How To Make A Simple Tree Card

The inclination for making simple cards inspired me to create this tutorial on how you can make your own cards on a budget. Whenever you go to the store you see many cards with simple pictures, so over the years I always like to think of how I can create my own. Not only is your own card a unique creation, but why spend money when you already have all the supplies needed for making a special card? Some of the pictures I create for cards are elaborate, but I prefer simple illustrations because these are drawings I can do quickly. My card drawings are often based on digital photos I take, and this particular one is based on a tree outside of my house. The picture of the tree was taken in the autumn, so I decided to focus on the trunk and the branches of a wonderful little tree I walk by each day.

Make a card with a simple tree picture.
Make a card with a simple tree picture.

Supplies Use For Project

Here is a list of the supplies I used to make this simple tree card:

  • a blending stump
  • grey and blue water colored pencils
  • cardstock
  • a drawing pencil

Step One: Draw The Simple Tree

Here is a picture of simple tree that I drew on card stock.
Here is a picture of simple tree that I drew on card stock.

My goal this year is to resurrect and finish all of my uncompleted arts and crafts projects.  Last fall I used some left over card stock from another project and decided to draw a picture of the tree in my backyard.  At the time I forgot about this card, until I came across it a couple of days ago.  I finally decided to finish adding color the tree so I can send the card off to a friend.

Step Two: Start Adding Color

Start adding color to the tree.
Start adding color to the tree.

Use the grey colored pencil to start shading in the tree. In areas that are darker I press down harder, and in lighter spot I use a more subtle hand.

Step Three: Finish Shading In The Tree

In this step I completed shading in the tree.
In this step I completed shading in the tree.

In this step I completed shading in the tree with my grey colored pencils. Since this is a water color pencil it is very easy to shade and blend. You can even use a bit of water and a paint brush since these are water colored pencils!

Step Four: Color In The Blue Sky

Start adding the bright blue color to the sky.
Start adding the bright blue color to the sky.

For my simple sky I decided to use the color deep cobalt, which is a lovely water colored pencil that blends and shades very well. Using water colored pencils is a pure joy because one can gently mix the colors together while coloring. Some people think coloring is only for kids, but I guarantee that this is a calming activity that mature people can enjoy to. Besides, think of all the money you will be saving on those pre-made scrap booking and card making images when you draw the simple pictures yourself!

Step Five: Use A Blending Stump To Even Out The Sky

Use the blending stump to even out the color of the sky.
Use the blending stump to even out the color of the sky.

One thing that is nice about using colored pencils to fill in the sky is how often the even tones mimic the real differences in shades one sees when looking at the sky above. However, a blending stump is a great tool for evening out color, especially if the card picked up bumps from the surface it was being colored on. I love my blending stump, and I use a piece of sandpaper to clean it in between uses. This is critical because you do not want to use the blending stump on another drawing and to get the wrong colors on it. The sandpaper is ideal for cleaning the blending stump and helping to sand it back down into a fine tip.

The Finished Project

The finished tree card is ready to send to a friend.
The finished tree card is ready to send to a friend.

After blending the sky a little bit I decided to go back with my deep cobalt blue color and add a bit more. Once I am happy with my card, and it is ready to be personalized with a message and sent off to my friend. Happy crafting, and do not be afraid to attempt to make your own simple cards today!

Comments 18 comments

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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

What a great idea. And people can use these steps for other favorite O2 givers. Very simple. Thanks.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Very true Frieda. Thankf for reading and commenting.


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Pete Maida 7 years ago

Very nice. A handmade card shows a lot more thought.


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

I love crayons and colored pencils. Markers can be very messy and they usually bleed through. Your trees have a feeling of movement, adds to the card. Another great hub SweetiePie.


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

Handmade cards are becoming more common place now what with everyone wanting to save some money and just think how many cards in a year people could end up buying when they could have made a card each time with little cost!

I like your card by the way, the blue pencil strokes give the illusion of clouds if you focus on the tree...jobs a good one!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Pete,

I feel the same way.

C.S. Alexis,

I noticed that markers do bleed when I use those, even though I love the vibrant colors. Thanks for sharing this great tip. I never noticed that about the trees, so thanks for pointingthat out.

waynet,

Yes I noticed that the uneven strokes of the colored pencils give the illusion of clouds. I think the blending stump helps to create this effect too.


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Melody Lagrimas 7 years ago from Philippines

You are so artistic, thanks for these tips.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks Melody!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks Melody!


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macwa katuka 7 years ago from Dothan Alabama

Great idea, cool cards. Have an awesome day...


SirDent 7 years ago

Awesome instructions as usual. Though I don 't do cards like this, I know when something is explained and illustrated well. You always do a great job.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

macwa,

Thanks for the nice comment.

Sirdent,

Thanks for saying so. Maybe you could make a hub sometime about the type of cards you like to make, whether these be drawings, stamps, or on a computer.


SirDent 7 years ago

I don't make cards at all is what I meant. Sorry for the confusion.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Sirdent,

You know I should have got that, but I probably just did not stop think about it :).


SirDent 7 years ago

It's OK Sweetie. I blogged this by the way.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for doing that sirdent. I will continue to do the same for you and several other hubbers I enjoy.


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Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Great ideas, home and hand made is always more appreciated because you have taken the time to do it and not just raced into the shop at the last minute. good hub


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Nice to hear from you again Eileen, and I completely agree with you on that.

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