mini embossed birthday cards (DIY)

I love September. Not only is it my birthday month but some of my most favourite people (you know who you are!) are also celebrating their birthdays in the coming week. Today I am sharing a simple birthday card DIY because special people deserve a little handmade love.

As much as I love making cards, they can be time-consuming for us busy mums. So I usually stick to making little 2.5 x 2.5″ cards. They’re quicker to make and you don’t necessarily need an envelope for them, because they can double as gift tags. I don’t know why I didn’t think to incorporate dry embossing onto a card before. The outcome is pretty awesome and it’s really easy to do.

Gather your supplies and let’s get started!

You will need:
Small Shape Punchers, Scissors/Cutter, Ruler, Glue, Pen, Black + White + Kraft card stock, Plain/Patterned Paper

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Step One: You first need to create an embossing stencil. Grab any shape puncher and punch out a couple of shapes from the black card stock. If you don’t have a shape puncher, you can always hand cut your shapes.

Step Two: Cut out a 2 x 2″ square from the white card stock. Arrange your shapes on the card stock as desired and glue them in place. Allow the glue to dry and trim off any shapes that fall outside the square. Your embossing stencil is ready.

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Step Three: From the Kraft card stock, cut out a 2.5 x 5″ rectangle and fold in half. You now have your card base. Next cut out a 2 x 2″ square from a paper of your choice, as long as it’s not too thick to emboss on.

Step Four: Take your stencil and tape it onto a window with washi tape. If you have a light tracer, you may use that instead. Bring your 2 x 2″ square cutout and place over the stencil. Start embossing! I used my dry embossing tool but you can use anything similar, like the end of a small paintbrush.

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Step Five: Glue your embossed square onto the front of your card base. As a finishing touch, you can decorate with letter stickers, patterned paper, buttons, etc. The possibilities are endless.

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I can’t wait to gift these next week. Happy card making folks!

♥ Melody

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