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Birthday card in the shape of a cake with candles.

A homemade birthday card is not only fun to make, but it is a gift in itself, to receive. Children can make cards for friends and family. You don't need expensive tools to handcraft cards, just basic supplies and lots of imagination. This is a guide about homemade birthday cards.

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Special Delivery Birthday Card

Finished card.

Make this birthday card for a family member that lives far away. Ask your local post office to add a postage stamp to the front of the card, and voila! A letter within a letter!

Approximate Time: 30 minutes

Yield: one card

Supplies:

  • provided photo of cosmos flowers
  • 8.2 x 5.7 in light blue marbled cardstock
  • 3.6 x 5.4 in dark pink sugar paper
  • dark pink and light pink paper craft string
  • PhotoScape photo editing program
  • craft glue
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • scanner and printer

PhotoScape photo editing program (version 3.6.3) can be downloaded free of charge from http://www.photoscape.org/

Steps:

  1. Score the 8.2 x 5.7 inches blue marbled card stock length-wise to create a card sized 5.7 x 4.1 inches.
  2. Glue the dark pink and light pink paper craft string lengthwise and crosswise over the dark pink sugar paper, so that it will look like a parcel that has been wrapped.Cording for package effect.
  3. With the fold at the top, glue the wrapped parcel to the front of the card.
  4. Scan the photo onto your computer.photo
  5. With the PhotoScape program, from the different frames that could be added to the photo, choose Stamp 02 and set the width of the frame at 200%.Photo printed with cancellation stamp and text.
  6. Choose object and then choose T to add text to the photo stamp. Add the words "Postage Paid" in pink letters and move the text box to the appropriate position.
  7. Print the photo stamp via PhotoScape, using the D3 (9.5cm x 12.7cm) size option, and cut out the printed photo stamp.
  8. Glue the photo stamp to the front of the card.Photo print out glued to card front.
  9. Add the finishing touches by asking your local post office to add a postage stamp to the front of the card.

Photo 1: The photo used to make the photo stamp.
Photo 2: The completed photo stamp.
Photo 3: Glue the dark pink and light pink paper craft string over the sugar paper.
Photo 4: Glue the photo stamp to the front of the card.
Photo 5: Ask your local post office to add a postage stamp to the front of the card, and voila!

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Baby Bunting Birthday Card

Finished card.

Make this keepsake card for your little baby girl to celebrate her first birthday.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1

Supplies:

  • 8.2 x 5.6 in light blue marbled cardstock
  • pink patterned papers
  • 2 small silver brads
  • 1 pair small wiggle eyes
  • 1 blue flat-back heart rhinestone
  • 1 die-cut message tag ~ for this project, a tag with the message "With Love" was used
  • Artline 750 marker
  • Pilot silver marker pen
  • craft glue
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • bear-shaped cookie cutter
  • matching envelope

Steps:

  1. Score the 8.2 x 5.6 inch blue marbled cardboard in half to create a card sized 5.6 x 4.1 inches.
  2. Cut a piece sized 5.2 x 3.8 inches from one of the pink patterned papers.
  3. With the fold at the top, position and glue the 5.2 x 3.8 inch patterned paper to the front of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.
  4. Use the Artline 750 marker to draw the line from which the bunting flags will hang.
  5. Use the bear-shaped cookie cutter to trace a bear onto a piece of patterned paper and cut it out.Bear cookie cutter and paper bear shape.
  6. Glue the wiggle eyes in place, and use the brads to add two buttons to the bear's tummy.
  7. Cut triangular flags from different pieces of patterned paper.
  8. Use the Pilot silver marker pen to trace around the edges of the bear and the flags. Also make a border around the 5.2 x 3.8 inch pink patterned paper on the front of the card.
  9. Glue the bear and bunting flags in position on the front of the card.
  10. Draw a big 1 on another piece of patterned paper and cut it out.
  11. Glue it in place, and then glue the flat-back rhinestone over the number 1.
  12. Glue the die-cut message in place.

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Picket Fence Butterfly Card

Finished card.

Using country elements, such as a picket fence, flowers and a butterfly, make this delightful birthday card to celebrate the birthday of a country girl.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Yield: one card

Supplies:

  • provided pattern of butterfly and picket fence
  • 8.2 x 6 in sand-colored cardstock
  • white sugar paper
  • black sugar paper
  • Pilot silver marker pen
  • 3 pink paper flowers
  • 3 small pink flat-sided rhinestone beads
  • quick drying glue
  • pencil and ruler
  • pair of standard scissors

Steps:

  1. Score the 8.2 x 6 inch sand-colored cardstock in half to create a card sized 4.1 x 6 inches.
  2. Cut a piece sized 5.4 x 3.6 inches from the black sugar paper. With the fold at the left, position and glue it to the front of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.
  3. Trace and cut the butterfly and the picket fence from the white sugar paper, and glue these to the front of the card.Pattern for butterfly.Pattern for the picket fence.Card with the unadorned butterfly and fence in place.
  4. Glue the paper flowers to the bottom of the picket fence, and add one rhinestone bead to the centre of each flower.Flowers and butterfly detail added.
  5. Use the Pilot silver marker pen to add some detail to the butterflys wings.
  6. Trace and cut the butterfly from the black sugar paper. Cut out the inside of the butterfly's wings, so that you will be left with only a skeleton of the black butterfly.Black outline of butterfly.
  7. Glue the butterfly skeleton on top of the white butterfly. Do not glue it down completely ~ only affix the black butterflys body to the body of the first. The wings must be loose and be able to move.
  8. Use the Pilot silver marker pen to add the butterfly's antennae.

Photos included:
Photo 1: The pattern for the butterfly.
Photo 2: The pattern for the picket fence.
Photo 3: Glue the butterfly and picket fence to the front of the card.
Photo 4: Add the flowers to the bottom of the picket fence.
Photo 5: The skeleton of the black butterfly.
Photo 6: The completed card.

Finished card.

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Patriotic Birthday Card

Finished card.

Use a combination of red, white, and blue card stock to make this card for the patriotic significant other in your life.

Approximate Time: 15 minutes

Supplies:

  • 1 piece - 8.2 x 6 inches, blue and white striped cardstock
  • 1 piece - 3.6 x 5.4 inches, light blue marbled cardstock
  • 1 piece - 3.1 x 4.5 inches, red corrugated cardstock
  • 1 piece - 4.1 x 3 inches, blue cardstock
  • 1 piece - 20 inches long by 0.2 inches wide of matching decorative red fabric ribbon
  • 15 light blue glitter faceted crystal stickers
  • 3 white paper flowers
  • heart-shaped paper punch
  • craft glue
  • pencil
  • pattern edged scissors
  • ruler
  • 1 matching light blue marbled envelope
  • scissors or craft knife

Steps:

  1. Score the blue and white striped cardstock length-wise to create a card sized 4.1 inches x 6 inches.Score the blue and white striped cardstock length-wise.
  2. Cut the light blue marbled cardstock slightly smaller with the pattern edged scissors.
  3. With the fold at the top, position and glue the light blue marbled cardstock to the front of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.Position and glue the light blue marbled cardstock to the front of the card.
  4. Now use the red corrugated cardstock. Leaving a space of 0.5 inch from the outer edges of this piece, cut out the inside so that you will have a red frame.
  5. Position and glue the red corrugated frame to the front of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges. Position and glue the red corrugated frame to the front of the card.
  6. Punch hearts from the blue card stock.
  7. Glue four hearts to the back of each paper flower.
  8. Glue the three paper flowers in place on the front of the card.
  9. Add red decorative fabric ribbon all around the red corrugated frame and cut off any protruding pieces.
  10. Add a glitter faceted crystal sticker to the center of each flower, as well as to the ribbon on each corner of the frame.

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Butterfly Birthday Card

Completed card.Make this simple, yet elegant, card to convey birthday wishes to a special family member.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Supplies:

  • two pieces of light purple marbled card stock: 8.2 inches x 5.6 inches for the card and 5.2 inches x 3.5 inches for the frame
  • two pieces of dark purple paper: 5.4 inches x 3.7 inches for front of card and 8 inches x 5.4 inches for inside of card
  • light purple paper, sized 5.2 inches x 3.5 inches
  • two similar butterflies, cut from scrapbook paper (or use printed butterflies from the given design)
  • four short bristles cut from a broom
  • pencil
  • a pair of standard scissors
  • ruler
  • purple satin ribbon, 0.3 inches wide
  • quick-drying glue

Instructions:

  1. Fold the 8.2 inches x 5.6 inches marbled card stock crosswise in half to create a card 5.6 inches x 4.1 inches ~ use the ruler to make the fold neat and smooth.
  2. With the fold at the top, center and glue the 5.4 inches x 3.7 inches piece of dark purple paper to the front of the card.
  3. Take the 5.2 inches x 3.5 inches of marbled card stock and cut out the inside, leaving a space of 0.5 inches from the outer edges of this piece to make a "frame".
  4. Glue the light purple paper to the back of the frame.
  5. Center and glue the frame to the front of the card.
  6. Glue purple ribbon all around the frame, where the card stock ends and the light purple paper starts.
  7. Butterfly design for card.

  8. Glue the two butterflies to the front of the card, and add two bristles for each butterfly. The bristles will be the antennae.
  9. Fold the 8.0 inches x 5.4 inches dark purple paper crosswise in half and glue it to the inside of the card to write a message.

Photos included:
The butterfly design used for the card.
The completed card.

By BessieBessie from Pretoria, Gauteng

Miniature Art Birthday Card

Finished card.

Use a printout of the provided miniature artwork of a country scene, and create a delightful birthday card for a country girl.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 card

Supplies:

  • 1 printout of the provided artwork
  • 8.2 x 5.4 in suitable pink printed cardstock
  • 5.1 x 3.7 in light pink sugar paper
  • 4 x 3.1 in purple corrugated cardstock
  • dark pink craft foil
  • Foilart Super-tack glue pen
  • small natural wooden letters to spell out "Happy Birthday"
  • white and pink square grid ribbon
  • 1 medium-sized dark pink flat-sided rhinestone bead
  • quick drying glue
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • pair of standard scissors

Steps:

  1. Score the 8.2 x 5.4 inches pink printed cardstock in half to create a card sized 4.1 x 5.4 inches.
  2. With the fold at the left, position and glue the light pink sugar paper to the front of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.Pink paper glued to front.
  3. Add a little bit of Super-tack glue to the top of all the letters.
  4. Allow the Super-tack glue to dry for about 15 minutes. When the glue is wet, it is blue, but when it is dry it becomes transparent.
  5. Press foil down on the glue. Remember that of course - the pink side of the foil must be on top.
  6. Rub the foil over the areas where you have added glue with the Super-tack glue pen.
  7. Carefully lift the foil. On the areas where you have added glue with the Super-tack pen, some of the foil will stay behind, thereby highlighting certain areas or features of the letters.
  8. Glue the letters to the front of the card.Glue letters to front of card.
  9. Glue the purple corrugated cardstock to the bottom left corner of the card.Glue on purple corrugated paper.
  10. Cut out the printout of the artwork and glue it in place.Printout of artwork.
  11. Make a bow with the ribbon and glue it in place below the artwork.
  12. Finish it off by adding the rhinestone bead.

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Summer Love Birthday Card

finished card

Make a card with pink smiling flowers on the front of the card. Add some colorful grass and a cheerful message, and you are ready to send summer wishes to a friend on her birthday.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Yield: one card

Supplies:

  • 5.2 x 3.6 in A4-sheet of gray marbled paper
  • small piece of pink scrapbook paper
  • small piece of light pink sugar paper
  • leaf-green cardstock
  • pink and blue square grid Washi tape
  • 6 small silver brads
  • self-adhesive pink alphabet gem stickers
  • colored felt-tip pens
  • large petal palm punch from XCut, code XCU 261811
  • leaf-shaped paper punch
  • sewing needle
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • pair of standard scissors
  • quick-drying glue

Steps:

  1. With the longest sides of the gray paper on the top and bottom, fold the A4 sheet of paper first from top to bottom and then from left to right.folded gray paper
  2. With the first fold at the top and the second fold at the left, centre and glue the piece cut from the printer paper to the front of the card.
  3. Punch 3 petal flowers from the scrapbook paper and 3 from the light pink sugar paper.
  4. Use the needle to make two small holes close to one another in a sugar paper flower. Push the brad prongs gently through each hole. Now make two small holes close to one another in the scrapbook paper flower and add it to the back of the sugar paper flower. Turn the flowers over and spread the brad prongs apart on the back side. The brads will keep the flowers in place and will imitate the flowers eyes. Do the same with the other two flowers.
  5. Use a black colored felt-tip pen to add a mouth and nose for the flowers.
  6. Glue the flowers to the front of the card. flowers shapes with brad eyes
  7. Use a green colored felt-tip pen to add stems to the flowers.
  8. Punch leaves from the leaf green cardstock and glue them in place.
  9. Use the colored felt-tip pens to add some grass and small flowers to the bottom of the card.card with flowers, and added grass
  10. Use the pink alphabet gem stickers to spell the word SUMMER LOVE on the top of the card.
  11. Add Washi tape to the left and right side of the card, and cut off any protruding edges.

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Leaf and Button Print Birthday Card

finished card with photo corners, yellow paint detail rose leaf printsadding large button flowersadditional smaller flowers and details

Use ordinary household objects such as leaves, buttons, and a screw, to do printing on paper. Add some details and make a card with a floral arrangement to wish a special friend a happy birthday.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Yield: one card

Supplies:

  • 8.6 x 8.2 in dark pink marbled cardstock
  • 7.4 x 4 in dark pink sugar paper
  • 7 x 3.7 in white sugar paper
  • 2 suitable buttons, one that must be flower-shaped
  • fresh leaves cut from a miniature rose tree
  • 0.4 in wide Phillips oval head screw
  • acrylic paint in the following colors: plum, sweet memories, flesh and gray
  • Acrilex Acrilpen fabric markers in the following colors: 513 Verde Musgo (dark green); 537 Rosa (pink) and 505 Amarelo Ouro (bright yellow)
  • Pilot silver marker pen
  • 4 black-and-silver photo corners (Cute Tee
  • paintbrush
  • craft roller
  • glue
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • standard scissors
  • one sheet of ordinary printer paper

Steps:

  1. Score the dark pink marbled cardstock lengthwise to create a card sized 8.2" x 4.3".
  2. With the fold at the left, position and glue the dark pink sugar paper to the front of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.
  3. Use the paint brush and the plum paint. Paint the back of the leaves and gently place them on the white sugar paper. Cover the leaves with the sheet of ordinary printer paper and roll over the leaves with the roller. The plum paint will now transfer to the sugar paper, leaving an imprint of the leaves on the paper.
  4. Lift the sheet of ordinary printer paper and gently remove the leaves.
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 with the rest of the leaves.
  6. Use the flower-shaped button and the sweet memories paint to add some flowers to the arrangement. Add paint with the paintbrush, place the button onto the white sugar paper and lightly apply pressure to leave a flower imprint onto the paper.
  7. Use the grey paint and the second button to add fan-like shapes to the arrangement.
  8. Lastly, add smaller flowers with the flesh paint and the head of the screw.
  9. Use the Acrilex fabric markers and the Pilot silver marker pen to add detail to the arrangement.
  10. Use the Pilot silver marker pen to add a border pattern all around the white sugar paper.
  11. Position and glue the white sugar paper to the front of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.
  12. Lastly, add the four photo corners to the white sugar paper.

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Shabby Chic Vintage Card

finished card

Use a selection of embellishments and stamping techniques, and create a card with a vintage feel. The card can be ideal as a birthday card for an older lady, or by adding a touching message, it can be turned into a special card for Mother's Day. This vintage card is sure to be cherished by the recipient.

Approximate Time: 25 minutes

Yield: one card

Supplies:

  • 12 x 12 in sheet from Vintage Christmas Paper Pad (product code CO723551) from www.couturecreations.com.au
  • A4 vanilla-colored cardstock
  • 2.5 x 1.7 in natural Hessian (burlap)
  • 2 in wooden cut-out bird cage
  • 1 in wide cream-colored lace
  • 0.5 in wide matching belt ribbon
  • ivory-colored button
  • caramel-colored paper craft string
  • 3D self-adhesive foam squares
  • Jablo
  • pink and green ink pads
  • Spray & Sparkle Gold Glitter Varnish
  • tea bag
  • box of matches
  • fine paintbrush
  • pair of standard scissors
  • quick drying glue
  • pencil
  • ruler

Steps:

  1. From the vanilla-colored cardstock, cut the following two pieces: 8.2" x 5.6" and 1.6" x 3"
  2. Steep the tea bag in half a cup of hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the tea bag from the water and allow the bag to cool before proceeding with the next step.
  3. Take the two pieces cut from the vanilla-colored cardstock, and give the front and back of both sides of cardstock an aged look by rubbing or dabbing the tea bag on the cardstock.
  4. Place the two pieces of stained cardstock on a flat surface. Place a heavy book on top of them and allow them to dry completely.
  5. Score the 8.2 x 5.6 stained cardstock in half to create a card sized 5.6 x 4.1.tea stained paper
  6. Cut a piece sized 5.3 x 3.4 from the scrapbook paper. With the fold at the top, centre and glue the scrapbook paper to the front of the card.
  7. Glue the lace to the bottom of the card. Glue the belt ribbon in place just below the top edge of the lace and cut off any protruding edges. decorative paper and lace
  8. Use the paint brush to apply an even layer of the pink ink onto the flower section of the Jablos stamp. Clean the brush and now apply green ink to the stamps stem and leaves. Transfer the image onto the small stained piece of cardstock and then carefully lift the stamp. Allow the stamped image to dry thoroughly before continuing with the next step.
  9. Burn the edges of the small piece of stained cardstock with matches to create an antique effect. Use your finger to lightly brush some of the ash over the stamped rose, to also give the rose an antique effect.finished stamped and antiques rose embellishment
  10. Give the bird cage an antique look by dragging a lit match close to the bird cage in a circular motion. You will see darker shapes forming on the surface of the cage. Note: Do not hold the match too close to the cut-out of the cage, as you do not want to damage it.vintage treatment on bird cage embellishment
  11. Spray the small piece of stained cardstock (with the rose) and the birdcage with a quick layer of the Spray & Sparkle Gold Glitter Varnish and allow to dry thoroughly.
  12. Use the 3D self-adhesive foam squares to add the stamped rose to the left of the card.
  13. Glue the piece of Hessian in place on the right, and glue the birdcage in place on top of the Hessian.
  14. Thread the paper craft string through the buttons holes and glue the button in place. Neatly cut off the ends of the paper craft string.
finished card

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Vintage Photo Birthday Card

Vintage Photo Birthday Card

Use an old black and white photo to make a special birthday card for a female family member that will stir some memories of days gone by.

Approximate Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 1 card

Supplies:

  • an old black and white photo
  • 12 x 12 in Deja-vu scrapbook paper from KaiserCraft Charlotte's Dream Collection, product code P820 ~ see http://www.kaisercraft.com.au/
  • 4 x 5.4 in natural Hessian (burlap)
  • four 2 inch natural skeleton leaves
  • photo editing program
  • scanner and printer
  • quick drying glue
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • pair of standard scissors
  • heart-shaped paper punch

Steps:

  1. Cut a piece sized 6x9 inches from the Deja-vu scrapbook paper.
  2. Score the 6x9 inch scrapbook paper in half to create a card sized 6x4.5 inches. The floral side must be on the inside of the card.
  3. With the fold at the left, center and glue the Hessian on the front of the card.
  4. Cut a second piece sized 3.5x5 inches from the Deja-vu scrapbook paper.
  5. With the floral side facing up, center and glue the 3.5x5 inch piece of scrapbook paper to the front of the card.
  6. Scan the photo onto your computer.Vintage Photo Birthday Card
  7. With the photo program, click on the Bright/Color-button and then choose Sepia to change the color of the photo.
  8. From the different frames that could be added to the photo, choose Antique Photo 01. This will give the photo an even more aged look.
  9. Print the photo via PhotoScape, using the 3x4 inches size option, and cut out the printed photo.
  10. Center and glue the printed photo to the front of the card.
  11. Glue two skeleton leaves at the top left corner of the printed photo, and two at the bottom right corner.
  12. Use the heart-shaped punch to punch six hearts from the Deja-vu scrapbook paper and glue them in place over the skeleton leaves.

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Craft Project: Birthday Wish Card

A delightful birthday card for a young child.

Approximate Time: 30 minutes

Supplies:

  • pink and white cardstock
  • patterned paper: floral and stripe
  • 3/8 inch pink satin ribbon
  • 1 pink button
  • 1 1/2 inch circle punch
  • 2 inch circle scallop punch
  • large and small scallop-edge scissors
  • 1/16 inch hole punch
  • double-sided and foam dot adhesive
  • glue

Instructions:

Fold 8x6 inch pink cardstock in half to make a card.

Trim the top edge with large scallop-edge scissors, then use the hole punch to punch holes on each scalloped edges.

Cut a piece of pink stripe paper into 4 inch square. Adhere to bottom of card.

Cut 4 x 1 1/2 inch floral paper; use small scallop-edge scissors to trim the top edge. Adhere to card as shown.

Glue pink ribbon to the center. Attach pink bow with a dot of glue.

Glue on button at the center.

Punch out 1 1/2 inch circle from white cardstock. Apply 'wish' rub-on or sticker on white circle.

Mat it to the 2 inch floral circle scallop. Use foam dot adhesive to adhere the floral circle scallop to the card.

Use any leftover cardstock and patterned paper to create a coordinating bookmark.

By Maricel from Fairfax, VA

Hatching Chick Birthday Card

Make a cute birthday card easily using basic paper cutting and pasting skills.

Approximate Time: about an hour

Supplies:

  • colored papers
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • colors
  • glue
  • pieces of cardboard
Hatching Chick Birthday Card Supplies

Instructions:

  1. Fold a piece of white paper. Making the card

  2. Cut a rectangular piece of colored paper and paste it on the white sheet as shown.

  3. Draw the outline of the chick on a yellow paper, as shown, and cut along the edges.

  4. Then, cut the shape of wings out of orange paper in and paste on the chick body. Chicken Cutout

  5. Draw the face on the chick.

  6. With a white piece of paper (the thicker the better) cut out the shape of the egg shells.

  7. Paste some pieces of cardboard behind the shell pieces, to get the elevated feel when pasted on the card. Hatching Chick Card

  8. Stick the chicken on the card. Then, glue the egg-shells on top of it.

  9. Glue some more white paper cut-outs around it, as shown. Hatching Chick Card

Finally, write your message.And...its done!

By Gunja from West Bengal, India Hatching Chick Card

Vintage Birthday Card

Use an old black and white photo to make a special birthday card that will stir some memories of days gone by.

Approximate Time: 30 minutes

Supplies:

  • a suitable old black and white photo
  • 8.2 inches x 6 inches lightly textured tan-colored cardboard
  • 3.2 inches x 5.5 inches marbled tan-colored cardboard
  • old gold acrylic paint
  • one paper lace tray liner
    see http://www.partyatlewis.com/ for a possible supplier
  • 14-16 pearl heart pony beads
    see http://www.smokymountaincraftsupplies.com/pony-beads-heartpearl.html for a possible supplier
  • one ordinary sheet of tan-colored paper
  • one matching envelope
  • PhotoScape photo editing program (version 3.6), which can be downloaded free of charge from http://www.photoscape.org/.
  • scanner and printer
  • fine paintbrush
  • quick drying glue
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • pair of standard scissors

Instructions:

  1. Fold the 8.2 inches x 6 inches textured tan-colored cardboard crosswise in half to create a card 6 inches x 4.1 inches ~ use the ruler to make the fold neat and smooth.
  2. Cut two strips with a length of 5.5 inches each from the tray liner.
  3. Gluing tray liner strips to card.

  4. With the fold at the left, glue each of these on the left and right side of the card.
  5. Center and glue the 3.2 inches x 5.5 inches marbled tan-colored cardboard to the front of the card.
  6. Glue marbled tan-colored cardboard to front center of card.

  7. Scan the photo onto your computer.
  8. With the PhotoScape program, click on the Bright/Color-button and then choose Sepia to change the color of the photo.
  9. Next, add an antique photo filter (nr 4). This will give the photo an even more aged look.
  10. From the different frames that could be added to the photo, choose the Antique 02 frame and set the width at 200%.
  11. Save the adjusted photo onto your computer. Then, print the photo via PhotoScape, using the 3 x 4 inches size option.
  12. Cut out the printed photo.
  13. Use the old gold acrylic paint and the fine paintbrush to add some detail to the marbled cardboard.
  14. Old gold acrylic paint detail on tan marbled paper.

  15. Center and glue the printed photo to the front of the card.
  16. Photo glued to front of card.

  17. Glue the pearl heart pony beads around the photo to make a frame.
  18. Finished card.

  19. From the sheet of ordinary tan paper, cut a piece sized 7.6 inches x 5.6 inches and fold it crosswise in half. Glue to the inside of the card to write a message.

Photos included:
Photo 1: The original photo used for the project.
Photo 2: Cut two strips from the tray liner and glue each of these on the left and right side of the card.
Photo 3: Center and glue marbled tan-colored cardboard to the front of the card.
Photo 4: Use the old gold acrylic paint to add some detail to the marbled cardstock.
Photo 5: Center and glue the printed photo to the front of the card.
Photo 6: The completed card.

By BessieBessie from Pretoria, Gauteng

Craft Project: Fragile Package Card

I recently downloaded a beautiful photo from http://www.canstockphoto.com, a stock photo site that offers downloads at very affordable rates. It was a photo of a small kitten peeking out of a box. The photo was taken by a photographer called Bedaloga (you can see his profile at http://www.canstockphoto.com//Bedolaga/). This photo inspired me to make a birthday card that is a bit different.

Approximate Time: 45 minutes

Supplies:

  • a suitable photo
    If you want to use the same, download it for a small fee at http://www.canstockphoto.com//Bedolaga/.
  • a photo editing program
    I used PhotoScape version 3.5, which can be downloaded free of charge from http://www.photoscape.org/.
  • 8.2" x 5.6" black-colored cardboard
  • 8.27" × 11.69" light brown cardboard
  • one fragile sticker
    I got one free of charge at our local post office.
  • 26 inches of 1 inch wide red organza ribbon
  • one sheet of ordinary white printer paper
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • pair of standard scissors
  • quick-drying glue
  • a few drops of strong bonding glue
  • one light brown envelope

Instructions:

  1. Open the downloaded photo on your computer, and suitably resize it with the PhotoScape program.

  2. Click on the Object-button and choose "T", which allows you to insert a text box onto the photo. Write "Happy Birthday" as your message, choose Tahoma as text, red as the color, and 100 as the size. Then, use the on-screen arrows to correctly position the message over the photo.

  3. Now choose the Filter button and click on Region (Out of Focus). Choose the black Radial option, with the settings 90% for the Size and 35% for the Feather.

  4. Print the photo on ordinary white printer paper. Happy Birthday Kitty

  5. Fold black cardboard in half to create a card 4.1" x 5.6" ~ use the ruler to make the fold neat and smooth.

  6. From the light brown cardboard, cut the following four pieces of cardboard: Two pieces sized 2.6 x 5.4 inches and two pieces sized 3.4 x 4.05 inches. These four pieces of cardboard will become the flaps of a "packaging" box. Fragile Package Card Steps 1-4

  7. Take the two 2.6 x 5.4 inch pieces, and fold both of them as illustrated in sketch 1.

  8. Take the two 3.4 x 4.05 inch pieces, and fold both of them as illustrated in sketch 2.

  9. Fold the four flaps into each other as you would expect to fold the flaps of a box when closing a packing box, and glue them together.

  10. Stick the fragile sticker diagonally over the folded flaps. Fragile Sticker on card

  11. Tie the ribbon around the "box" and make a bow. Tie a bow

  12. Add a few drops of strong bonding glue to the knot of the bow, so that the bow won't come loose.

  13. Glue the "box" to the front of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.

  14. Cut out the printout from the photo and glue it to the inside of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.

Note: If you download images from http://www.canstockphoto.com/, there will be no watermark on the images.

By BessieBessie from Pretoria, Gauteng Fragile Package Card

Craft Project: Cupcake Birthday Cake Card

Step by step process of making a fun birthday card using paper cut-outs.

Approximate Time: bit more than an hour

Supplies:

  • scraps of colored paper
  • scissors or paper-cutting knife
  • glue
  • scale
  • pencil
  • sketch-pens

Instructions:

B-Day Card Suppies

Note : I used colored papers to make it faster. If you don't have them, you can color white sheets of paper with paint or crayons and use them instead; it'll be more fun too :)

  1. Take a rectangular piece of paper (I used the yellow one). Draw the outline (as shown in the image) and cut it accordingly.
  2. Cupcake Birthday Cake Card Step 1

  3. Take another piece of paper, its height about one-third the previous one (I chose a pink paper for this). Draw the given outline and cut it in the same way.
  4. Cupcake Birthday Cake Card Step 2

  5. Fold the sides of the pink cut-out and paste it on the yellow one to make a pocket (as shown).
  6. Cupcake Birthday Cake Card Step 3

  7. Cut pieces of paper and glue them on the pocket as added decorations. You can even try out the popped cones for fun. For that, cut a slit in a square paper and glue the cut edges to make the cone shape and cut the base round. (see image)
  8. Cupcake Birthday Cake Card Step 4

  9. Glue round shapes to decorate the top.You can even glue a rectangular piece and a flame-shaped cut-out to make the candle on top. Then, finally you can put a paper with your message in the pocket.
  10. Cupcake Birthday Cake Card Step 5

And it's done!

By Gunja from West Bengal, India

Craft Project: Circus Birthday Card

Who doesn't like the excitement of the circus?
Bring that same excitement to the eyes of a child with this bright birthday card.

Approximate Time: 1 hour

Supplies:

  • sheet of cardstock for card
  • scraps of cardstock
  • computer and printer for clipart
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • fine tip marker
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • tacky glue
  • rubber stamps- happy birthday, celebrate
  • stamp pads
  • pattern sheet
  • rotary cuter if you have one

Instructions:

  1. Fold your cardstock in half. When you make the circus tent you will end up with two completed tents; you could use one on the inside or save one for another card. Print out the pattern sheet and cut two of the circus tent, one from white and one from red cardstock.

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  2. Divide one of the tents into vertical strips; it will divide equally into 14 one cm strips. (You could cut one from white and color every other one with a red crayon or marker, but I really like the looks of the actual strips.)

  3. Lay the two tents one on top of the other and hold securely while cutting on the lines if you have a rotary cutter or scissors. If you want draw the lines on both tents and cut with scissors, be exact when drawing your spacing. I keep my used rotary blades and use them on paper; saving my new ones for fabric.

  4. Keep the strips in line both color and shape wise. Now slide one from one color up and the same one in the opposite color down, repeat with each strip until you make the alternating pattern for two circus tents.

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  5. When you are ready to assemble your tents draw a light pencil line where you want the bottom of the tent and starting at one end put glue on the first strip, line it up with the line, continue across butting them tightly together.
    Make sure they are the same length before you put glue on the next piece.

  6. Cut a 3 1/2 inch piece from both red and white cardstock for your entrance; slit the red one in the center all but 1/4 inch. Fold the slit ends back.

  7. If you have a brown stamp pad lightly tap the center of the white one to make it look dirty. Crayons would do the same thing or whatever you have. I printed out the "Circus Time", but you could print it on if you so choose; center in on the tent and glue in on.

    circus15.400x254.jpg

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  8. Use your rubber stamps and randomly stamp on the front and the bottom of the inside around the edges. Leave room to write a message in the center or glue a torn piece of cardstock to write on.

  9. Have fun adding the characters as you want. How many clowns, balloons, and other characters you print and use are up to you.
    I use http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images a lot to download free clipart. It is a great site; some of it is copyrighted and is only for sale, but a lot is free for using.
    You can copy and paste or save the pictures into your pictures folders or paste right into your project.

Have fun with your Circus Card and watch the smiles come out as the boy or girl enjoys their time with the clowns!

By Cabin Annie from Loup City, NE

Dragonfly Card

Dragonfly cut out on a card with flowers and a borderMake a hand-painted birthday card for a special family member.

Approximate Time: 1 hour

Supplies:

  • 9.8 inch x 6.9 inch light brown striped cardboard
  • 5.7 inch x 4.3 inch white cardboard
  • one foam dragonfly (available from scrapbook wholesalers)
  • 24 inch pink florist ribbon
  • student watercolors set with 12 colors, you will need blue, green, yellow, and orange from this set
  • acrylic paint in two colors: Blush Pink Pearl and magenta
  • thin paintbrush
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • pair of standard scissors
  • quick-drying glue

Instructions:

  1. Fold the light brown striped cardboard in half to create a card 6.9 inches x 4.9 inches; use the ruler to make the fold neat and smooth.
  2. Turn the 5.7 inch x 4.3 inch white cardboard so that the 5.7 inch sides will be at the top and bottom.
  3. Using the watercolors, start by painting a design on the white cardboard. Start with the water, and ensure that the paint is applied darker towards the sea-line, as to create depth.
  4. Using green watercolor, as well as a combination of yellow-green and yellow-orange-green, add reeds to the edge of the water.
  5. At the bottom of the reeds, add small flowers with the acrylic paint in two colors: Blush Pink Pearl and magenta.
  6. Paste the dragonfly above the water.

By BessieBessie from Pretoria, Gauteng

Birthday Cake Card

Step by step instructions on how to easily make a cute birthday card that looks like a chocolate cake, using the simplest household stationery. Finished Cake Card

Approximate Time: less than 1 hour

Supplies:

  • sheets of white paper, both thick and thin
  • scissors
  • glue
  • scale
  • paint
  • paintbrush
  • coloring pens
Cake Card Supplies

Instructions:

Making the card :

  1. Cut the thicker paper in a rectangular shape and fold it in half. Cut its edges round, as in the picture. Color the front flap with brown paint (I used watercolor, you can use whatever medium you like :). Cake Card Paper

  2. Taking the width of the card as reference, draw a cloud-like shape (as in the picture) on the remaining thick paper. Cut along its edges. Cake Card Icing Template

  3. Taking the reference of the cut-out, draw rounded curves at the top corners of the card and cut them, as in the picture (so the brown part isn't visible from beneath. Cake Card Icing on top

  4. Color the cut-out and cut a slit at its mid-part. Slit in icing of cake card

  5. Stick the cut-out on top of the card (take care not to glue the slit :). Cake Card Step 6

  6. Cut a narrow strip from the remaining thick-paper. Cut its two ends like the flames of a candle (as in the picture). Fold it. Color it. Put it inside the slit of the white cut-out top. Candles for Cake Card Craft

Making the envelope :

  1. Fold the thinner paper in half and color its top flap. Making Envelope for Cake Card

  2. Place the card on top of it and taking reference from it, draw straight lines on all three sides (as in the picture). Cut along the side and the bottom lines. For the top line, cut only the upper flap of paper. Glue the side and the bottom. Making Envelope for Cake Card 2

  3. Fold the back flap forward. Draw curved lines on its edge (as shown). Cake Card Envelope

  4. Cut along the curved lines. Cake Card Envelope with Fancy Edging

Write your message, and it's done!

By Gunja from Kolkata, West Bengal

Butterfly Birthday Card with Matching Gift Tag

Make a birthday card and a matching gift tag, using butterflies and paper flowers. Butterfly Birthday Card

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Supplies:

  • A4 sheet (8.5 x 11 inches) of pink-colored cardboard
  • A4 sheet (8.5 x 11 inches) of cream-colored cardboard
  • two foil embossed stickers of butterflies
  • four white paper flowers
  • two die-cut message tags
    I used tags with the messages "It's Your Birthday" for the card and "From Me To You" for the gift tag.
  • 40 inches of 0.2" pink Swiss Dot organza ribbon (pink with white polka dots) ~ see http://www.craftyribbons.com/ for a possible supplier
  • 3D self-adhesive foam squares
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • pair of standard scissors
  • quick-drying glue
  • standard paper punch
  • matching envelope

Instructions:

Birthday Card:

  1. From the A4 sheet of pink cardboard, cut a piece of cardboard sized 8.2" x 5.6" and fold in half to create a card 5.6" x 4.1" ~ use the ruler to make the fold neat and smooth.
  2. Cut two pieces sized 3.6" x 5.2" from the cream-colored cardboard.
  3. Use one of the 3.6" x 5.2" pieces of cream-colored cardboard to make a "frame" ~ leaving a space of 0.6" from the outer edges of this piece, cut out the inside.
  4.  cream-colored cardboard to make a frame

  5. Glue the frame to the front of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.
  6. Glue the frame to the front of the card

  7. Add Swiss Dot organza ribbon all around the frame and cut off any protruding pieces.
  8. Ribbon Boarder on Frame

  9. Glue three of the paper flowers in place at the bottom of the frame.
  10. Add the flowers and the butterfly

  11. Remove one of the butterfly stickers from its backing and stick it in the upper left corner.
  12. Create a 3D effect for the die-cut message tag. Use the self-adhesive foam squares to lift the tag from the background.
  13. Glue the second piece of cream-colored cardboard to the inside of the card, where you can write a message.

Gift Tag:

  1. From the left-over pink cardboard, cut a piece 2.6 inches x 3.9 inches.
  2. From the left-over cream cardboard, cut a piece sized 2.3 inches x 3.4 inches and glue it to the front of the 2.6" x 3.9" pink cardboard, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.
  3. Remove the second butterfly sticker from its backing and stick it on the left-hand side of the gift tag.
  4. Glue the paper flower in place on the right-hand side of the gift tag.
  5. Add the “From Me To You” die-cut message tag.
  6. Punch a hole through one of the corners of the tag and thread a piece of the Swiss Dot organza ribbon through the hole.
  7. Butterfly Birthday Gift Tag

By BessieBessie from Pretoria, Gauteng

Apple Card and Tag

Apple Card and Tag

Apple Card and Tag

This folded apple note card with a matching gift tag is made from cardstock in natural red, ivory, brown, and green. Ideal to send as a birthday greeting for children or simply to say hello to a friend. You might also like to make a batch of these for gift-giving.

Approximate Time: 30 minutes

Supplies:

  • 8.5 x 11 inch cardstock in red, ivory, brown, and green
  • double-sided adhesive
  • white paper
  • envelope
  • pencil
  • scissors

Instructions

  1. Fold the red cardstock into half. Trace the apple pattern. Cut out.
  2. Make tracings of leaf and stem. Cut out the leaf from green cardstock, and stem from brown cardstock using the scissors. Attach them with double-sided adhesive on top of card.
  3. Use the half-slice apple pattern to cut from ivory cardstock. Adhere.
  4. Draw seeds from brown cardstock. Cut out. Adhere centrally onto card.
  5. Use the small patterns and any excess cardstock to create a tag.
  6. Trace another apple-shape onto white paper. Cut it out and adhere inside of card for writing.

Click Here for the Apple Card Pattern.

Click Here for the Apple Half Slice Pattern.

By Maricel from Fairfax, VA

Tip: Perfumed Handmade Card

birthday cardThis is a Perfumed Handmade Card.

Yes you read it right! This card smell like perfume!!

How did I get it? Well do you see the white paper?! Not long ago it was a perfume sample ;-)

By Orquidea from Porto, Portugal

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