Hey there birthday card crafters! Toph here again, and today I want to share seven projects from our design team that have me thinking of birthday card ideas for a friend! My best friend and I met when we were both new kids in an elementary school in small town Iowa, and despite living thousands of miles apart, we've stayed close over the years. It's been a long time since we've seen each other in person, but I never miss a chance to surprise her with a handcrafted card! Keep reading to see seven of the beautiful handmade birthday card ideas I'm drawing inspiration from this year!
1. Who Doesn't Love Funny Homemade Birthday Cards for Friends?
The moment I saw Amy's card I knew it was a great place to start when looking at homemade birthday card ideas for best friend. My best friend at I have been ribbing each other about our age each birthday since the year we turned 20, so I know she'd get a laugh out of this card. We're all getting older, and for the right friend, some light hearted humor about aging can make the perfect birthday card!
Amy started with a blended ink background to create the gradient from lighter to darker pink. She used Tattered Rose, Abandoned Coral, and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Inks to blend into the Bristol Smooth cardstock. Atop this colorful yet restrained background she placed white cardstock numbers cut out using our By the Numbers Crafting Die.
In the foreground of her card, Amy stamped a cake from our Umpteenth Birthday Stamp Set and colored it with Copic markers before fussy cutting it and placing it on a two inch band of vellum. She white heat embossed the vellum with the sentiment "Remind me how old you are pretending to be" which also comes from the Umpteenth Birthday Stamp Set. She attached this strip with foam adhesive and topped it all off with a few clear droplets to make the card really shine!
Want to read more about Amy's process? Check this project out on her blog!
2. Connecting with Creative Handmade Birthday Card Ideas for Best Friend
While my best friend and I do love to make fun of each other for growing older, most years the real focus in our cards is simply taking this time to connect. When I'm looking for beautiful handmade birthday card ideas, I might turn to Shana's mandala card for inspiration. The intricate designs of a mandala can be so fun to color! But they're also so striking when left in black and white as Shana's card shows us here. Either way, this stamp set can really let your creativity shine through!
Shana created the card here by stamping the mandala onto white paper and then fussy cutting it, but we also offer a Mandala Stamp and Die Bundle so you can die cut your mandala. She created the background through ink blending. She embossed her sentiment, which comes from the Lotus Stamp Set with Matching Dies into the blue cardstock you see, and then assembled the card.
The gift tag uses a smaller mandala and the "Happy Birthday to you" sentiment from the Mandala stamp set which are cut out with the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies. The lines you see were added with Copic Liner, and the mandala is colored in with colored pencil. That final black ribbon ties it all together!
Read more from Shana about this project and others on her blog!
3. How to Make a Special Birthday Card for your Best Friend? Try a diy Flower Birthday Card!
Dahlias are my best friend's favorite flower, so I know a card like Becky's here with the Dazzling Dahlia Stamps & Matching Dies would really make her smile. Want to know how to make a special birthday card for your best friend? Keep reading below to see how Becky made this one!
Becky stamped three dahlias from the Dazzling Dahlia Stamps & Matching Dies set, used Copic markers to color them, and then die cut the flowers. With one of these dahlias she used the main bloom plus the buds, while she trimmed the buds off of the other die cut dahlia. She then die cut a piece of card stock with the Essential Stitched Labels and lightly colored this piece with Budled Sage Distress Oxide Ink. One of the dahlias and set of buds is set underneath the stitched label, while the other two flowers are raised above the stitched label piece with foam tame.
The sentiment "Enjoy your special day" is created in two parts. "Enjoy" is die cut out of black cardstock and backed with vellum cardstock. The "your special day" sentiment is stamped in Versamark and embossed in white.
4. When Feeling Nostalgic, it's Time for Cute diy Birthday Cards for Best Friend
Long long ago my best friend and I had a third friend who lived right across the street from a lavender farm. That friend is no longer with us unfortunately, but those memories always will be. If I wanted to evoke our childhood adventures in the fields around Thurman, Iowa, I might make a card like Neftali's.
Neftali took inspiration from the Lovely Lavender Stamp Set with Matching Dies and chose a monochromatic look for this card. She colored the lavender stamp with purple water color and kept the image crisp by stamping again over the painted in flowers. She heat embossed the birthday sentiment with purple ink.
The final touch of the purple leather string is what really ties the card all together for me. This gives the card a bit of a rustic look and together with the purple monochrome helps evoke for me the nostalgia I feel when I think of childhood romps through the lavender fields with my best friends.
If you want more details about how Neftali crafted this card as well as a birthday scrapbook layout you can check out her blog here!
5. Brighten the Day With This Handmade Friend Birthday Card!
No matter what life may throw at us, my best friend and I always find ways to cheer each other up. When I'm looking for a craft that really brightens the day, a card like Allison's here would be perfect.
Allison mixed and matched a few products on this card like the Happy Everything Crafting Dies and the Camellia Flower Stamp Set. She created the background by ink blending over a stencil onto a stitched rectangular panel using Wilted Violet, Kitsch Flamingo, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, and Salvaged Patina oxide inks. She used the Happy Everything Crafting Dies to die cut out the word "Happy" in both white and black. She glued the white "Happy" outline to the card before inserting the black letters into the outline.
The smaller "happy birthday" sentiment stamp comes from the Camellia Flower Stamp Set. Once she'd stamped this sentiment onto white paper she trimmed it down to size and attached it to the card using foam tape. Then she finished off this bright design with a few sequins! Who could help but have a happy day when they receive such a happy card?
6. Never too Late to Craft Your Handmade Birthday Cards for Friends!
We've all been there. Time rushes onward, it felt like March but all of a sudden it's May and you've missed your friend's birthday! Latisha shows off a perfect example of a belated birthday card for a friend because late is always better than never!
Latisha used the By the Numbers Crafting Die to create the background on this card. She adhered her orange die cut numbers to a pink card base. She then stamped the sentiment onto yellow cardstock and die cut it with a circle die which she layered atop a slightly larger green die cut circle.
To complete the card, Latisha used balloons from the Umpteenth Birthday Stamp Set. She stamped these onto white cardstock with black ink and then colored them in with Copic markers. Latisha fussy cut these balloons, but if you have a digital die cutting machine you can check out our matching Umpteenth Birthday - Digital Cut Files!
Want to read more about how Latisha made this and a few other cards for us? Check out her blog here!
7. Tie Your diy Best Friend Birthday Card off With a Bow!
This card is practically a present all on it's own! Between the gorgeous rainbow colored background and the bow springing from the page, Lindsey really hit it out of the park on this handmade birthday card design.
Our team here at Technique Tuesday loved seeing the Bow on the Border Crafting Die used to such a spectacular effect! Doesn't it just make you want to get out the ink and start stamping?
If you're like me, you'll be chomping at the bit to try out a handmade birthday card design for best friend like this! Lindsey shares that she created this card by first stamping and embossing the images and sentiments from the Let's Party and the Large Happy Birthday sets because she loves using repeated images to create backgrounds. She then blended the ink over the embossed background, starting from the edges but leaving the center white in order to frame that Bow on the Border Crafting Die. Want to read more about how Lindsey created this and another card for us? Check out her blog post!
Five Bonus Handmade Birthday Card Ideas for Best Friend (and one Birthday Scrapbook Layout)
It was too hard to choose only seven inspiring projects from our designers, so here are a few more to check out! I've got to decide what I'm making for my best friend's next birthday card. What are you planning to try out next?
Shana's card and gift tag with Many Candles Stamps with Matching Dies
Latisha's card was crafted with the Bowl Bouquet Stamp Set with Matching Dies
Candace created these cards with Let's Party Stamp Set with Matching Dies
Savannah's card made with the Gertie & Garth Goat Stamp Set with Matching Dies
These talented designers have really got me thinking about the best homemade birthday card ideas for best friend, and I hope they've got your creative juices flowing too! Want to see more projects like these? Visit the Happy Birthday Sentiment Stamps category on our website where you'll find more projects on each stamp and die page!
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