Anime is a term which refers to animated Japanese cartoons. The word anime is derived from abbreviating the word "animation." If you or someone you know is a fan of anime, planning a birthday party with an anime theme might be the right choice. You can fine anime themed party supplies at a party store, or you can make your own. Making your own invitations takes just a little effort and time.
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Things you need
- Craft foam
- Rubber cement
- Rubber stamp
Draw your favourite anime character on piece of cardstock. Use markers to decorate the image. Cut the image out using scissors. The finished image should be approximately 3 inches wide and 5 inches long. Use an anime website, such as Anime Characters Database (see Resources), to locate your favourite character and use it as a template.
Fold and crease enough pieces of 9-by-7 inch cardstock to make the number of invitations you need. The fold should be across the width of the card so that they are 4.5 inches by 7 inches once folded.
Cut pieces of craft foam into 1-inch squares. You will need one for each invitation. Use rubber cement to apply one craft foam square to the front centre of each folded invitation.
Place the invitations on your work surface with the fold up and the opening end down. Apply rubber cement to the top of the foam squares on the cardstock. Press the back centre of the anime image on the foam square and leave it to dry.
Press a rubber stamp with the words "Happy Birthday" on it onto an inkpad. Press the stamp onto the front of the cardstock.
Open the invitations and write your invitation information on the inside of the cards.
Place the completed invitations in envelops and mail them to the guests.
Tips and warnings
- If you are not comfortable drawing the anime image by hand, you can print out images with a colour printer and then cut them out.
- The cardstock can be any colour you choose. The same is true for the stamp ink.
- Rubber stamps are available in a number of styles. You may be able to find who, what, when and why stamps to use on the inside cards to save you the time from writing them out.
- The Anime Characters Database has a listing of most known anime characters. You can search the database by character name or physical features.
- As an added touch, you could include a collectors card for the anime character you are representing. For example, look for Sailor Moon trading cards and include one in each envelope.
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