Handmade Card Making

Happy Dots Card

Handmade card making – Make birthday cards for your family and loved ones and brighten up their days with these happy birthday card designs. You don’t have to be artistic to make homemade cards. You’ll find many easy, fun and pretty birthday card ideas on this website.

Handmade card making

For this card, I found my inspiration from an ebook, “101 Creative Card Sketches“. I really like making birthday cards based on card sketches. It provides a “plan” for me to follow through.

From the ebook, I picked sketch #87 to create this card. I followed the sketch closely. So what’s left for me to do was to pick out my paper, ribbon, birthday greeting and start making!

I’ve selected two patterned paper from the same paper pack. If you managed to find a pretty paper pack, you can make greeting cards one after another from it. Different combinations of paper will give you different lovely results.

Looking at the happy dots paper, I saw the teal dots and remembered I had a teal cardstock. So I turned the cardstock into a blank card. By choosing a similar color from the patterned paper, it helps to bring color harmony to the card design.

To create the striking hot pink bow, I looked to my stash of ribbons and found this gorgeous pink organza ribbon. The big bow calls for attention and brighten up the card, balancing the more earthy brown color. It also adds dimension to an otherwise flat-looking card.

To get the same birthday sentiment you see on this handmade birthday card, be sure to check out my birthday printables and look under Happy Birthday Printable WordArt. You can download it for free for your own personal use.

For more card making ideas using sketches and my printables, here’s more examples (please click on the images):

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  • Happy dots paper and brown paper from Breathe collection, Prima Marketing.
  • Teal cardstock and hot pink organza ribbon from stash.
  • Birthday sentiment from my Happy Birthday Printable WordArt.



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