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While traditional birthday greeting cards are still very widespread today, more and more people are turning towards the idea of greeting cards with a personal touch. Thanks to the advent of the Internet and information technology solutions, everyday people now have the ability to design and create our very own birthday greeting cards, with only a few clicks of the mouse. Hundreds of websites and computer programs now offer software tools which allow customers to create their own cards, which can then be printed out and handed to the recipient. Creating such greeting cards has become easier than ever-even those with absolutely no background or inclination towards design can create presentable greeting cards for their friends and loved ones.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

With the way things are presently going, the days of lining up to buy birthday greeting cards may seem to be coming to an end. The tools to create your very own birthday greeting cards, or any other card for whatever occasion for that matter, are now available to you online. You can either subscribe to websites that offer design services for a small fee, or purchase and download the creative studio software yourself. Either way, both options allow you to come up with your very own greeting card masterpiece.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

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Custom birthday greeting cards are the current craze due largely to a single factor: personalization. The ability to customize a greeting card and make it your own is something that has definitely piqued the interest of consumers and industry experts alike. For starters, the main drawback of birthday greeting cards bought off the shelf is that they are perceived by many to be lazy gifts, bought only by those who have no idea what to give a birthday celebrant. It's no surprise why this is the case. After all, what's so special about a birthday card that's one of hundreds made by a greeting card company?

Personalized birthday greeting cards are all about uniqueness. They are a preferred option these days because many people want something more than conventional greeting cards made in bulk. Custom birthday greeting cards also require a bit of work to create, which make them even more special for the recipient. Time spent to create something special is always heartwarming-this ultimately is the reason behind these cards' charm. As for the content and design of these custom greeting cards, that is totally up to you and your creativity. You are simply handed the tools of the trade-it's up to you to use your imagination.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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