Sep 4, 2011

DIY: BIRTHDAY CARDS

The extent of my thrifty-ness bears little competition. And one the stupidest things I think people pay money for are birthday cards. I would much rather you gave me the $5 cash you used to pay for the card, then the card itself.
If you're like me, you have a ton of magazines, a tumblr full of inspirational pictures, and some creativity at your fingertips ready to be turned into a more thoughtful birthday card, then the ones Hallmark designs. I keep all my birthday cards (store bought and DIY'ed) and I am sure (hope!) that my friends and family keep all the cards I make them.

The basic tools you need in making a beautiful handmade card are so affordable and guesses are; you probably already have these items lying around :)

1. IMAGES STOCK
This includes old issues of magazines (I prefer magazines like Russh, Oyster, Shop Till You Drop, Frankie, Peppermint) this is cause they mostly have white space, and item photos, as opposed to gossip magazines where its just photos of celebrities and advertisement. You could also use newspapers or even old birthday cards that other people have given you. You could also cheat a little and just print out the exact pictures you want from the internet.
Some of my favourites sites for this include Tumblr, We Heart It, Pintinterest and Tag Galaxy.

2. SHARP SCISSORS (the sharpest are fabric scissors)
3. GLUE (I like these corner ones, they make sticking so easy)
4. STRONG CARD STOCK (for the base of the card, I was lucky that I was given a whole box of stock card from my grandmother who passed down her own card making supplies to me). But I am sure you could head to Spotlight or Office works and get a box of heavy white stock for under $20.

AND AWAY YOU GO!
My process is quite methodical. I start off by folding and trimming my card to size. And have that sitting under some weight, to keep the crispness. Then I go hunting for pictures, I flicked through magazines and choose images that best relate to the receiver of the card. Make it fun, make it personable, make it memorable.

HERE'S SOME PICTURES FROM MY LAST CARD MAKING SESSION FOR MY COUSIN K's, 20th BIRTHDAY.



FRONT - INSIDE - BACK
** HALMARK, PLS DNT HATE ME.

TALK SOON!
XOXOX

 
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4 comments:

  1. ooo your so thrifty!! what a wonderful DIY alternative for absurdly over prices birthday cards. Loveee!

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  2. a real friend hand-makes cards! It's an honour to receive one!! that's the beauty of having creative buddies xxx

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