Recently, I have been getting into cardmaking. And after doing some research into designs, I found one that I really wanted to try. In this article, I will show you how I made my very own DIY birthday card for him in a guitar style. Let’s get started!
Things You’ll Need:
- Mod Podge
- Paint Brush
- Construction Paper (Make Sure Two Sheets are White)
- Something Circular to Trace (Such as Canned Veggies)
- Colored Ink Pen (Gold, Orange, Etc.)
- Guitar Pick
Step One: Take your construction paper, and fold each one in half like in the image above. You will want a white sheet of paper, as well as a colored one. I chose to use black, but you can use any color that you want.
If you plan on slipping your birthday card for him into an envelope, you will want to shorten it up a bit. It should be 7 inches tall and 5 inches across. Go ahead and trim your construction paper up this way.
As you can see in the above image, I trimmed my white paper up. You want both pieces to be the same size, as the white paper will be inserted into the black. So go ahead and slip it in and see if both pieces match. If not, adjust with your scissors.
Step Two: Take something small and round and trace this on the front of your card. This will be the colored sheet of construction paper. I used the cap of my Mod Podge, but you can use anything you want. Just make sure that it is not too large.
Using your scissors, carefully snip within the circle, and then cut it out. You want an even and neat hole as shown in the image above.
Step Three: Open your colored sheet of construction paper and examine the crease. Using your paint brush and Mod Podge, you will want to carefully add some glue to the crease, and then stick the white sheet in. Press it down to ensure that it has attached successfully. Then, attach the front of the card to the front of the white sheet. You should be able to see white through the hole we cut earlier on the front, but when you open the card itself, all you want to see is white. No black.
You are going to want to write “Happy Birthday” on the white part that is showing through the hole on the front. So if it helps you, use your ruler and in pencil, make straight lines so that you can evenly place your letters. You can use stickers, stamps, or simply write your letters if you wish.
Step Four: Now, grab a separate sheet of white paper. Trace another circle (bigger than the hole we traced on the front of our birthday card) and then from there, draw another circle slightly outside of the first as seen in the above image.
Cut this circle out, then glue it onto the front of your card around the hole we made earlier.
Step Five: Now, grab a colored ink pen in whatever color you like and your ruler. I chose to use an orange pen. If you have a gold pen, this will look the most authentic.
Starting from the top, use your ruler to make 6 straight lines all the way to the bottom of the front of the birthday card. These lines will mimic guitar strings. You will also want to cut out a bar-shaped piece from your extra sheet of white construction paper and glue it across the “strings” toward the bottom of the card. On each side of the bar, draw one black circle.
Step Six: Grab a guitar pick and another sheet of colored construction paper. I chose to use a muted blue sheet. Trace your guitar pick in pencil, and then cut it out.
If you wish you can write a cute little note on the guitar pick, and then glue it onto the front of your card. I chose to write, “I (heart) u!”
And that’s all there is to it! Write a cute personalized message within the birthday card for him, and then present it. He will be sure to love it.
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