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How to Make a Butterfly Birthday Card With Colored Pencil Drawings

Updated on February 8, 2018
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Many years ago I came to believe there was nothing more quixotic than a butterfly fluttering her wings around the petals of a sunflower in our small garden atop the San Bernardino Mountains. You can make a butterfly birthday card for people who love these colorful insects. Butterflies are easy to draw, and people of all ages can draw pictures of butterflies. When I was in first grade I remember when we had to make a giant butterfly, and color it with oil pastels. There is just something beautiful about butterflies helping to pollinate flowers as they search for nectar in the flowers of our gardens, and of our beautiful countryside landscapes. Every day I dream of birds, which I see on my walks, but from time to time I have to be reminded of the existence and purpose of butterflies as well. The decreasing population of butterflies worldwide saddens me, and I am concerned because children who live in urbanized regions may not have had the

Here is the butterfly Happy Birthday card that I created.  I sketch the picture of the butterfly for this card.
Here is the butterfly Happy Birthday card that I created. I sketch the picture of the butterfly for this card. | Source

Step 1: Sketching Out The Butterfly

Here I am beginning to sketch out my butterfly.
Here I am beginning to sketch out my butterfly. | Source

First, I made a card by folding a sheet of paper in-half, and then into one-fourth to make the quarter fold card. I made this quarter fold card out of computer paper, which shows how you can make cards out of any kind of paper you have on hand.

Step Two: Finish Sketching The Butterfly

Here I have completed sketching the butterfly on the paper.
Here I have completed sketching the butterfly on the paper. | Source

Take as much time as you would like sketching the image of the butterfly on the front of the card. For this project I decided to do a quick sketch so I could send out the birthday card on time.  Nevertheless, I was quite happy with how the butterfly card turned out.

Step Three: Color The Wings of The Butterfly

The wings of the butterfly were colored with a purple colored pencil.
The wings of the butterfly were colored with a purple colored pencil. | Source

Select the color you would like to use for shading in the wings of the butterfly. Certain types of butterflies will have multiple colors, but for simplicity you can always make the wings one primary color. Use your reference photograph to determine what colors you should used when shading in the wings of the butterfly. However, you can also use artistic license to make the color of the butterfly wings any shade you desire. For instance, I have decided to color the wings of my butterfly'purple because this is one of the favorite colors of the person I am giving the birthday card to. When designing a card for someone, I like to keep in mind their interests and personal tastes.

Step Five: Color In The Spiracles, Head, And Attennaes

Here I colored in the midsection of the butterfly with a black colored pencil.
Here I colored in the midsection of the butterfly with a black colored pencil. | Source

When I decided to color in the midsection of the butterfly, which includes the spiracles, antennae, abdomen, thorax, head, and eyes, I decided to use a black colored pencil. You can draw and color in the midsection with as much detail as desired, but I decided to keep this a bit more simplistic on my butterfly since you really cannot see many of these details with out a magnifying glass anyway.

Step Six: Color In The Leaf Behind The Butterfly

Here I colored in the leaf behind the butterfly.
Here I colored in the leaf behind the butterfly. | Source

I decided to color in the leaf directly behind the butterfly using a combination of light green and dark green colored pencil tones to achieve the look of the real leaf. Of course I used artistic license to place my leaf behind the butterfly, but this is only because I love the look of a very large leaf behind a butterfly. Growing up in the San Bernardino Mountains I often spotted many butterflies perching on large leaves during my hours spent reading in a garden. Pure delight!

Step Seven: Begin Coloring In The Blue Sky Behind The Leaf

Here I am beginning to color in the sky with an aqua colored pencil.
Here I am beginning to color in the sky with an aqua colored pencil. | Source
Continuing to color the aqua sky around the leaf and the butterfly.
Continuing to color the aqua sky around the leaf and the butterfly. | Source

When I get to the portion of a sketch where I begin to color the sky, I always feel a surge of reaching the climax point of the art project. There is just something so fulfilling about reaching the final part of a sketch, whether it be detailed or more simplistic like this one.

Step Nine: Finish Coloring The Butterfly Illustration

I finally completed coloring the illustration of my butterfly for the birthday card.
I finally completed coloring the illustration of my butterfly for the birthday card. | Source

Now that I finished coloring in the butterfly illustration for the card, I am ready to use my calligraphy pen to trace over the cursive "Happy Birthday" message.

Step Ten: Use The Calligraphy Pen To Trace Over "Happy Birthday"

Here I used an old fashioned calligraphy pen with red ink to trace over the message "Happy Birthday," which is on the front of the card.  There is something very inspirational about creating your own birthday cards.
Here I used an old fashioned calligraphy pen with red ink to trace over the message "Happy Birthday," which is on the front of the card. There is something very inspirational about creating your own birthday cards. | Source

I used an old fashion calligraphy pen to trace over the "Happy Birthday" message on the front of the card. Perhaps in the future I will write in a calligraphy script while using the pen, but I decided to just use cursive for this card. Truthfully,I love creating my own birthday cards, and I feel very accomplished after doing so. You can make your own birthday cards by simply folding a sheet of paper into a quarter fold card, and drawing a beautiful image on the front. So I created a beautiful birthday gift for my friend without having to spend money on something they might not use. A handmade card is so much more thoughtful!

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    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      3 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I like comments all the time :). Just wanted to share when I created it.

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      prettydarkhorse 

      3 years ago from US

      Ok, I just noticed the date it was published.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      3 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I appreciate your comment. This image was one I used for my niece's birthday card back in 2011.

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      prettydarkhorse 

      3 years ago from US

      Very nice sweetiepie, easy to follow.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      3 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for your lovely comment.

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, you are talented in drawing and coloring, really really talented

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      4 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Created this long ago, but it was fun :).

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      Ethel Smith 

      4 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Easy to follow thanks :)

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks Aya!

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      Aya Katz 

      6 years ago from The Ozarks

      That is a beautiful butterfly drawing and it's nice to be able to watch as it evolves!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi CMHyno,

      It is marvelous to hear that some religions consider the butterfly a symbol of the soul. These are such exquisite creatures to view, photograph, or draw, so who could not admire the butterfly? Thanks for sharing.

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      CMHypno 

      7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Beautiful butterfly cards, SweetiePie. I love visiting butterfly farms, and in some religions butterflies are a symbol of the soul

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Eiddwen,

      Thank you for your lovely comment.

      erthfrend,

      Glad you enjoy looking at butterflies as much as I do. I am sure you could take some lovely photos of your garden.

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      erthfrend 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Im a huge fan of butterflies! I always have a butterfly garden in my yard and Im so intrigued with watching them. This was a beautiful card you made and a very cute idea! Thank you for sharing! im always looking for creative ideas!

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      It's a pleasure and I love buuterflies. I am hoping to have a tattoo in the very near future with Erin's name on it.

      I think butterflies are a symbol of all that is good.

      Take care SweetiePie

      Eiddwen.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Eiddwen,

      Glad you understand how special a handmade card can be. Thanks for your lovely comment.

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Hi SweetiePie,

      A great hub, very well detailed and looks very easy to follow and doesn't a card that's been made with loving care mean more than a shop bought one.

      Thank you so much for sharing,

      Take care,

      Eiddwen.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you for your lovely comment agusfanani!

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      agusfanani 

      7 years ago from Indonesia

      The occasion will be much more fun with this kind of card. Thank you.

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