Little Boys Dragon Birthday Card with 3-Step Design

Knight & Dragon Birthday Card

Today’s card is for all the little boys who dream of being the brave knight that slays the dragon. Or with the adorable Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper (S-DSP), maybe it’s play with the dragon! Either way, this playful dragon birthday card is sure to bring smiles!

 

dragon birthday card

Today’s post also includes several tips on designing a card, including my 3-prong approach guaranteed to work every time!

  1. Use a Sketch Design or “Blueprint”
  2.  Get Color Inspiration and…  
  3. Pattern Coordination from Designer Paper

SKETCH DESIGN

You may notice this is the same design as Monday’s card. I want you to see that by switching up any aspect, you can create cards that look similar in form, but are different in style, just like today’s card versus the girls mermaid card featured on Monday’s post HERE.  In today’s card, the design is the same, but we’re switching up the colors and patterns.

Blueprint for dragon birthday card

 

COLOR INSPIRATION

The easiest way to get color inspiration is by looking at what colors are in the Designer Paper you’re using. From the Myths & Magic S-DSP, I chose what I call the “Sherwood Forest” pattern as my primary paper. Next I chose a second coordinating pattern in Dapper Denim. These form the basic foundation of the card. Since Lemon Lime Twist is the dominant color on the “Sherwood Forest” pattern, I chose Old Olive to coordinate with the Dapper Denim, making them both the accents. So when selecting the knight and dragon to cut out, I chose characters with these colors (with the gray acting as a neutral).Color inspiration for dragon birthday card

DESIGNER PAPER

I know I’m a broken record on this, but using Designer Paper makes creating sooo EASY! Stampin’ Up!’s already done all the coordinating work for us- in both colors and patterns. The hardest part is picking which to use! So here’s a little tip on mixing and matching patterns… If one pattern has large features (Sherwood Forest), select a coordinating pattern with (proportionally) small features (Dapper Denim xxx). Think “opposites attract”.  

And speaking of possibilities… what if you don’t have the coordinating Magical Day stamps? Although, I do highly recommend them! 🙂 Can you just use the paper? YES! The only stamping on this card is the sentiments, which could easily be chosen from any favorites you already own. 

dragon birthday card closeup

CARD RECIPE

Stamps: Party Pandas (Happy Birthday), Magical Day (inside greeting)

Ink: Dapper Denim Ink Pad

Paper:

Myths & Magic S-DSP-

  • Sherwood Forest- 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
  • Dapper Denim xxx- 3″ x 5″, notched at bottom
  • Dragons & Knights- fussy cut

Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper- die cut circle 2-1/2″

Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock- 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded @ 5-1/2″ to form card base

Whisper White Cardstock

  • Inside Greeting Panel- 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Front sentiment- 3/8″ x 2″, notched at both ends

Embellishments: Silver Baker’s Twine

Adhesives: SNAIL or MP Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini Dimensionals

Tools: Stampin’ Trimmer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Layering Circles Thinlits Dies

BIG NEWS COMING

Big news coming next week- including Stampin’ Up! color changes and peeks at new products coming in the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog, which I get to see tomorrow (with a few thousand Stampin’ Up! friends!). I am soooo excited and can’t wait to share with you!

Meanwhile, I hope these tips are helpful and you enjoy making this dragon birthday card for a special little boy in your life. I know just who’s getting this one for his third birthday. Have a wonderful weekend! See ya Monday… 

Happy Stampin’

xxx tammy 🙂

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4 Comments

  1. Love this card! I agree…..we have some much beautiful DSP and we struggle with it! Thank you for the tips….I saw your card on Mary Fish’s blog today and I was glad there was a link for the details.

  2. this is the sweetest card!! But I must say I learned so much from this blog!! Thank you for taking the time to tell us how you designed this card. I have tons of designer paper but struggle to put it together….now with your instruction I’m going to see if I can put it all together Thank You!!

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