I began by folding an A4 Piece of white card stock in half to create the base of this handmade birthday card.
I drew a wave shape onto the front of the card which would later be cut out.
Before cutting out the white wave you will also need to cut a slightly smaller wave from blue card as shown here. You can then cut out the white wave slightly bigger so that it forms a white edge around the wave.
Once you have cut out both of the waves and stuck the blue card stock on you will be able to see the inside of the birthday card. You will then need to add some cloud patterned scrapbook paper to the inside of the card. I used double sided tape to attach the clouds scrapbook paper to the inside which gives the card an ‘out at sea’ feel.
I used this piece of scrapbook paper from my scrapbook supplies to decorate the front of the birthday card. You could use anything that has a whale or sea themed pattern.
I then cut out all of the images I wanted to use for this birthday card with really good sharp scissors.
The whale was then placed on the wave. Because the scrapbooking paper was quite thin I placed the whale onto card before cutting it out to make it more solid.
I arranged the other sea images randomly where I felt they looked best and attached them to the card using sticky dots that I had in my card making supplies.
When you make your own birthday cards you will obviously need to have the words happy birthday somewhere. Here I used a happy birthday peel off sticker to finish the card off. You could also use rub-ons, printed wording, or make the card more personal by adding a name or the age of the recipient.
It is great fun to make your own birthday cards and as with all handmade cards they are unique and personal. For more ideas on how to make your birthday cards feel free to look at some of the step by step guides on the site.