How to make DIY Mother’s Day cards with floral letters

Happy Thursday, everyone! Today, I’m going to show you how to make DIY Mother’s Day cards with floral letters. Mother’s Day is just around the corner so I thought I’d give you guys a DIY idea for quarantine times!

The reason why I chose floral letters is simply because my mom loves flowers. On Mother’s Day, I usually buy flowers for my mom (plus $$$). But since we’re all “stuck home” this year, I decided to make a DIY Mother’s Day card with floral letters (to make up for the missing flowers). I’m assuming most of you are also still in lockdown so let’s #StayHomeStaySafe and make DIY Mother’s Day cards with floral letters! Shall we get started? (Continue reading, there’s a freebie at the end!)

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 Materials you need to make DIY Mother’s Day cards with floral letters are:

  • Blank Cards and Envelopes: In this tutorial, I’m using A2 size cards (4.25 x 5.5 inches) that I had purchased in bulk from Michael’s a long time ago. I personally like A2 size cards because they’re not too small or too big. But feel free to use any size you prefer! If your handwriting is big, perhaps you should use A7 size cards (5 x 7 inches). I love DIY cards so I always have a handful of blank cards and envelopes in my drawer. But if you’re new to cardmaking, you could get these A2 size kraft cards and envelopes OR A7 kraft cards and envelopes.
  • Pencil & Eraser: Can be either a regular pencil or mechanical pencil — your choice! I always prefer mechanical pencils (because I don’t like sharpening pencils). My favorites are: Staedtler Mechanical Pencil, 0.7mm and Staedtler Triplus Micro Mechanical Pencil, 0.7mm.
  • Black Ink Pen: In this tutorial, I used black pens in two different tip sizes / thicknesses. Thicker pen is used to draw the outline and thinner pen is used to draw flowers inside the letters. I used a Sakura Pigma Micron Pen in 0.5mm and Sakura Pigma Graphic Pen in 1.0mm.
  • Ruler: Not 100% necessary but use rulers if you want to draw clean guidelines. Freehanding is cool too!

Simple five steps to make DIY Mother’s Day cards with floral letters are:

  1. Draw Guidelines
    For this tutorial, we’re going to go simple with guidelines and just draw a bounding box for the letters. Spacings on the top and bottom are approximately twice as large as the spacings on the left and right.
  2. Draw “Skeletons”
    Once guidelines are drawn, you’re going to roughly space out the letters, M-O-M. By nature, letter M is wider than O so keep that in mind when you space out the letters.
  3. Put Some Weight
    In this step, we’re going to complete the letters by drawing the line weights. Because we’re going to draw flowers inside the letters, we’re going to add thick uniform weights so that the letters are nice and bold!
  4. Stylize Letters
    After letterforms are drawn, we’re going to stylize the letters (yay, the fun part)! First, we’re going to draw circles, lines and ovals, indicating positions for the flowers, stems and leaves, respectively. Drawing the shapes first helps you improve overall composition. Once you’re done with the shapes, start drawing the flower petals, leaves and stems inside the shapes. A simple way to draw roses is start with a circle / an oval and just keep drawing wavy loops around it. Tip is to let your hand loose and draw the loops naturally wavy. Also, make sure you don’t go too over the top with details and decorations. Since you’re drawing the flowers inside the letters, if details are too “aggressive”, it can look too crowded. The look we’re going for in this tutorial is simple and easy to read floral letters. 
  5. Ink It
    Lastly, we’re going to ink the pencil drawing to finish off. We’re going to outline the letters using a black pen with thicker tip size for bold outlines. Let the ink dry and erase pencil sketches. Then, we’re going to use another black pen with thinner tip size for flower illustrations.

In case DIY isn’t your jam OR you don’t really have free time to make DIY Mother’s Day cards with floral letters, I’m offering all salty subscribers and my email subscribers a FREE printable card! It’s a letter size document you can print at the comfort of your own home! So make sure you subscribe to Salty Newsletter OR My Newsletter by Friday — email will be sent out on May 8th at 3pm PST!

Did you enjoy today’s tutorial? Let me know if it was helpful to you — we want to hear from you! Now it’s your turn to try making DIY Mother’s Day cards with floral letters!

Love,
Julisha Kim / @julishakim

 

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