One of the disappointments of my life is that I can’t draw. I used to dread art class in high school because what came so easily to others was sweat and tears for me. Thanks to Pinterest, however, I have recently learned that I actually can “draw”. If you don’t believe me, look at the birthday cards I “drew”! Cute as anything, aren’t they?
Oh, I love the simplicity of this card. And it’s whimsical, so there’s no pressure for perfection.
Knowing that I can make cards like this is especially exciting to me; you see, I have six children, plus their six spouses, along with 18 priceless grandchildren. And it is my pleasure to send birthday cards to all 30 of them.
—Cardstock. I always have a supply of both white and off-white sheets of cardstock on hand
—Envelopes. I always keep an eye out for envelopes on sale or at garage sales or thrift stores. Currently I have a supply of both white and off-white A2 size [4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″] envelopes on hand–just the right size for 8 1/2 x 11″ card stock. [If you are using a different size envelope, just adapt the card measurements.]
—Pen. Since their ink is waterproof, my personal preference is Sakura Pigma Micron 05 pens for drawing the candle and writing the text.
–Watercolor Pencils. Instead of watercolors, I use watercolor pencils. When I discovered these Fantasia Watercolour Pencils [half price at Michaels], I had no idea the pleasure they would bring me.
So here we go. A card can actually be made in minutes once the supplies are assembled. And once you get going, it’s so much fun you don’t want to stop.
Cut a sheet of cardstock in half on the 11″ side.
Fold the two sheets in half, creating two cards 5 1/2″ x 41/4″. Then press firmly with a bone folder, a ruler, or a dull butter knife to flatten the folded edge.
Draw the outline of the candle and flame with the pen, and write the birthday message. No fancy lettering required. Remember, whimsy doesn’t require perfection.
Color in the flame and candle with the watercolor pencils, then brush lightly with water.
And that’s it!
How about some postcards?
Postcards are another money-saver with just as much pleasure for the recipient. One sheet of cardstock creates four cards–good deal, huh? And there’s still a space to write a lovely Happy Birthday note.
So there you have it! Ever so easy and fun with a personalized love note written inside.