For your cardmaking ideas, find lots of handmade card ideas on this site for making birthday cards, handmade Valentine cards and thank you card ideas.
My Valentine card ideas, or most homemade greeting card ideas for that matter, often include using craft punches. For this Valentine card, I used Martha Stewart's Cherish, Punch Around the Page punch to create the decorative shape that holds the image. I also used a scallop border punch along the bottom of the card and embellished the card with adhesive gems and ribbon.
For your hand made card ideas to make a birthday card, use die-cut flowers. I used the colors on the flower and leaf to help me coordinate the colors for the card. I used a scallop border punch on pink pattern paper and a 1/2" corner punch along the bottom corners of the card. The sentiment is printed on vellum paper but you can use a stamp to create your sentiment. The card is embellished with ribbon and adhesive gems.
Handmade thank you cards can be inspired by a pretty sticker. As with the die-cut flowers, I used the colors on the sticker to help me choose a color palette for this card. I used a 1/2" corner punch on the green and pink paper and a circle and scallop circle punch to feature the sticker. A small "thanks" is stamped along the bottom corner and I layered a solid and gingham print ribbon to finish off the card.
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