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Punch five circles of your most decorative patterned paper and glue to the front of a plain white card. Trace a circle of dashes, then use a colorful pen or letter stickers to proclaim "party time!"
A faux-fur mane gives this wild lion card a fun 3-D flair. Cut the lion's head, nose, ears, and mouth from scraps. Adhere the face atop a fuzzy mane, then use two brown brads for eyes. Attach a roaring good birthday message to complete this jungle of a card.
A raised decoration and some clever cake cutouts give this birthday card a creative edge. Use blue and yellow paint to draw attention to the edges of the card and the three square cutouts. Punch the cakes out of different colors of paper and back them alternatively on red, blue, and yellow on the inside of the card.
Decorate a plain card with patterned paper, ribbons, and a fun message. Adhere two strips of patterned paper to the front of the card, gluing a piece of ribbon where the two pieces meet. Attach ribbon scraps to the card using a label.
Give the gift of a cute card with this fun design. Layer a yellow base and a birthday message onto the front of your card. Punch three colors of cardstock into squares and layer as shown. An acrylic birthday embellishment gets the star treatment with a brad and bow.
Editor's Tip: Use letter stickers, a rubber stamp, or your best handwriting to apply a birthday wish.
Make age the main attraction on this simple-yet-sophisticated birthday card. Use a crafts knife to cut out the age of the recipient from colorful cardstock; mat it with a contrasting color. Tie a small piece of ribbon to the number for decorative flair, then attach to white cardstock using adhesive foam. Cut triangles to mimic photo corners and attach to the card with brads for a final touch.
Editor's Tip: For a birthday in the double-digits, use smaller numbers and experiment with fun layouts, such as laying the numbers diagonally.
Letter stickers, buttons, simple shapes, and a hat cutout come together to create this all-star birthday card (browse a scrapbook supply store to gather the essentials). The stitching on the hat cutout gives it realistic flair, while layered circles of cardstock help make it the main attraction on this birthday card.
Vibrant colors come together to create an eye-catching card. Colorful letter stickers deliver the birthday message above a cute ribbon accent. Hold it all together with four decorative brads.
Create an elegant look by adding botanical stem punches to the center of a mod card. Use warm colors to emphasize the natural look.
Editor's Tip: Use an assembly line to make a few versions of this card in different colors so you'll always have one on hand.
This playful card crowns a birthday boy king on his special day. Form the card using cardstock and patterned paper, cutting at interesting angles to produce a funky shape. Cut a curve into the top to provide a fun peek inside. Print or use letter stickers to wish the recipient happy birthday, embellishing the card with decorative paper, a photo, and crown stickers.
Use a sewing machine and colorful teal and green papers for the background of this eye-popping card. Large letter cutouts or stickers in upper and lowercase make the card even more playful.
A wavy cutout frames the silhouette of this birthday boy. Use buttons to accent the frame, ribbon to decorate the edge, and patterned paper to point out the center of attention.
Editor's Tip: Buy a silhouette cutout or sticker from a craft store. For more personalization, trace a profile shadow onto black paper, then scan and shrink the image to size for the card.
Print a happy birthday message onto decorative paper for this crafty card. Pick three main colors, then get to work pasting strips of paper in place. Find your favorite snapshot, and cut it into a creative shape, layering onto similarly cut paper and attaching to the card for a final touch.
Colored cardstock and some creativity is all it takes to make this rocket ship soar. Make a fun rocket with simple shapes, layering as shown. Use a robot brad or sticker for extra character.
Editor's Tip: In lieu of a robot brad, draw someone inside the rocket ship or use your favorite snapshot of the birthday boy to make him a passenger.
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