Making a Desert Inspired Birthday Card

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January 8, 2016

Desert Inspired Birthday Card - finished cardGet your inspiration from the desert when making this birthday card, suitable for a man. Use colored sand, a small twig, and small pieces of tree bark and turn these into a unique artwork, reminiscent of the beauty of a desert. Definitely the type of card that a nature lover will appreciate!


Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: one card


  • 8. x 5.42 inch pumpkin yellow cardstock
  • colored sand in the following colors: black; orange; light yellow; light blue, and white
  • 8mm wide self-adhesive black lace tape
  • natural 2mm wide jute ribbon
  • small dried twig
  • small pieces of tree bark and small stones
  • piece of brown packaging tape
  • Artline 210 Fineliner black pen
  • standard scissors
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • clear-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)


  1. Score the pumpkin yellow cardstock to create a card sized 5.4" x 4.1".
  2. With the fold at the left, cut an uneven piece from the packaging tape. Glue it to the front of the card with the self-adhesive side facing up.
  3. Desert Inspired Birthday Card - piece of packing tape sticky side up glued to front of card
  4. Dust the tape with the light yellow sand - this will be the desert floor - and shake off any excess sand.
  5. Desert Inspired Birthday Card - tape dusted with sand

  6. Draw the first dune with the pencil. Add glue to the dune, dust it with the orange sand and shake off any excess sand.
  7. Desert Inspired Birthday Card - first dune drawn and orange sand applied to a layer of glue
  8. Add the second dune and use the black sand to color it. Use the black pen to draw over the dunes' pencil lines.
  9. Desert Inspired Birthday Card - smaller dune coated with black sand
  10. Add glue to the sky, and use a combination of blue and white sand to color it.
  11. Desert Inspired Birthday Card - sky created with glue and blue and white sand
  12. Glue the twig to the card to add a dry tree to the desert scene.
  13. Desert Inspired Birthday Card - twig tree glued on

  14. Add the small pieces of tree bark and the small stones.
  15. Desert Inspired Birthday Card - small pebbles and bits of bark added
  16. Add a strip of lace tape to the top and bottom of the card, and cut off any protruding edges.
  17. Desert Inspired Birthday Card - add a strip of lace tape to the top and bottom of the card and trim edges
  18. Make a small bow with the jute ribbon. Glue it to the bottom of the card, and add three birds to the skyline to finish it off.
  19. Desert Inspired Birthday Card - glue on a jute bow above bottom lace tape strip
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