Funny 30th Birthday Card Ideas

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Funny 30th Birthday Card Ideas
There are many approaches to creating birthday cards. (champagne illustration image by Cristina Cazan from

While you can always purchase a funny birthday card for a 30th birthday, for a more personalised touch think about creating your own card. Creating the perfect birthday card for a friend or family member's birthday can be achieved by using a graphics program like Photoshop or GIMP (freeware) or a more basic program like Microsoft Paint. Alternatively, if you don't have a graphics program, you can make a handmade card with photos.

Collage Image

Create a collage design that includes 30 images of the birthday boy or girl over the years. For example, use photos of the recipient acting silly or rambunctious from childhood, as well as images from previous birthday celebrations. Think about adding a decorative border to your image or around the entire front panel. Using the tools in Photoshop or GIMP, you can add a slanted perspective to the images you choose as well as change the size of photos, making some photos look to be in the foreground with others in the background. Make sure to place each photo you intend to use in your collage on different layers.

Funny Photo or Design

Use a funny photo or image as the centrepiece on your card's front panel. You can also change a photo so as to make it more focused on a 30th birthday. For example, take a photo of the person at age 10 into Photoshop (or a comparable program) and place a speech bubble over their head that reads something along the lines of, "30 sure is old." On the inside panel place a photo of the person around his current age with a think bubble saying, "Damn, I look good 'old.'"

Placement On Background

By using a professional-level graphics program like Photoshop or GIMP, you can also cut out the image of the person and place that image on any background you like. For instance, you could surround the recipient by 30 cartoon characters or place him on a beach in Rio de Janeiro with the number 30 repeated over and over again in the background, on a passing sailboat or on his bathing drunks.

Handmade Card

Another approach to creating a funny 30th birthday card is to use photo cutouts. Of course, you don't want to destroy the original, so make copies you can cut up. Choose several photos that show head shots of the recipient over his or her life. Cut the heads out with scissors. Also cut out a head of a very old, toothless, scraggly looking person. Paste the images of the person on the front of a paper card in a circle, drawing arrows from one to the next in chronological order. Then paste on the image of the old person and draw an arrow to it. Add the words "next year."

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