Today’s “Let’s Go to Paris” greeting card tutorial offers the perfect springtime hello. It’s artistic and creative, and plays to two (arguable) truths: first of all, springtime brings out the travel bug in a lot of us. Second, Paris is absolutely stunning this time of year! To make this card, you’ll just need a printer, paper, scissors, and some glue.
1. Print Out the 5″ x 7″ Rosy Arc de Triomphe Illustration
You can find the 5″ x 7″ (127 mm x 178 mm) illustration in the Printable Rosy Arc de Triomphe Illustrations packet. Try to print it off on a neutral color of cardstock like gray or kraft.
2. Cut the Illustration Out
Next, you’re going to cut the illustration out. Try to cut slightly inside the guidelines if you want your illustration to be smaller than the card you’re going to glue it to.
3. Glue the Illustration to a 5″ x 7″ Card
Either DIY a 5″ x 7″(127 mm x 178 mm) card by folding a 10″ x 7″ (254 mm x 178 mm) piece of white cardstock in half, or grab a readymade blank card. Use a glue stick or liquid glue and a paintbrush to apply an even layer of glue to your illustration, then glue the illustration on the card.
4. Add Gold Accents (Optional)
If you happen to have some gold watercolor handy, you can use it to accentuate some features of the Arc de Triomphe. This step is completely optional, but it will add some eye-catching sparkle to the greeting card!
At this point, your Paris greeting card is technically finished. If you’re pressed for time, you can send it just like this! If you’ve got a couple of extra minutes, though, you can add the planes in the next step.
5. Add Airplane Silhouettes
Now, print out the Airplane Outlines PDF, preferably on a light-colored piece of paper that’s conducive to lettering or calligraphy. I printed mine out on 80# drawing paper (which I cut to fit my printer).
Next, cut out one of the airplanes.
If you want to, you can add some visual interest and motion to the airplane with gold watercolor. Start by applying generous dots of gold to the nose and the jets, then blow on the dots to spread them out!
Write “Let’s go to Paris” on the white and gold airplane, and add a few flourishes if you want to. Then, use a white pencil to draw an outline around your white airplane onto a black piece of cardstock.
Cut out the black airplane, then you’re ready for the next step!
6. Tie It All Together
Now, you’ll want to tie a thin piece of string or ribbon around your card. Make a knot or a bow on the back of the card.
Flip the card over, and tuck the backs of the airplanes under the string. Make sure the wings remain on top of the string!
Once you’ve completed this step, you’re officially finished creating your “Let’s go to Paris” greeting card!
Other Uses for the Rosy Arc de Triomphe Illustrations
I have a goal to create a new printable illustration every month for the TPK blog. Like this illustration and last month’s Lace Butterfly piece, each work will be created with pen and ink. It’s fun to use the dip pen for more than calligraphy!
In addition to the 5″ x 7″ illustration, the Printable Rosy Arc de Triomphe Illustrations packet includes two other versions of the Arc. You can find 2″ x 2″ (51 mm x 51 mm) circular Arc de Triomphes, which are fantastic for making envelope seals or gift cards.
You can also use the illustration to add some Parisian charm to your home. Print out the 5″ x 7″ or 8″ x 10″ PDF from the packet on a piece of light-colored paper, then cut the illustration out along the guidelines. Then, use the instructions in the How to Frame Artwork on the Cheap tutorial to DIY a professional-looking frame job.
No matter how you choose to use the Arc de Triomphe Illustrations, I hope that you enjoy them! Remember, there’s a free basic outline of the Arc that you can download here if you’d like to skip purchasing the packet. I always like to make sure that you have a free alternative!
Thanks very, very much for reading TPK, and enjoy your weekend!