Homemade Birthday Card for my Boyfriend

My Magpie Lark easel card

My Magpie Lark easel card

My Magpie Lark easel card
Easel card showing play poster
Easel card showing how you can go beyond the card front
Easel card showing hwo you can shape the front as you wish

Hi Susan,

I am wanting to make my boyfriend his birthday card this year. I think he will really appreciate the time and effort that will go into making it.

I am not a very crafty person. I don't have any experience making cards or crafts of any sort. But I really want to impress him with the card I make him. I have read some advice you've given others, but I haven't been able to find anything relating to an idea I read on another site.

I'm thinking of displaying a picture of us on the front of the card. It seems like a safe, easier way to start making cards. (Rather than me trying to be artistic and it not working out). I plan on making his birthday cards every year from now on, and I'll probably improve as I go.

I haven't been able to find any examples of cards portraying a picture on the front. I suppose it's a privacy issue why people don't upload them. But if you could give me some tips, or show me an example, I'd really appreciate it.




Thank you for your question. I think it is a great idea to make a card along the lines you suggested.

I think an Easel Card might be a way you could make something special for your boyfriend's birthday :) I have a card on site that shows me using a picture of a Magpie Lark on the front. The card base makes its own stand so the picture can be displayed. You could make a card in your own colours and use that picture of the two of you on the front, and decorate it in any way you wished. You will see that I have used either brads, buttons, punched shapes or raised sentiments to act as 'stoppers' for the card fronts to allow them to stand and display.

I made one of these cards yesterday for my daughter who is directing a play. I used a small copy of the play's poster on the front and placed it behind a clear acrylic sheet. You could do that for your card too if you wanted to protect your photo a little. I included a picture of her card for you to see. I also cut a frame for the picture and doodled on it in white gel pen to fit in with the theme of the play.

Do these ideas help you?

I'd love to see what you make so hope you will post it when you are done, with or without the photo :)


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