Assortment of envelopes
Choose the size and color of an envelope that compliments the card you will create. An example might be a blue envelope for a boy or a pink envelope for a girl. Some retail card shops will give you leftover envelopes for free that might otherwise be thrown out, or you can simply use a plain white envelope. The size is your choice, but the basic card is cut from heavy paper twice the size of the envelope and 1/4" smaller to fit inside it (and folded in half).
Assorted themed images for cards
Choose a gender and theme for your card. A young many might like a sports themed birthday card or a woman might be a gardener who likes flowers. Gather assorted images and embellishments accordingly; as you design the card you may eliminate or add others. Flat images would be attached first. Three-dimensional embellishments would be attached last. Do not permanently attach these until you have decided on your final design (see Step 4 below).
- 3). From the assortment of textured, printed or plain decorative papers, choose one and cut it to fit the entire front part of your card. Attach it to the basic card with white glue and let dry flat. Write "Happy Birthday", "Best Wishes" or other greeting sentiment as you like on another small strip of heavy paper with a calligraphy pen or marker. Attach it with double sided tape to a decorative paper cut just a little larger than the size of your sentiment. Attach that with white glue to the front of your birthday card, centered or where you prefer according to your design.
- 4). Lay out your chosen images and embellishments on the card and rearrange as you prefer around the birthday sentiment. When you are satisfied with the design, adhere them to the card using a hot glue gun, starting with the flat pieces and end with the three-dimensional decorations. Let dry and cool. Write a birthday greeting inside the card, sign it and place inside the envelope addressed to the recipient.