• How to Make the Perfect Mother’s Day Card

    I think that most moms would agree that the best Mother’s Day gift is recognition. Parenting isn’t an easy job, and it’s often thankless! In this article, you’ll find instructions and inspiration to help you come up with the perfect card for the beloved mother(s) in your life. As a mother myself, I can assure…

    Simple Mother's Day Card Tutorial | The Postman's Knock
    You can check out this tutorial for instructions over how to make this flourished Mother’s Day card!

    Every year since 2016, I’ve created a Mother’s Day card tutorial for the TPK blog. This year, though, I want to do something different! Today, I’m going to help you come up with the best card presentation for your mom (or the mom[s] in your life). Mothers aren’t all the same, after all, and your card should fit your mother’s personality and preferences!

    1. Consider Mom’s Temperament

    I recently saw a plain white card on Pinterest that read, simply: “I got you this card because it matches your hair.” My mom would think that was funny (for the record — she does have white/gray hair)! On the other hand, my mother-in-law would not see the humor in that; she likes things to be a bit more formal.

    Quick Mother's Day Card Tutorial | The Postman's Knock
    Last year’s TPK Mother’s Day card features a free printable tulips illustration!

    When you consider your card’s subject, think about what the mother in question likes. Would she appreciate a card with a bit of humor? Or would she prefer a focus on art/beauty? Choose your card motif with Mom’s personality in mind!

    2. Consider Your Own Strengths for the Design

    Once you know what kind of card you want to send, you’ll need to decide on a design. That choice rests on what mediums you enjoy (watercolor, pen and ink, crayons, etc.), and how much time you’ve got! For greeting card inspiration, I, personally, love to browse Illustrations on Pinterest.

    Elegant DIY Mother's Day Card Tutorial | The Postman's Knock
    This Mother’s Day card features a simple pattern created with a black gel pen and water!

    If you’re pressed for time, give yourself permission to purchase a card. It’s okay if you can’t hand-make one — there’s no shame in that! Just vow to wow the lucky mom with an amazing message on the inside.

    3. Write a Message

    No matter how well we know and love someone, it can be difficult to come up with a cohesive and expressive message for the inside of a card. I’d lead by saying happy Mother’s Day! Then, tell your mom how she has done and continues to do a great job. Specific examples are great!

    Folded Heart Handmade Card Tutorial | The Postman's Knock

    This is my first Mother’s Day as a mother, and I I now understand that that the best thing to hear is that you’re doing a great job. Parenting, while beautiful, can be thankless, so it’s an amazing feeling when you see that your hard work isn’t going unnoticed!

    4. Consider Including Additions

    If you’re sending someone a Mother’s Day card, you probably know her well! So, again, think about what sorts of things she enjoys. Would she like a gift card to buy a latte? A photo of you (and/or her grandchildren)? Including a little something in the card can go a long way to show your appreciation!

    Paper Belly Bands: 3 Simple Tutorials | The Postman's Knock
    I like to include belly bands (a.k.a. “paper sashes”) around the photos that I send!

    5. Make Mail Art for Your Card

    Every great card deserves a grand entrance in a marvelous envelope! If you’ve got an hour or so to spare, consider making some mail art to send the card in. There are a lot of mail art tutorials and inspiration here on the TPK website, which you can browse by clicking here!

    Watercolor Hexagons Mail Art Tutorial | The Postman's Knock
    I love this simple watercolor hexagons mail art! If you know Mom’s favorite color scheme, you can use it to paint the hexagons.

    Card Inspiration

    I officially have three Mother’s Day card tutorials here on the TPK website, and I’ve shown you all three of those in this article. Unofficially, though, there are a lot of card tutorials that could work for Mother’s Day! Here are my favorites:

    Folded Heart Handmade Card

    Folded Heart Handmade Card Tutorial | The Postman's Knock
    Untie the string, and the heart unfolds to reveal your message! Find the tutorial here.

    Tulips Card

    While technically not a tutorial, this is a printable card that has saved me on several time-crunched occasions! Find it in the Five Printable Watercolor Cards Packet.

    Lace Butterfly Card

    Illustrated Lace Butterfly Card Tutorial | The Postman's Knock
    This is a super unique card that looks great when you make it with pages from vintage books! Find the tutorial here.

    Armoire Card

    Creative Birthday Card Tutorial: Paper Armoire | The Postman's Knock
    I have always loved this card concept! It’s artistic, interactive, and fun. If you don’t have a knack for drawing, don’t sweat it: the tutorial for this card includes a free printable!

    I hope that these tips and links to tutorials and inspiration help you to come up with a Mother’s Day card that you love! I’m going to make the armoire card this year for my own mom — she loves furniture, and the motif goes with her house. 🙂 What about you? What are you sending to your mom or the mom(s) in your life? Let me know in the comments!

    Thanks so much for reading, and happy (early) Mother’s Day!


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