Homemade Birthday Cards for the Boyfriend

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by MorganBolling

    While picking out a card for your boyfriend at a store is thoughtful, a homemade birthday card is a great way to show him how much he means to you. It allows you to be creative and add elements to the card that are specific to your relationship.

    Things You'll Need

    • Card stock
    • Scissors
    • Adhesives
    • Black ink pen
    • Metal ruler
    • Patterned paper
    • Decorative materials (Stickers, ribbon, buttons, etc.)

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    Design the Card

    Colored paper

    Select a base sheet of paper from a variety of textures, colors, finishes, thicknesses, and patterns. Make sure to use a base paper that is thick enough to hold the weight of your embellishments, like card stock. If your paper isn't already folded, mark and press a line in the center using a bone folder. Follow your line to fold the paper in half.

    Plan your message.

    Plan your message. The card will revolve around the message, so it's important to plan it before adding embellishments. The message can be a poem, greeting, verse, song or an inside joke. Use your relationship as a guideline for the theme of the card.

    Lettering

    Write your message on the card. You can type it, use letter stickers, cut out words or letters from magazines and newspapers or write it in calligraphy. Colored pens come in handy during this step, but if you're going to write the message, be sure to practice on other paper first. It's smart to write the message on a separate paper and attach it to your card stock or base paper.

    Embellishments

    Add embellishments. This is your chance to be creative. Add ribbons, stickers, buttons and other decorative elements. Personalize the card for your boyfriend. Make it intimate by adding a favorite picture of the two of you.

    Colored envelopes

    Package your card. You can wrap your card in a colored or clear envelope or a decorative bag or add it as a complement to a present. Hiding the card in a comic book or novel he likes can also create a special surprise.

    • Don't throw out scrap paper. You can use it for paper punches or embellishments.
    • If you use a photograph and aren't sure what color to use for mounting, select a color that is in the photograph.
    • To add feathery edges, dip a paintbrush in water and paint an abstract shape on your paper. Pull apart the paper using your hands.
    • Cover small mistakes with embellishments.
    • Put clear nail polish on the ends of ribbon to keep it from fraying.

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