How to make a birthday card for a 16-year-old

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How to make a birthday card for a 16-year-old
Create your own birthday card to send a personalised message. (postcard with red car image by Alexey Klementiev from

A 16th birthday is considered a landmark. It usually marks the age when a teenager is legally capable of getting a driver's license. Many people also consider 16 to be the age when children make a big leap forward to becoming adults. A 16th birthday often calls for a big celebration and party with family and friends. Choosing just the right birthday card can sometimes be difficult. You can make your very own 16th birthday card on your home computer to express exactly what you want to say.

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Things you need

  • Microsoft Paint
  • Cardstock
  • Printer

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    Open the desired image in Microsoft Paint. Click File at the top of the page, choose Open from the menu and choose your image from a folder on your computer, which can be anything from a personal photo to an appropriate piece of clip art. This will be the front of your card.

  2. 2

    Fit the image to the screen so you can see the whole thing. Click the view menu and choose zoom. Zoom in to 25%.

  3. 3

    Customise the image. Images can be altered by using the various paint tools to draw additional features onto the image or add text.

  4. 4

    Insert text. Draw a box using one of the select tools. Click on the text tool and click inside the box. Type the text you've chosen. Click and drag the text around the image to place it in the desired location. Use special 16th birthday quotes, such as "Sixteen is a milestone, your life is just beginning" and "At 16, the world is yours to have. You can do, you can be, anything you put your mind to." These and other phrases can be found on websites such as Inspirational Sayings.

  5. 5

    Open page set-up. Open the file menu and choose page set-up. Select portrait under orientation. Close the page set-up by clicking OK.

  6. 6

    Flip your image so it will face the correct way when folded. Open the image menu and choose flip/rotate. First, flip the image vertically. Then, flip the image horizontally. This will allow your image to be right-side up when the card is folded.

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    Print the card. Check the print preview to ensure everything looks correct. Then select print from the file menu to print your card onto cardstock inserted into your printer's paper tray.

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