Ever caught in a moment where you forgot to get a birthday card for the party you’re heading to? Well, it’s always healthy to keep a nice stack of cards that you can use whenever the occasion calls for it. But once in a while, you know that you just have to get that special card for that person. This card is perfect easy enough to create a couple of times to ensure you’re prepared for birthdays, and also for special ones.
Materials you’ll need:
- Watercolor and a variety of brushes (I used a flat brush, a round brush and a small liner brush)
- Calligraphy pen + White ink (alternatively, you can use a sharpie or any other pen)
- Extra sheet to use as a stencil
- Twine (optional)
I started off with cutting a 4×6 card from the card stock. I love using bristol paper because it’s so smooth for calligraphy.
Then, I drew half a heart shape (lengthwise) and on another sheet that I was going to use as a stencil.
Then, I folded the sheet lengthwise and use a pair of scissors to cut the heart out. Because a heart is symmetrical, you can easily create an even heart shape stencil.
I placed the stancil onto the right side of the card stock. Then, I started to paint. I wanted to create a gradient from a rich pink-red color to a reddish purple, so I started with the pink-red.
Using a round brush, I painted the top portion of the heart.
Then, I added darker red to my watercolour to create a darker portion below the pink-red.
Then, I added some purple to complete the heart!
Then, remove the stencil and LET DRY. I can’t state the importance of this instruction any more – you must let it dry, else the colours will mix with the calligraphy ink and/or blot paint everywhere!
Once the cover is dry, you can open the card and using a liner brush, dab a little of the paint and water to write the words “Happy Birthday”. If you want, you can also add more purple as you reach the end of the words, to follow the gradient theme from the cover of the card to the inside.
When the inside text is dry (remember to let it dry!), it’s time to do the calligraphy for the front of the card. Pick a really short quote and practice writing it in a piece of scrap paper. I use Dr. Martin’s Pen White ink and I add just a touch of water to dilute the water a bit. You can definitely use a sharpie as well if you don’t have the materials for calligraphy.
Once you’re done, let it dry.
If you’re feeling extra nice and creative, you can also create an envelope liner! Depending on what your envelope is, you can either cut out a smaller, similar-shaped envelope line and do some design on it. Since I wanted to carry the watercolour hearts onto this card, I drew some hearts and lines using the same shades.
Then I slipped the liner inside the envelope and voila! You’ve got a unique, creative, and extra-special birthday card that is sure to make anyone happy on their special day. Enjoy being creative!