Making A Heart Inspired Sunset Card For Valentine's Day

Do you enjoy designing cards for Valentine's Day? Personally, I am not into using manufactured scrap book supplies to decorate a card because these cost extra, so I prefer to draw my own images directly on the front of quarter-fold cards. So how do I make a quarter-fold card? What I do is a fold a blank sheet of paper in half, and then in a quarter, and viola, I have my quarter-fold card. Many people probably do not see the point of drawing an image directly on a blank card when they could used stamps and stickers from scrap booking supplies, and you should do that if it is what you really enjoy doing. However, if you like to draw pictures on your own, then please try drawing an image directly on the blank card. Even if you do not like drawing an image directly on the blank card, you can always print out your image on cards. The drawing I created for this Valentine's Day card is a heart inspired sunset, with the sitting sun turning into a heart for my card. The photos below will illustrate how I created this handmade Valentine's Day card.

I drew a heart inspired sunset scene on the front of my handmade Valentine's Day card.
I drew a heart inspired sunset scene on the front of my handmade Valentine's Day card. | Source

The photo above shows what the completed sunset inspired heart card looked like after I had finished coloring and drawing my original image. This image was inspired by the vibrant Southern California sunsets I see on a daily basis. As many people who follow my photography hubs know, Southern California is known for its magnificent sunsets.

An orange tinged Southern California sunset that inspired my heart sunset card.
An orange tinged Southern California sunset that inspired my heart sunset card. | Source
Another sunset that inspired the card.
Another sunset that inspired the card. | Source
The silhouette of the trees in this sunset photograph also gave me ideas for drawing the image for my card.
The silhouette of the trees in this sunset photograph also gave me ideas for drawing the image for my card. | Source

The video below shows what the completed heart inspired sunset Valentine's Card looked like after I finished coloring my drawing in.

Part 1: Draw The Heart For the Sunset card

I drew the heart siting behind the trees and the hills.
I drew the heart siting behind the trees and the hills. | Source

I drew the heart sitting behind the hills and the trees, which takes the place of the setting sun.

Step 2: Start Coloring In The Heart

In this phrase of the project I begin to color in the heart.
In this phrase of the project I begin to color in the heart. | Source

I used a red colored pencil to begin coloring in the heart I drew for my card.

Part Three: Continue Coloring In The Heart

Here I continued coloring in the heart with the red colored pencil
Here I continued coloring in the heart with the red colored pencil | Source

I continue coloring in the heart with the red colored pencil. My technique for coloring in the heart is shading in from the inside towards the center.

Part 4: Finish Coloring In The Heart

In this phase of the drawing I have finished coloring in the red heart.
In this phase of the drawing I have finished coloring in the red heart. | Source

I used a white colored pencil to highlight the inside portion of the heart.

Part 5: Coloring In The Rest of The Heart Inspired Sunset

I used an orchid colored pencil to color in the sky around the heart.
I used an orchid colored pencil to color in the sky around the heart. | Source

I used an orchid colored pencil to shade in the sky around the heart, and a violet-blue colored pencil to color in the silhouettes of the trees and the hills.

Part 6: Finishing The Heart Inspired Sunset Card

Here I finished coloring in the silhouette of the hills with the violet-blue colored pencil.
Here I finished coloring in the silhouette of the hills with the violet-blue colored pencil. | Source

In this final phase of the drawing I finished filling in the silhouette of the hills and the trees with the violet-blue colored pencil. Now the illustration for my Valentine card is complete and I am ready to give it to someone. Happy Valentine's Day, and feel inspired to drawing something inspiring on a handmade card.

Here is a closeup drawing of the heart inspired sunset that I created for a handmade Valentine.
Here is a closeup drawing of the heart inspired sunset that I created for a handmade Valentine. | Source

Colored Pencils For Card Making

I find I can never have too many different shades of colored pencils when it come to drawing pictures for my handmade cards.

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sarmack 4 years ago from Washington

Wonderful card from the heart (no pun intended!), sweetiepie.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

A lovely idea for a valentine's card, thank you for sharing and voted up.

The sunset photos are fabulous.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Sarmack,

I appreciate your comments. Thank you :).

Movie Master,

Thank you for your comments as well :).


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The-BestMouseTrap 4 years ago from The heartland, USA

I love home made cards, especially heart inspired cards for Valentine's Day. SweetPie always has the sweetest hubs, AW!


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi BestMouseTrap,

I am glad you enjoyed this card tutorial.


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

A very sweet idea for Valentine's Day! Thanks for sharing.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I appreciate your comments, Oceansnsunsets.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

I think handmade valentines are the best too. A great hub to inspire ideas and using one's own talents that 'store bought' so often seems to stifle nowadays.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you, Au fait!


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prettydarkhorse 17 months ago from US

Nice when one can send a handwritten V cards. Nice work.


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SweetiePie 17 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

I still create drawings, but several years ago I was better about writing my friends real letters. I have lapsed, and I know one friend kept writing me, but I just never get around to writing a letter out and going to the post office.

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