Creating decorative framing for a sentimental photo adds dimension and personalization to a homemade birthday card. With the photo attached to the front of the card, layers of patterned cardstock or scrapbooking paper produce a raised effect. Decorative scissors give the card and frame edges an elegant or whimsical finish.
Handmade cards with moving elements are ideal for children. On a space-themed card, attaching an alien’s face to a spring creates a bobbing effect. Gluing the alien’s upper body flat against the paper creates contrast with the moving head. A round card shape frames the alien’s head, which can include antennas and differently sized craft eyes for a zany appearance. Craft paper or cardstock with a colorful or interesting texture adds to the alien’s out-of-this-world appearance, and low-cost embellishments, such as shiny star stickers, add contrasting shimmer and texture to the background.
Homemade floral designs are adaptable to any age group. Vibrant pressed flowers with their stems attached, such as pansies, create a charming, delicate look that works well on multifold cards. Another option is to use embroidery floss to stitch flowers of different sizes on cardstock, while yarn glued to the front of a card produces a similar effect without the need for sewing. A floral stamp or stencil provides a clear outline to follow when decorating the card.