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How To Make A Palm Tree Inspired Valentine's Day Card

Updated on October 6, 2016

Here is another palm tree inspired Valentine card to celebrate my love of nature. There is this romantic notion about how Valentine's Day has to be about the love a couple shares, but that is not what V-Day is about for me. Today I have decided Valentine's Day is about my love of nature and palm trees, and creating cards inspired by the beauty of the world around me. You do not need to be in a relationship to enjoy Valentine's Day, and I have decided to make it a day about crafty and drawing things I consider aesthetically pleasing, such as drawings for my handmade cards. My goal is to make every holiday about drawing and crafting things I love, and to stop dwelling on the things that I do not have. If you open your eyes to the world around you, it is so beautiful and serene. No one can dictate what love and beauty is about, and for me love is about admiring the glorious tranquility of palm trees.

I designed a handmade Valentine card with my drawing of a palm tree with a sunset heart.
I designed a handmade Valentine card with my drawing of a palm tree with a sunset heart. | Source

Today I decided to draw a card that illustrates my love of palm trees and hearts, and thus I made the sunset with a heart shape. The sun may not be in the real shape of a heart, but this is a surrealistic take on the setting sun.

In the video above I explain how I created the illustration for my palm tree heart sunset card. Watch this video to get a few ideas on how to create your own palm tree illustrations, or watch some of my other drawing videos on YouTube. I am always creating new things on my channel, and I love to share my creative inspiration in hopes it motivates others to create things.

I sketched a palm tree scene.
I sketched a palm tree scene. | Source

I created a sketch a palm tree next to the ocean with a heart sunset.

I colored in the palm trees with a green colored pencil.
I colored in the palm trees with a green colored pencil. | Source

I used a green colored pencil to shade in the leaves and branches of the planted palm in my drawing.

Adding orchid color to the sunset sky.
Adding orchid color to the sunset sky. | Source

I used an orchid colored pencil to fill in the top portion of the sunset sky.

I used a red colored pencil to color in the heart of the sunset.
I used a red colored pencil to color in the heart of the sunset. | Source

A red colored pencil was used to shade in the heart of the sunset.

I used a blue colored pencil to shade in the water and a brown one for the planter.
I used a blue colored pencil to shade in the water and a brown one for the planter. | Source

During this phase of the drawing I shaded in the water next to the palm and the planter that it lives in.

A chrome colored pencil was used to color in the deck where the palm tree is standing.
A chrome colored pencil was used to color in the deck where the palm tree is standing. | Source

I finished the card by using a chrome colored pencil to color in the deck where the palm tree is planted. My handmade cards often feature my own drawings, such as with this palm tree heart sunset card.

Here is my completed illustration of the palm tree heart sunset.
Here is my completed illustration of the palm tree heart sunset. | Source

Above is a scan of my completed drawing for the palm tree sunset heart card that I created for Valentine's Day. I used a sky blue colored pencil to fill in the color of the ocean, a crimson red colored pencil to fill in the color of the sunset heart, and dark chrome colored pencil to fill in the color of the deck where the palm tree is sitting. The pot that the palm tree is planted in was shaded in with a chocolate brown colored pencil. As you can see from my various art projects, colored pencils are one of my favorite mediums.

Card Making Supplies

Card making supplies can be as simple as using computer paper to make your quarter fold cards that you draw pictures on, or more complex with the purchase of cardstock specifically for such projects. The beauty of making your own cards is you get to decide what type of supplies go into the making rather than having someone else make these decisions for you.

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      prettydarkhorse 

      23 months ago from US

      You made it easier to follow the directions. :)

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      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Stugod,

      I appreciate you checking out all my hubs and blogs :).

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      Stuart Goddard 

      6 years ago from Bradford

      I went around in a big circle from chime to your website to networked blogs to hubpages. Great trail and keep it up ;););)

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      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you for commenting Eiddwen!

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      So beauitufl;easy to follow anduseful.

      Great hub.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I really appreciate your comment cclitgirl. You can always make a card any time of year, it does not have to be Valentine's Day.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Wow! This is beautiful! OMG - I wish Valentine's Day was next week so I could make this for my love. Aww, what a beautiful hub! Voted up and SHARING.

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