How to Make Your Own 60th Birthday Invitation Postcards

by Filonia LeChat, Demand Media

    Turning 60 is an achievement to be feted with much celebration, and no ordinary box of card store invitations is going to be satisfactory to stir up the excitement required for your guests. Instead, get yourself on your invitees calendars, perk up their mailboxes and show some originality by making your own birthday party invitations. Put yourself or the guest of honor front and center by taking advantage of the features of one of several different software programs. Creating your own birthday postcards lets you extend your moment in the spotlight longer than just the day and offers a keepsake after the big party.

    Using Word

    Step 1

    Open Microsoft Word. Click the "Page Layout" tab. Click the "Size" button. Click the "4 x 6" option for a standard postcard size or click "More Paper Sizes" and select a custom size for the birthday postcards. Word automatically resizes the work area.

    Step 2

    Type the invitation message, such as "Over the Hill and Straight Back Again!" or "Guess Who's Turning 60?!" Highlight the message and click the "Home" tab. Format the text using the options in the "Font" section, increasing the font and changing its color.

    Step 3

    Press the "Enter" key twice to add a line of space. Type the invitation details, such as the guest of honor's name, the date, time and location of the party and how to RSVP.

    Step 4

    Add birthday images to the postcard by clicking the "Insert" tab. Click "Clip Art." Type a term such as "birthday," "party," "balloons," "cake" or "celebration" into the "Search for" box. Click "Go" and double-click a picture to add it to the postcard. Repeat to add more images.

    Step 5

    Click the "File" tab. Click "Save As." Type a name for the postcard and click the "Save" button.

    Using Paint

    Step 1

    Open Paint. Click the Paint button in the top-left corner of the screen. Click "Properties." Type the postcard dimensions into the "Width" and "Height" boxes, such as "6" and "4" respectively. Click the "inches" radio button. Click "OK."

    Step 2

    Click one of the small colored squares in the "Colors" section for the postcard text color or leave black as the default. Click the "Text" tool, the "A" icon in the "Tools" section. Click the postcard and select a font and text size.

    Step 3

    Type the postcard message, such as "You're Invited to Max's 60th Birthday!" Add additional information, switching colors, fonts and sizes as desired, to fill in the party details.

    Step 4

    Select a colored square from the "Colors" section. Click the "Brushes" button and choose "Airbrush." Click and drag the cursor around the white space around the text to add confetti. Change colors and continue clicking for rainbow confetti.

    Step 5

    Click the Paint button. Click "Save As." Name the postcard file and click the "Save" button.

    Using Photoshop

    Step 1

    Open Photoshop and click the "File" menu. Click "New." Enter "60th Invite" into the "Name" box. Enter dimensions into the "Width" and "Height" boxes, selecting "inches" from each drop-down menu. Click the "OK" button.

    Step 2

    Click the "File" menu again. Click "Open." Locate a photo of the birthday honoree and double-click the file name. When the picture opens in Photoshop, click the "Select" menu and click "All." Press the "Ctrl" and "C" keys to copy the picture.

    Step 3

    Click the "60th Invite" box and press "Ctrl" and "V" to paste in the image. Resize it to fit the postcard size by pressing and holding down the "Shift" key, then clicking the "Edit" menu, selecting "Transform," clicking "Scale" and shrinking it to fit.

    Step 4

    Add text on top of the photo by clicking the "T" icon on the "Tools" pane. Choose a font, size and text color that won't fade into the picture from the toolbar at the top of the screen. Click the picture and type the invitation details.

    Step 5

    Click the "File" menu. Click "Save As." Choose a destination to save the postcard file and click the "Save" button.

    About the Author

    Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.

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