When someone doesn’t feel well, one of the best things you can do is send a card or a package to let them know they are in your thoughts. Today’s get well soon card tutorial will walk you through how to make an elegant floral motif that’s appropriate for ailments big and small! You can send it as a standalone greeting or tuck it into a care package for an extra special presentation.
1. Gather Your Supplies
To make this card, you’ll need a few key supplies. Below this photo, you’ll find a list with links.
- Illustrated Roses Templates for Tracing/Collage – Print out the large template on a hardy paper like 32# laserjet
- Black cardstock
- Scissors and/or X-Acto knife (I used both)
- Self-healing cutting mat – optional
- White mechanical pencil
- Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleed Proof White Ink
- Your favorite pen + nib combination (I used a Brause EF66 nib + oblique pen)
- Glue stick
- Pop dots (optional)
2. Fold the Cardstock
Once you have everything laid out, cut your black cardstock to 10″ x 7″ (25.4 cm x 17.78 cm). Then, fold it in half to make a 5″ x 7″ (12.7 cm x 17.78 cm) card.
3. Cut Out Roses and Leaves
Now, grab your large Illustrated Roses Template. Use your favorite pair of scissors and/or an X-Acto knife to cut out the parts that are highlighted in pink below:
For bigger elements, like the flowers, I found that scissors were sufficient. For the leaves, a little help from an X-Acto knife went a long way!
Continue to cut the components until you’re finished. Then, lay them out on the card like to make sure everything fits:
Next, grab a glue stick (or your glue of choice) and glue everything down. For two of the flowers, I used pop dots, which lends a cool 3D effect.
If you have pop dots on hand, you’ll apply them like so to the back of a couple of components:
And then those components will stand out! (Note that pop dots aren’t 100% necessary for this project, but they do add some dimension to the card.)
5. Add a Greeting
Once you’ve glued all the flowers down, it’s time to add a greeting to make this a get well soon card. It’s best to start with a pencil draft, which you’ll need to make with a white pencil. Think of making a draft as insurance! You spent a fair chunk of time cutting out roses and leaves, and a pencil draft of your lettering or calligraphy ensures you’ll be pleased with the project at the end.
Once you’re happy with the pencil draft, use white ink and your favorite pen/nib combination to trace over it. Alternatively, you can use a white gel pen and the faux calligraphy technique or a different style of lettering.
Once your ink has dried, the card is finished. Just to be safe, give the ink a few hours to cure, then slip the card in an envelope or a care package.
I hope that this card tutorial comes in handy next time a loved one is feeling under the weather! Or, if you like the motif, use it for a different type of card. It’s so elegant that you could use it for anything, really: sympathy, birthday, thank you, whatever!
Thanks so much for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!