Handmade birthday cards often attract the attention of women; however, many men also like getting handmade cards. Handmade greeting cards showcase your efforts to express thoughts and emotions more than store-bought cards do. Men, like women, will appreciate the extra effort. If you plan to use folded cards, decorate the outside of the card, then add a personal message to the inside of the card.
Simple Card with Black Outline
Cut a sheet of white card stock so that it measures 5 inches by 8 inches. Cut out a piece of black card stock so that it measures 5 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches. Glue the white card stock to the black card stock, resulting in a 1/2 inch black border around the card. Use a die cut machine or hand cut the words "Happy Birthday" from any desired card stock colour and glue it across the middle of the card. Cut out photographs or magazine clippings representing his favourite hobby. Glue the images onto the white card stock. Add a personal handwritten message to complete the card.
Create a birthday card featuring his favourite pet. Cut out a sheet of rippled card stock, using his favourite colour, measuring 5 inches by 8 inches. Glue on a piece of smooth card stock that measures approximately 4 1/2 inches by 7 1/2 inches to create a rippled border. Either take a photo, craft from paper or cut out an image of his favourite pet or animal. Glue the image onto the smooth card stock. Add a personal message. For a different variation, glue the rippled card stock onto the smooth card stock. Add the animal image to the rippled paper resulting in a smooth border.
Create a card featuring his favourite sport or automobile. Cut out a sheet of card stock measuring 5 inches by 8 inches. Cut out two strips of card stock in desired colours and place them onto the card so that the upper half of the card shows one colour and the bottom half of the card shows another colour. Cut out magazine images of his favourite sport or automobile and paste them onto the centre of the card. Use one larger image or several smaller images. If desired, use stickers instead of magazine images. Add a personal message to complete the card.
Film Strip Card
Cut out a sheet of white card stock to the desired size. Cut a strip of black card stock that measures approximately 2 inches in width. The length of the black strip should reach completely across the top of the card. Cut out 1-by-1-inch clippings of his favourite movie from magazines and place them onto 1 1/2-by-1 1/2-inch piece of white paper. Glue the images onto the black strip so that there is a tiny black border between each image that resembles a film strip. If desired images cannot be found in magazines, search the Internet for free images, resize them and print them. Add a larger image resembling one filmstrip frame to the centre of the card to complete the card.