A couple of days ago, I celebrated my birthday. On the morning of that day, I woke up and realized: birthday expectations really change throughout the years. When you’re a little kid, your birthday is all about getting lots of gifts. As you get older, though, it’s less about gifts and more about relationships. While cards didn’t mean much to me as a little kid, now I really appreciate it if someone takes the time to send me a little greeting to say, “I remembered your special day!”
That feeling compels me to make handmade birthday cards for others on their birthdays. It’s an amazing experience to receive something in the mail that someone spent time and energy making! With that in mind, I have picked out my six favorite birthday card tutorials for you, and I am presenting them here today. Some you may recognize, and others you may not have seen before — but they’re all worth making!
The Citrus Watercolor Birthday Card deviates from the birthday card beaten path, which is the basis of its appeal! Instead of the common “Happy Birthday!” greeting, it simply and honestly proclaims, “I am glad that you exist”. The border features a Mediterranean-inspired botanical motif that won’t trip up watercolor beginners! If this card appeals to you, it’s certainly worth a try. All you’ll need is some watercolor paper and watercolor paints.
The Hand-Lettered Printable Birthday Card is a life saver if you want to send something quick, artistic, and original! You can just print off the card template, cut and fold it, then color in the letters. All you’ll need for this tutorial is card stock and some colored pencils (or any other color medium — crayons, watercolor, etc.).
The Watercolor Initial DIY Birthday Card is special because it’s personalized with the recipient’s initial! To make the card, you trace around a letter (which you can use your word processing program to make). Next, you draw the banner and add leaves and calligraphy! The result will be a whimsical, creative birthday card that the recipient will cherish for many years to come.
If you’re tired of the traditional birthday greeting card, try making a card that doubles as display-worthy artwork! The Embellished Fish DIY Card Tutorial includes a template so you know exactly how to cut out your fish, then you can watch a video detailing how to draw on the front.
The Artistic Watercolor Birthday Card has three irresistible features: weight (from collaging papers), sparkle (from gold watercolor), and playful lettering styles! If you’ve got the time and the supplies, it’s an awesome project to create. Feel free to mix up the color scheme and calligraphy styles!
The Paper Armoire Birthday Card is one of my all time favorite tutorials! I love the idea of receiving mini paper furniture in the mail. The doors of the armoire open to reveal a birthday message, which is a fun way to engage the recipient. While the tutorial does include a printable template, it requires some cutting, gluing, and painting, so make sure you have an hour or so to make it!
International Birthday Giveaway
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than getting to give you a gift! Effectively, I’m giving away three sets of calligraphy pens + nibs.
The sets include:
- One Tachikawa T40 Straight Holder (you can read about it in this blog post)
- One Hand-Turned Oblique Holder (you can read about it in this blog post)
- A set of the following nibs: 2 Nikko Gs, 2 Brause EF66s, 2 Brause Roses, 2 Leonardt Principals
- One Leonardt Nib Tin
To enter the giveaway for this nice little collection of pens and nibs, you can use the Rafflecopter widget below. While you can submit multiple entries, you only need to choose one of the entry options below to be in the running! Winners will be notified via email on the afternoon of August 1st, and the widget will display the first names of winners at that time as well.
I hope that this post will help you out next time you want to help make a friend or family member’s birthday special! I’m also wishing you the best of luck in the giveaway! Have a great weekend, and thanks so much for reading TPK. 🙂