Ideas for Decorating Homemade Birthday Cards

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Ideas for Decorating Homemade Birthday Cards
Use assorted craft supplies and embellishments to adorn homemade birthday cards. (craft a card! image by Shirley Hirst from Fotolia.com)

When you want to personalise your birthday greeting for a friend or family member, go beyond store-bought cards and design your own. Whether you want the handmade birthday card to have a whimsical, sentimental or romantic feel, choose a paper crafting tool or accent to adorn the card and suit its tone and theme.

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Rubber Stamps

Rubber stamps let you add instant personality to handmade cards. Choose an image stamp to decorate the front of a birthday card with a cake, hat, candle or present motif; then add a simple message with a "Happy Birthday" stamp or create a customised message inside the card with alphabet and number stamps. Use colourful stamping ink that coordinates with the shade of the blank card. Leave the stamped images "as is" or adorn them further by colouring outlines in with coloured pencils or "painting" sections of the design with white glue and sprinkling the wet adhesive with glitter.

Stickers

Let children help you design simple birthday cards with an assortment of themed stickers. If you're creating a birthday card for a father who loves golf, for example, place golf club, tee and golf ball stickers across the bottom of a blank card as a decorative border. You also can turn a single sticker into a focal point for the front of the card by matting it with a piece of card stock that coordinates with the blank card and attaching it to the centre of the card with a glue stick.

Die Cuts

Design a personalised birthday card with themed die-cuts sold at craft or scrapbooking stores. Create a fifth birthday card, for instance, by gluing a birthday cake die-cut to the centre of a blank card and adding five candle die-cuts across the top. Use a marker, alphabet stickers or letter rubber stamps to add the birthday honoree's name across the bottom of the die-cut. You can also add a 2- to 3-inch-tall number-five die-cut to the front of a card and decorate it with small stickers of the birthday child's favourite cartoon characters, foods or toys.

Pens

Turn a blank card into a work of art by using markers, coloured pencils, crayons or paint pens to design your own birthday card. Let your children create a colourful background, birthday message or portrait of the card's recipient, particularly when you need a card to accompany a gift for a teacher, grandparent or coach.

Dimensional Accents

Create eye-catching cards featuring dimensional embellishments as a deluxe touch. Use adhesive dots to adorn a spring-themed birthday card with paper flowers, make a textured card background with fabric swatches, or design a colourful card border with plastic buttons. Save the dimensional accents for homemade greeting cards intended for older children or adults, since plastic pieces like buttons or beads can fall off and become choking hazards for infants and toddlers.

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