Free Card Making Ideas

Blue Dots Cupcake Card

Free card making ideas for handmade birthday cards can be found on this website. On this page, you’ll find step-by-step instructions for a cute cupcake birthday card design. For more ideas on making birthday cards, be sure to browse through my website.

Free card making

For this card design, inspiration came from two sources. The first source came from a card sketch Ive chosen from an ebook, “101 Creative Card Sketches“. You’ll see that I’ve been using sketches from this ebook for creating several of my handmade birthday cards.

I’ve used card sketch #48 from the ebook but I’ve made some slight alterations as to the placements of elements. I’ve shifted the big focal point, the cupcake in this example to the bottom of the card. Then I’ve moved up birthday sentiment to the top of the card. That’s what I like about card sketches, they can be very versatile. And as you vary the element placements, you alter the look too. Even one card sketch can create different looks.

My second source of inspiration came from my own Birthday Card Printables where I’ve cut out the blue cupcake to be used on this card. You can download this set of printables for free to use in your personal card making projects.

The birthday sentiment of the cupcake birthday card also came from my free birthday printables called Happy Birthday Printable WordArt. To use the birthday sentiment, it’s very easy, simply print it out, cut and tape it to the card.

As the cupcake forms the focal point of this happy birthday card, to give it added dimension, use glue dots to make it more outstanding.

The blue, pink and brown color scheme of this card go together nicely, and all the paper were taken from the same paper pack. That made it easy and fun for me to choose the paper.

I actually made my paper selection first, and then realized I have a printable cupcake in the same color scheme to match with.

If you like the idea of using card sketches and printables to create birthday cards, below are more designs:

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  • Pink, blue polka dots, and brown paper from Breathe collection, Prima Marketing.
  • Red satin ribbon from stash.
  • Blue cupcake printable and birthday sentiment from my birthday printables.


  • Double-sided tape.
  • Glue dots (optional) for adhering the cupcake printable.
  • Gun glue (optional) for adhering the bow.
  • 101 Creative Card Sketches #48.


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1 comment for “Free Card Making Ideas

  1. Eve
    August 11, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks for the quick and easy tutorial. Love your work

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