August 27, 2022


Sometimes just a few elements can make a card extra special. In my opinion, the two elements that pretty much make this card are the striking (retired) Designer Series Paper in the background, and the extra wow in the greeting, in that I added polka dots to an otherwise ho-hum red "happy". 

Once the "happy birthday" was finished, it was just a matter of a few additions to complete a truly happy greeting.

Following is a tutorial to create a card like this one.

White cardstock
Choice of a happy Designer Series Paper
Coordinating cardstock

HAPPY from a Paper Pumpkin kit
A retired "birthday"

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Stampin' Blends in: Light Real Red and Light Starry Sky

Die Cutting Machine
Banner dies
Colored jewel to coordinate
Stampin' Dimensionals

Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of white cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

Everything else on this card will depend on the colors in your chosen Designer Series Paper.

Select a Designer Series Paper that you love. Add a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of this DSP to your white card base.

On a 2" x 3" piece of white cardstock, stamp the outlined "happy" from a Paper Pumpkin kit in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Color and decorate the word in any way you wish. Because of the colors in my DSP, I used the Light Real Red Stampin' Blend for the base color and added dots in the Light Starry Sky Stampin' Blend.

In black ink, stamp the word "birthday" underneath the "happy" and to the right.

Adhere this piece to a 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" of cardstock in a coordinating color. Set this aside for now.

Using banner dies, cut a larger banner from the same cardstock you used for the mat on the greeting. With a smaller banner die, cut another from white cardstock.

Adhere these two together, leaving an even border along the bottom and sides.

Adhere the completed banners to the back of the sentiment piece, leaving as much extended at the bottom as you wish.

If you don't have a rhinestone in a color that coordinates, use a suitable Stampin' Blend to color one of the large Basic Rhinestones and add it to the top of the banner under the sentiment.

Use Stampin' Dimensionals to add the completed piece to the card front.

Which sentiment do you find yourself reaching for the most often when cardmaking? Happy Birthday? Get Well? With Sympathy? I do love "Thinking of You". It fits several occasions.



  1. I find I make the most birthday cards (if you don't count Christmas!). This is such a pretty card; I love that DSP.

    1. Yes, a nice stash of birthday cards is always good to have on hand. That DSP will always be one of my favorites! Thanks! I'm glad you like the card.

  2. That's beautiful! I love the variety you get with homemade cards. Pinning! (visiting from ducksnarow's Wonderful Wednesday)

    1. Thank you so much, Jennifer! Thanks also for visiting my blog; I hope you come back again soon!

  3. This card reminds me of autumn. Great choice for an October or November birthday.
    Thank you for participating in Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 31.

    1. Thank you, Carol! I hadn't thought of it that way, but when I look at it again, I can see what you mean.

  4. I would be thrilled to get a card like this! Thanks for sharing at My Big Fat Menopausal Life's Share the Wealth Party!