Fancy, plain, for kids, for men? We’ve done all!
I love to do birthday cards. I rarely make cards before I really need
them. I like to make them for each individual to match their
personality or their interests. It feels more personal.
The hardest birthday cards to get inspiration for are men. Masculine
cards are not common, and finding papers and designs that match the
masculine theme are not easy to find. But we improvise when it’s
necessary, and we usually manage to come up with good masculine
Of course, my favorites are the frilly, ultra feminine cards, but I can
also tone it down for people who prefer more modern, sophisticated,
sleek designs. Check out what I mean in the photos below.
This is an example of a card
made for a parson with a
specific interest. My friend
has been quilting, so a quilt
design was the logical
course for her.
This is a “shaker” card. There is loose birthday
confetti behind a window, but in front of the
Happy Birthday greeting.
These two cards could
be used for either a
male or a female. The
paper for the chevron
card was cut from stips
of striped paper and
matched up to make the
These are several
examples of my love of
feminine accents and frilly
embellishments. I guess
butterflies are a kind of
weakness of mine, too.
I love hand coloring
backgrounds and details.
Sometimes I use colored
pencils and sometimes i use
ink pads to add shading and
details to designs.
Paper, textures and colors can add to
the masculine feel of the card.
Sometimes it just takes a simple texture
to get the message across. If I wanted to
make this a lady’s card, all I would have to
do would be to add a couple flowers or a
swirl of contrasting paper.
As seen in all these examples,
color and texture can make the
card feel more masculine. Other
elements like pocket watch faces,
gears and trees get the theme
across very well. Adding a little
shading around the edge of the
card or the design just adds
dimension to the card.
The above card is called an explosion card or a pop-out card. It is folded so that
when it is opened, it folds out to show the message and lots of extra decoration
and detail on th other three flaps.
Little added touches like ribbons or bows make the
card more interesting.
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