Just as blooming flowers announce the arrival of spring, card store aisles filled with blossoms on pink card stock signal the nearness of Mother’s Day. Poetic words of love and appreciation expressed in rosy hues are nice and all, but if your mom is more into puns than peonies, check out these DIY Mother’s Day card ideas. They’re a lot like the chocolate cake you and your mom might enjoy at brunch: “flower”-less and grin-inducing.
A cut above the rest
Put those repressed memories of bowl haircuts to use and create a witty Mother’s Day card. If the thought of revisiting your grade school class photos causes anxiety, make imposter heads using overlays. Find the circles in Geometric to make a few noggins, then head to Santaland in the Themes tab and make your selections from Stick-on Beards. Rotate the faux facial hair, place it on top of your circle heads, and your tribute to traumatic childhood haircuts is ready for text.
Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but you won’t need near that many to tell your mom how special she is and poke fun at your siblings. Round up the right font (you can even bring your own font to the design party if you don’t find one you like in the Text tab), and your card creation is as good as done.
Tips: You can easily specify the size of your text by typing it into the box next to the Size slider in the Text palette. To align your text, use the up, down, left, and right arrow keys on your computer while the text box is selected.
Eye love you
Show off that sense of humor your momma gave ya with a punny Mother’s Day card. The options in the Overlays tab make it easy to drive your humorous phrase home, like we did here with a selection from Sunglasses (a Royale feature).
Tips: A few ticks will help you put eyewear on display with Sunglass Hut-worthy speed. Start with a transparent canvas in Design and create a row of stunner shades. Once you’ve placed your first overlay on the canvas, right-click and click “duplicate overlay.” This will create its twin. Save your masterpiece, create a new canvas, and open your row of glasses using the Your Own option in the Overlays tab. Line up the rows, and you’re good to go. If you want one pair of glasses to be a different color, make sure to change it before saving.
Give your mom the ultimate grade school seal of approval, and don’t be surprised if your card ends up displayed on the fridge. You can make a super-shiny gold star using Stars in the Overlays tab, the Your Own option in the Textures tab, and the simple steps in this text masking tutorial. Wanna make it extra glitzy? Relive your own gold star-earning days by grabbing a glue stick and a little glitter.
She got you from school to soccer practice faster than a speeding bullet. Rather than lament not being born with the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound or reverse the Earth’s rotation, create a card that celebrates your mom’s incredible abilities. Comic Heroes in the Themes tab has plenty of hero shields ready for customization; change their colors in the Overlay palette to coordinate with your background and text colors.
This Mother’s Day, show your oenophile mom that you understand and appreciate everything she’s done for you, even while you were in utero. For this design, we used Hearts overlays and created a wine glass using the circle, rectangle, and triangle in Geometric.
Tip: To make sure the top of your wine glass is straight, place a horizontal rectangle overlay on top of the circle overlay. Zoom in, and use the eraser in the Overlay palette to slice your circle roughly in half, using the bottom of the rectangle as a makeshift ruler. Once your circle is looking like the top of a wine vessel, delete the horizontal rectangle.
Turn inspiration into action. Treat yourself to the creative toolkit that we call PicMonkey Royale.