Hello! Umm, I went a little nuts making birthday cards recently.
All DOZEN of them center on this main formula for the sentiment. "happy" from CAS-ual Fridays Calm and Gentle, "birthday" from Shenanigans, and "i think you're amazing" from Mon Ami. I started by stamping a dozen of these panels in different colors.
Then I picked out out several papers that had strong patterns and matched them up with the sentiment panels. I also picked out a border, like this one from Lovely Links Fri-Dies, and placed it between the sentiment and the patterned paper. For some of the cards like this one, I stopped there.
Or like this one which would be perfect for a teen. A little bit of glitter paper and that's all you need with these strong diagonals.
Punched out bottle caps from patterned paper work well for a teen card. The border on this one is from Linked Fri-Dies.
I can't wait to give this one to my mom! I found a word with seven boxes and wrote "amazing" to go along with the stamped sentiment.
This one was fun! Dangling fall leaves and misc. embellishments via a gold wire makes for some nice movement when you open the card. Leaves are from Acorn Fri-Dies.
Ribbon is another idea to use between the sentiment and the patterned paper.
This one is a little more involved, only because instead of patterned paper, the panel is made with smooshed and spattered ink. The cluster of embellishments is from Friendly Flowers, Girlfriend, and CASual Trees Fri-Dies. How funny that the gold leafy die looks very similar to the ink spatters just to the right of it.
A strong, busy design like this just gets a border from Linked Fri-Dies.
And finally, this sky-themed card has a giant, sparkly star from Stars Fri-Dies and Twinkle to go along with the puffy clouds. This one would be great for kids. Who doesn't want to feel like a star on their birthday?
Whew, you made it! There were a couple more cards that I didn't feature individually, but I think you've probably gotten the idea by now, hahaha! Once I find an element that I'm really happy with, like the sentiment panel, it seems a shame not to duplicate it while I have everything out and set up. These would also make wonderful gift sets.
These cards are over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog today if you'd like additional information. Feel free to use my code "KELLY2017" which will save you 15% off any purchases at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.
Thanks for looking!