Costumized birthday card – little indian

A “how-to” post on a customized birthday card

What we really love about cardmaking is that when it comes to ideas the sky is the limit! One of our favourite things is to create customized cards! It gives us the opportunity to express our creativity in a useful way! And we love that!

So this time we were asked to make a birthday card for a little baby boy! His party theme was “little indian” so we wanted to make something that would be perfect for the occasion! We had no die-cuts or stamps that were indian related so we had to improvise! And we did!

The background

For the background and the card base try to use neutral colors that will give you the opportunity to play with a vibrant color pallete on your focal point. So just use a craft card base and a simple pattern paper in the same color family. We chose this particular pattern paper because it has a subtle Aztec look.  As always cut the pattern paper a little bit smaller than the card front to create a small border all around.


The focal point

For the focal point we wanted to create a little indian but we had no dies or stamps on hand. So let’s make it on our own! This is the fun of cardmaking after all! Use a circle die to cut a circle for the head. Then on black paper sketch the hair and fussy cut them. If you find it difficult to free-hand draw them use pictures as a reference or even print an appropriate image to have as a guide. Don’t be afraid to try! Just go with it! Then cut a strip of craft paper for the headband. The main shape of the little indian’s face is ready! Now it’s time to embellish it!

Use a pair of googly eyes to bring the little indian to life! Then sketch with a fine tip marker to draw the facial features. You can pre-scketch them with a pencil first if that makes you feel more comfortable. Also cut three leaf shapes in different colors to embellish the headband with indian feathers. These three colors (purple, red and orange) will be the color pallette that we will follow.  You also need two little egg-shaped pieces (out of the paper that you used for the face). These will be little indian’s hands to hold the sentiment.


The sentiment

For the sentiment we will make a small panel for the indian to hold. We need to use our three colors (purple, red and orange) to keep everything in balance. So make a panel out of orange paper and a slightly bigger one out of purple paper. Stick one on top of each other to create a small border all arround. Stamp the sentiment with a clear sticky ink (VersaMark ink) and coat it with red embossing powder. Then heat emboss it to seal everything in place. Stick the little hands on the sides to create the illusion of the little indian holding the panel. And finally put the head on top.


Just put everything on foam adhesive to add some dimension. And the card is ready!! Finish the card by adding some feathers on the envelope and the inside of the card to have a more finished look. So what do you think? We loved this card because it was made from scratch! So don’t be afraid to experiment with themes that you haven’t tried before! You would be surprised by the results! Thank you all for stopping by! We hope you enjoyed this post and you got inspired!




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