I love to make special birthday cards for my nieces and nephew. It’s my niece’s first birthday this month so I decided to make a Hello Kitty card for her.
How I made this card:
I started by sketching an idea for the card as a starting point. I found a Hello Kitty image that I liked, then used the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator to redraw the image. The reason I like to redraw the image is so that I can size it exactly as I need and also so I can separate each element to make templates.
Once I have the image drawn and sized correctly, I made a template page and printed it on card. I used the templates to cut out card to make up the Hello Kitty character. I stuck these together and used googly eyes for a fun touch. I added some gold stars to her bow and dress.
I used Distress inks to create a background. I choose sunset colours as I wanted it to look like Hello Kitty was floating in the sky, and thought these colours would work well with the character too. I flicked Ranger perfect pearls and water on to the background, to look like stars in the sky. These don’t show up as well in photos but look really pretty when the light catches them.
I had thought I would do a shaker card originally, so made a white frame. I added some pink distress ink to the edges of the frame and also some Wink of Stella clear glitter all around the frame. Although I changed my mind about a shaker card, I liked the white frame so still used this.
I used the Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Border dies to create clouds in white card, pink glitter paper, and vellum. I layered these together and attached to the card with tape down the sides. This tape will be hidden by the frame.
I cut out balloons using the Lawn Fawn Party Balloons dies. I settled on three balloons, and added some distress ink around the edges of the balloons. I used the Avery Elle ‘Elle-Ments Dies Count On It’ to die cut the number ‘1’ out of glitter paper.
I added three strands of twine to the back of Hello Kitty first, before I stuck her down on the card. I then pulled these strings to the top of the cards and stuck down with tape at the top where the balloons would go. I used foam tape behind the balloons to attach them to the card.
I’m really pleased with how this card turned out. It’s a fun card for a beautiful girl on her birthday.