Mothering Sunday Cards: 4 designs

  

  

Mothering Sunday is the 6th March in the UK this year (middle Sunday of lent). Also known as refreshment Sunday so you can cheat if you’ve given something up!

I’ve put together this tutorial to give you four different ideas for a Mothering Sunday card, and you can adapt them or switch the styles depending on the materials you have available and the mediums you are comfortable with.

As you know I am only two months into my own hand-lettering journey so my letter forms are far from perfect, but I hope this will inspire you to have a go yourself.

The four different designs:

  1. Watercolours and brush lettering with paints
  2. Brush pens and drawing pen
  3. Watercolours and pointed pen
  4. Pre-made card and any pen

For cards 1-3 I cut down some watercolour paper to the size I wanted. I have some square envelopes roughly 15cm X 15cm so I cut my card to just shy of that (28cm x 14cm) – pic 1.

I then found the centre and scored the fold (pic 2 &3), this helps to get a better fold than just matching up the edges (pic 4).

For card number 4 (above) I used a pre-made brown Kraft card and envelope – you can buy these in big packs from the Range or Hobbycraft.

You can make the cards any size to fit your design or envelopes.


  

Design 1: Watercolours and brush lettering with paints

You will need:

  • Watercolour paints
  • Paint brush
  • Water
  • Kitchen towel
  • Foil
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Watercolour card (as above unless pre-made)


1. Supplies

2. Mix different colours of paint on the foil using plenty of water and the brush.
3. When you are happy with your mix of colours, place the front of the card face down on top of the paint.

4. Gently rub the card – careful not to be too rough as you will smear the paint.

5. Turn the card back over carefully.

6. ‘Sponge’ off the excess paint with the kitch roll to blend and reduce saturation.

7. Set aside to dry.

8. Very lightly draw your words into the card using a pencil.

9. Select a complimentary colour and gently paint in the words over the pencil, shading in the downstrokes and keeping the up strokes light.

10. I then used a metallic gold watercolour to pick out some highlights in the lettering.

11. Allow to dry the  erase any visible pencil marks.

12. Because I wasn’t happy with the final composition, I trimmed my card down again.

  

  

Design 2: Brush pens and drawing pen
You will need:

  • Brush pens (or any felt tips)
  • Drawing pen (or any ink pen – not a biro)
  • Paint brush
  • Water
  • Kitchen towel
  • Foil
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Watercolour card (as above unless pre-made)

1. Supplies

2. Scribble with the brush pens on the foil.

3. Use complimentary colours next to one another.

4. Blend using water and a paintbrush.

5. Dropping ‘drops’ of water onto the pens helps to give a more random blend.

6. When you are happy with your mix of colours, place the front of the card face down on top of the pen ink.

7. Gently rub the card – careful not to be too rough as you will smear the ink.

8. Turn the card back over carefully. ‘Sponge’ off the excess paint with the kitchen roll to blend and reduce saturation then set aside to dry.

9. Very lightly draw your words into the card using a pencil.

10. Using a drawing pen begin to ink in the words.

11. You can embellish your original pencil marks, they are not set in stone!

12. Add weight to the down strokes to give character to the lettering.

13. Erase any viable pencil marks carefully.

14. Again, I was unhappy with the composition and the way the ink had gathered along the top edge so I trimmed the card down on the top.

15. Then trimmed the bottom to make it even.

16. The finished card.

 

  

Design 3: Watercolours and pointed pen

You will need:

  • Watercolour paints
  • Paint brush
  • Water
  • Pointed pen (either a dip pen or a cartridge pen)
  • Ink
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Watercolour card (as above unless pre-made)

1.Using a pencil and a ruler, lightly rule some lines to give you a guide for your lettering.

2.Lightly write your lettering in pencil using the lines as guides.

3.Draw a circle around your lettering – I drew around a bowl to give me the shape. You could of course draw and oval or any shape that works with your lettering and your card shape.

4.Begin with the watercolours to make coloured shapes or blobs randomly along the circle line. These will be the rough shapes of your flowers.

5. Add other colours, with green for stems and leaves. Watercolour is all about the ‘suggestion’ of shape – it doesn’t have to be perfect and in fact the more abstract the better.

6. Add darker shades to contrast against the light background shapes.

7. Continue to add variations in the colours and tones.

8. Add darker greens to give shadows on the leaves and stems.

9. When you are happy with your painting – set aside to dry.

10. When your paint is fully dry, choose an ink and begin to write the lettering with your choice of pen. I am using an oblique pen holder with a Brause 66EF nib and Iron Gall ink in blue. Use a sheet of card or paper to rest your hand on so you don’t damage your painting.

11. The finished lettering in a copperplate styles.

1 2. Once the ink is dry – erase any viable pencil. Don’t make the mistake I did and smudge the ink! I contemplated remaking this but though it’s actually a good example of what not to do! Having left the ink to dry fully I did manage to erase most of the smudged ink with an eraser.

 

  

Design 4: Pre-made card and any pen

You will need:

  • Pre-made card (using a brown Kraft card)
  • Any pen – I have used a Faber-Castell drawing pen.
  • Pencil
  • Eraser

1.The card and matching envelope.

2.Use a pencil to lightly draw your lettering.

3. Then add wavy lines to draw the lettering across the page.

4. Ink in using your pen and add weight to the downward strokes.

5. The card inked in as per my pencil marks.

6. I wasn’t happy with the open heart so I shaded it in. You then need to erase any viable pencil marks.

7. Matching envelope – pencil in your design first.

8. Ink in and then erase the pencil.

I hope you find some inspiration from these ideas. I would love to know if you try any of these – please comment below or tag me on Instagram – @TheFrustratedCreative

 

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