Begin making this happy birthday card by folding an A4 piece of black cardstock in half. I normally use a bone folder to smooth the edge down but the edge of a ruler works just as well.
Use decorative scissors to create a bumpy edge along the bottom of the card.
Then cut out some pink spotty paper from a sheet of scrapbook paper. I made sure it was slightly smaller that the front of the card as I wanted to ensure the card had a black border.
You will need to find some peel-off stickers that would work well as an edging around the card. I coloured the peel-offs in with black permanent marker so it matched the rest of the card.
Once I had placed the peel-off sticker around the edge, I used a black ink pad and sponge to place some ink around the edge. This softens the edges of the card. When you are edging always lift the card up in the air and scrape the sponge across the edges rather than having your card stock laying flat on your cutting mat. This will make much less mess and ensure the edging is even.
Place a strip of black organza ribbon across the middle of the spotty scrapbook paper.
And then place a length of black and white poka dot ribbon on top of the black organza ribbon. It is always best to do all this before placing the panel on top of the card because you can hide all the fixings and tape at the back.
I used a pig head template to cut out the shape of the pigs head. This can be done free hand depending on how good you are at drawing. It is quite a simple design, so it should not be too hard.
Again, I have used a black ink and sponge to soften the edges of the shapes.
I used pink brads and some small flowers to make the nostrils of the pig.
And black brads
for the eyes. I then decided to add a small flower in the corner which was made from a flower shaped sequin and a small pink brad.
The pigs face was then mounted onto the same pink spotty scrapbook paper, then onto green card and finally onto black card. All using double sided tape.
You can then add four black and white spotty brads in each corner to finish it off this homemade topper.
The topper was then added to the front of the paper. The good thing about creating your own card embellishments is you can make them the size you need them to be for your card.
The scrapbook paper was then attached to the front of the card using double sided tape, and some happy birthday wording has been put in the corner.
You should now have a really cute and fun homemade card that will suit a wide range of people.