Free Card Making Ideas

Need some free card making ideas for your birthday cards? Here’s where you can find 5 simple card ideas that focus on using patterned paper and doodling, along with short card making instructions.

It’s amazing how patterned papers, colored pencils and a black pen can go a long way in making homemade birthday cards.

This series of cardmaking ideas will feature cards that used only a few supplies. No fanciful store-bought toppers. Just simple and basic cardmaking supplies.

I hope you’ll get some ideas and inspiration out of these free birthday card samples and go on to create your own.

 

Simple Card Idea No. 1

Birthday Card 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cardmaking Supplies:
1 white card blank
Pink patterned paper from Papercraft Essentials Issue 22
Black pigment-ink pen
Colored pencils
Pink brad
Adhesive

Cardmaking Instructions:
1) Adhere a strip of pink patterned paper across the middle of the white card blank. Doodle a top and bottom borders on this pink patterned paper using the black pen.
2) Doodle different styles of borders on the lower part of the card. Add some colours to the doodles with coloured pencils.
3) Handwrite the birthday greetings at the top portion of the card. Doodle a flower. Colour in the greetings and flowers. Attach the pink brad as the flower center.

 

Simple Card Idea No. 2

Birthday Card 3
Cardmaking Supplies:
1 white card blank
Pink patterned paper from Papercraft Essentials Issue 22
Striped patterned paper from DCWV 6″x6″ Floral Paper Stack
Black pigment-ink pen
Adhesive

Cardmaking Instructions:
1) Freehand two wavy borders on the striped patterned paper. Cut out the two wavy borders. Adhere them to the top and bottom of the white card blank.
2) Doodle borders on the left-hand and right-hand sides of the card using the black pen.
3) Handwrite the birthday greetings at the middle of the card and also at the bottom right of the card. Add in doodled boxes for the greetings in the middle.
4) Cut out 3 circles of varying sizes from the pink patterned paper. Adhere them to the spots as shown on the card.

 

Simple Card Idea No. 3

Birthday Card 4
Cardmaking Supplies:
1 white card blank
Green and pink patterned papers from DCWV 6″x6″ Floral Paper Stack
Pink cardstock
Green ribbon
Black pigment-ink pen
Adhesive

Cardmaking Instructions:
1) Draw a circle on each piece of green patterned paper, pink patterned paper and pink cardstock. The circles are of varying sizes. Cut out the circles. Doodle borders around these three circles using the black pen.
2) Adhere the green patterned paper circle to the white card black. Snip off the top and bottom of this circle. Doodle along this circle on the white card blank.
3) Adhere the pink patterned paper circle on top of the green patterned paper circle.
4) Adhere a strip of green ribbon across the middle of the pink patterned paper circle.
5) Handwrite birthday greetings on the pink cardstock circle and doodle a border around it. Mount it to the center of the card.

 

Simple Card Idea No. 4

Birthday Card 5
Cardmaking Supplies:
1 white card blank
Striped, grey and purple patterned papers from DCWV Floral Paper Stack
Black pigment-ink pen
Adhesive

Cardmaking Instructions:
1) Apply paper tearing to the three pieces of patterned paper. Adhere them to the lower half of the white card blank as shown. Doodle borders on three torn edges.
2) Freehand text lines on the top half of the white card blank using the black pen. Handwrite the birthday message onto these lines.
3) Doodle borders around the visible edges of the white card.

 

Simple Card Idea No. 5

Birthday Card 6
Cardmaking Supplies:
1 white card blank
Striped and green patterned papers from DCWV 6″x6″ Floral Paper Stack
Green and pink cardstocks
Red and dark red brads
Black pigment-ink pen
Adhesive

Cardmaking Instructions:
1) Doodle a border all around the edges of the white card blank using the black pen.
2) Cut out four triangles from the green patterned papers and adhere them to the four corners of the white card blank. Doodle little circles along the edge of these four corners.
3) Cut out a strip of striped patterned paper. Mat it with a layer of green cardstock. Mount it to the center of the white card blank.
4) Cut out a smaller strip of pink cardstock. Handwrite birthday greetings on it. Doodle borders around this pink cardstock. Attach two brads each on the left and right-hand sides. Mount the completed piece to the center of the striped patterned paper.
5) Doodle a series of swirls on the available white spaces at the top and lower parts of the card.

 

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of free card making ideas. You can look at more simple card ideas here.

To find out how you can be making pretty handmade cards easily and effortlessly every time, be sure to check out 101 Creative Card Sketches.

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