Bright and Trendy Handmade Card For a Friend

Today we are making a bright and trendy handmade card for a friend.  You know those friends that are full of personality and spunk, wearing the bright colors and are just edgy in a fun and spontaneous way?  This is exactly who this card is for.

We start with mixing curves with angles.  We do that with our stamps and our layers.

Let me show you what I am talking about.


The Project

Here is what we are making today.  Notice the gray and black stamps in the background along with the rectangle inset into the circle.  Below I will share exactly how to do all of this.

Handmade Card For a Friend


Before we do any of that, we need to talk about the supplies we need.


The Supplies

Here is what you will need to make this card or one similar to it.  To order any of the items, simply click on an image below.


Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Start by stamping your shapes and lines in Smoky Slate ink and Tuxedo Black ink in the bottom right section of your Whisper White piece of card stock (4″ x 5-1/4″).
  2. Add a drop of Granny Apple Green re-inker into the lid of your Granny Apple Green ink pad.  Squeeze your full Aqua Painter until the tip of your painter is saturated with water.  Pick up ink from your lid and then hold your Aqua Painter over your card stock and flick down on your painter to get the splatter effect.  Clean the tip of your painter and repeat in Melon Mambo ink and also Tuxedo Black ink.
  3. After this layer is dry, secure it to your Smoky Slate card base (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″).
  4. Die cut out a 2-1/2″ Melon Mambo circle.
  5. Use the Stitched Rectangle die that is 1-1/4″ x 1-3/4″ in the middle of your Melon Mambo circle.  Set the rectangle aside in your scrap bin for another project.  Secure the circle to your card front.
  6. Using the same die, die cut out a rectangle in Granny Apple Green card stock.   Dry emboss it with your Subtle embossing folder.  Attach this to the inside of your Melon Mambo circle.
  7. Stamp the word “friend” in Tuxedo Black ink onto a strip of Whisper White card stock (1/2″ x 2-1/4″).  Make a banner on each end.
  8. Add adhesive to the back of your stamped banner.  Wrap your thread around your fingers several times and then secure the loops to the back of your sentiment.
  9. Use Dimensionals to attach to your card front.


See how that thread really helps your sentiment pop on your card?


Handmade Card For a Friend | thread layers

And then all the different color splatters really add texture to your background layer.

Handmade Card For a Friend | Ink splatters behind focal point


Take It Further

Make two cards at the same time:  Die cut a Granny Apple Green 2-1/2″ circle.  Use the middle rectangle of Melon Mambo with this Granny Apple Green circle.

Personalize It:  Change out your green and pink for different colors, make it match the person's personality that you are giving it to.

Make It A Gift Set:  Make these cards as a gift and make several different tags with different words instead of “friend”.  Let them add whatever words they want by simply peeling off the dimensional backings and adding it to the card.  Then they can “make” a handmade card for a friend too!


Want to See More?

Like this project and want to see more like it?  Check out this card here and this one here, too!


Pin It

Easily find this project again by pinning this image to your I Teach Stamping Pinterest board.  It will link you right back to this post 🙂

Handmade Card For a Friend


See You Soon

I love making a handmade card for a friend.  Even though I make cards as my full time gig, I don't make all the cards I want to.  There is nothing like making a card, putting your heart into it and popping it in the mail.  I hope that you are inspired to make a card like this for a special friend in your world.  See you in the next project!  XO, Meg

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