You are going to love these 5 tips for handmade birthday cards to knock their socks off! Even if you’re a well-seasoned paper crafter, you can always add another trick into your toolkit, right?

I once had an experienced demonstrator teammate tell me she always gets at least ONE wonderful idea from each design she receives from someone. Whether it’s how to decorate the envelope, or colour the image or add a little something extra, she was constantly keeping her repertoire fresh.

So let’s keep adding to our own bag of tricks so we can knock our card recipient’s socks all the way off!

Here’s our happy birthday card for today.

5 Tips for Handmade Birthday Cards to Knock Their Socks Off
Create realistic colour with your alcohol markers on a trio of presents

This Warm Welcome bundle is a bit of a sleeper in the spring mini catalogue I think. But it’s really ideal for sending cheer for so many occasions: birthday, congrats, welcome, new baby, missing you…and more!

With this card, I don’t think it even has to BE a birthday greeting. “It’s your day” can work for just about any celebration. What about a bridal shower or a new home purchase!?

Don’t you just love the exact colour coordination you can achieve with our Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers? The presents are coloured with Daffodil Delight, Tahitian Tide and Parakeet Party, all bright and happy colours.

5 Tips for Handmade Birthday Cards to Knock Their Socks Off

Try a couple of these tips to take your cards from super…to stunning!

Easy Tips for Amazing Cards

1.Pick bright and cheerful colours.

Immediately send a happy vibe when you mix turquoise, bright green and yellow together on a card. Other combos to try? Bright pink, yellow and turquoise. Or peacock blue, purple and yellow.

But try not to combine too many colours on one design. Consider only using three or five to avoid colour overload! 🤗

Also, be sure to layer on your colours to frame your focal point. The white panel here is amped up with a Daffodil Delight and Parakeet Party layer right onto the Tahitian Tide card base.

2.Create intense colour with Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.

Add realistic shading to your open line rubber stamped images with two-tone Stampin’ Blends. Be sure to check out this post if you want to know how to colour with Stampin’ Blends.

If you’d like even more tips, check out this simple design for how to make rubber stamped images pop with alcohol markers.

3.Pull in some dies.

Although you can certainly stamp the door right onto the white cardstock, when you stamp it in the coordinating Tahitian Tide ink onto Tahitian Tide cardstock, you get an instant WOW! Especially when you crop the door out with your die cutting machine.

5 Tips for Handmade Birthday Cards to Knock Their Socks Off
Anyone would love a present just like this colourful one!

4.Add some sparkle.

Swipe your Wink of Stella brush pen over the coloured presents for a subtle shimmer. All you need is a tiny bit to instantly turn your card into a “made you look” greeting!

5.Use embellishments in a new way!

The In Color Parakeet Party dots come in handy here as a door knob (see the top or bottom photo) and as a fun element on the bow. Rather than using them for random accents, when you can enhance the image itself, it elevates your cards immediately!

Try a Few Tips!

To recreate a design like this one, all you need is an open line image stamp. Anything cheerful will make a fabulous card. There’s unlimited possibilities!

Here are all the supplies I used – click on this list that you can print, pin or order from. I really appreciate you ordering with me and supporting my Design with Jo business.

Thank You!

Thanks so much for stopping by to see what I’m playing with today.

Let’s take a final look at our cheerful bday card.

5 Tips for Handmade Birthday Cards to Knock Their Socks Off
Limit your colours to only a few for a stunning card!

Try any of my 5 tips for handmade birthday cards to knock their socks off and be sure to check back here often for more tricks to give your paper crafting lots more OOMPH!