Paint and Draw Your Own Christmas Cards!
Let’s paint and draw your own Christmas cards today! So my story is pretty common…I recently ran out of Christmas cards to send to friends and family. Gads! But I did not panic. Instead, I got creative. Wow, I realize this blog is like, two years old and I have never written a Christmas-related post yet? Well, that changes today 🙂
These days, it doesn’t seem like sending Christmas cards is as prevalent as it used to….maybe it’s happening more digitally, idk, but for those of you who still enjoy the tradition of sending cards but feel like Christmas cards are too generic or expensive, I have some good news for you today.
How would you like to save a little money in the process through making your own handmade cards, with holiday flair and a personal touch? Your friends and family will appreciate the length you went to for sure!
And just using some simple materials like 65-pound cardstock? Alright, let’s get cracking!
Do you have some cardstock nearby? Any size will do as we’re going to be trimming it. Next items include:
- Acrylic paints (I used and recommend these here)
- Scissors or trimming tool
- Assortment of pens (emphasis on holiday colors like gold, silver and green)
Some optional items to consider including are: a calligraphy pen (used to create pretty flourished looking print), liquid markers, and glitter paint. Again emphasis on the holiday colors like red, green and gold.
Zig Memory System Wink of Stella Brush Glitter Markers, White, Red, Dark GreenTombow 62038 Fudenosuke Brush Pen, 2-Pack. Soft and Hard Tip for CalligraphyKittyKraft Extra Fine Glitter Set Red, White, Green, Gold, and Silver Glitter
But First…Here’s MY Card 🙂
Here’s the card I made personally for my sister-in-law last week! I used a generic thank-you card as my template and some cardstock. I used my gel pen collection to do the scene on the front.
Hope she liked the card too? (Recent update: She liked it 🙂 But I digress a little…I had an easy maneuver to get the dimensions of the card made in the first place: Although I’m low on cards at the moment, I do have some of those thank-you note cards with envelopes, in which I traced around one of the cards on my sheet of cardstock.
That’s it! The easy part. I used 65 lb cardstock, a pretty good weight for this kind of project. Then I gently creased the middle with my ruler. It takes practice, but you can get to the point where you don’t leave crease marks.
Painting Your Christmas Card
Now let’s make a nice color background for the card. First, get a little dish of water for mixing paint. Dip your paint in it to create a wash. You may want to use one of those sponge applicators too to apply the paint mixture to the front of the card. Use quick strokes so there won’t be residual streaks on the front.
In this demo, I have a piece of cardboard segued in the middle to catch any paint run-offs.
Strive to create a nice even coat of the wash being created. Now using a sponge or scrunched paper towel blot the excess wash on the front of the card completely. Let your card dry.
Place a paper towel onto the card and place a heavy object like a book on top of the card to flatten It needs to be thoroughly dry before attempting to draw your design.
Drawing On Your Christmas Cards
Draw your design on the front of your card lightly with a pencil, keeping with the themes of the holiday, focusing on such scenes as a snowman on a winter day, a decorated tree, nativity scene, etc.
Once you are satisfied with the design, assign colors to each part and trace over these parts with the help of markers and pens of the chosen colors. These colors should correspond with the paint colors that you shall use on the parts of the design later.
Trace over the thin lines that you drew for the words with the liquid gold marker. Let it dry and then test it by pressing a paper on the line and lift it carefully to check whether it had dried.
Adding Embellishments to Your Card
This step you can use your calligraphy pen if you have one. This card needs a greeting on the front, don’t you agree? Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, Happy Holidays…If you’re a little unsure of your flourishing skills, it’s OK to practice on some scrap paper to get the hang of it. (I know I did – haven’t used one of these puppies in awhile:)
I used a black gel pen to go over my greeting in gold to give it more emphasis. You can also use another scrap of paper to blot the greeting message so you can continue working around it.
With the addition of your glitter paint you can embellish your greeting and design too! You can use other embellishments like stick-on bling, holiday-themed color tape, etc.
Don’t Forget the Inside of the Card Too!
The inside of your card needs a nice holiday-themed greeting too! It can be poetic or simple depending on your own personal taste and style. You can use your calligraphy pen for this part too. If you have a fine-line tip pen, so much the better as most greeting card inner messages tend to be delicate and subtle.
Kind of take the same approach you did earlier and practice on a notepad before proceeding and blot it dry. You can also leave your card open too to let it dry.
Voila…now that’s a pretty card! I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
Happy card making…and happy holidays from all of us here at Create With Jennifer!