Are you looking for a tutorial to help you learn how to make handmade cards step by step? then you are in the right spot as I will share with you how to make three easy handmade cards using a few products. I am also including a video tutorial where I show you step by step.

How to make handmade cards step by step

One of the things that I find helpful when making handmade cards is to select a patterned paper of my liking and use it for inspiration. This usually helps me select the stamp set to use, the colors to use as well as the embellishments. I think this why I usually buy things by collections 😁 (or at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!)

All jokes aside, I do really think that having things that coordinate from the get-go makes all the difference in making card making even easier, and this is why I truly believe Stampin’ Up! helps you in your card making journey, as their products coordinate beautifully, from the papers, the colors, the inks, and the embellishments! so I highly recommend you to give it a try 😉

I also love mixing products from different collections, for instance on the cards shown below you will see that I used the designer series paper a.k.a. patterned paper from the Ornate Garden Suite but I paired it with the Under my Umbrella stamp set, these are not related yet I feel like these go really well together. 

How to make handmade cards step by step

You can see that the patterned paper have these little flowers that coordinate really well with the flowers from the stamp set and this is why I decided to use the Under my Umbrella stamp set. 

And I mentioned before you can see that the colors I picked were selected from the same patterned paper. See how these makes the designing process easier.

The color Combo 

For these cards I use the following colors: 

  • Terracotta Tile 
  • Mint Macaroon 
  • Daffodil Delight 
  • Old Olive 
  • Whisper White 

The next think to do when making cards after you have selected the colors, stamp set and the designer series paper is to look for sketches, I find it easy to look at past cards and and see the layout. This always sparks lots of ideas! 😉

Inspiration cards, Sketches and other details 

In this section I will share the cards that sparked my inspiration the sketch for the layout and the new handmade card I created from the inspiration 

Use cards as inspiration   Use cards as inspiration   Use cards as inspiration

If you are interested you can actually see the videos when I created these cards – these were from back 2017-2018, so these were part of my first videos  😁😉

  1. It’s a beautiful day card – video – this was a Facebook live so it is longer as it for 3 cards 
  2. It’s a beautiful day card # 2 – video
  3. I am thankful for you – video

Handmade Card #1

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For this handmade card you can see in the sketch I created off of the inspiration card, that I changed the position of the circle as well as the mat of the designer series paper by using one of the dies from the Ornate Layers. Changing few elements on the design of the original card will always help to get a fresh new look. 

The coloring of the flowers on all three cards was with stampin’ blends or alcohol markers, and the biggest tip I can provide is to make sure you stamp the image with Memento ink. Doing this will ensure that when you color the image you don’t pull any of the black in the coloring. 

One tip to help you save on cardstock is to cut out the scallop circle from the mat. After all the mat is covered with the patterned paper and no one will know there is a hole in this piece of cardstock.  

Handmade Card #2

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For this card I pretty much followed the original card, other than placing the bow in the opposite side.  

One tip I can give you for this card is to pull the color from the background of the patterned paper for the banner, in this case you can see that the banner is on Daffodil Delight which goes well with the yellow color from the background of the designer series paper, don’t you think?

When I figured out that I wanted to use this paper and this stamp set, I immediately thought of this card to case (Copy And Share Everything) because of the little flowers stamps, I knew it would be great to add on the corners of this card as the original card. So look for similarities when casing, that always help when substituting elements for the new card. 

Handmade Cared #3

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For my final card you can see how two cards using the same layout look totally different. In this case I wanted to use the Umbrella punch from this bundle and thought that this card would help showcase it better.

You can create any card with a totally different theme as I showed it with this card. The first card is a thanksgiving related card, and the second one is for  friendship, but the elements remain the same. There are cut outs on the right hand of the card, a bow on the left side, a sentiment at the top, and patterned paper at the bottom.

Always look for elements to help you use what you have on hand when recreating a card. That way you don’t feel like you always have to get the latest tool or stamp set or embellishment, though I am here to help you if you want to (wink wink..😂)    

The Video Tutorial

And here it is the video tutorial where I show you how to make these handmade cards step by step. You will see as well how to color the little flowers with the stampin’ blends (alcohol markers). So make sure you watch it when you have a bit of time, as this video tutorial is about 50 min long.  


Ornate Garden Suite from Stampin' Up!

Ornate Garden MEGA Tutorial Bundle!

If you liked making handmade cards and this patterned paper, you might want to check out this Mega Tutorial Bundle HERE.

I partnered with a group of talented demonstrators around the world to put together this tutorial bundle. It includes 90 Tutorials using only products from the Ornate Garden Suite! and I can promise you, You will love all of them.  😍😍😍



The Supply List 

As usual here is the supply list for all the products I use to make these cards. If you are interested in purchasing any of these items, you can click on the images below, which will take you to my online store. 

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