On this post I will share with you 3 handmade card ideas you can make for your friend! Believe me, you will make her feel super special when she gets one of these on the mail! It is even more special on these days during social distancing, where loneliness is hitting us more.. 

Lately I have been playing with the Ornate Garden Suite from Stampin’ Up!, as you might have noticed! 😁 Mainly because I think that this suite is extremely versatile and it goes really well with so many of the stamp sets and punches. This is why today I want to share with you 3 handmade cards with this suite that are perfect to send to your friends! 

In the cards I am showcasing, I paired the Ornate Garden Designer Series Paper (DSP) a.k.a. patterned paper with the daisy punches as well as the Free as a Bird stamp set.  These cards have a great “spring-y” feel that we all need right now. 

Three handmade card ideas you can make for your friends

How to make 3 handmade cards for your friend

Below you will get more details specific to each card as well as the video tutorial where I go step by step on how to make each of these handmade cards, not to mention that I am sharing as well the sketches so that you can recreate the cards using any other suite you have!  

The color combo 

As usual, I selected the color combo for my cards using the colors from the designer series paper as inspiration. I truly believe that this is the easiest way to come up with color ideas for your cards.  

  • Pear Pizzas 
  • Terracotta Tile
  • Daffodil Delight 
  • Whisper White 

Handmade Card #1

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For this first card you can see that the layout is super easy, the main thing to focus is to find two coordinating designs from the paper collection you picked to use. As a tip I can tell you that it is best if you have one design that it is busy and another that it is not to get some balance on your card. If you add two busy patterns you lose the visual appeal of the card. If you are playing with this layout and you don’t love how it looks, then try changing one of the patterns to something a bit more monochromatic and you might like it better.

Additionally if you find that you want to use only one pattern, then try to use card stock for the second panel in a color from the patterned paper you are using; you can add some texture by embossing or by stamping tone-on-tone to create the illusion of a patterned paper. Play with this options and see what you like best! 😉

Make sure you watch the video tutorial to see how to ensemble the daisy! 

Handmade Card #2

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For the second card, you can see that this is an even easier card to make! the layout is simple and looks great! One tip i can share with you is to use the card stock that you are using for the DSP mat to cut out the label where you will add the daisy. This tip helps you save on card stock. I recommend you do this anytime the card stock gets covered, since no one will notice you used this same card stock for the die cuts of your card!

Also since the daisy is kind of large, you want to check that the sentiment you use fits well with the space you will have available once you put the daisy, so play with it before gluing down the daisy, that way you can see how to position it to ensure you can read the sentiment.

Another tip to make things interesting is to play with the center of the daisy! you can add different centers to change a bit the look.  I added a little flower I die cut from the ornate border dies set. 

Handmade Card #3

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Finally, the last card showcases mainly the designer series paper! The sketch is super simple as well and I did not add a daisy since I wanted to show a lot more of the pattern. The patterned I chose had already a lot of flowers; which takes me to tell you my next tip. If your patterned is busy, like mine in this case it is best to limit the embellishments to not make it busier; however if your pattern is monochromatic or has a simple pattern, then you might want to add something else to add interest! 

For this card I used the borders from the Ornate Borders dies, which I love! the details on this die set are amazing and it cuts really well!! I promise you!!! 

Ornate Garden Suite from Stampin' Up! 

If you liked the cards on this post, then make sure you check the Ornate Garden MEGA tutorial bundle!

This tutorial bundle includes 90 tutorials using the Ornate Garden Suite! I know you will love all the projects on this publication! 

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Watch the Video Tutorial 

Below you can watch the video tutorial where I go over step by step in making these three cards! 

The supply list 

Below you will find the full supply list for the products I used to make these cards, if you want to purchase any of these items you just need to click on the images and it will take you to my online shop 😁  I appreciate your support as always! 🥰

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