If you’re like me, you’re appalled at greeting card prices.  I’m mean, really, five bucks or more for a simple birthday card?  More if you opt for the fancier ones embellished with glitter, ribbon, and other stuff.  Of course you can get simple generic looking ones printed on thin card stock of less, but they seem so blah.  I like the fancier ones best, but refuse to fork over $5 much less $10 which is what some of the big pretty ones can cost.  Lately I’ve been making my own greeting cards with my handy dandy Cricut Explore Air.  (affiliate link)

Not only are DIY cards less expensive.  Actually they hardly cost anything if you already have the supplies on hand; but even if you don’t a ream of card stock cost about $5, the price of just one card.  You can make a whole lot of greeting cards with a ream of card stock!  But homemade cards are so much special.  You can make them as simple or as fancy as you want.  It’s also a great way to use scraps of ribbon, card stock, paper, glitter, or any other craft supplies you have on hand.  You can also add your own sentiments making the card really special for the recipients.

You might think you need to invest in one of those electronic cutting machines that seem to have become very popular.  That’s so not true.  Don’t get me wrong, I love all my gadgets which I’ve invested quite a bit on, but you don’t really need to own any gadgets at all.  You can make many types of greeting cards using things you probably already have; printer, glue, scissors, and card stock.  Okay, you might not have card stock, but like I said you can pick up a ream for about $5.

I know if you’re obsessive like I am you don’t want a card to really look homemade, or like it was made by a toddler.  Actually cards made by toddlers have their own charm specially for a parent or grandparent’s birthday; but it may not be too appropriate for a 50th. Anniversary card.  Anyway, you may want your card to look a bit more “professional”.

DIY Birthday CardNever fear, you can do it!  Here’s a really simple, fun, and easy DIY Birthday Card.  It definitely won’t break the bank.  All it really needs is a bit of time.  I’m sure the birthday person will love it!

For this card I used a sheet of 12 x 12 white card stock, a “Birthday” stamp, printed paper, thin ribbon, and glue.

My card measures 5″ across and 7″ long. I used the Cricut to cut out the card and the letters, but you don’t have to do that, I’ll tell you how in a bit.

First of all you need to make your card.

To do that take your 12 x 12 card stock and measure and mark a section that’s 5″ across and 14″ long.

Cut out that piece and fold it in half.  To make it look professional run a bone folder or the edge of a credit card along the fold.  This gives you a nice crisp fold.

DIY Birthday cardNow measure and mark a straight line across the card that’s 2″ from the bottom.  Make your marks on the inside of the card so it’s not visible from the front.

Mark another straight line 1″ from the first line.

Cut across both lines using a paper cutter, craft knife, or scissors.  You will have 3 pieces: the 2″ piece, the 1″ mid-section,and the rest of the card.  You won’t need the mid-section, you can save that for another project.

 

 

 

DIY Birthday CardNow cut (2) 6″ strips of thin ribbon.  Glue one strip on across the 2″ piece of card stock about 1/4″ from the top edge.  Glue the other strip across the card section about 1/4″ from the bottom.

Center the ribbon strips so that you have about 1/2″ of ribbon left on either side like in the picture.

Fold extra ribbon over the card sides and glue to the back of the card flap.  Be sure you don’t glue it to the back of the card, you need to open the card.

 

 

 

DIY Birthday cardMatch the 2″ section to the bottom of the card section so that the edges are even.  I secured it with clothes pins, you can use paper clips or clamps.  Just be sure they are secured evenly.

Now cut out the letters to the word “HAPPY”.  If you have an electronic cutting machine you can use it to cut out the letters.

If you don’t you can either:  Use stencils – you can get different alphabet stencils from craft stores. Letters to be at least 1 1/4″ tall. Trace the stencils on card stock then cut them out.

Or

On your computer using word or other document app type HAPPY.  Choose a bold font you like.  Adjust the font size to be at least 1 1/4″ tall.  Font fill should be white, or what ever color you prefer.  Print the word on card stock.  Cut out the letters using scissors or craft knife.

DIY Birthday CardNow cut out a 5″ x 7″ rectangle from a pretty printed paper (you can even use wrapping paper).  This will be  your background that you will glue in the card.

 

 

 

 

DIY Birthday cardGlue the word HAPPY to the card and the 2″ section.  Top of the letters are glued to the bottom edge of the card section, just below the strip of ribbon.  Bottom of the letters are glued to the top of the 2″ section, just above the strip of ribbon.

Align the H and the Y to the side edges of the card. Space the letters evenly between the H and the Y.

Glue the printed rectangular paper inside the card so that it shows thru the spaces between the letter.

You can stamp it Birthday just below the HAPPY, assuming you have a stamp.  If you don’t, hand write it or even print it out from your computer in the color and font you prefer.

After printing it from your computer cut it out then glue it to the card.

 

DIY Birthday CardAnd you’re done!  Well almost.  You can write your sentiments on the paper inside the card, or if you really want to be fancy about print out a poem or saying on you computer then cut it out just a bit smaller than the card, then glue it on.

I keep my cards blank.  I can add a poem or sentiment later when I’m ready to send it.  That way the sentiment is specifically for the recipient!

It’s easy to get creative with this project.  Play around with color and even texture.  Use different color card stock, ribbons, and paper.  You can embellish it with glitter, jewels, stickers, stamps, pretty much anything you want!

Have fun with it!  The Birthday boy/girl will love it!

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