Hi everyone,

Do you have trouble with critter birthday cards for children? We all know they are super adorable and well loved by children and adults, but why do I always get intimidated with critter cards? Well, today I’m going to overcome and challenge myself and you to create a cute critter birthday card for children! Let’s get started!

For me, the key to a great birthday card for children is bright colors, textures, and designs that catch the eye of a child! And, of course, critters! Children relate to critters, and there’s a huge selection of them in the crafting industry!

For my featured critter birthday card, I am using Maker Forte’s Happy Flowers patterned paper and Rawrsome 6×8 stamp set. This is an ADORABLE stamp set filled with a wonderful selection of critters. The patterned paper is vibrant and colorful, perfect for kids! I knew it would be the perfect combination for my children’s birthday card.

First, I heat embossed Dena the Dinosaur (yes, I named her) with black powder and colored her with Copic Markers in YG05, YG07, YG09, RV06, B05, and Y15. I added a touch of RV06 to her cheeks and to the hearts in the bubble sentiment. I chose colors for Dena that were similar to the patterned paper so that everything would play nicely together. Afterall, Dena the Dinosaur needs to be front and center stage, right? She’s the one sending the birthday wishes!

When I finished making Dena the Dinosaur look beauteous, I die cut her with an oval die and set her aside to work on my background.

The background was quite easy! I chose two coordinating patterns (and polka dots are always a hit with children), placed the polka dots over an A2 sized card base, and trimmed the 2nd floral piece to fit over the middle section of the card. Now I was ready to place Dena the Dinosaur over the background! I think the green floral piece helped Dena stand out from the busy polka dots, don’t you? I finished by adding texture to the balloons and hearts with Glossy Accents. The black embossing powder also provides texture for those little ones who like to touch everything!

I found this method of focusing on texture, color, and design to be an easy way to create a children’s critter birthday card! You don’t have to create a scene every time you’re working with critter stamps. Try working with color, texture, and patterns to compliment your critter! Think about what kids would love! This card will go to my granddaughter, who turned 7 on December 24th. She will LOVE it! I may even create another critter card with the Rawrsome stamp set and let her color that one!

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