a card in pink dots cardstock.

  2. Punch out, or cut freehand, a large flower from white scrap card.

  3. Top the flower cut-out with a Doodlebug flower sticker from the Double Take range.

  4. Add the name of the recipient. I have used "Me & My Big Ideas" alphabet stickers. The Doodlebug Double Take Pretty Pink Alphabets would be equally suitable.

  5. Finish with a Dress It Up heart button in the top corner.





Decoupaged design great for a boys birthday card. Card size: A5
  • Chalk a white card in coordinating blues to create a mottled effect.
  • Tear out one section of the decoupage sheet, leaving a small white margin on the cut-out. Glue the flat decoupage section onto the card.  TIP: The white margin will appear on the paper you are tearing away from. Use your finger to guide the tear to get the desired shape. Ink the white edges with yellow ink. To do this simply run the edges against the ink pad.
  • Create the decoupage design, building up specific elements to create a 3-Dimensional effect with foam pads or silicon glue. I built up the face and finally the cap, hair, ear and nose, the right arm, the left hand, cuff and radio and the skateboard. Attach the design to the main picture, again with foam pads or silicon. Stick the age of the recipient in the appropriate place on the decoupage design.
  • Embellish the card with final touches: a birthday banner and party elements. These particular stickers are great as they leave no white edges.



This card shows what you can do with any "bits and pieces" you may have. It uses wording from an old card plus a child's brooch.










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