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Mother's Day card

Simple DIY Mother’s Day Card

By: Sue Nguyen of @letteringwithsuzy

Hi Friends! Mother’s Day is right around the corner. What better way to show your appreciation for your mom than a handmade Mother’s Day card? Here is a fun and easy Mother’s Day card to show off your lettering and floral abilities. No need to worry if you have never drawn florals before. In this tutorial, I’ll give you some pointers and let you do the rest.  Let’s get started!

White stock paper and an assortment of Zebra Pen Brush Pens and markers

Materials Needed

Mother's Day card sketch

Step 1: Sketch the Lettering for the Card

Start off with the card base; you can create your own with cardstock or buy premade blank cards. I used white cardstock cut and folded to 5 x 7. Next, sketched out, “Happy Mother’s Day” on the card. I used my favorite Z-Grip Plus Mechanical Pencil to lightly sketch the quote. With the sketching and inking of this card, I love that the Z-Grip Plus Mechanical Pencil has a handy twistable eraser. I like using the slim eraser to remove any pencil lines after inking.

Once the sketch is finished and the placement of the quote is centered, we are ready to ink. Use the Zensations Brush Pen to letter the quote.

Brush pen flowers

Step 2: Add Floral Designs

For the florals, I used the Mildliner Brush Pens. This brush pen allows you to control the width of the stroke. My tip for drawing rose petals is to mimic the shape of eyebrows. Start with a thin stroke, add pressure to the brush for the arch, and then release the pressure.

Brush Pen flowers

For this card, I drew 2 sets of roses on diagonal sides of the quote. I recommend starting with the center rose for each set. Using the Mildliner Brush Pen, draw a small “c” and “u” shape for the center of the rose, then start drawing around the center using the eyebrow method until you reach the size of rose you like. Then, use another Mildliner Brush Pen color to create the roses on the left and right.

Flower designs

To draw the leaves, draw a thin stem, then press the brush on a slant, pulling slightly and releasing to create the leaf shape. Go back to the main stem and draw a leaf on the opposite side. You can add a few leaves around each the roses.

Tip: To make the roses look like they are bundled together, make the center of the rose a little closer to the main red rose. This way, the side roses will look tucked under the center rose. I recommend practicing your florals on a separate piece of paper before creating your card.

Mother's Day card

Step 3: Add Embellishments

Since the card has extra white space on opposite corners of the florals, I added small hearts with the Metallic Brush Pen in Pink. I also used the Metallic Brush Pen in Gold to create a drop shadow on the lettering. To do this, draw a parallel line to all the downstroke areas of the lettering and the loops. Feel free to move the placement of the roses anywhere you like on the card or add more leaves and florals.

Inside page of Mother's Day card

Step 4: Write A Message Inside the card

Now it’s time to craft a heartfelt message inside the card. First, I used the Mildliner Brush Pens to create more florals inside the card. Then I used the Metallic Brush Pen to letter an eye-catching message. I also used the Metallic Brush Pens to add more embellishments around the card. You can write a message on the left side as well.  

Mother's Day card

How easy was that? It doesn’t take much to create a heartwarming gift from the heart. For more homemade card inspiration, check out How to Create a DIY Father’s Day Card.

Paper flower bouquet

Easy Paper Flower Bouquet for Mother’s Day

By: Christine Asciutto of @twinkleplansherday

Mother’s Day is approaching and making Mom feel special has never been easier. Today I’ll be sharing how to create an easy paper flower bouquet using Mildliner Highlighters and some everyday household products.

Materials Needed:

  • 5 White coffee filters
  • Paper plates
  • Mildliner Highlighters
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Paper straws
  • Floral or washi tape
  • Scissors
Color dying a coffee filter

Step 1: Use Mildliner Highlighters to “Dye” Your Coffee Filters

The first step is to add a splash of color to your white coffee filters. To begin, select a Mildliner Highlighter color you want for your paper flower and use it to add strokes to the edges of your coffee filter.

Next, use your spray bottle to add a small amount of water to your coffee filter while it rests on the paper plate. The paper plate will help keep your work area mess-free and help keep your filter flat. Let the ink diffuse evenly throughout the coffee filter and let dry. Repeat this step four more times to ensure your paper is thoroughly saturated with color.

Folded and dyed coffee filter

Step 2: Fold the Dyed Coffee Filter

Once your coffee filter is thoroughly saturated and dry, fold each filter in half. Then fold it in half once more until it resembles an ice cream cone shape, like shown above.

Folded coffee filter with cut outs

Step 3: Cut Triangle Shapes

Using scissors, snip a tiny section of the bottom of the “cone.” This will create a center hole in the flower design once it is unfolded. Once cut, turn the cone upside down and make four 1-inch cuts along the bottom. Next, cut triangle shapes along the edge, as shown in the example above. 

Repeat steps 1 through 3 four more times until you have 5 total pieces.

Paper flower

Step 5: Assemble the Pieces into a Flower

Now that you have all your flower petals created, it is time to assemble your flower together. Start by unfolding each filter to reveal a flower shape.

Then, insert the paper straw into the center hole of the first filter and wrap the filter along the top, securing with floral or washi tape. Repeat with the remaining filters to add more volume with each layer.

Paper flower bouquet

Step 6: Create Multiple Paper Flowers for a Bouquet

Repeat steps 1 through 5 to create more paper flowers ranging in a variety of colors. Once create, these flowers can be arranged in a bouquet or used as a gift topper.

For more spring-inspired craft projects, check out 4 DIY Napkin Tags Perfect for Spring.