Know someone who would enjoy a handmade birthday card? Making birthday cards at home is easier than you think! Keep reading to learn how to make cute handmade birthday cards with balloons using the Celebrate Today stamp set and coordinating die set.
I like to have a variety of handmade cards for convenience. This easy to make birthday card is one I always have in my card stash. Then it is so quick and easy to write a quick greeting inside and send it out whenever a friend or family member has a birthday coming up.
Supplies needed for making birthday cards at home:
This is a list of absolutely everything you will need to make these handmade birthday cards with balloons. Don’t worry, you probably have a lot of it already! And if you need anything off the list, you can shop online for Stampin Up supplies anytime 24/7.
- Celebrate Today Stamp Set
- Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set
- Cardstock (Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Bermuda Bay)
- Ink Pads (Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Bermuda Bay)
- Die Cut Machine
- Balloon Framelits Die Set
- Banners Framelits Die Set
- Basic Black Baker’s Twine
- Gold Sequins
- Paper Trimmer and Scissors
- Adhesive (Fast Fuse, Stampin Dimensionals, and Mini Glue Dots)
How to make handmade birthday cards step by step
Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock to 8.5″ x 5.5″. Then score at 4.25″ and fold in half to form card base.
One thing I love about Stampin Up’s Paper Trimmer is that it has a scoring blade built in which makes it so easy to get crisp folds for your cards.
Use the splatter stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp set and Bermuda Bay ink to stamp the background for the front of your card.
Stamp the splatter once and then stamp a couple more times without re-inking to get a variety of shades for your splatters. I recommend having your card on a piece of scrap paper so you can stamp off the edges.
Stamp the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Celebrate Today Stamp set using Bermuda Bay ink onto a scrap of Bermuda Bay cardstock.
Stamp the star balloon background using Daffodil Delight ink onto a scrap of Daffodil Delight cardstock.
Stamp the polka dot balloon background using Calypso Coral ink onto a scrap of Calypso Coral cardstock.
Note: Having a personal die cutting machine makes it so much easier to cut out stamped images when making birthday cards at home, but you can certainly trace the balloons and banner and hand cut them if you don’t have access to a die cut machine.
Use the Balloon die from the Balloon Framelits die set to cut out the Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight balloons.
Use the middle size of the Banners Framelits dies to cut out your Happy Birthday sentiment. You want the notched edge of the banner to the left of the sentiment.
Assembling this easy to make birthday card:
Place a mini glue dot on the backside of the neck of one the balloon die cuts and stick the end of your baker’s twine to it. Wind the baker’s twine around the neck a couple of times. Cut a tail that is about 4 inches long. Repeat for the second balloon die cut.
Referring to the image for placement, add adhesive to the back of the balloons and stick down to your card.
Cross the tails of the balloons and place a small dot of Tombow Adhesive glue at the intersection to hold the 2 strands of baker’s twine in place.
Use Stampin Dimensionals on the back of the banner die cut. (This will make the Happy Birthday banner pop off the page a bit to draw the eyes to it!)
Before you remove the adhesive backs to stick it down to your card, see where you want to place it and cut the balloon strings if necessary so they won’t hang down past the bottom edge of the banner. Use a couple of mini glue dots to hold those balloon strings in place. Then stick your banner down to the card.
Cut an 18″ inch piece of black baker’s twine and tie in a small bow around the left edge of your card. Trim the twine ends to your desired length.
Use mini glue dots to stick down a few gold sequins for added sparkle. And that’s all there is to it!
Alternate suggestions for making this handmade birthday card with balloons:
Don’t have the exact colors of ink or supplies I used for this easy to make birthday card tutorial? That’s ok! You can easily use this how to make handmade birthday cards step by step tutorial with what supplies you do have.
Here are a few ideas on how you could change things up:
- using different colors of ink or cardstock
- using patterned paper for the background instead of the ink splatters
- use an embossing folder for texture on the balloons instead of the stamping
- use a different sentiment for the banner
- use a different die shape to cut out the sentiment
- replace the balloons with different die cut shapes (stars would look equally cute!)
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While you are here, be sure to check out the rest of our birthday diy projects. If you use this tutorial for making birthday cards at home using the Celebrate Today stamp set, you will have come back here and let me know how it turned out. So tell me… do you enjoy making handmade cards for birthdays?