Handmade Ladybug Theme Birthday Card for a Friend

Handmade ladybug birthday card

Handmade ladybug birthday card

My friend (and hairdresser) Eva’s birthday was last month, so I was late in giving her her birthday card last week when I had my hair appointment.  Anyway, this gave me more time to actually make her a card, something that I have neglected doing, as you can tell from my lack of card making posts lately.

I had an image in my head how I wanted my card to look – with three overlapping diamonds.  Since Eva likes cute stuff, I decided to use my Martha Stewart ladybug all around the page punches for the center diamond.

Martha Stewart ladybug punch around the page paper punches

Martha Stewart ladybug punch around the page paper punches

First, I started with a cream colored piece of cardstock for the base of my card.

Cream colored cardstock base

Cream colored cardstock base

Next, I cut a piece of patterned cardstock slightly smaller than the front of my card and inked the edges with red ink.  I used paper from Cosmo Cricket’s Material Girl collection.

Inked up edges of cardstock

Inked up edges of cardstock

Not my best job inking up the edges, but I guess that’s what happens when your inkpad is running low on ink!

I layered my patterned paper over the cardstock base.

Patterned paper layered over cardstock base

Now it was time for the ladybugs!  I punched the edges of a 3.25-inch square piece of red cardstock.

Punched out edges of red cardstock

Punched out edges of red cardstock

This would serve as the centerpiece of my card design.  To flank it, I cut out two smaller diamond squares out of green gingham patterned paper.

Green gingham diamonds

I adhered them onto my card, one on top and the other on the bottom.

Two gingham diamonds added to card

I layered the red cardstock with the ladybugs onto the center of my card.

Layering the center ladybug diamond

To make the gingham diamond squares pop, I decided to add small red buttons to the corners.

Adding buttons to the corners

I next added cut pieces of floral fabric trim to the corners of the patterned paper layer.

Adding floral trim to the corners

I decided to add some yellow rick rack as extra embellishment before adding the stamped sentiment.

Adding yellow rick rack trim

Adding yellow rick rack trim

Adding the sentiment

Adding the sentiment

I added a foam pop dot sticker to the back of the sentiment to give my card more dimension.

Handmade ladybug birthday card

Handmade ladybug birthday card

I’m happy to say, Eva really liked the card :0)

Happy belated birthday, Eva!

Are you more of a minimalist type of card maker, or do you like embellishments galore?  Please share in the comments.

 

About Serena Y Lee

Serena worked in the biotech industry for 18 years before leaving to pursue her life purpose - to live in freedom with creativity and simplicity. Her love for baking, creativity, and story-telling compelled her to start blogging to share her ideas with a wider audience.

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