How To Make A Homemade Card Design By Drawing A Simple Image

Making a home made card

To create a home made card design. I have thought about creating one really since I saw Sweetiepie do it several times on a few of her hubpages, so I thought I'd give it a try and just have a break from my usual round of drawing fantasy art stuff for a few hours.

In fact I used to do this about five years ago, when I was really low on money at the time and it saved a few pence here and there I would create personalized cards that I drew myself for anyones birthday or for Christmas and I used to create these well in advance, usually around the same time, so that I could get on with other stuff, like work the job I hated at the time.

Really though I can't believe that I forgot how fun this was, creating some special art for someone else in the form of a card.

I used to be one for cartoony joke cards alot, so maybe I should get back into that.

Well I decided to try and keep this one simple and do a pen and ink drawing of a vase with 3 paper flower thingies that were in our house and colour it with a nice bit of colour too.

Original Vase Photo

Select a simple scene and draw that for your card design.
Select a simple scene and draw that for your card design.

Vase Pencil Drawing

The drawing of the vase with the dried flowers.
The drawing of the vase with the dried flowers.

The First Step Draw The Design

Take a piece of A4 sized paper and a light 2H,HB or any pencil and then find something to draw from, something in your house perhaps?

I chose a simple vase and three dried flowers as in the photo above I used for inspiration to create a more arranged vase on paper.

Drawing the vase and the three flowers is the first priority really, I like to do these card making things quite quick and so a quick sketch is all that needs to be done here, just capture what you see or just make it up, so long as you like the thing you are drawing then who cares, it is your drawing that will wow them into saying "thanks for the personal card that you made especially for me"!

I like to draw with a HB pencil as this is my ultimate preference for sketching and so now we have the pencilled vase design...now what?!!

Pen And Ink Vase Drawing

The inked stage of the card design, ready for the next stage - colour
The inked stage of the card design, ready for the next stage - colour

Ink Over The Pencil Lines

By inking over the pencil lines, for this particular drawing it helps the later step of adding colour, because in pen and ink we can bleed some of the colours together if we wished.

After inking all of the pencil lines, you may want to wait a good ten minutes until the ink has dried, before attempting to run out all of the pencil marks you don't need on your drawing, this makes it a cleaner drawing obviously, I tend to add a few extra details that I did not pencil in like more detail on the petals of the flower and other tiny details.

You should have a pen and ink drawing that looks like the one below or whatever subject you chose to draw.

Add Some Colour To Your Card Design

The colour has been added here with a combination of watercolour ink and watercolour pencils.
The colour has been added here with a combination of watercolour ink and watercolour pencils.

Now The Coloured Inks To Create That Look From The Original Photo

Adding coloured inks is something that I really enjoy, I use one of two kinds of ink, either watercoloured inks or the fountain pen colour inks which I thin down with distilled water, I add them in with a small round brush a good quality one if it is the water colour inks and a good quality but old brush for the fountain pen inks.

I've tried to match the red of the dried flowers and the brown of the vase, although the colour has run on the pen and ink drawing but that was to be expected with non waterproof black inks and it actually helped towards the end results, now in the background I have decided to leave it white but you could add a pale yellow with a few washes of a thinned down burnt sienna to ground the piece and provide a backdrop shadow and a place for the vase to sit and not float in the air, because sometimes a lighter background may bring your design more forward..

A card finished design....What now?

You could cut this design out and glue it to a suitable piece of card, although it would have to be large to fit on, or you could scan the image into your computer and shrink it slightly and add a personal message to it, or add a border or even add some photoshop effects to it.

Whatever the case, a card design that is a personal touch, drawn from you can be a great thing to recieve, because someone taking the time to create a card just seems more special than going out and buying a card that anyone can buy and plus there is a chance that the card you buy won't be an original and will exist in a large print number.

I'll probably update this article at some point.....

Making card designs is fun! So try it sometime!

You might also like - drawing a still life which just shows you picking a composition on objects around the house and simply drawing them in a step by step art tutorial.

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Home Made Cards 10 comments

priyal 4 years ago

I love your drawing technique and this is a very fun card. I am sure you could start making all different types of cards as you said.


lemonadelovers 6 years ago

i love lemonade


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Thanks Maystone!!


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maystone 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Really nice. Thanks for sharing your technique. I am an aspiring sketch artist and I think this is very inspiring work!


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

It's not your fault!


maria 6 years ago

ugly


chrissy 7 years ago

i love ur drawings and i was trying to draw it but it wont come out like urs!!

:)


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

I most certainly will update this hubpage article with steps and other stuff to add to the card and things like that...I shall certainly post more crafty articles on this subject!!

Cheers Nancy And Sweetie!!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

Waynet,

I love your drawing technique and this is a very fun card. I am sure you could start making all different types of cards as you said.


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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA

A beautifully crafted design and your choice of color is perfect…Enjoyed the artwork and article---keep up the good work…

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