Ladybug Handmade Birthday Card

My best friend, Li’s younger daughter, Jocelyn – Jocie as we all call her – has the same birthday as moi, December 26.  I am exactly thirty years older than she is, so there is no excuse for me to forget her birthday or age, except of course, when I can’t remember my own age.  Heh, heh, heh.  Anyway, I didn’t forget her birthday, but I didn’t get around to making her a birthday card until after the new year, so I set to work on a much belated birthday card for Jocie over the weekend.

I got this sweet Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page paper punch set featuring a bunch of marching ladybugs late last year and decided it was the perfect time to take them out and make a card with them.

Martha Stewart ladybug punch around the page paper punches

Martha Stewart ladybug Punch Around the Page paper punches

The tricky thing about using these punches with designs that go around the page is lining up the design precisely so that there is no interruption to the pattern.  What became clearly apparent with this particular design was that it was much easier to get the running pattern right than with some of the other Punch Around the Page punch sets because there was enough space between each ladybug to allow for slight imperfections in the punching.  Some of the patterns in Martha Stewart’s punches are so intricate, that it is very easy to have the designs run into each other and overlap.

The only thing I had to worry about was cutting out a piece of cardstock that was the exact dimensions that would allow the ladybugs to be spaced out correctly, especially the ones on the corners.  So I started by cutting out a square piece of red cardstock that measured 5 inch by 5 inch.

Red cardstock layer

Red cardstock layer

I then punched out the corners with the corner punch.

Punching out corner ladybugs

Punching out corner ladybugs

Then I punched the edges with the edge punch.

Ladybugs all punched out

Ladybugs all punched out

Aren’t these ladybugs just too stinkin’ cute??

I created the base for my card by cutting out a piece of white cardstock that measured 5-3/8 inch by 10-3/4 inch and folded it in half.

Folded white cardstock base for card

Folded white cardstock base for card

Next, I cut out a square piece of green cardstock that measured 5 inch by 5 inch and a square piece of white cardstock that measured 4 inch by 4 inch.  For the white cardstock, I used a pair of scissors to round out the corners.  (I don’t have a rounded corner punch).

Top white layer for card

Top white cardstock layer with rounded corners

I now had four pieces of cardstock for my card.

Cardstock layers for card

Cardstock layers for card

I centered and glued the green layer onto the white card base.  Then I adhered the red ladybug layer over the green cardstock, and finished by placing the white layer over the red one.  (Sorry, but I forgot to take a photo of all the layers glued together)!

Next, I took some glittery red ribbon, and cut out four 4-inch length pieces and glued them across the front of the card.

Adding ribbon to card

Adding ribbon to card

Adding ribbon to card 2

I chose this stamp from my collection of birthday sentiments:

Birthday bliss sentiment stamp

Birthday bliss sentiment stamp

I stamped out the sentiment in red onto white cardstock and trimmed it out.

Birthday bliss sentiment

I felt the sentiment was not enough to embellish the center of my card, so I decided to add two felt flowers.  They were initially pink in color, but I decided to add some red color to them using a Sharpie marker, to match the red ladybugs and the birthday sentiment.

Pink felt flowers

Pink felt flowers

Flowers colored red

Flowers colored red

I added a foam pop dot to the back of my sentiment and adhered it to the center of my card.  I finished the card by gluing down the flowers, one on either side of the sentiment.

Finished marching ladybugs birthday card

Finished ladybug birthday card

I was really happy with the way this card turned out and hope Jocie loves it as much as I enjoyed making it :0)

Do you craft with Martha Stewart’s Punch Around the Page punches?  What are some of your favorite designs?  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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