Handmade birthday cards definitely make the occasion extra- special! This card making tutorial will show you how to draw a birthday card with an image of a mason jar filled with flowers.
This card is perfect as a DIY birthday card for friends, but you could easily use it as a "thinking of you" card, or even as a Mother's Day card for mom or mother-in-law.
I have enjoyed drawing handmade greeting cards for every occasion you can imagine! One of my favorites is this drawn birthday card.
I love the look of the Mason jar with wildflowers, and the sentiment on the DIY birthday card is very sweet.
Don't be intimidated by the hand-drawing! The easy-to-follow steps we've outlined here for you will make the drawn birthday card quite simple!
Learn how to draw handmade greeting cards with a mason jar filled with wildflowers by watching our video or keep reading this post.
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how to draw a birthday card
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Plain card stock cards and envelopes
- Dual tip watercolor markers
- Ultra-fine-tipped permanent black marker
instructions to make a "you belong among the wildflowers" handmade birthday card
Step 1: Begin sketching the Mason Jar on your handmade Birthday Card
Start with a blank card stock card. Because your DIY birthday card has a tall image, make sure your blank card is in the upright position.
Use your pencil to draw a thin curved rectangle in the middle of the card for the mason jar top.
Add a couple of lines below the rectangle for the ridges of the jar top.
Lightly sketch the jar sides and bottom with your pencil. It is ok if your lines are not defined; sketching a rough outline works great.
STEP 2: write the message "You belong among the wildflowers"
In the upper third of the jar on your handmade birthday card, make an oval for the waterline.
In the lower third of the jar, write the wildflower message. Different fonts are attractive; I used printing for the words "You belong", cursive for "among the", and all upper-case letters for "wildflowers".
You may need to write and erase until the words are centered. Be patient! This drawn birthday card is going to be beautiful!
Step 3: add the flowers, leaves and stems to your Handmade birthday card
Use your pencil to start with the large fluffy flower and then add in the other fluffy flowers. Next, add some stems between the flowers.
Continue adding the flower shapes and stems to your handmade birthday card. Make the stems end under the water line of the mason jar, being careful not to touch the wording.
The stems with just leaves are easily made using the infinity symbol for each pair of leaves.
Step 4: begin outlining your design in black marker
Using the black ultra-fine tipped permanent marker, outline the design beginning with the flowers.
This is where you use your sketching of the mason jar sides to make them firmed up and straight.
Be careful not to make any stems pass through a flower!
step 5: Erase the Pencil Marks from the image
When the entire design is outlined, use the large eraser to go over the entire drawing, erasing every pencil mark. Do this several times to be sure all marks are gone.
step 6: add color to your image
Next, you will be making this card colorful! I use Artist's Loft Watercolor Dual-Tip Markers; they have a broad tip at one end and a fine point at the other. I like having this option when I'm adding color.
I have also found that these markers do not bleed through to the other side of the card.
Using the duel-tipped watercolor orange marker, begin outlining the flowers and filling in the fluffy flower shapes. The broad end of the marker is best for filling in color.
Using the broad end of the brown marker, color the daisy centers. The yellow marker is used to color the other flower shapes.
step 7: add details to your drawn birthday card
Using the small tip of the orange marker, make loops in the daisies and lines in the straw flower.
The fine-tipped permanent black pen is used to add fine details on the mason jar. This is a good time to add a few black lines in the fluffy orange flowers.
step 8: add a blue shadow to your drawing
Using the broad tip of a bright blue marker, make overlapping horizontal lines to create the shadow under the jar. Add just enough of the blue to keep the jar from floating on the page!
Ta-da! And there you have it; a beautiful hand drawn birthday card ready to mail.
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