I adore making hand-made birthday celebration cards and have been doing so now for close to twenty years. I have found it highly worthwhile, calming and rewarding to produce my very own handmade cards. It’s a wonderful technique to de-stress, to sit down with all my card making things all spread out before me and then to just allow the creative juices to flow!

A hand crafted card may be as elaborate or as simple as you wish for it to be. A simple theme can be extremely attractive and extremely effective. Straightforward styles are a great choice for the beginner to card making to start out with. You could try mounting a die-cut decoupage picture upon a plain card accompanied by a peel off sticker message to finish the handcrafted card, a quick design to create without much items needed, but still really good-looking and effective.

Once you’ve perfected simple designs, experiment with developing those designs. Put in an additional decoration such as a ribbon or possibly a ready made card topper. Start adding background papers to a portion or all the card blank and add glittery or pearlised highlights with decorative glues. Instead of a decoupage graphic, have a go at rubber stamping an image on to a piece of card, colour the rubber stamped picture with colored pens or watercolour paints, cut around the stamped image in a rectangle or square shape then stick that rubber stamped image on top of the card blank. Your new designs will quickly grow into bigger, improved and more detailed designs. By using a bit of effort you can put together some very impressive designs.

Whenever you start to make a Birthday card, one thing it is advisable to think of is who the greeting card will be for. Is it for a child or an older person, might it be for a woman or for a man, precisely what are their passions and hobbies?. It is usually good to include something personalised to the birthday card. If for example the card will be for a golf enthusiast, a golf image, with golfing embellishments will create a fantastic birthday card and would suggest that plenty of consideration went into your card.

Once you have settled upon your style for the card, you’ll want to determine your colour scheme. A colour scheme for your card could be led from the colours in a decoupage image or a premade embellishment that you’ve previously selected. Choose a couple of colours from that decoupage picture or decoration and employ those colours through the rest of the card, colour co-ordinating any ribbons, accessories or backing papers to those two colours. Should you use a rubber stamped image then you may colour that picture with your personal colour palette and build on that scheme using colour co-ordinated additions.

To fully personalise the handmade birthday card, you could also include the person’s name in the theme of the card. You can do this by employing peel off sticker lettering, clear alphabet stamp lettering or if you’ve got a steady hand, you could hand write their name with a decorative ink or glitter glue.

Finally printing an insert for the card using a nice personal message such as a poem or nice message definitely finishes off your hand made birthday cards.

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