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Making A Sunset Card

Updated on January 24, 2017
A sunset card created from an a picture of an African sunset.
A sunset card created from an a picture of an African sunset.

Do you enjoy looking at sunsets? Are you bored with purchasing cards from the store? If so, then why not draw pictures on blank cards rather than buying the overpriced ones at the grocery store. So why do I advocate making my own cards? Quite simply because I believe anyone and everyone are capable of creating something more personalized for their family and friends. So what do you need to make a very special card by hand? I used remnants of cardstock left over from other projects, but you can also use paper. Next, choose a picture to use as inspiration for your card drawing. What does this picture have to be? The picture could be of your pet, a local waterfall, or of a favorite park. I have a large collection of African safari pictures that someone no longer wanted, so I often use these pictures as inspiration for art projects and card making. The picture I choose to draw was an African sunset, but of course, I decided to have my own take on the picture. I enjoy drawing sunsets because this allows for the use of vivid colors in the composition.

Step One: Find The Cardstock

Find a blank scrap of cardstock for the project.
Find a blank scrap of cardstock for the project.

Find a sheet of cardstock or paper for this project. For this project I used a piece of cardstock left over from another project. Cardstock is ideal for making your own cards because it is quite sturdy!

Step Two: Fold The Card In Half

Fold the card in half.
Fold the card in half.

Fold the cardstock in half to make a card.  During this step in the process I used the paper slicer to even out the edges, which is especially helpful when using scrap pieces of cardstock.

Step Three: Find A Sunset Picture

For this project I will be drawing a picture of an African sunset.
For this project I will be drawing a picture of an African sunset.

Find a sunset picture to draw on the card.  Several years ago I was able to keep a collection of African pictures that were going to be thrown away, which is where I found this beautiful sunset image.  African inspired arts and cards are a wonderful way to pay homage to this extraordinary continent.  Any one can buy a card at the store, but very few people will take the time to make a specialized card for a friend. 

Step Four: Sketch Out The Sunset

Sketch out the sunset on the cardstock.
Sketch out the sunset on the cardstock.

Sketch the sunset out on a the card.  Do not worry about the drawing too much as it is going to be covered up with colored pencils.

Step Five: Color In Orange Hues

Color in the orange hues of the sky.
Color in the orange hues of the sky.

Step Five: Add The Tangerine Tinctures

During this step I added the tangerine tinctures to the sky.  This was mostly the bottom portion and the clouds.  The orange hues of a sunset always bring inspiration and good thoughts.

Here the magenta tones have been added to the sky.
Here the magenta tones have been added to the sky.

Step Six: Add The Magenta Tones

Add the magenta tones to the sky after adding the orange ones.  The color magenta is produced by mixing blue and purple together, which makes it a nice contrast to the tangerine colors in the sunset.  Creating pictures sunsets can be fun, so be adventurist and try mixing together a few unexpected colors.

Step Seven: Outline The Shadows

Outline the shadows with the black colored pencil.
Outline the shadows with the black colored pencil.

Outline the shadows with the black colored pencils.  Next, begin filling in the shadows.

Step Eight: Continue Filling In The Shadows

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Here the shadows are being filled in with a black colored pencil.The shadows are over halfway filled in.
Here the shadows are being filled in with a black colored pencil.
Here the shadows are being filled in with a black colored pencil.
The shadows are over halfway filled in.
The shadows are over halfway filled in.

Fill in the shadows with a black colored pencil.  One of the great things about coloring a sunset is the ability to have fun with color and not to worry about the details.

The Finished Product: The Sunset Card

The African sunset card is now complete.
The African sunset card is now complete.

The African sunset card is not complete and blank on the inside for writing a note to a friend.  I still love to send short notes to my family and friends, and my handmade cards are always a hit.  Have fun creating your own cards, which are affordable and creative!

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      SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks, Ethel and Lady G! I have so many African safari pictures that were just going to be thrown away, and these are great inspiration for art projects.

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      Oh wow this was done 4 years ago. Thanks for bringing it back up. I always love your work SweetiePie.

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      Eileen Kersey 3 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      You always post such easy to follow steps. Thanks

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      That is good idea Painter, thanks for sharing!

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      Painter Penfield 6 years ago from Tampa Bay area Florida

      Sweet hub! You know, I have used left over cards to create beautiful hand made journal covers. These are just the right size to pop into my purse and carry along for the journey for whatever I have to journal about at the moment. A great hubber concept when we are away from our computers...

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Jibberish,

      Yes, making your own cards does help to save money in this economy. Even during the good times I still liked to make my own cards though :). Thanks for stopping by.

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      jiberish 8 years ago from florida

      Good advice during hard times, thanks.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      dohn,

      Thanks you so much for sharing that :).

      Duchess Oblunt,

      For fun I used to make cards for my mom and sisters when I was young, so it was something I got used to. When I had free time I even made cards for my friends, but it was not until two years I started doing this more often. I love card making, and I guarantee your family and friends will notice the personal touch.

      Nancy,

      I appreciate you stopping by and reading.

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      You do such nice crafting work thanks for sharing you creative side with us in both areas of crafts and writing...

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      Duchess OBlunt 8 years ago

      I voted no, I don't make my own cards, but it is something I will definitely think about. It sounds simple enough that I can do it. LOL

      A personal touch would shock everyone in my circle of family and friends, which is a very good reason to try!

      Thank you for sharing this great idea

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      You know, SweetiePie, if you weren't a veteran hubber, this hub would definitely be in a running for a hubnugget! Great job!