Homemade Birthday Card Tutorial

Do you have a slight obsession with collecting paper or card or just shiny objects in general? Is your house overflowing with assortments of glue and glitter? Look, around… are there piles of crafty things you just had to have but haven’t gotten round to using? It’s true, isn’t it, you could probably start your own craft store…

Well if so, fear not.. I’m exactly the same, it’s a terrible affliction. But Spring has sprung up all around and I thought, ‘what better time to start creating’, that and I much prefer making my own everything. So here goes:

My beautiful friend, Janice, became an Aunt for the first time a couple of weeks ago to a very handsome little boy, so instead of buying a card I made one. I always think something handcrafted is going to be appreciated a lot more (well I’d hope).Β And that’s really how this post came into being..

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Below is a step-by-step guide to how I recreated the card above into a Birthday Card. I’ve included a PDFΒ Final TemplateΒ that you can print out and use. This is what it looks like:

Template

Now to start off you’ll just need a few things:

What you'll need

Of course, if there are things on here that you don’t have, just substitute. Great thing about crafting is that you can use Whatever you have lying around. So if you don’t have a heart punch or paint swatches like I have, just use the ombre hearts I’ve included in the PDF.

Also use any cardstock you have lying around, the pack I have I found in Lidl, cheap and cheerful paper does the trick. With your base card, make sure you’re using something sturdy enough that will hold the weight of whatever you’re applying to the front. The last thing you want is a flimsy card.

Making of the card 1
When you’re cutting out your background paper (the pink checkered one I’ve used), make it a centimeter or so less than your card. I’ve then secured it with double sided tape.

The next step is to print your template (PDF above) and follow the steps below:

hIPPO
When securing the hippo to the card, I used the Pritt Glue dots. Again, use what you have. I just used these to give height.
Making of hearts
For the hearts I’ve used double sided tape to secure the embroidery cotton onto to the backs and to attach to the card. Cut your cotton at different lengths for a better effect.
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Because the Hippo’s head hasn’t been glued down completely, I was able to wedge the string under the head and again secure with a piece of double sided tape. You’ll notice I haven’t used Pritt stick or any type of Glue stick as I find that it warps the paper too much, making it lose it’s firmness.
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Cut out the ‘Happy Birthday’ sign and attach wherever suits.

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And there you have it… a fun way to spend an hour on a lazy Sunday… or any day really.. who are we to make crafting a once a week thing.. Happy crafting and have fun x

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