Zodiac Birthday Cards
What you will make:
It's easy to personalize a birthday card for someone by using their
zodiac sign. In this project, you'll see how to use free clip-art images
available on the internet as the featured element of the card. All
you'll need to do is download and print the images, and add some colored
paper, a greeting and an optional stamped background.
This card is based on the technique presented in the
Matted Clip-art and Photo Cards tutorial
Greeting Card Class. If you are new to
card-making, review these tutorials for ideas and basic techniques.
Here's what you need:
- White letter-size (A4) card stock
- White paper for printing clip-art
- Solid-color paper or cardstock to match clip-art
- Glue stick
- Pencil and ruler or paper trimmer
- Black marker
- Optional: Craft knife and cutting mat, rubber
stamps and stamp pads
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make Zodiac Birthday Cards
Read through the tutorial before starting.
- Step 1: Card Blank
Cut a full sheet of letter-size (A4) cardstock in half to
make two 8½" by 5½" (210 by 148.5 mm) card blanks. Fold one card
blank in half to make a 4¼" by 5½" (105 by 148.5 mm) card. For how
to make envelopes, see the
Patch Cards tutorial or the
Envelopes to Make
craft project for templates and instructions.
- Step 2: Download, Print, and Cut Clip-Art
Clip-art is freely available on the internet at many web sites.
Just search for the zodiac symbol you want and include "clip art" at
the end—like "libra zodiac clip art" or "zodiac clip art". Choose a clip-art image
and copy or download it.
To print the clip-art image, open a graphics or word processing
program and paste the image from the clipboard or saved file. In
Microsoft Word, it is super easy to copy the image from the clipboard
and then size it using the Height and Width tools on the Format tab.
You can also print the image directly from most web browsers with a
right-click. Aim to print the clip-art from 3" by 4" to as small as
2" by 2" in size. Cut the clip-art in a rectangular or square shape,
leaving a small border of white around the image.
- Step 3: Select Mat Color and Cut
Select a color of cardstock or heavy paper to use as a mat behind
your image. See how to select mats for colored clip art in the
Matted Clip-art and Photo Cards
Cut a mat that is a bit larger than your image. Mat sizes
that work well for this size card are: 2½" by 3¾",
3¼" by 4½" and 3¾" by 5". Tip:
Use the printable templates below to cut mats of these sizes.
Tip: If you plan to stamp or write a message
on the card front, be sure there is space above or below the
image that leaves room for the words.
Tip: If you like, cut another mat in a
different color that is a bit larger than the first mat to
create a double mat.
Project extra: Download, and
print on cardstock, Aunt Annie's printable
templates for mats to make mat
cutting easier. Choose your mat size, cut
out the template, then anytime you need a mat of that size just
trace it and cut. As a bonus, you can use the larger mat
templates as card mats.
- Step 4: Stamp Card
Arrange the clip-art and mat(s) on the card front, keeping in
mind any words you plan to add. When you are satisfied with the
placement of the card elements, hand letter or stamp "Happy
Birthday," or another greeting.
You can also create a background on the card by stamping one
or two inked rubber stamps multiple times on the white card front. Be sure
the ink colors coordinate with the clip-art and mat(s).
- Step 5: Glue
Glue the clip-art image to the mat(s) and glue the matted
clip-art to the card.
That's it! Your zodiac birthday card
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