Show your mother how much you appreciate her with this short and sweet Mother’s Day card tutorial! Resident artist Melody How walks you through her simple, step-by-step process, which is perfect for paper crafters, cardmakers, and loving sons and daughters of all skill levels.
Melody Howe has been hand lettering for a few years now, and her freehand is beautiful, but she’s also very familiar with the process and practice it took to build her skills and confidence. For any hand letterers just getting started, she’s included several basic tools here to help you develop your skills.
The main tool we’ll be using to make this card picture perfect is X-Press It Transfer Paper. It allows you to print an image directly onto the paper from your desktop printer, and, using an empty pen or other fine pointed stylus, transfer the image onto another surface. It’s a really fantastic learning tool for anyone wanting to get their feet wet and create professional-looking hand lettering.Materials Used
- Card Template (download here)
- Bristol paper
- X-Press It graphite transfer paper
- Non aggressive tape
- Inkless pen or pencil for tracing
- Copics Sketch Markers
- Black Copic Multiliner (.5)
If you’d like to customize your message, Melody created a downloadable lettering alphabet you can use for this tutorial.
Step 1: Print and Prep
Before you begin you’ll want to print the final card design onto the transfer paper using your desktop printer. Also fold and cut the bristol paper to the desired size of the final card.
Step 2: Tape and Trace
Once you have your materials sized correctly, tape the transfer paper in place on top of the bristol paper so it doesn’t shift around while tracing.
Then take your inkless pen or pencil and trace the image on the transfer paper, and the outline will appear on the bristol paper below. The more pressure you apply while tracing, the darker the outline will appear on the bristol paper.
Step 3: Final Outline
Once your image has been fully traced and transferred, remove the tape and the transfer paper to reveal your outline. Then use Copic Multiliner to trace over the lines.
Step 4: Color and Customize
Once your outline is crisp and defined, feel free to make the card your own. Melody used a few Copic Sketch Markers (R00, YG63, YT67) to give the card a nice spring feel. Choose any colors you’d like, color to your heart's content, and make sure to include a personal message to mom on the inside.
After that, you’re all ready to grab an envelope and drop your Mother’s Day card in the mail!