One of the benefits of making a handmade birthday card is that it can make a person feel really special when they receive it. Another benefit is that you can have a lot of fun making it. The possibilities are endless. There are no rules to making a birthday card for someone except to make it cheerful, to take the knowledge you have about the person into account, and of course to put some of your own personality into it.
Making it cheerful is obvious. You would not be sending a birthday card to a friend or relative to make them feel depressed on their birthday. So whether you use humour, bright colours, or a cheerful design, it should raise the person’s spirits. The very fact that you have gone to the trouble of making a handmade card will probably make them smile immediately.
Think about the person you are sending the card to, so that you can produce a card that shows you are thinking about them personally. For instance what kinds of things do they like to do? Do they have a special hobby, or participate in a sport, enjoy music, gardening, or painting? Do they have an interest in a good cause? Perhaps you could include a design that incorporates that theme in the card when you make it. What is their favourite colour? What is their overall style – latest fashion, country style, an era such as the 50’s or 80’s?
What about the person’s age? Normally you would send a different type of card to a child, a teenager, or an adult. It might be a special birthday such as 15th, 16th, 21st, 3oth, 50th etc. Can you think of special designs or verses for those special occasions that you could use in a handmade birthday card?
Another theme could be related to whether the person has any pets they are fond of. Fish, birds, and snakes would add interest to the design if the person appreciates these pets as well as the more traditional pets such as dogs and cats.
When is the person’s birthday? An autumn design would be more appropriate than a spring design or a winter design if the person’s birthday is in October.
Your own personality will naturally come through in all your handmade cardmaking, including your birthday cards. How could it not when it is you who is making it? And that is a good thing. It will ensure that the card is unique. If you are a nature lover, you will be more inclined to use flowers, leaves, or pictures etc. that reflect that fact in your cards. A card is a type of communication and since communication is two way, it only makes sense that both yours and your recipient’s personality will be evident in the handmade birthday card you send. Remember if you include your feelings and thoughts in the card, it cannot be wrong. Just use your own creativity and both of you will enjoy the card.