Friday, 18 November 2016

Themed Mandala Greeting Cards

If you can draw a really simple cartoon or doodle then you could make Mandala style birthday cards in a theme to suit the birthday person.
Themed Mandala Greeting Cards
This post has been a long time in the making. Way back in January I shared how to draw mandala designs for greeting cards and then a rare thing happened, I got all organised and ahead of myself and made cards for our kids for their 2016 birthdays.
This time I picked a theme from something they like and used that for the basis of the design.
I've had to wait all year until all their birthdays passed before I can share the idea with you!

First was this Star Wars themed card for our Star Wars super fan son. He has many other fandoms too but I really wanted to do a mandala with loads of little Yoda heads so that was that!
Star wars Themed Mandala Greeting Card
If you look closely, the doodles are VERY simple versions of the iconic Star Wars symbols, space ships and characters. I am a doodler not a great artist.
Star wars Themed Mandala Greeting Card
The words are basically all my favourite Star Wars quotes (and quotes from his favourite bits too of course!) 
  • Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope
  • When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not
  • These aren't the droids you are looking for
  • I love you. I know
  • I find your lack of faith disturbing
  • You were the chosen one (oh the feels!!!)
  • He's holding a thermal detonator
  • That's no moon
  • No, I am your father

I also wanted to include "Not if anything to say about it I have" but there just wasn't space in the end :-(

Next in the year was our oldest son's birthday and for him I did an Superhero themed card. He is also into all sorts of other things that I know nothing about so I thought it was best to pick a theme that I am at least a bit familiar with. Initially I thought it would be an Avengers theme but when I ran out of ideas that were simple enough* I extended it out to a more general superhero theme.
Superhero Themed Mandala Greeting Card
Again for the words I just picked out my (and his hopefully) favourite quotes:
  • I think our first move should be calling the Avengers
  • With great power comes great responsibility
  • I'm always angry
  • The price of freedom is high
  • Like the old man says - together
  • Baskin-Robbins always finds out
  • Hulk smash?
  • By Odin's beard
  • Genius Billionaire Playboy Philanthropist
  • I'm multitasking
  • I am burdened with glorious purpose
  • Is the sun come up?
  • We're just like Kevin Bacon
Superhero Themed Mandala Greeting Card

Last in the year, but actually the first I made, was this Harry Potter themed card for our daughter. She is a massive HP fan so picking this theme was a no brainer.
Harry Potter Themed Mandala Greeting Card
The words are "always" (again, the feels!!) and the rest are spells and of course no unforgivable ones.
Harry Potter Themed Mandala Greeting Card

To make one you just need to research your theme and start doodling.
Practice the elements first on scrap paper and simplify everything*
Check out the X wings and Yodas on the Star wars card to see what I mean by simplifying.
You really don't need to be super artistic (just see my lion in the Hogwarts shield above!) It's much more about creating a recognisable nod to each item rather than a work of art. 
The mandala is built up in the same way as I set out in my How to draw Mandala Cards tutorial.
You'll need a square shaped card blank, a compass to draw circles, a soft pencil and a decent eraser and then whatever pens you want to draw with. I used a black fine liner and just regular kids colouring felt pens. These cards were a bigger size than the other mandala cards I'd made, they are about 20cm(8") square. 

This whole thing was totally inspired by a fellow member of Dawn Nicole Designs Art & Hand-lettering Class Facebook Group. Dawn does a daily challenge which I have dabbled in now and again. She give a word prompt for hand-lettering or doodling and everyone shares their attempts. On Jan 1st 2016 the prompt was Mandala. I started drawing them and just couldn't stop - hence turning them into cards - and one talented member shared a Harry Potter themed mandala they had created. I took her brilliant idea and ran with it! After asking the group for help I've been able to find that is was a talented Photographer called Robyn, you can find her facebook page here to check out her photography and digital scrapbooks. 
If you like hand-lettering and art then this is a fabulous group to join. There are members from all over the world and they are so talented, friendly and supportive. As well as the daily prompts there are discussions about equipment, hints and tips etc. 

Have I sparked your imagination? What themed mandala card you could make for someone special?


  1. These are SO cool! Pinning for the next birthday we have with someone old enough to have a "thing!" :)

    1. Thanks Lisa, I guess we all get "a thing" at some point, some of us get lots of "things" over the years and perhaps hold on to them longer than we should!

  2. Yes, this is so cool and I love that quote "With great power comes great responsibility" :)

    1. Oh yes, the wisdom of Spiderman (and others). a great quoteis a great quote, it doesn't really matter where it comes from!

  3. These are amazing - I love your doodles:)

  4. Brilliant idea, not done any drawing for years but getting some watercolour pencils for Christmas, may give mandalas a go

    1. Lovely, have fun with your new pencils. Watercolours are so in fashion and I've seen lots of beautiful inspiration around. I'm sure you will come up with something a little more sophisticated than these!

  5. What a lovely idea. I will have to try and do that next birthday.

    1. They were really good fun to plan out and then draw. (and the kids loved them thankfully)

  6. as Craig R-H would say "one word, three syllables "Fab-u-lous"" :D - Chris #handmademonday

    1. Thanks Chris. Now I'm thinking what you could do for a Strictly themed card! - glitter balls, fake tan, sequins, dancing shoes, and the best of the judges catch phrases!

  7. You've sparked my imagination, Julie, but I'm not sure my doodles would be a recognisable nod to the original. Love your cards!

  8. These are fabulous, my cousin is getting a kitten soon I could create a cat themed card.

    Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me


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