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Making An Illustrated Mother's Day Card

So a lot of stuff is going on around here. I've been fully immersed in B-School (and loving it!) so there's a lot of changes and plans going on behind the scenes. If that's not enough, there are a lot of weddings going on in my family too and many people that want two cute little boys to be part of their wedding party. This year, my brother's wedding fell right on top of one my busiest times of year. 

Instead of trying to design a couple of new Mother's Day cards, I decided to concentrate on one extra special design. I knew I wanted an illustrated design and I wanted it to be 4 colors, which takes a lot longer to print. I'm very happy with the result and I'm happy that I didn't put a lot of pressure on myself to do more than I have time for right now.

Here's a look at the sketch I started working from.

I originally wanted DAY to be in a dark circle and have the text knocked out, but I quickly realized it wasn't balanced. So I scrapped that idea, only to then realize I also didn't like the way I had sketched out HAPPY and DAY. So I redid that text as well, but this time, in the computer, hence, no HAPPY DAY in this cleaned up version.

I also knew I wanted the card to have a sketched feel, so I didn't clean it up too carefully.

I wanted my line to show a little more than I usually allow, I found it charming.

Here's the final version which I colored dark green after much back and forth about my palette.

I wanted it to have sort of a watercolory (yes I just made up a word) feel so I colored the rest of the card with a much thicker brush so that the color spilled out in places but would be framed by the final dark green color printed at the end.

 

Here's a couple of photos I took as I worked from my Instagram feed.

Mixing a peach for the second set of flowers. Notice the mess that is my desk when I work.

It's so exciting to see the card on press, unfinished. I get really excited about how it's all going to come together and so happy when things work out the way I planned, because as you can see, there's A LOT of planning that goes into one card.

Of course, there are many, many mess ups, but that's all part of the process... right?

This is the final photo I took for my shop. Aren't those little flowers JUST perfect for the photo? Little victories I say. :)

Have a wonderful week!

 

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1 comment

Apr 15, 2015

This is such a beautiful card! You can totally see the care and attention that has gone in to it. Just love it!

Lisa

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