Can you believe Valentine’s Day is next week?! If you’d like to DIY this year, this watercolor florals Valentine’s Day card in Adobe Illustrator can be created on a lunch break šŸ˜‰ In this week’s tutorial, we create a quick and simple vector heart, then surround it with watercolor florals and a radial gradient background. It’s a print ready file, so you’ll be good to go for printing at home from start to finish. If you’re new to working with digital watercolor florals, there’s a free mini kit below to get you started!

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Create a Watercolor Florals Valentine’s Day Card in Adobe Illustrator

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Colors used in this tutorial (CMYK)Ā 

  • Light pink: 0/7/2/0
  • Medium pink: 0/33/15/0
  • Dark pink: 0/65/35/0

 

Grab your free watercolor florals mini kit here (if you’re already an Every-Tuesday subscriber, you can pick it up in the resource library):

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Here’s the final outcome of this tutorial as a printed card!

watercolor florals valentine's day card

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Here’s a quick written overview of how we created our watercolor florals Valentine’s Day card:

 

To create your document:

  1. Create a document that’s 10″ wide by 7″ tall with a .125″ bleed on all sides. Keep your color mode CMYK if you’re printing this out at home (here are my printer + paper recommendations)
  2. Pull a guideline to the center of the document (at 5″). Create two filled rectangles, one for each side. On the right side rectangle, add a radial gradient, from white to medium pink.

To create the heart:

  1. Lock the background layer and create a new layer.
  2. Create a long (vertical) rectangle. Pull in its corners so they’re fully curved (if on an older version of illustrator, go effect > stylize > round corners).
  3. Rotate it 45*, duplicate and reflect over the y axis. Align until you get the desired heart shape. Use the pathfinder to cut away excess pieces, then unite remaining ones.
  4. Briefly unlock the background layer to center align the heart with the background. Re-lock the background layer.

To add florals:

  1. File > place in your florals, one at a time. Rescale, rotate and position behind the heart. Bring the top right florals to the front of all of your objects.
  2. Lock your heart + florals layer and create a new layer above it.

To add typography:

  1. On a new layer, set your typography. Because your other layers are locked, it’ll be easy to scale and adjust your typography without accidentally moving other objects.
  2. Design done!

To print:

  1. First, save your file as an Illustrator (.ai) file so you can edit it later on if you’d like to adjust anything.
  2. Next, file > save as and choose pdf. Uncheck ‘preserve illustrator editing capabilities’ for a smaller file size.
  3. Under the ‘marks and bleeds’ category, check ‘trim marks’ and ‘use document bleed settings’. Hit ‘save pdf’.
  4. Open the pdf and you’ll see your trim marks to cut your card down to size once printed. Done!

Download your free watercolor florals mini-kit!

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Latest comments
  • Beautifully demonstrated šŸ™‚

  • thank you so much for this free floral kit and for wonderful video

  • Great Tutorial. Very well presented in concise, but understandable terms. I have been using Adobe Illustrator for about a year and I learned several tricks I did not already know from this video. Thank you for posting. I am a new Every Tuesday Subscriber.

  • I love this! So cute.

    I have an Illustrator question for you–I’ve created an image and the strokes are all different sizes, but when I go to make the overall image smaller then the strokes don’t decrease, so then it becomes a big mess if I get much smaller. Overlapping and out of proportion. Any guesses of what I’m doing wrong? Or do I just need to create my images smaller to begin with? THANKS for all you do!

  • Hey Teela! May I ask if you hand paint your watercolor florals, then upload them into Illustrator, or do you create them digitally?

  • Thank you for this video, this card is beautiful…

  • Thank you so much!! I appreciate it!! <3

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