The Mother's Day Card That Tells Mom How MUCH You Love Her

Give your free time creative purpose

Show your Mom how MUCH you love her… make her an I Love You This Much card.

It will put a smile on her face and a warm fuzzy feeling in her heart… guaranteed!

It’s inspired by the I Love You This Much conversation every parent has had with their kids… you know, the one where you take turns saying ‘I love you this much’ as you move your hands further and further apart.

Anyway, it’s the perfect card for Mother’s Day… see for yourself…

Mommy rewards: clever handmade Mother's Day card
Before opening…
Mommy rewards: clever handmade Mother's Day card
…after opening - that's a lotta love!

What will I learn?

1) You don’t just have to fold a greeting card in half… unusual fold placements can open up creative opportunities.

2) Everyday observations such as the I love you this much conversation are a great source of ideas for greeting cards.

3) The ‘before and after’ technique used in this card is very effective because it rewards the recipient for interacting.

Step by step guide

Follow the illustrated how-to below, it’s very simple, if you’d like to download the artwork sign-up using the box below.

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Let’s get cracking…

Measure & fold
Mommy rewards card tutorial: illustration 1

I designed the card to fit US A4 Letter, so if you are using UK paper sizes, start by trimming a sheet of A4 card (210gsm) to 280mm x 216mm.

Next, measure and mark two fold lines on the card as shown in step (1) and then Z-fold along the lines (2).

Draw & colour
Mommy rewards card tutorial: illustration 2

With the card still folded, draw a picture of a person (or a robot etc.) on the front panel, with the right arm extending past the fold onto the back panel (3). Then, unfold the card and fill in the missing section of arm (4).

Finally, if you haven’t done it already, colour in the picture and write “I Love You This Much” on the front… then refold it… and go deliver it!

Mommy rewards card tutorial: illustration 3

Of course, if you want to speed things up, just print out my artwork… I’ve made a girl version and a boy version.


  • A4 card (210gsm)
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Colouring pens or crayons
  • That’s all!

Give it your own unique twist

Do you know why greeting cards are so rewarding to make? Because the recipient will cherish them whatever they look like!

So please, don’t be put off… even a simple heartfelt drawing is better than a card bought in the shops!

Thank you Workman

This project was first published in my book, Made by Dad: 67 blueprints for making cool stuff… my lovely publisher Workman has made it available online for free, so a big thank you to them.

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Scott Bedford

Maker, Illustrator and Author