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How to make a birthday card

Design your own card as a special birthday greeting. The best cards are the ones which are personalised and come from the heart. Follow our quick and easy tips for creating cards.

Making your card

Purchase of the card You can buy plain colours for card in an office supplies shop. For something a little different, an arts supplies shop will have card which is already printed or cut out as a frame for you to add a photo into. The design and the theme of the card Think of the person who you are making the card for. Create your own greeting card by choosing a design that suits the receiver. Do they like fishing or cars? Flowers or shopping? Select a theme for your graphics and pictures before you begin.
Choosing the wording
First, decide what wording will appear on the front of the card, if any. You can paint or write that first to give you an idea of what space is left for your design or write it on a different piece of card or as cut out letters to add later. Also, think about the wording that you will put on the inside. Get gold or silver markers for the writing as a special touch or use a calligraphy pen for a unique birthday message.

What to use

Use of pictures and images Make customised cards by creating an image that your birthday person will not forget. Create photo cards by using pictures of them over the years to surprise and delight them. Images can be cut out of a magazine to create a collage of their favourite things or you can find graphics for your card online..
Painting the card Painting an image is a personal touch or you could use pastels or prints. Tissue paper is great for making layered pictures. You can cut out shapes and build up your picture for a raised effect. Framing of flowers in the card Dried flowers give a sense of nature and home. You can use them to frame another picture or make a nature scene. If you have small children who would like to get involved, you can use finger or hand prints to make a card from them. Envelopes can also be decorated with a print in the corner or a dried pressed flower. Write on the recipient's name in a fancy font and even attach ribbon or tassels around the edges for an impressive finish.

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