Power-up Mushrooms and Typography – February Birthday Cards

February Birthday Cards
February Birthday Cards

It’s been a busy February and apart from everything else, I’ve had two birthday parties to attend within a week of each other! That means that I’ve also had two birthday cards to make (well, gift tags but still!).

Power-up Mushroom

I knew when I started thinking of ideas for this card I wanted to do something game related. Picking what to create was the tricky part. I drew sketches of various small game icons and characters before finally choosing the Mario Mushroom because it was simple, well-known and who doesn’t like Mario ^_^?

February Birthday Cards - Power up mushroom - original sketch
Original sketch with the inside of the mushroom top full of pattern work

The original plan was to draw all of the mushroom top in pattern work however I also created a version with the pattern just outlining the edges. I ended up preferring the later. Maybe I should create the original one at a later date ^_^.

February Birthday Cards - Power-up mushroom - tracing in other details
Tracing in other details
February Birthday Cards - Power up mushroom - colour and ink
Watercolour and ink WIP

I wanted to make the card a 1-up mushroom but because I used a power-up mushroom image, I went into autodrive and before I knew it I had already started colouring it red >_<.

February Birthday Cards - Power-up mushroom - final card
Final card

I thought the final work ended up quite cute despite a bit of a dodgy cut-out ^^;.

Happy B’day Typography

I originally struggled for an idea for this card because I know what my friend likes but I wasn’t sure how to translate it into something I could make. I figured since the gifts were all based off her interests, the card could be a lot simpler and therefore I went with a typography piece.

February Birthday Cards - Typography Card - Original sketch
Original sketch – very messy but I liked where this look was going
February Birthday Cards - Typography card - versions of redrafts
Scanned and printed to a smaller size, then redrew and redrew the work till I was happy with it
February Birthday Cards - Typography card - final draft
Final draft
February Birthday Cards - Typography Card - with planned pattern work
I was going to have pattern work around the corners but after drawing it in, I thought it would be better to keep it simple and clean
February Birthday Cards - Typography Card - colour and inking
Watercolour and inking
February Birthday Cards - Typography Card - Final card
Finished!

I know some typography nerds well be annoyed the words are not perfectly inline (‘B’day’ sits out in front of ‘Happy’), but I preferred that the words kind of fitted together like the original sketch e.g. the top of the d in ‘Bday’ slots into the gap under the Hap of ‘Happy’.

I have another birthday coming up in March so expect some more card work soon!

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