Sweet and Simple Birthday Card Ideas

Even though I love to make cards with loads of little details, sometimes I like to share simple birthday card ideas for those times when you need to make a card in a hurry. This one fits the bill and the cheerful colors – which of COURSE are changeable! – and the simple birthday wish means you can send it to anyone and make their day!  I made this card using the Balloons die set and the sentiment is from the Kittie Says Phrases #1.

handmade greeting card Simple Birthday Card Ideas shown as a bunch of balloons and a simple greeting

The A2 Card Base and Sentiment Layer

  • Cut the card base and sentiment layer using white cardstock and red cardstock for the layer.
  • Stamp the sentiment using Nocturne ink.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the sentiment layer and attach it to the red layer.
  • Attach both layers to the card base using ATG adhesive.

 

and example of Simple Birthday Card Ideas for handmade greeting cards using die cut balloons and stamped greeting

The Balloons and Bow

  • Cut the balloons out three times using red, yellow and blue cardstock.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of each balloon and attach them to the card.
  • Tie a multi loop bow using red organdy ribbon. Note:  Check out my ribbon tying video tutorial to see how I make my multi-loop bows.
  • Attach the bow to the balloons using glue dots.

Simple Birthday Card Ideas for handmade greeting cards using die cut balloons and small ribbon bow

I shared another very simple birthday card on my blog yesterday.  If you like to make birthday cards that are way more intricate and detailed check out my Birthday Cake post.  

Here are the products I used to make this card.

 
5319-03D Balloons Die
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3308 Kittie Says Phrases #1
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Amazon.com: Ben Collection 1/4″ X 50…
[ AMZUS ]
VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
Clear Acrylic Block 3.25″ X 4.25″…
[ ELH ]
 

I encourage you to save this on Pinterest or wherever else you would save simple birthday card ideas because I am confident that once you make ONE of these, you will want to make more!

Use Negative Die Cuts To Make Fun Details!

Today I am sharing a clean and simple card that uses negative die cuts to add a level of detail that LOOKS extra fun and takes SECONDS to create! I guarantee you will start seeing all kinds of new creative possibilities when you look at your cardmaking dies after you check this out!  To make this card I used the Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Scallop, Star Burst and Fireworks, Balloons and the sentiment is from the Kittie Says Phrases #1 set.

A handmade greeting card showing Negative Die Cuts used to make see-through windows forming fireworks

The Card Base and Negative Die Cut Layer

  • Cut an A2 sized card base and scallop layer using white cardstock.
  • Place the scallop layer on the cutting platform and lay the Fireworks dies on the layer and run through the machine. Note:  These dies are made without an outer cutting edge and are intended to cut a design out of a solid piece of cardstock.
  • Cut a piece of red cardstock large enough to fit behind the die cut openings and attach it to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the scallop layer and attach it to the card base.

Negative Die Cuts on a handmade greeting card making fireworks

The Balloon and Sentiment

  • Cut a white strip of cardstock about an inch tall and cut the edges using the rectangle scallop die.
  • Stamp the sentiment using Nocturne ink.
  • Apply a strip of mounting tape to the back of the sentiment piece and attach it to the card front.
  • Cut the balloon using red cardstock.
  • Create a small gold bow using metallic gold string and attach it to the balloon using glossy accents.  Note:  The gold string doesn’t like adhesive very much so I apply a good amount of glossy accents and allow several minutes for it to dry well to make sure the bow has adhered to the balloon.
  • Apply a piece of mounting tape to the back of the balloon and attach it to the card front.

A handmade birthday card showing the use of Negative Die Cuts to create a design element

Here are the products used for this card.

 
Nested Rectangle Scallop Die Cut 5028D
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5319-04D Star Bursts/Fireworks Die
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5319-03D Balloons Die
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3308 Kittie Says Phrases #1
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String by the Spool – Metallic Gold,…
[ ELH ]
VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
Clear Acrylic Block 3.25″ X 4.25″…
[ ELH ]
 

Does this give you some ideas on how you can use negative die cuts in your cardmaking? Are you seeing all kinds of new possibilities? Let me know – I LOVE to hear what you think!

How To Shape Paper Flowers

Today I want to share with you a quick lesson on how to shape paper flowers. Flower dies are fantastic for adding either focal elements or little details to your cards and giving them some shape is not only pretty easy to do, it adds a TON of detail with not a lot of work.

To make this card I used the Rubbernecker Organic Shapable Posy, Nested Rectangle Scallop with Holes, Rectangle Combo OPC #3 and Kittie Says Phrases #1.

A multi-layered handmade greeting card featuring elements to show how to shape paper flowers

The Card Base and Frames

  • Cut an A2 card base and Scallop Rectangle layer using white cardstock.
  • Use white cardstock to cut two sets of the Rectangle Combo frames.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the scalloped rectangle layer and attach it to the card base.
  • Turn each of the two sets of inner frame sections from the Rectangle Combo die face down and attach them together using double stick tape.
  • Apply mounting tape to the back of one frame section and attach it to the card base.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the second set of frames and attach it over the first frame set.  Note:  Layering the frames with mounting tape adds dimension and interest to the this clean and simple card.

This handmade greeting card features an example of how to shape paper flowers using cardmaking die cuts

The Flower and Sentiment

  • Use pink cardstock to cut four sections of the flower layers and green cardstock to cut one stem layer.
  • Place the flower sections face down on the molding pad and form the petals by pushing down and rolling the large round stylus over the petals.  Check out my Paper Flower Shaping videos on my tutorial page to see how I use a stylus and molding pad to shape my flowers.
  • Attach the flower layers together using glossy accents and then attach them to the stem.
  • Gently form the small flower buds using the stylus and molding pad and attach them to the stem using glossy accents.
  • Apply a strip of mounting tape to the back of the flower stem and a large piece to the back of the flower and attach it to the card base.
  • Stamp the sentiment on the oval section from the Rectangle Combo using black ink and attach it to the card base using mounting tape.

A white on white with pink bouquet handmande greeting card that shows how to shape paper flowers

Here are the products used to make this card.

 
Nested Rectangle Scallop w/ Holes 5141D
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5218D Rectangle Combo OPC #3 Die Cut
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5301-02D Organic Shapable Posy Die
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3308 Kittie Says Phrases #1
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
[ ELH ]
Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
[ SBC ]
Amazon.com: McGill Paper Blossoms…
[ AMZUS ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
Clear Acrylic Block, 2.5 Round w/…
[ ELH ]
 

Now that you know how to shape paper flowers, I encourage you to give it a try. Even adding just a little curl or a little curve to a die cut flower can make it really pop and I am betting you are going to get addicted to this fun technique!

Slimline Winter Scene Christmas Cards

Sometimes I make a card that I truly just love and this one of my slimline winter scene Christmas cards is a winner, I think! I just love the falling snow, the trees in the background and the way that lamp offers what feels like a warm glow. Isn’t this just PERFECT to send to those people for whom you have a lot of holiday news to share?

For this card I used the Rubbernecker Slimline Solid Bubble Scallop, Winter Lamp Post, Deckle Hills, Greenery #1, 3 Pine Trees and Splatter Background.  The Enjoy the Magic sentiment is a retired.

A sample of DIY Winter Scene Christmas Cards slimline style with a snowy background and a vintage black iron lamp post

The Scene Layer and Card Base

  • Cut a 7.00″ x 8.50 white card base and sore down the center.
  • Use red cardstock to cut a 3.25″ x 8.25″ layer and attach to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Cut the slimline layer using white cardstock.
  • Apply masking tape around all the edges of the slimline, apply a blue sky background using a blender brush and Beachside ink.
  • Stamp the trees using Shady Lane ink and heat dry using a heat gun.
  • Apply embossing magic over the trees and sky area.
  • Stamp the falling snow using white pigment ink , sprinkle white embossing powder and heat emboss.
  • Remove the masking tape.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the scene layer and attach to the card base.

The Lamp Post and Snow Layers

  • Cut two deckle snow layers using white cardstock.
  • Cut the snow layers a second time using the slimline die to create matching borders.
  • Stamp the sentiment using Shady Lane ink.
  • Attach the snow layers to the scene base using ATG adhesive.
  • Cut the lamp post sections using black, white and yellow cardstock.
  • Attach the snow layers  and the yellow lamp shades to the lamp post using glossy accents.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the lamp post, tuck it in behind the snow layer and attach to the scene base.
  • Apply sparkle to the lam shade using a clear shimmer pen.

The Tiny Wreath

  • Use snips to cut a small circle and cut the center of the circle out to create a wreath base.

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  • Attach tiny green sprigs to the wreath base using glossy accents.
  • Attach 1/8″ red circles to the wreath using glossy accents.
  • Cut thin strips of red cardstock and create the tiny bow for the wreath.
  • Attach the bow to the wreath using glossy accents.
  • Use glossy accents to attach the wrath to the lamp post.
  • Apply red stickles to the red circles to add sparkle.

 

An example of Slimline Winter Scene Christmas Cards featuring a lampost against a background of snowy evergreen trees

Check out my Snowy Christmas Card if you would like to see another example of a winter Christmas card using the same dies and stamps.

Here are the supplies used for this card.

 
5322-04D Slimline Solid Bubble…
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5217-05D Winter Lamp Post Die
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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Greenery #1 Die Cut 5162-09D
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3 Pine Tree Set – 689690694SO
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1231 Splatter Background
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Color Fuse Set #9
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Shady Lane
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Unicorn White, Hero Arts Pigment Ink Pad
[ ELH ]
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder,…
[ ELH ]
Life Changing Blender Brush Set,…
[ ELH ]
Fiskars – Hole Punch – One Eighth…
[ SBC ]
Ranger Stickles, Christmas Red
[ ELH ]
Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
[ SBC ]
Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen 2 pk
[ ELH ]
Scotch Safe-Release Masking Painter’s…
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
Embossing Magic Bag, Inkadinkado
[ ELH ]
Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
[ ELH ]
 

Does this inspire you to try making your own slimline winter scene Christmas cards? What variations would you do? I would LOVE to know! 

A BBQ Card for Labor Day

I’m getting ready for Labor Day weekend with this fun BBQ card.  Rubbernecker has a great collection of scenic dies that can be used to create outdoor cards.  For this card I used the BBQ Set, Tabbed Mountains, Pine Tree Forest, Cooler, Picnic Tables, Grass. Grass #2 and Small Birds.

This BBQ card is loaded with paper pieced details using cardmaking dies

The Outdoor Scene Base

  • Cut an A2 sized white card base and a 4.00″ x 5.25″ piece light blue cardstock.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the light blue layer and attach it to the card base.
  • Cut one section of the pine tree forest and color the trunks with a brown marker.
  • Cut two grass sections and two mountain sections using green cardstock.
  • Attach the two mountain sections and one grass section to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Apply a strip of mounting tape to the back of the front grass layer and attach it to the card base.
  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the trees, tuck them in behind the last mountain section and attach to the card base.
  • Cut grass sprigs using green cardstock, tuck them in behind the mountain layer and attach using glossy accents.

This BBQ card showing an outdoor scene was made entirely from cardmaking dies

The BBQ, Cooler, Picnic Table and Birds

  • Cut the BBQ using red and grey cardstock and assemble the pieces and attach using glossy accents.
  • Use gray cardstock to cut the hamburger and hotdogs, color them using mini applicators and brown and rust ink and attach to the grill top using glossy accents.
  • Use aqua, white, light green, yellow and black cardstock to cut the cooler pieces, assemble the pieces and attach together using glossy accents .
  • Cut the picnic table and benches using woodgrain cardstock , the tablecloth using gingham designer paper and attach the cloth to the table using a strip of mounting tape.
  • Use red cardstock to cut the birds and color the beaks using a black marker.

Finish the BBQ Card

  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the picnic table and benches and attach them to the front grass section.
  • Use mounting tape to attach the BBQ grill to the card and attach the grill utensils to the grill using glossy accents.
  • Apply glossy accents to the back of the cooler and attach to the front grass section.
  • Finish the card by apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the birds and attach them to the scene.

 

This handmade BBQ card used cardmaking dies to create all the paper pieced details

How about you? Do you have special plans for the long Labor Day weekend? Make a BBQ card to invite friends and family for a BBQ picnic as a last nod to summer before school starts.  Check out my Handmade Camping Card for another fun way to enjoy the last days of summer.

 
5319-01D BBQ Die
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5318D Tabbed Mountains Die
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5164D Pine Tree Forest
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5313-03D Cooler Die
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5202-08D Picnic Tables Die Cut
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Tabed Grass Set Die Cut 5152-03D
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5210-02D Grass #2 Die Cut
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Small Birds Die 5147-06D
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Color Fuse Set #3
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Color Fuse Set #2
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E47 – Dark Brown, COPIC Sketch Marker
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COPIC Sketch Marker 100, Black
[ ELH ]
Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
 

A Scarecrow Shadow Box Card

I just love how this scarecrow shadow box card turned out and it’s so much easier to create using the new A2 Shadow Box Frame Die from Rubbernecker. No more scoring and cutting and snipping and tweaking and adjusting…..one spin through my die cutting machine and the whole shadow box frame was DONE! I created the scene using the Scarecrow, Cornstalks, Apples, Pears and Corn, Pumpkins and Ivy, Grass, Grass #2 and Birds.

A fun Scarecrow Shadow Box Card with corn and pumkins to create a fall scene.

The Scarecrow Shadow Box Frame and Scene Background

  • Cut the shadow box frame using white cardstock.
  • Cut the 4 7/8″ x 3 5/8″ scene base using white cardstock.
  • Apply the cloudy sky background using Beachside ink, cloud stencil and a blender brush.
  • Use the Scor-Pal to add deeper score lines on the frame.
  • Fold the frame sides in and use the bone folder to crisp up the crease on each fold.
  • Apply 1/4″ double stick tape on the inside of the wide frame fold layers.
  • Turn the frame face down, and insert the scene base face down in the frame.
  • Remove the tape on both frame flaps, fold and secure the frame flaps closed.
  • Turn the frame face up and push down on the scene layer and secure it in place to the taped frame flaps.
  • Apply 1/4″ double stick to the back of the frame and attach it to the aqua A2 sized card base.
  • Be sure and check out my video showing how to fold and secure the shadow box frame. 

The Scarecrow 

  • Cut the scarecrow using multiple colors of cardstock.
  • Assemble the pieces and attach them together using glossy accents.
  • Cut the crow using black cardstock and attach it to the arms of the scarecrow using glossy accents.
  • Apply glossy accents to the back of the scarecrow and attach him to the stake.

You can make this Scarecrow Shadow Box Card with its pretty fall scene using die cuts from Rubbernecker

The Pumpkins, Corn and Cornstalks and Crows

  • Cut several pumpkins using yellow cardstock.
  • Color the stems using green ink and a mini applicator.
  • Apply orange ink to the pumpkins using mini applicators.
  • Cut several sections of cornstalks using green cardstock .
  • Hand cut small yellow slivers of cardstock and attach to the back of each cornstalk using glossy accents.
  • Cut birds using black cardstock.
  • Use yellow and green cardstock to cut the corn and husks and attach them together using glossy accents.

Assemble the Scarecrow Shadow Box Scene

  • Cut several grass sections and grass sprigs using green cardstock.
  • Cut the grass sections to fit inside the shadow box frame and one to fit across the front of the frame.
  • Apply double layers mounting tape to the back of the three inside grass sections and layer and attach them inside the frame.
  • Apply a strip of mounting tape to the front grass layer and attach it to the frame.
  • Secure the scarecrow in place behind the front grass layer by attaching three layers of mounting tape to his back and one piece to his arm and attach in the scene.
  • Attach several ears of corn to the back of the grass layer using glossy accents.
  • Gently form the pumpkins with your fringes, apply pieces of mounting tape to the back and attach them in behind the grass layer.
  • Finish the scene by attaching the crows to the frame and back scene layer using small pieces of mounting tape.

This Scarecrow Shadow Box Card featuring a fall scene in a shadow box was created entirely from die cuts

I would for you to check out the Scarecrow Z Fold Card made using these same die cuts.

Here are the product links used for this card.

 
5315D A2 Shadow Box Frame Die
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5216-04D Scarecrow Die
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5215-03D Corn Stalks Die
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5215-06D Apples Pears and Corn Die
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5215-05D Pumpkins and Ivy Die
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Tabed Grass Set Die Cut 5152-03D
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5210-02D Grass #2 Die Cut
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Birds Die 5142-05D
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Color Fuse Set #9
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Color Fuse Set #2
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Color Fuse Set #11
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Color Fuse Set #3
[ RBB ]
 

 
Life Changing Blender Brush Set,…
[ ELH ]
Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
[ SBC ]
Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
[ ELH ]
E47 – Dark Brown, COPIC Sketch Marker
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
 

I had so much fun making this scarecrow shadow box card with all the fall die cuts from Rubbernecker.  I have lots of ideas in my head for using this time saving Shadow Box Frame die.  What kinds of cards are you looking forward to making using it? The possibilities are endless.