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Get inspired to celebrate a birthday with Adobe Spark Post

Make this birthday extra special by creating a personalized birthday card for your recipient! Design a card that’s one of a kind, and that the birthday person in question will want to hold onto forever. Explore Spark Post’s professionally designed templates to get you inspired, then choose one to remix and customize. When you’re done, download your design to share instantly or print out to stick in the mail. It’s as easy as choosing a template, customizing, and sharing!

Create your birthday card now

1. COVID-19 themed birthday card

Global pandemics make birthdays a little more challenging. Bring joy to the birthday person in question during these times with a card that finds a silver lining in it all. Make it personalized and supportive, or create something silly that reminds us that a birthday is an incredible day to celebrate, no matter what.

2. Feature a kind birthday wish

Make the focus of your card come from the heart. Write out a birthday greeting that sounds authentic to you and will resonate with your recipient. You can even choose a phrase or sentence that has a theme that can be echoed in the rest of your design.

3. Make ‘em laugh with a funny design

Bring a smile to your recipient’s face with a dose of humor. Upload a hilarious photo of the birthday person with a silly caption. Or, feature a popular meme on your design or create your own meme using a photo of the recipient. Or simply enjoy exploring Spark’s premade templates that come packed with humor in them.

4. Highlight a favorite photo

Upload one or more of your favorite photos of the birthday person! Make the photo full screen, create a photo collage, or drop in a photo to add borders and filters to it. There are unlimited ways to showcase your own images in your birthday card design.

5. Photo collages with memories

Use a specific group of photos to highlight an important event in the past year. Or, take photos at the birthday party, then turn them into a photo collage to commemorate the celebration. Add icons, animations, filters, and much more to create a fun and festive collage.

6. Showcase a “Year in Review”

Turn your birthday card into a memento! Add photos from the previous year that honor some of your favorite memories together. Caption your images with dates and anecdotes from each shot.

7. Use an image for the background

Upload your own image or select a festive stock photo from the Spark library. Pin the image to the background, then add graphic and text elements on top. You can add filters to the image, or add effects such as blurring to make the photo blend in with the overall design.

8. Say “happy birthday” with text

Keep it clean and simple! Send a straightforward message that will mean the most to your recipient. Start off with a birthday greeting, then complement it with a personalized note that is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

9. Showcase their age in the artwork

All birthdays are monumental, but some numbers carry more meaning than others. Use a landmark number such as 10, 16, 18, 21, 40, 50, etc., to serve as the main design for your card. Spice it up with colors, patterns, or even turning the numbers into candles!

How to make a custom birthday card

  1. Start with inspiration

    We hook you up with thousands of professionally designed templates so you’re never starting from a blank canvas. Search by platform, task, aesthetic, mood, or color to have fresh inspiration at your fingertips. Once you find a graphic to start from, just tap or click to open the document in the editor.

  2. Remix it to make it your own

    There are lots of ways to personalize your birthday card templates. Change up the copy and font. Sub out the imagery with your own photos. Or browse from thousands of free images right in Spark. Spend as little or as much time as you want making the graphic your own. With a premium plan, you can even auto-apply your brand logo, colors, and fonts so you’re always #onbrand.

  3. Amp up the flair

    It’s easy to add extra flair and personality to your projects with Spark’s exclusive design assets. Add animated stickers from GIPHY or apply a text animation for short-form graphic videos in one tap. We’ve taken care of all the boring technical stuff, so you can focus on your message and style. You can also add collaborators to your project, so you can have more hands on deck bringing your design to life.

  4. Resize to make your content go further

    Gone are the days of having to memorize image dimensions for every single platform. Once you’ve landed on a design you like, you can easily modify it for any printed need or social network by using Spark’s handy, auto-magical resize feature. Simply duplicate the project, hit resize, and select the platform you want to adapt it for and our AI will take care of the rest. Boom! Content for all your channels in a fraction of the time!

  5. Save and share your birthday card design

    Once your card is complete, hit that publish button! Instantly download your design to print at home, at work, or with a professional printer. Or, upload your card to your social channels, send via text, or drop it in an email. Adobe Spark saves your designs, so you can always revisit your project if you need to update it in the future.

Get the party started with creativity on your side

Adobe Spark inspires you to think outside the box. Explore Spark Post’s birthday card templates, then have fun bringing your festive design to life. Create countless print and digital designs including birthday cards, social graphics, custom napkins or cups, t-shirts, party décor, and so much more. Then, take advantage of Spark’s other apps. Feature your card design in a birthday photo slideshow made with Spark Video. Head over to Spark Page to build a custom web page that can be used as a digital invite for a birthday party, or a page to publish all your favorite photos and memories from the past year. There are endless creative opportunities at your fingertips.

Let Adobe Spark be your birthday card design expert

Hone your creativity with the power of Adobe Spark Post. Explore professionally designed templates to get your wheels spinning, or design your own birthday card from scratch. Establish a theme for your designs using photos, icons, logos, personalized fonts, and other customizable elements to make it feel fully authentic. Duplicate designs and resize them to create consistency across multiple types of assets. With Adobe Spark Post, it’s free and easy to create, save, and share your designs within minutes so you can add collaborators, get approval, and celebrate a birthday like never before.