Today’s printable birthday card encompasses two fantastic things: adult coloring and intricate hand-lettering. If you’ve got 15-20 minutes this weekend, it’s a very worthy project to spend time making! After you create it, you can tuck the card away somewhere until someone’s birthday comes up.
The inspiration for this printable birthday card came from Instagram, where I saw a hand-lettered piece that caught my eye! The “H” was just gorgeous, and I wanted to make one like it. So, I drew a 5 ”x 7” rectangle and drafted a pencil design inside. After the pencil design was finished, I used a light box to go over the design with a pen. I scanned that pen drawing into my computer, and a printable was born!
How to Assemble this Printable Birthday Card
To make this birthday card, start by printing off the Hand-Lettered Birthday Card Printable (it’s free!). I recommend printing it on a heavy light-colored paper, card stock, or watercolor paper.
Next, use the outside guidelines to cut the card out.
Now, fold the card in half. That should give you a 5” x 7” (127 mm x 178 mm) birthday card that’s ripe for the coloring!
Coloring Suggestions for the Birthday Card
You can use the medium that you are most comfortable with to add color to the card. Anything from watercolor to wax crayons will work! I chose to use colored pencils because their sharp tips make it easy to color inside the lines.
To make an ombré colored pencil piece like mine, start by coloring the bottom 1/3 of each letter dark brown. You can play with the pressure you exert in order to make the bottom of the letter dark brown, and fade into a lighter brown toward the top of the 1/3.
Next, take a violet blue pencil and use it to fill in the second 1/3 of the letter. I exerted medium pressure on this colored pencil to achieve a consistent blue.
Finish up by using a light blue to fill in the top 1/3 of the letter. I exerted medium pressure on this colored pencil, then I went over the edges of each letter again with more pressure. Varying the pressure helps to make the letters pop!
Once you’re finished coloring, you can put the birthday card in a pretty envelope and send it!
I hope that you enjoyed this short and sweet weekend project! Remember, you can use whichever medium you are most comfortable with to color in the letters. Feel free to experiment to make this project your own!
Have a great weekend, and thanks very much for reading TPK!