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29 Creative Mother’s Day Card Templates [Plus Design Tips]

Written by: Sara McGuire

Apr 30, 2020

mothers day card template

Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift idea? Every mother is different but I’ll tell you one thing: you’ll probably win a few points with your mom if you give her a nice card on Mother’s Day.

Our cards also work if you’re looking for Mother’s Day crafts for kids that are a bit less messy. Or a simple but sweet Mother’s Day gift for your wife.

And with our card maker online editor, you can make a heartfelt card that looks pretty nice too.

NEW! Working mom and working from home cards. Click to jump ahead.

Floral Happy Mother's Day Card

How to customize your Mother’s Day card template:

  1. Pick a template that you think your mom, wife, co-worker or friend would like. Most of our templates are free to use and customize.
  2. Customize the card’s message (you gotta put in a little bit of work, ok?).
  3. For extra credit, customize the color scheme, font, and images to fit your mom’s taste in our simple online editor.
  4. Email your beautiful Mother’s Day card to her or share it via social media. Or upgrade to download it and print it out. Click here to learn how to optimize your card design for print.

Follow these Mother’s Day card design tips to create something worthy of your momma’s special day. Plus, we have NEW working mom and work from home Mother’s Day cards.

Expectation vs Reality Mother's Day Card Template

1. Create a custom illustration using icons

Cute Mother's Day Card Template 3

Are your drawing skills less than stellar? You’re in luck. You can use icons in the same way you would use stickers, making this a great no-mess Mother’s Day craft for kids.

Once you’ve thought of a concept for your card, search for icons to make your illustration.

For example, this cute moon and stars illustrations was made by combining different icons:

mothers day card templates

Your mom might also get a kick out of an illustration that represents her:

Yellow Funny Mother's Day Card Template

Or here’s an examples using a letter-sending motif:

mothers day card template

You could even go for a more abstract design, if your mother is into that kind of thing:

mothers day card template

Design Pro Tip: Use icons that have the same visual style. Using icon with different style can make your card design look cluttered.

Here are three basic icon styles:

icon styles

2. Give your mother’s day card a decorative border

Blue Floral Mother's Day Card Template1

A beautiful border can add a real touch of class to your mother’s day card.

Because you have limited space on your card, one option is to make your border the main visual component.

If you decide to use a busy, decorative border, then make sure to add a solid background to help your text pop.

For example, this simple border with floral accents makes for a classy Mother’s Day gift idea:

Light Blue Happy Mother's Day Card

Or this Mother’s Day card template uses a red square to make the yellow and white font stand out from the floral border:

mothers day card templates

This is also a great example of how you can still add texture to your sections that use solid color.

You can also use visuals to highlight text on your card:

Peach Mother's Day Card Template

3. Combines two to three different font styles

Floral Mother's Day Card Template1

Typography is arguably as essential to your design as the images you use. Font selection can have a big impact on how the mood and message of your design is received (in fact, I did a whole study on font psychology).

On a card where the focal point of your design is a written message, the right font is essential.

As a rule of thumb, use no more than three font styles in one design. Use one decorative font for the main text on your card, then use one or two more simplistic fonts for the supporting text.

For example, look at how this mother’s day card template tastefully combines three different font styles:

mothers day card templates

4. Use a neutral background color to make your illustrations and text pop

Cute Mother's Day Card Template1

You might be tempted to used bright colors and tons of quirky visuals to impress your mom. But showing a little restraint can pay off.

When you combine a neutral background with a few bold accents, you can end up with a design that your mom will swear you paid someone else to make (just kidding–she totally believes in you, right?).

Pick a neutral background color like a light blue, pink, or grey. Then, use bright colors for your fonts and icons. Boom, the result:

mothers day card templates

5. Create a picture frame mother’s day card template

Modern Blue Mother's Day Card Template

I’ll spare you the “picture-perfect” pun.

Want a creative way to show your mother she’s always on your mind? Make a picture frame card with a picture of you two together (or your dog, if you suspect she likes him better).

Partners, this is a great Mother’s Day craft for kids. Help them pick the best photo and decorate the card to their liking with icons.

Start with a simple frame, then decorate it with icons of things your mom likes. Then, insert your photo in the frame.
Dark Happy Mother's Day Card

Pink Happy Mother's Day Card

You could also go the quirky route:

harry styles mother's day card

This is how I imagine Harry Styles would decorate his card for his mother.

Here’s the template if you want to try and top that:

mothers day card templates

6. Use an unconventional frame shape

Simple Green Mother's Day Card Template

Just because your mother’s day card is a square, doesn’t mean your frame has to be.

Unconventional borders can make your mother’s day card design more interesting.

For example, contrasting your square-shaped card with a circular background can make for a pretty darn cute design.

mothers day card templates

Break up the circle with an icon or some text. This will make your card design more interesting.

mothers day card template

You could also do a star-shaped border, a heart…the possibilities are endless.

7. Create a simple pattern design

Creative Mother's Day Card Templatte

Patterns are pleasing to the eye. Using a simple pattern can give your card a classic and cheery look–almost like wrapping paper! This card would also make a great mother’s day gift for your wife.

Another way to use patterns is to alternate between two shapes. You can create this effect easily using icons:

mothers day card template

Design Pro Tip: When picking colors for your icons, use complementary colors like purple and yellow or blue and orange. For more color tips, read our guide to color selection.

Another easy pattern hack is to invert one shape to create an alternating pattern, like in this mother’s day card template:

mothers day card template

Using a color gradient is another quick way to add some pizzazz to your card design:

Gradient Happy Mother's Day Card Template

Another pattern hack is to not use repeating icons, but to repeat the colors. This is a good approach if you don’t want your card design to be too symmetrical or matchy-matchy.

By using the same colors, you can still create a cohesive pattern.

For example, this mother’s day card template uses repeating shades of grey to make the different icons fit cohesively into one design:

mothers day card template

8. For something a bit different, create a chart 

Unique Mother's Day Card Template1

Do you want to create a loveably geeky card for your mother? Then show her how much you love her, with data to back it up. These cards would also make a sweet mother’s day gift for your wife,

Use a fun chart for an unconventional card design. Charts aren’t just for visualizing boring data–they can also present information in creative and unexpected ways.

You could, for example, chart everything your mother does for you in a week using a line graph. Or you could use a pie chart to show the different qualities that make your mother so amazing:

mothers day card template

Design Pro Tip: Because you have limited space on your card, keep your chart relatively simple. Use one pie chart, bar chart, word cloud, or venn diagram. Don’t overburden your chart with too many data points.

9. Give your card a mixed media look for a more traditional touch

Colorful Mother's Day Card Template 2

When you design a card online, your first thought might be that it needs to have a modern flat design. Not so!

You can still incorporate more traditional design elements into your design. Patchwork designs, images of nature, and watercolor designs will add a more traditional feel to your card.

For example, a watercolor swatch can add a classy touch to your card:

mothers day card template

Script fonts will also add a traditional touch to your design.

Script fonts mimic handwriting or calligraphy. They can make your messages feel more like personal–perfect if you won’t get a chance to visit your mother in person on Mother’s Day. They’re also perfect for partners wondering what to get mom on Mother’s Day.

mothers day card template

Roses Happy Mother's Day Card Template

10. Optimize your Mother’s Day card template for print

Many of the mother’s day card templates in this article are designed to be e-cards. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. If you would like to print out your card, either to do a traditional Mother’s Day craft for kids or to mail the card, there are a few simple things you can do to optimize your card for print.

Design your page to be folded in half

Even if you use an e-card template, you can modify it for print. This is where a freeform template editing tool will work better than a more rigid template.

Let’s say you start with a card template that has a portrait orientation. First, change your page orientation to landscape. Then, resize the visuals to fit the new page dimensions.

mothers day card template

Make sure that the page is evenly split in two–you’ll be folding the page down the middle. Using a grid can help you to evenly divide your page evenly.

mothers day card template

Use a readable font

If your card is really nice, you mom might even want to display it in her living room. When designing a card for print, use a font that is readable from a few feet away.

As a rule of thumb, use at least 10 point font. Your font should also contrast enough with that background that you can easily read it.

mothers day card template

Voila: a mantlepiece masterpiece!

Export in high quality

To avoid your card coming out blurry when you print it, make sure you export your card in high quality. As a rule of thumb, export your design in at least 300 dpi.

High-quality PNG or PDF are both appropriate formats.

Now you’ve got the tools you need to make a memorable Mother’s Day gift for your wife, mom, co-worker or friend. Now what are you waiting for? Get cracking!

11. Send a stressed working mom one of our new cards

In 2020, moms everywhere are experiencing the delight of being a teacher, house cleaner, babysitter and also sometimes holding down a full-time job at the same time.

Impossible? Maybe, but somehow moms are making it work–even more evidence of their superpowers. We’ve designed a series of funny and sweet Mother’s Day cards to show mom how much we appreciate her, especially during these challenging times.

Illustrative Work From Home Mother's Day Card Template

Work From Home Mother's Day Card Template

Expectation vs Reality Mother's Day Card Template

Working Mom Encouragement Mother's Day Card Template

Employee Appreciation Mother's Day Card Template

Essential Workers Appreciation Mother's Day Card Template

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About Sara McGuire

Sara McGuire is the former Content Marketing Manager at Venngage. She believes that growth by content doesn't require a big budget if you're scrappy. Her writing has been published on Marketing Profs, HubSpot, and Content Marketing Institute. Follow her on Twitter @sara_mcguire