How to Design & Print Your Own Birthday Cards

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How to Design & Print Your Own Birthday Cards
Create a personalised birthday card for your loved one. (Happy Birthday Card. image by Trish from Fotolia.com)

A birthday card is a special way to show someone you care, and creating a card using your own pictures and words is especially thoughtful. Birthday cards can often be quite expensive, but if you have Microsoft Word, paper and a printer you can create a personal, beautiful birthday card at no cost. Follow a few simple steps and create a birthday card that will be treasured for years to come.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Microsoft Word
  • Printer

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Instructions

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    Start Microsoft Word 2007. Click on the circular button in the top left-hand corner that looks like a coloured outline of the Windows symbol, and choose "New" from the drop-down menu. This will open the "New Document" menu. Choose "Greeting Cards" from the left column. The "Greeting Cards" menu will open with a list of different types of cards. Click on "Occasions and Events" in the list. Another menu will open in place of the card selection list, filled with birthday card and other card templates.

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    Choose the birthday card template and layout you like best, then click "Download." This will open the selected card as a new Word document.

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    Customise the card any way you like. Select images by right-clicking on them and choosing "Cut." Add a picture by clicking on "Insert" in the toolbar at the top of the page, then click "Picture" or "Clip Art," and at the prompt, browse the folder containing the desired image. Pictures will usually be saved in your "My Documents" or "My Pictures" folders and can be digital photos, images downloaded from the Internet, pictures you've scanned into your computer or even drawings you've created using the computer. Click the image you want to use and click "Insert," placing the picture on your card. Microsoft Word will then allow you to click the edges of the picture and drag to change its size --- clicking and dragging an edge will stretch the picture in that direction, while clicking and dragging a corner will allow you to change the size while keeping the picture's original dimensions.

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    Click on any text you wish to change. Go to "Format" in the main toolbar and choose "Edit Text" on the left side. This will open another window with the sample text that is already included on the template. Change the text, font style and size to suit your preferences, and click "OK." Just like with the images, dragging the edges of the text box will change its size. If you'd like to add additional text, go to "Insert," then click "Text Box" from the menu and select a text box you'd like to add. Re-size the text box, place it where you'd like it and click "Home" on the toolbar. This will take you to Word's main toolbar, from which you can adjust the font as you wish.

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    Turn on your printer and load the paper. Click the Office icon in the top left-hand corner of your screen, choose "Print" and select "Print Preview" to ensure your card will be printed the way you want. Click the red "X" at the top right-hand corner of the page to close the preview window. Choose the Office icon again, go to "Print" from the menu, and click "Print" in the sub-menu. Click "OK" to print your card. If you've printed a bifold card, fold the card in half so the image you chose for the front appears on the front of the card. If you've created a quarter-fold card, your front page will be on the bottom right quadrant, and the inside of your card will be upside-down on the top half of the page. Fold the paper in half so that the outside of the card is facing you and the inside of the card is on the other side. Then fold the left half of the card behind the right half, so that the front page of the card is in the correct position.

  1. 1

    Go to a card creation site, such as 123printcards.com, dltk-cards.com or bluemountain.com.

  2. 2

    Choose a birthday card you like and customise it according to the directions provided on the website. Most sites will allow you to customise images and fonts. Enter the text you wish to appear on your card.

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    Load paper into your printer and click the option to print your card. If you've printed a bifold card, fold the card in half so the image you chose for the front appears on the front of the card. If you've created a quarter-fold card, your front page will be on the bottom right quadrant and the inside of your card will be upside-down on the top half of the page. Fold the paper in half so that the outside of the card is facing you and the inside of the card is on the other side. Then fold the left half of the card behind the right half, so that the front page of the card is in the correct position.

  1. 1

    Go to a retail store's website, such as walmart.com, target.com or walgreens.com and click "Photo." This will take you to the photo portion of the website. Find and click the link to make your own cards.

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    Follow the instructions provided on the website. You will be able to upload pictures from your computer, choose colour and design options and enter text.

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    Choose a printing option. You will be able to have the card printed at a local store so you can pick it up or have it mailed to you. If you choose to have the card mailed, you will be asked to provide your address and immediate online payment. If you choose to pick up your card, you will be given a confirmation number and a time when the card will be ready.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to change the card's orientation from the vertical "Portrait" format to a horizontal "Landscape" one, click "Properties" from the print menu, choose "Basics" in the top menu, and choose "Landscape," then click "OK."
  • Consider using colourful or other speciality paper for your card.
  • For additional help while using Microsoft Word, click the question mark right below the red "X" in the top right-hand corner of your screen.
  • Some malls and retail stores also have kiosks for creating your own birthday cards. To do this, you will need to bring pictures saved on a CD, SD card or other storage device.
  • If a retail store is printing the card you created at home through its website, bring your confirmation number when you go to pick up the card. This will help the sales associate find your card quickly and efficiently.

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