One of the biggest challenges for me is making a birthday card for a boy, especially a teenager. When you’re dealing with the 13 to 20 age bracket, there is a very fine line between fun and catchy and embarrassing and goofy. Especially if you don’t want to be referred to as the weirdo aunt who gives hand-made stuff. That’s almost as bad as giving clothes or educational toys.
When my nephew recently turned 16, I wanted to mark the occasion with a personalized card. I had already checked out what was on offer in my local card stores and the pickings were slim indeed. I would be embarrassed sending a card that says, “nephew, you rock,” with a stylized picture of a skateboard or a guitar on it.
As it happens, my nephew is heavily into music and plays several instruments, including the banjo. With M’s help, I downloaded a couple of images of banjos from a clipart site. I decided to go with a black and while image and print it onto a piece of cardstock that had the texture of Kraft paper. I’ve used this cardstock to good effect before; it contrasts nicely with black and white images and gives the card a rustic, masculine feel. Kraft paper cardstock is readily available at my local Micheals’.
I decided to make the banjo the centr piece of the card. I added a little bit of texture by mounting the image on a background of colour blocks. As a final touch, I stamped birthday greetings on the front and used stickers to spell out “play on.”
Although I used my scoring board to make the fold in the card,because of the the finish on the cardstock, it didn’t fold cleanly. I turned the card over, so the messy edge was inside and glued a coordinating strip of paper on either side of the fold. It still looked messy so I ran a strip of wasbi tape in a neutral colour across the fold and re-glued the paper strips back into place. As is my habit, I embellished the inside of the card.
It took me a little longer than usual to put the card together – I wanted it to be funky, rather than freaky. The design can be easily replicated, for a boy or a girl, with different image and colours. Clipart makes it a snap to tailor the card to the specific interests of the recipient.
I was really pleased with the results. Even better, my nephew really liked his card.
And just for the record, he got a really cool gift.
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