How I Create a Hand Drawn Dinosaur Birthday Card | Photo Tutorial

Hello crafters! This is Zeyna from Mummy On My Mind back with another Mom & Child craft, this time with the theme of April in mind.

You can have a look at my previous crafts projects, where I created a Number Recognition Game for my Toddler, a 3D Seashell Memory Frame, a Newborn Baby Shadow box Frame and a Newborn Keepsake Photo Album.

The theme for the month of April is “Anything Goes”, giving me free hand at creating absolutely anything this month. However, keeping in mind that April is the Birthday Month of Pretty Paper Studio, and it will be my son’s 4th birthday in exactly one month’s time, I wanted to create a Birthday Card, , using Dinosaur illustrations inspired by @dinorawkidsRead on to see how I made it!

For this project I used the following PPS Supplies:

Tombow Beginner Lettering Set

Tombow Dual Brush Markers 10/Pkg – Landscape

Kuretake Gansai Tambi 12 Color Set

I started off with a plain white A4 sheet of watercolour paper, which I folded in half to make my A5 sized card. I then applied a wash of green and blue watercolour on the front of the card, dabbing some areas with tissue and letting some excess drops travel the paper to create a textured look.

Once the front was dry, I did the same for the outer edges of the inside of the card, again letting the paint travel and dabbing it with tissue to create added texture and blending the colours together. 

Once the watercolour was dry, I drew the shape of a dinosaur, a T-Rex to be specific, at the front with pencil. Once I was happy with the way it looked, I coloured in the T-Rex using the Tombow Dual Brush Markers. I had chosen the Landscape set, to ensure I had all the earthy dark green and brown colours that I wanted to use for this project.

Once the Dinosaur was complete, and I added some leaves on the four corners of the front of the card, it was time for some Lettering! Since this is my very first time doing lettering, I had practiced my strokes and letter before hand.

I lettered “Happy 4th Birthday” at the front of the card, and I am really happy with my first attempt.

Once the front of the card was done, I proceeded with the same steps on the inside of the card. I drew the shapes of several other dinosaurs on the edges of the card with pencil first, and then filled them in using the Tombow Dual Brush Markers.

The last step was to again do some lettering, this time writing a Dinosaur inspired message inside that reads “We rawr you very very much!” I also lettered some Dinosaur action words such as “Chomp”, “Stomp” and “Growl” on the edges with a lighter shade of green brush marker.

And Voila! Here is the end result of the handmade Birthday Card for my son. Just before I give it to him, myself and my husband will personalise this card with heartfelt notes and wishes inside the card for him to read.

I hope you enjoyed this photo tutorial. If you have any questions, feel free to ask away in the comments section below, and if you decide to recreate my projects, don’t forget to share your projects with me by tagging me on Instagram and/or Facebook, so I can see! Happy Crafting!


You can also join the Pretty Paper Studio Monthly Challenge through the following easy steps:

1. Create a project with this month’s theme in mind.

2. Upload your project photo to “April 2018 Challenge” Photo Album in the Pretty Paper Studio Facebook Group.

3. All entries are due by April 30, 2018.

4. Challenge winner will receive a prize pack worth AED50.

A winner will be announced only if we have THREE new submissions.