I enjoy making hand made birthday cards and have been doing so now for around twenty years. I find it really pleasing, relaxing and rewarding to produce my very own handmade cards. It is a fantastic method to wind down, to sit down with all my papercrafts paraphernalia laid out in front of me and then to really allow the creative juices to flow!

A handmade card may be as elaborate or as straight forward as you choose it to be. A fairly simple layout can be quite stylish and really effective. Straightforward styles are a good choice for the beginner to card making to begin with. Have a go with mounting a die-cut decoupage image on to a card accompanied by a peel off sticker message to finish the greeting card, a super easy design to make without a large amount of gear needed, yet still very attractive and impressive.

After you have perfected simple designs, have a shot at adding to those designs. Bring in another decoration such as a ribbon or perhaps a pre-made topper. Start adding background papers to a part or all the card blank and incorporate glittery or pearlised accents with decorative glues. Instead of a decoupage graphic, have a go at rubber stamping an image onto a sheet of card, colour the rubber stamped picture with coloured pencils or watercolour paints, trim around the stamped image in a rectangle or square shape and then put that rubber stamped picture on top of the card blank. Your new designs will soon grow into bigger, better and more sophisticated designs. Using a very little time and effort you can produce many very impressive designs.

Whenever you sit down to create a Birthday card, the first thing you’ll want to think of is who the card will be for. Is it for a child or an older person, will it be for a male or a female, exactly what are his or her’s interests and hobbies?. It is always good to incorporate something personalized into the birthday card. If for example the card is designed for a golf player, a golf graphic, with golfing embellishments will create a superb birthday card and can suggest that a significant amount of thought has gone into your card.

After you’ve decided upon your theme for your card, you need to choose the colour scheme. A colour scheme for your card can be led through the colours in a decoupage image or a premade embellishment that you’ve previously selected. Pick out a couple of colours from that decoupage image or decoration and make use of those colours through the rest of the card, colour co-ordinating any ribbons, accessories or backing papers to those two colours. If you use a rubber stamped picture then you’ll be able to colour this image using your own colour scheme and develop that scheme using colour co-ordinated additions.

To completely personalise your hand-made birthday card, you could have the person’s name within the theme of the card. This can be accomplished by making use of peel off sticker lettering, alphabet stamp lettering or if you’ve got a steady hand, you could hand write his / her name using a decorative ink or glitter glue.

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

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