Patterned paper banner birthday card

I’ve seen a few cards online which showcase a single piece of patterned paper (such as here and here), and if you’ve been following this blog, you’ll realise that I’ve recently built up a little stash of pretty paper and am just itching to find ways to use it! I recently made good use of some on these paper covered pencil pots, and now I want to use some more on a card!

I liked the idea of having a simple sentiment on top of the patterned paper, but rather than just writing in a square, I decided to use a banner going across the card. And this is the result!

DIY happy birthday banner card

I have to admit that the banner is not my idea, nor my design. I got it from The Postman’s Knock, one of my favourite blogs. Lindsey is a very talented calligrapher and letterer and has loads of very inspiring tutorials for cards and illustrations, alongside calligraphy tutorials and tips. In this tutorial, she goes through in detail how to draw a banner, so I just followed her tutorial to draw my own banner.

After a couple of practice goes, this was what I came up with:

Happy birthday hand drawn banner sketch

I wasn’t confident that I could write a nice calligraphy phrase on my banner (like Lindsey did), so I chose to write some simple tall thin letters instead. To make it a little more interesting, I thickened the verticals.

As you can see in the picture above, I drew it in pencil and then went over it with a pen. This was so that the lines would be clearly defined, which is important because I then traced it onto coloured paper in black pen. I used a light box, but you could hold the paper up to a window instead, so that you can see the writing on the paper behind.

Once the banner was complete I cut a border around it in the same way that Lindsey did because I liked the effect.

Then I simply mounted my patterned paper onto another piece of coloured paper and mounted that onto my card blank, and then glued the banner across the front. Simple but effective!

Tutorial hand drawn banner card

Patterned paper birthday card

Do you like this style? Have you made any cards with patterned paper yourself? I’d love to hear more ideas on how to use it!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

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Layered name DIY card

One of my friends recently had a baby and I wanted to make a card for them with the baby’s name on. I really liked font I used for my niece’s birth card (which you can see at the bottom of this post) but I wanted to do something different with the card itself. I’ve recently bought some pretty paper supplies so I thought I’d put them to good use! And this is what I came up with:

Layered paper card tutorial

Isn’t it a cute name?

Whilst this card was pretty straightforward to make, I was surprised by just how long it took. There is a lot of cutting out! But I love the layered effect, so I think all that cutting is worth it.

If you’d like to make something similar yourself, read on for the tutorial…

Firstly you will need:

  • Card blank
  • Paper in different colours and patterns
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Glue (I used a glue runner but pritt stick or any glue suitable for paper will do)
  • Pencil
  • Printer (optional)

Firstly (and this is also the fun part), decide what colour papers you will use and in which order. I always find it quite difficult to find colours and patterns that match together well!

Once you have picked your paper, you now need to pick your lettering. You can either use a font or draw the letters yourself. If you are drawing the letters, then simply draw the outline onto your paper. If you are using a font, then you need to choose your font. I used Marcelle, which is free on dafont.com (this font has a textured appearance but since I only wanted to use the outline and not the printed letters it didn’t matter). I typed the name I wanted to use on the card in Word, did a ‘print screen’ and pasted it into Paint, where I flipped the image backwards using the Rotate > Flip Horizontal command, and saved it as a jpeg.

Reflect the image in Paint

I then inserted this image into a blank Word document so I could size it to fit my card blank. And then I printed it onto the back of my patterned paper (which happened to have a different pattern on the back).

Backwards print

If you know a quicker way of doing this, please let me know! It was a bit convoluted, but it worked.

I then cut around the text with a pair of scissors. I filled it in where the text didn’t quite join up and made some of the thinnest parts a bit thicker so the papercut would be easier to handle. I’m not very skilled with a craft knife which is why I used scissors, but I used one to cut out the holes and the fiddly bits. If you are better at cutting out curves with a craft knife than me then you might want to use one for the whole thing!

Next, glue your papercut onto your next colour/pattern paper. I liked the idea of having the text in a pattern and using plain colours for the rest of the layers, but that’s just my preference. Using a pencil, draw around the text layer, trying to keep your line a certain distance away from the text at all times. I smoothed out many of the features of the text but kept some of the major indents and shapes.

Drawing the next layer

Now cut out along the line you have just drawn. Erase any pencil marks still showing. Stick this layer onto your next layer of paper and repeat until you are happy with the overall look and size of your piece. Mine had 4 layers in total.

Papercraft lettering card

Now you can glue it to your card blank and you are done!

Baby name card papercut

Luckily, my friend loved it :)

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I was a little disappointed with the contrast between the name and the next layer. I think I should have used a darker coloured pattern for the top layer. I also made this card for a little girl’s birthday using the same technique, and I was much happier with the colours.

DIY layered birthday card

Do you like this layered look? Let me know if you have a go at something similar yourself!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel