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Birthday Card Construction Instructions

The free printables that we used in this card are Pink Tri-Fold Card. Card Insides, Stamps 1 - A, 1 - B,
1 - C, 2 - C, and Pink Sayings.

This tri-fold birthday card will fit a standard office envelope. The background sheet is printed first and the cute things on the front are cut-outs that you print, cut and attach with glue, tape or 3-D foam sticker tabs (optional) for a dimensional look. 

1. First print the streamer background in Pink-Purple, Blue-Purple, or Yellow-Orange. Card stock or heavy duty paper is recommended but not necessary. 

2. Before you score the fold lines, run the card back thru the printer to print the streamer design on the back. It doesn't matter how you orient the paper, the design works any way you print it.

Orange-Yellow here  --  Blue-Purple Here

printable birthday card interior

3. For a nice crisp fold, score the card on the fold lines. We have marked the lines for you. Use a ruler and a ballpoint that is out of ink, or the round top edge of a paperclip--press hard. We used a metal nail file tip. Place the card on a magazine or stack of paper to make scoring the fold line easier. Don't use newspaper or it can transfer ink to the card.

4. Print the birthday rubber stamp designs and cut them out leaving a white margin all around every item. This makes it easy to cut them out and you don't have to be precise.

We used Stamps 1-C & 2-C to show how the sets can be interchanged.

1  - A  here  -- 2 - A here  

1 - B  here -- 2 - B here

For the inside of a card just  freehand cut around the outside of the stamping leaving a white border about an eighth of an inch wide. It works best, by far, to hold the scissors steady and rotate the paper into the scissors as you cut. You get a smoother cut and no chop-chop lines that way.

5. Attach your balloons (1-C) first and place them so a bit of the white margin is outside the border lines. Draw balloon strings with a black pen . Just draw a little bow or knot on the bottom of the balloon and then make wavy lines down the card. 

1 - A here

1 - B here

6. If you want a dimensional look, use rolled up tape with the sticky on the outside or those little foam glue-sticky tabs that you can get in craft departments to attach your last piece or pieces.

7. On this card, we wanted the pinwheel (2 - C) to be raised above the level of the card, so we used the little white foam sticky tabs we got at a craft store. We took the black pen and drew the pinwheel stick across the hat. 

8. We ran our card thru the printer a second time before we started scoring  it or gluing anything to it. It doesn't matter which end of the paper you put in the printer first, the design is the same on both ends. 

9. On the inside we used three cut out balloons (1 - A & 1 - B) and drew the strings with a black pen freehand. You can stop now and just write Happy Birthday and sign your name...or...

1 - C here

10. You can glue one of our little Pink Card Greetings inside on top of the balloon strings. This one says Happy Birthday. 

Orange-Yellow here  Blue-Purple here

11. This card fits in a standard office envelope. It should be able to be mailed for regular first class postage as it is not heavy. 

birthday card printed for office envelope

The free printables that we used in this card are Pink Tri-Fold Card. Card Insides, Stamps 1 - A, 1 - B,
1 - C, 2 - C, and Pink Sayings.
Cut out Sayings for Greeting Cards These Cutout Messages available in Blue, Pink and Orange are a cute way to personalize your card.
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Free Printable Balloon Birthday Invitation

To make this card an invitation, just print the INVITATION INSIDES, cut them out and glue one in the center of the card instead of the other balloons

Orange-Yellow Invitation Inside here

Blue-Purple Invitation Inside Here

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