Design Tips For Your May Birthday Cards

Did you know that every month of the year has its own birth flower and birth stone? When making birthday cards it can be a nice gesture to decorate the card with paper flowers and “gems” which resembles the actual birth flowers and birth stones. In May Lily of the Valley and Hawthorn are the birth flowers while emerald is the birth stone.

  • Type of project: Card
  • Occasion: Birthday
  • Techniques used: Coloring, Fussy Cutting
  • Decoration: Paper Flowers, Bling, Die Cuts, Button
  • Main color: White/Pink


Emerald is a beautiful gemstone with a green color that you see in the picture underneath.

I have tried to use green bling to resemble emerald. You see these in the top right corner of the card.

I didn’t have flowers that could resemble lily of the valley so I chose to use a white flower with black dots to imitate flowers in the hawthorn family.

In June, I’m back with a new card inspired by monthly flowers and monthly stones. If you were inspired to make something yourself, please send me pictures. You can send photos to: editor@thepapercrafting.com – then we’ll feature them in TPC Magazine.

Photo: Marit Pedersen
Les Facettes, Wikimedia (Smaragd), License: CC BY-SA 3.0
Prl42, Wikimedia (Hawthorn), License: CC BY-SA 3.0