February 29 Day Trading Card Challenge

Join us in this art challenge to draw 29 different hearts on trading cards and then give them away! It’s going to be fun!

Sketchnote Boss 29 Day Trading Card Challenge
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Welcome to February. I thought we would start off this month with an art challenge. It’s designed to really stretch your visual skills and it will bless others.  The challenge is to draw 30 hearts on trading cards and then bless others by giving them away. AND if you really want to supercharge your challenge draw 100 hearts. The hearts all have to be different.  Yup – that’s really going to stretch you!  The first ten will be easy and it will get harder after that.

Trading Card Hearts

Here’s what to do: 

  1. Get the printable from the members-only page and on card stock print out as many as you are going to do – 4 pages for 30, 11 pages for 100.  There are 9 cards per sheet. The cards have a verse on the back. I chose verses about love and encouragement hoping that it would touch the recipient and remind them how much God loves them. The verses come from Letters of Love from the Father. I’ll talk more about that in a future post.
  2. Once printed, doodle hearts on the front of the cards
  3. Give them away. This is probably the hardest part – especially if you don’t know a person well; or if you really like your heart design.  But what good is all this doodle talent if we are not going to use it for His glory? I just tell people I am giving away 100 hearts in February and I’d like you to have one. So far people are excited to get a hand-done card.


  1. Printable
  2. Permanent pen like a Prisma or Micon
  3. Colors – watercolors or markers
  4. Frog, Paint or Washi Tape if you’re going to use watercolor
  5. Scissors
  6. A round corner punch (totally optional)

The Process

Trading cards
  •  Doodling on a blank sheet 
    • Draw hearts and limit your colors to one or two colors on the card. This will really emphasize the black lines on the white background. 
  • Watercolor a background and then doodle over it. 
    • Before you cut out the hearts tape down the verse sheet on a flat surface. I use Frog Tape so the paper does not tear, but I have also hard that Washi Tape also does not tear the paper. 
    • Since cardstock is not that thick, brush a really light coat of water over the paper then add blotches of color. You will need to work fast and don’t add too much water as card stock was not made to take a lot of water. If you use too much water the cards will buckle and you may not be happy with the result.
    • Also don’t make the background is not too dark or the black lines won’t show up. If you do like a dark background may be a chalk pencil or white gel pen would really pop.
    • I tried putting a piece of watercolor paper in the printer. The printer wasn’t too happy so be careful with that idea. 

Would you like one of my trading cards?

Do you want one of my original trading cards?  If so, all you have to do to is to doodle your own card and post a pic in the Sketchnote Boss FaceBook Group AND tell us who you gave it to.  You can be general you don’t have to name names.  I will send trading cards to the first 30 people that post their cards.  To be eligible post a pic of your card and who you gave it to and why you wanted to bless them in the Sketchnote Boss Facebook group. OR you can leave a comment on this blog post.

I can’t wait to see what you all do with this challenge!


One response to “February 29 Day Trading Card Challenge”

  1. Heather Parsons Avatar
    Heather Parsons

    I will post a pic in the group it wont let me post the pic here, but I gave the card to a homeless man on the side of the curb at Walmart, I wanted to bring a smile to his face and give him something unexpected. I think I did just that 🙂 He cried, I cried, we all cried Hallelujah!

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