Want to know how to make a nifty birthday card with paper scraps? You’ll love how easy this card is to make. Completely change the look with different scrapbook papers (or designer series paper as we call it in the Stampin’ Up! world). While this layout looks complicated, it’s not! I’ve got great tips to share with you to make it easy!

I’ve included pictures, cutting dimensions and supplies below. Be sure to scroll down to see them.

Nifty Birthday Card Video

I just love DIY birthday card ideas, don’t you?! It’s a bonus when it’s a super creative handmade birthday card too. Grab your favorite scrapbook paper and follow along. You’ll be using this tutorial all year long….just change up the papers you use. This will also make a beautiful Christmas card too or anyone who has a December, January, or February birthday I’m sure would be delighted with this beautiful handmade birthday card.



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Nifty Birthday Card Details

The gorgeous Christmastime is Here Specialty Designer Paper includes gold foil accents on one side and a neutral pattern on the other. Some of the patterns can be used all year long – just like the Christmas Rose stamp set. Don’t forget, the Christmastime is Here suite of products are only available while supplies last. If you want to know how to make a birthday card they’ll love this is a great place to start!


You’ll need two contrasting patterns of designer paper to achieve these stunning results. The beauty of Stampin’ Up!’s designer paper is the double-sided patterns. I simply cut four squares and flipped two of them over and used the alternate side.


The Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder (Holiday Catalog) includes beautiful intricate designs that work perfectly with this designer paper. I opted to emboss one layer of the cardstock before adhering my squares for added texture. Don’t forget the bling! A large gold faceted gem works perfectly in the center of the patchwork technique and plays up the gold foil accents in the designer paper.


Nifty Birthday Card Dimensions

  • Cherry Cobbler cardstock base is cut 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″
  • Cherry Cobbler layer is cut 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and embossed
  • Designer Paper – cut 2 pieces from one pattern measuring 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″
  • Designer Paper – cut 2 different pieces from one pattern measuring 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″
  • Mossy Meadow cardstock layer to hold the designer paper pieces is measured 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • Whisper White layer is cut 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″
  • Whisper White greeting is cut 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

Patchwork Card – Idea #2

Using the exact same designer paper, I changed up the focal image from the gold faceted gem to an image from the coordinating Christmas Rose stamp set. This mixed media stamp set includes both an outline image and Distinktive images that fill the pieces of the outline stamp, making this set perfect for those that like to color and those that don’t!

There are a few minor changes on this card. I exchange the Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder for the Tufted 3D Embossing Folder and added a white embossed greeting. You might also notice that I exchanged the colors of the layers that house the designer paper. Experiment to create your own unique palette!


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