Today is my mom’s birthday! Happy Birthday, Mom!
I know there are lots of beautiful cards out there, but I usually prefer to make my own. I decided to experiment with my Faber-Castell Gelatos and some hand drawn butterflies to see if I could come up with a cute birthday card for my mom!
And it worked! Haha! You just never know when you sit down to try a project if it’s going to turn out the way you’re envisioning it.
After hunting around for some inspiration, I decided to draw these slightly abstract butterflies. In hindsight, I wish I’d positioned them a bit differently on this card, but they turned out alright in the end.
These butterflies are simple to create: draw an “E” and then a “3” opposite it. Add a loop in the center for extra flair. For the butterfly bodies, I added a thick squiggled line and antennae at the top.
To color in the butterflies, I selected some pretty blue and green Gelatos. Then I added a few strokes of color inside of the wings and blended them with my fingers.
This is a fun way to mix colors together, and it’s an easy way to create a sort of ombre effect, which is really pretty.
I also like that the color bled outside of the pen lines a bit, adding to the semi-abstract quality. Watercolor paints would be neat to use, as well.
I know this is a far cry from some of the gorgeous and intricate handmade cards out there, but I still enjoy trying my hand at my own versions!
Do you prefer to buy or make cards?
Thank you to my wonderful daughter for the birthday wishes and for the beautiful card you made for me. This was so much better than a store bought card. Love, Mom
Awww, thank you Mom 🙂