Pinspiration: Washi Tape Birthday Card


I had a little bit of time the other night and realized I was desperately low on birthday cards, so I decided to look at my Pinterest board to find some inspiration! I realized a long time ago that the things I make will never, ever turn out like the pins they come from, but I've only recently accepted that is not necessarily a bad thing! 

So come, see the pin that inspired me and the final result for a ridiculously easy birthday card! 


First, the original Pin:
The blog in the image is memoriesnmore.blogspot.com 

I liked the simplicity and the flexibility that the design provides. So much potential for different washi tapes! Also, I knew I could make a handful of these quickly, and since time is kind of of the essence pretty much always, that's a big bonus factor for me. So off I went to get creative! 

Like I've said before, I'm all about using pre-cut cards and envelopes. I have massive stockpiles of these babies thanks to various sales at JoAnn Fabrics and Michaels. I used the ivory, but I also have LOADS of the kraft paper cards. Man alive do I love kraft paper. But that's a post for another day. 

I also selected what I had available for washi tape. I figured I didn't need to go out and buy more washi tape, for which my wallet and husband were both quite thankful, I assure you. 


And for my adhesive accessories and twine! I basically adore Glue Dots and use them as often as possible. I find they make all of my elements stick better and more securely than other glues or tapes. However, when it comes to the big pieces of the card, double sided tape is where it's at! 

That Spritz twine is from Target and I also have wayyyy too much of it. But hey, I'm using it! So that's a thing. 

So the first time I made this card, I decided to cut each individual element on the Cricut. You can see from my Design Space screenshot that I used a card canvas to cut the elements to scale. It's so handy!


I also cut the banner element and used the Cricut Explore to replicate handwriting on the card since I always feel like my handwriting is sub-par, but you could totally write it out yourself. 


Insert a quote about working smarter, not harder, or something like that here. 

However, after I made the first card and had a difficult time lining up all of the individual elements, I decided maybe it'd be easier to tape a solid piece of cardstock and then just glue that to the card instead? 


Spoiler alert: it was WAYYY easier to do it this way. So you should do it this way if you make this card. I just wrapped the ends of the washi tape around the back and used a paper cutter to cut off the top and bottom white edges. It was faster, easier, and cleaner than the individual strip method. Live and learn! 


Here is the first of the two I made! You can see my washi tape is a bit different from the pin, and I used a gold pen instead of a black one. I thought the gold tied in the gold washi tape a bit more? 


And here's the second of the pair. I used a gold accented twine instead of a pink accented twine, but I think I like them about the same! After I made these, I thought it would have been REALLY cool to do a black and white and gold variation of the card for anniversaries or a more elegant birthday card! But thankfully, this card was CRAZY easy to make, so I can basically replicate this card again from start to finish in about 6 minutes. No lie. 


Let me know if you end up making this absurdly easy birthday card! 
Happy crafting, y'all! 

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

6 comments:

  1. What a cute card! I'll definitely keep this design in mind if I'm planning on making a birthday card for someone, because it's adorable ;)

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    1. Thanks! And you really can't beat how easy and quick it was either. :)

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  2. What a cute and quick card. Another way to use up some of the washi tape I am sure most of us papercrafters have been hoarding.

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    1. Exactly! And with a little tweaking and the right washi tape, this could make a good Christmas card too!

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  3. Easy indeed! I love this. I have never worked with Washi tape even tho I own some. Maybe now I'll dig it out! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. Love this CAS design- going to have to CASE this, as I have collected some Washi and I need to use it up : )

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