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How To Make A Tropical Sunset Quarter-Fold Card With Colored Pencil Drawings

Updated on January 7, 2017
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Do you like sunsets? I enjoy drawing these, so I decided to make a tropical sunset card. Making cards is one of my favorite crafting projects, and for this hub, I decided to make a quarter fold card out of recycled paper. One side of the paper had been used for printing a few lines, so I decided to use the blank side for the card. Often people search the web for free card templates, but it is actually is simpler make your own quarter fold card. These handmade creations are ideal for wedding invitations, birthday invitations, or when you just want to send a friend a thank you card. Take a look at the steps below to see how I created this fun tropical sunset card.

This tropical sunset image was created on a quarter fold card.
This tropical sunset image was created on a quarter fold card.

Step One: Find A Sheet of Used Paper

This quarter fold card is made out of a sheet of used paper.  Recycling used paper for gift cards is a great idea, especially since many cards are simply thrown away.
This quarter fold card is made out of a sheet of used paper. Recycling used paper for gift cards is a great idea, especially since many cards are simply thrown away.

Personally I do not like to throw away my cards, but the reality is many people do.  So how can you help the environment when making greeting cards?  Try making a quarter fold card out of a piece of recycled paper.  Simply search through the house to see if you can find a piece of paper that has one used side, and one blank side.  The used side will be folded under and the blank side will be used for the outside and the inside of the new card.

Step Two: Fold The Paper In Half

Fold the sheet of recycled paper in half.
Fold the sheet of recycled paper in half.

Make sure the used portion is facing up before folding the page in half.  This way the card will be blank on the inside and the outside was the quarter fold is complete.

Step Three: Make A Quarter Fold

Now fold the half fold into a quarter fold card.
Now fold the half fold into a quarter fold card.

Fold the half fold into a quarter fold, which makes the card complete.  Now it is time to start drawing the design on the front of the quarter fold card.

Step Four: Draw The Tropical Scene

Here I have drawn the tropical scene on my card.
Here I have drawn the tropical scene on my card.

In this step I completed drawing the tropical scene on my card.  These type of pictures happen to be some of my favorites because I have a total obsession with Hawaii and Polynesia.  I would love to spend more time there if I could.  These beautiful locales deserve to be commemorated on cards and other personalized art work.  Have I mentioned that I consider greeting cards to be some of the greatest art around?  Just take a look around etsy and see how many many derivations there are of gift card art.

Step Five: Begin Coloring The Clouds

Begin adding the tangerine color to the clouds.
Begin adding the tangerine color to the clouds.

During this step in the sequence I used the tangerine colored pencil to begin filling in the clouds of the sunset sky.

Step Six: Finish Filling In The Clouds

Finish adding the tangerine color to the clouds.
Finish adding the tangerine color to the clouds.

Finish blending in the tangerine colored pencil into the clouds of the sky.  This sunset is going to be beautiful and vibrant!

Step Seven: Begin Adding Magenta To The Sky

Begin adding magenta to the areas surrounding the clouds.
Begin adding magenta to the areas surrounding the clouds.

Use the magenta colored pencil to fill in the rest of the sky.  The contrast between the tangerine and the magenta would makes for a fun tropical sunset, and a paradisaical experience in a card!

Step Eight: Finish Adding The Magenta

Blend the magenta colored pencil into the sky.
Blend the magenta colored pencil into the sky.

As I finish adding the magenta, I also slightly blend it in with the tangerine clouds. The blending gives the sky a true sunset experience. Next, I will be shading in the shadowy parts of the sunset, which consists of the trees, flora, and fauna.

Step Nine: Shade In The Shadows

Use the black colored pencil to shade over the areas that have already been shaded in with pencil, which consist of the palm trees and other foliage.  The blending of the lead from a drawing pencil and the pigment from the black colored pencil creates the illusion of deep and rich shadows, which mimic those found in an actual sunsets.  This drawing is somewhat on the abstract side, but it is fun to experiment with art techniques that suit your taste.

The shadows look very stunning when completed.  The blending of black colored pencil and drawing pencil makes for rich tones.
The shadows look very stunning when completed. The blending of black colored pencil and drawing pencil makes for rich tones.

Step Ten: Shade The Water

Mix together the magenta and tangerine colored pencils to create a beautiful ocean.
Mix together the magenta and tangerine colored pencils to create a beautiful ocean.

The mixing together of magenta and tangerine colored pencils creates a beautiful ocean.  The drawing pencil was used to sketch out the light rippling, which also adds to the blending of the colors.  This was a fun card to create, which just goes to show how hand drawn items can actually be much more enjoyable than computer based ones.  Do not be afraid to get out some colored pencils and make your own card out of recycled paper today!

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      SweetiePie 12 months ago from Southern California, USA

      Yes, I think it is nice both ways.

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      prettydarkhorse 14 months ago from US

      Nice with both, with color or without.

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      SweetiePie 23 months ago from Southern California, USA

      You are lucky to have grown up in a place where you could see tropical sunsets. I am guessing you lived close to the ocean?

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      prettydarkhorse 23 months ago from US

      Me too, they are beautiful.

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      SweetiePie 23 months ago from Southern California, USA

      I love Hawaii, Tahiti, and all other places with coconut palms.

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      prettydarkhorse 23 months ago from US

      Nice even with a white background, cool with the tropical coconut design.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks Edenvale

      Ripplemaker,

      I appreciate your heart felt thanks. I love Polynesia, so it always seems to turn up in my art work :).

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Yay, congratulations for 200 hubs! And what a fine way to celebrate it by sharing your love for crafts and art and Hawaii and Polynesia. :)

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      EdenvaleShoppes 8 years ago

      Wonderful article...Thanks.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Glad you enjoyed it always a brides maid! Love your screen name by the way!

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      alwaysabridesmaid 8 years ago

      Creative Hub!!

      Thanks.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you Lgali!

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      What a nice card Congratulations on the 200 hubs

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Glad you like it Jen!

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      Jen4Weddings 8 years ago from Canada

      Good hub!!

      Thanks..

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Nancy,

      I am beginning to post on etsy, so we shall see what happens :).

      Nolimits,

      Thanks for stopping by and reading. I am glad you enjoy making cards too!

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      What a beautiful card! You should expand your artistic abilities to other avenues …

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      OOPS! My finger stuttered… :-(

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      Nolimits Nana 8 years ago

      Congratulations on the 200 hubs!

      Cards that have the sender's art are my favorites for keeping. I've put together ones with my photos and my weavings inset into a window. Now, I'll have to include my paintings!

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I will keep an eye out for your hubs Silverlining!

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      Tracy Behr 8 years ago from Port Elizabeth

      very nice, you have inspired me to do a hub on some of my art! ;-)

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      dohn,

      I to had a drawing hanging in the principal's office for a few months, but then when it was entered in the district contest I was one of the few people who was not even selected for honorable mention :(. You should be honored that your picture stayed up that long, and maybe your former principal took it home to add to his art collection. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Since this was my two hundredth hub I did want to commemorate some how. I have deleted about twenty hubs over the last two years, but at this very moment I now have 200 hubs. It is pretty exciting!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I used to be quite the artist (from what I was told). A self portrait I drew hung in my high school's principal's office for another two years after I graduated (he retired). I have absolutely no idea what happened to it.

      This is really great and original. I like how you are so thorough with your instructions! Great hub. Congrats on #200!