Handmade Birthday Card

Pink Owls and Bows Card

A handmade birthday card has more thoughts and heart that go into the card making project. Not to mention it’ll warm the recipient’s heart, making her feel extra special because she knows that you’ve handmade the card especially for her.

Handmade birthday card

I’ve created this owls card for my dear friend. She has caught on the owls trend and flipping through my piles of patterned paper, I came across this owls paper I’ve bought some time ago and I think it’ll be perfect for her. So when you create birthday cards for others, you can recall some of their favorite things and include them in your card making.

The color scheme for the owls card comes from picking out colors from the owls patterned paper. Seeing that the sweet owls are outlined in pink, I used pink as the background paper. Then to make the owls patterned paper stands out more, I mat it with white cardstock. I’ve used the dark brown color from the patterned paper for the right-hand strip. Then to balance off the big image on the left, I’ve adhered three pretty pink bows on the dark brown strip on the right.

The basic layout inspiration for this card design came from card sketch #4 from the ebook, “101 Creative Card Sketches“. But I’ve altered the card sketch quite a bit to add in my own ideas. So it bears little resemblance to the card sketch I’ve referred to when I first started off.

I’ve swapped the large patterned paper block on the right to the left. Then I’ve shifted the greeting label from the left corner within the patterned paper block to the center of the bottom edge of the patterned paper block. Instead of three equally spaced out strips on the left, I’ve replaced them with a single strip down the middle of the right-hand side of the card, balancing it off with three spaced-out bows.

I’ve also created another two birthday cards based on making alterations to card sketch #4. To view, please click on any of the images:

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If you’ll like to see how I’ve created three other handmade birthday cards by following the card sketch closely, you might like to look at my “One Card Sketch, Three Card Designs” page.



  • Owls patterned paper – Serendipity Owl Pals by Sassafras Lass.
  • Pink cardstock, dark brown cardstock, white cardstock, off-white cardstock and pink ribbon from stash.



  • Double-sided tape.
  • Gun glue (optional for adhering bows).
  • “Celebrate the good things” rubber stamp – Janet Dunn for Studio G.
  • Corner rounder.
  • Timber Brown solvent ink pad – StazOn.
  • 101 Creative Card Sketches #4


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For more homemade birthday cards I’ve created based on card sketches, please click on the images below:

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