3 DIY Birthday Cards That Will Make Their Special Day Even Better

3 Custom Birthday Cards

Hi there! It’s Christine Asciutto of @twinkleplansherday. Today, I am going to show you how to make three colorful, custom birthdays cards in under 20 minutes. These cards are simple to make and are great to have on hand for any last-minute birthday parties that pop up!

Materials Needed

Birthday Card #1

Birthday Candles Being Drawn on Card

Step 1: Draw Colored Candles

To begin, select five colors of the Mildliner Highlighter for your card. Working from the bottom of your folded cardstock or paper, draw multiple lines in varying lengths to give the illusion of different sized candles. Each candle is made up of two lines using the chiseled tip end of the Mildliner Highlighter.

Flames being drawn on card

Step 2: Add Flames to the Candles

Top each candle with a flame using the brush side of a yellow Mildliner Brush Pen. Lay the brush tip gently on its side to create the teardrop effect. 

Finished image of birthday card #1

Step 3: Add A Birthday Greeting in Calligraphy

Using multiple colors of the Mildliner Brush Pen, letter the word “HAPPY” in script on the top of the card, alternating colors for each letter.

Then, using the ClickArt Retractable Marker Pen in Black, write the word “BIRTHDAY” in all capital letters.

Birthday Card #2

Coloring in Card #2

Step 1: Create Long Ovals

Start by selecting five Mildliner Brush Pen colors for your card’s color scheme. Then, create five long ovals, using a different color for each one.

Close up of ClickArt pen and lettering on card

Step 2: Add Block Lettering and Calligraphy

Next, write out the word “HAPPY,” placing each letter in a different colored oval using a block font. Then trace over it, using your ClickArt Retractable Marker in Black. In script lettering, use the same ClickArt Retractable Marker in Black to write the word “birthday.”

Finished picture of card #2

Birthday Card #3

Collage of drawing the rectangle and lines for card #3

Step 1: Cut and Trace A Square

Cut or punch out a 2-inch square and place diagonally in the upper center of a folded 5×7 card. Then, using your DelGuard Mechanical Pencil, trace around the square (shown above) and set it aside.

Drawing lines using a ruler and washi tape

Step 2: Draw and Color Parallel Lines

Extend the lines of the square using a ruler and the DelGuard Mechanical Pencil. In 5mm increments, draw parallel lines.

Fill in every other line using various colors of your Mildliner Highlighter with the chisel tip.

Use washi tape to keep lines crisp across the borders. Erase all pencil marks.

Creating lines using washi tape and Mildliner Brush Pens

*Note that the chiseled tips of Mildliner Highlighters are just under 5mm.

Lettering and pop up being added to card

Step 3: Embellish the Square Cutout

Take the 2-inch square cutout and sketch the word, “YAY” on it with the DelGuard Mechanical Pencil. Then, using the fine tip of any Mildliner Highlighter of your choosing, trace over “YAY.”

Next, outline the square. Using a different color Mildliner Highlighter, highlight each letter by outlining the right side of each stroke. Add another line around the border.

Step 4: Add Dimension to the Card

To add dimension to your card, place four double-sided pop-up dots along each corner of the square and then place on the card.

3 Colorful Birthday Cards

I hope you enjoyed learning an exciting, customized way to create birthday cards! These cards are a great way to celebrate someone’s day. For more custom card inspiration, check out my other tutorial: How to Create a Colorful Floral Mother’s Day Card.