This particular greeting card template is very simple but sometimes I find less is more and quite often I see homemade cards that have far too many embellishments added to them. I know it is very difficult to sit back and say to, ‘That’s it, all finished!’ and resist the huge to add a piece of ribbon here or a brad or two there, but sometimes you just have to keep your homemade cards simple to get the best results.
Fold an A4 sheet of card stock in half and cover it with two different pieces of scrapbook paper. Try and select a patterned and a plain piece. I used double sided tape to secure the papers in place.
A top tip when covering the front of a card in paper is to always place the patterned paper onto the front of the card and then cut around the edges of the card. More often than not, if you try to cut the paper to size then attach it you will struggle to place t in the exact position you need.
Because we are using two different papers there will be a join where they meet in the middle. Use a piece of ribbon across the join in the paper to hide any gaps or unsightly joins.
I have used a purple grosgrain ribbon as this matches the flowers on the paper I have used, however green or white would also work with this patterned paper.
Use a rubber stamp and stamp a dragonfly onto some Bazzill cardstock using a Stazon ink pad as this is a fast drying ink. Mount the Bazzill card onto purple card leaving a small ½ cm border around the image. You can then add a few crystals or jewels in the top right hand corner of the topper for some subtle decoration.
Place the embellishment you have just made onto the front of your card in the top right hand corner. Use 3d foam pads to raise it slightly from the front of the card.
Using a Sizzix Sidekick machine and the Happy Birthday die, cut the words happy birthday from a scrap piece of the purple card stock you used to mount your embellishment.
Place the happy birthday wishes onto the bottom panel of the card. I used a
glue pen as the birthday wording on as this made the least amount of mess and is far less fiddly than trying to cut double sided tape.
Even a complete beginner to card making will be able to make this happy birthday card but that doesn’t mean this homemade card looks anything but elegant and professionally made.