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Dash of Inspiration: Birthday For Kids

September 24, 2012
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A Dash of Inspiration, A Cup of Creativity by Doreen

Birthday For Kids

When creating birthday cards for children, here are some tips to keep in mind:

Design for a Specific Age-Group
In other words, break these age-groups down and create imagery which is suitable for each. For example, this is what I do:  Toddlers ages 1 to 3, Children ages 4 to 8, Tweens ages 9 to 12, and then Teens ages 13 to 19.

Write Verse for Specific Age-Groups
When you text front and inside the card for example; toddlers; use terminology they understand. Try and make short rhymes, use words little ones can pronounce and understand.  Just as designing for tweens and teens, you should be careful not to be too childish in your verse.

Font Choices
When using text on cards for children under say 8-years-old, don’t use script and fancy fonts.  Choose fonts that are easy to read and the kids can identify with.  Save the fancy cursive fonts for older kids.

Party Invitations
Don’t forget to make Birthday Card invitations for Kids when you are designing!  Birthday party invitations are big sellers when created for specific age-groups.

Theme Oriented Designs
People who buy birthday cards for kids tend to be very ‘theme-oriented’, they shopper might for example want a card for a girl who loves to roller skate, they’re likely to search for a card with a roller skating theme.

Personalized Cards
Kids of all ages (adults too) enjoy that special touch of having their name on the front of their birthday card.  Today at GCU, rather than the tedium of making hundreds of cards with different names on them, create your design so that the name can be added to the front by the customer.  These sell much more frequently, because any name can be added.

Here are some goodies to add to your age-appropriate birthday cards and happy creating!

FONT ideas from Font Squirrel

For those in age group that is learning to read and write cursive try: Learning-Curve-Pro

For tween and teenage girls, Riesling is a great ‘girly’ choice:

For girls or boys from children to teens, Snickles is fun:

For little ones (toddlers to about 2nd grade), I like to keep the fonts as ‘true’ to how they are shown in classrooms when learning to read and print, so I like Bitstream

For inspiration, here are some categories at GCU that could use cards:

Invitations >> Birthday Party for Kids >>

  • Airplanes (1)
  • Cheerleading (4)
  • Dance (5)
  • Diva (9)
  • Football (6)
  • For Quadruplets / Quads (2)
  • For Triplets (2)
  • Mermaids / Mermen (2)
  • Monsters (4)
  • Pizza Party (2)
  • Pool / Swim (7)
  • Race Cars (8)
  • Robots (1)
  • Skateboarding (2)
  • Soccer / Futbol (7)
  • Superhero (3)
  • Tea Party (2)
  • Trains (12)
  • Zoo (7) 


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Gail Pepin permalink
    September 24, 2012 3:13 pm

    Such good info, Doreen. Thank you from all of us at GCU.

  2. September 25, 2012 1:46 am

    mermaids…how come I did not think of that?? back to the drawing table…

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