This is a collection of all my handmade male birthday card ideas along with free templates.
I do most of my cardmaking with my Cricut cutting machine these days.
Once again, I found myself sifting through the cards in Cricut Access trying to find one that doesn’t take a gazillion different types of material and the entire afternoon to make.
I also really hate it when they charge extra for the ones that are simpler to make even though I’ve already paid my monthly subscription.
I finally just decided to design a set myself so I always have something handy when I need it.
For those of you crafters making this by hand, a subset of them have relatively simple designs can be cut with a pair of scissors.
I’m sharing it with everyone for FREE because I want to save you from this same headache. Whether you are feeling more inspired to make a more complex card or just need something quick, there’s something in this set for every occasion.
Materials for male birthday card ideas
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Cardstock – You can obvious make these cards with whatever colors you please. I just find the non-textured cardstock to hold up a bit better for more intricate designs.
- Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Cricut Joy Insert Card Packs – You don’t have to use these with the Cricut Joy, they are nice material kids for cardmaking.
- Cardstock Warehouse Brand on Amazon – I love the quality of all the matte-colored cardstock with Cardstock Warehouse. It is my go-to brand for individual matte colors that I might need
- Poptone Assorted Variety Pack – This is the perfect peppy assortment of colors of heavy cardstock. It’s a heavy cardstock assortment with colors I actually use frequently for cardmaking.
- Seasonal Assorted Variety Pack – This is a slight variation on the Poptone assortment and has a quite few neutrals that complement almost any accent color.
- Stardream Metallics Line – For paper crafts, the Stardream line is the go-to for a metallic shimmer finish. It is the perfect sheen to make any project pop. The core is also colored is which hard to find for metallic paper.
Glue – My favorite adhesive is actually a glue dots dispenser. The important thing is to use something that doesn’t warp the paper. Here are a few of my favorites:
Template – All of these male birthday card templates are free and available in both SVG and printable PDF formats in my resource library.
Tips for Making These Male birthday cards
I like to use the light grip mat for most cardstock projects. I feel like something has happened to the Standard grip green mats lately and they are too sticky. It is nearly impossible to get the smaller scraps off the green mat efficiently.
Use a lint roller for paper scraps. Another reason to use the Blue mat is you can just lint roll the paper scraps off the mat. Best investment ever.
I like to glue the piece from the bottom up. So for example, the gears card, I glue the blue base onto the card base. Then I glue the gears on. I find positioning the smaller elements to be easier adding them in this sequence.
Skip the Cricut Scoring altogether. I did not bother adding scoring lines to the card. Most people forget to convert them to scoring lines. It also rarely lines up well. I just fold and scrap with my scraper. If you don’t have a scraper, use a credit card.
You can add your own sentiment if you’d like, I left the design blank for that purpose.
There are many ways to add letters. Cardstock has the most consistent look but I find it takes more time to position for some fonts. I sometimes resort to vinyl if I am in a hurry.
If you are interested in using the drawing tool as I did for the baseball card, check out my tutorial on how to do faux calligraphy with the Cricut to get that bouncy font look for your cards.
If Dad is the main guy in your life, make sure he knows that he is appreciated. Make him a custom card with a heartfelt message. Even if it’s not a special occasion, it’s sometimes nice to just a get a card.
I love making these simple popup cards. They are super easy to make and only require two pieces of paper. I have a separate tutorial on how to design these single-word pop up cards. They pack a punch in terms of wow factor especially given how simple it is to make.
Or is your man a golfer? Celebrate his hobbies with this cute golf themed card that you can customize with your own sentiment. Let him know how “TEE-rific” he is.