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Watercolor christmas card tutorial that will make you want to paint

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Hello friends! Today’s watercolor christmas card tutorial is one of the simplest one ever- all you need to do is print and color in the lines. It’s as easy as that! Free template included.

The design of this watercolor christmas card tutorial could easily be free handed but to make sure everything is centered and aligned on the card I prefer to use the Cricut Bright pad. I’ve printed my template onto a regular printer paper and now I am centering it beneath my card using the bright pad. I am going to tape this into place using my tape and I am adding a 1/4 inch border all around the card front while doing so

Today I am part of a fun blog hop- all of your crafter are using a cricut product to create something Christmas themed! Scroll down to the bottom of this post for all the details!

watercolor christmas card tutorial

watercolor christmas card tutorial cricut


I have a YouTube video showing the start to finish of this Watercolor christmas card tutorial that you can watch here or click the video box below.

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Supplies used:

I am making my cards from these pre made pre scored Watercolor cards. These are by Strathmore and come with matching envelopes and I really LOVE the quality of this product. For my no line coloring I am going to be using the Cricut Bright pad as I mentioned before. For my watercoloring today I am using my Tombow Dual Brush pens. These are water based markers that are so much fun to watercolor with! 

You can use any kind of watercolor set you own already to paint this holiday card really. There is something about that watercolored effect that adds a great touch of handmade to your cards

watercolor christmas card tutorial bright pad

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How to make it:

Download and print the template I have below. Then you need to tape the template beneath your watercolor paper (watercolor paper works best for this!) and then place it on top of your Bright pad. And then- have fun painting!!


And here is the finished product! I hope you enjoyed this watercolor christmas card tutorial today! The Cricut bright pad makes it so easy to trace over the tree design and color it in. And honestly, watercoloring is so relaxing during this busy festive season!

watercolor christmas card tutorial with free template

Tips and Tricks:

  • The Using a light pad like the Cricut Bright pad makes it easy to trace a design. Even onto watercolor paper! I have tried the Bright pad with good quality watercolor paper and have been impressed with it. The light is easily adjustable to what you need.
  • When using your Tombow Dual Brush pens to watercolor with YOU MUST choose watercolor paper or mixed media paper. If you try to spread the color on regular paper it doesn’t work. That paper is too thin and absorbs the pigment right away and you wont be able to spread the color around. On watercolor paper the color spreads easily and gives you pretty soft shades of color.
  • For  my card today- of course I chose whimsical colors for my card- but this design would beautiful with a red, green and gold palette too.

Blog hop Details:

Here are all the other projects being featured in today’s blog hop! There are 14 projects in all and I am sure you will have fun hopping along!

Reindeer Names Christmas Ornaments DIY HTV Christmas Wine Gift Bag How to Make Fabric Silverware Christmas Stocking Holders with Cricut Maker Christmas Baby Onsie DIY Watercolor Cards Reindeer Lollipops How to Create Simple Christmas Plank Art DIY Christmas Chalkboard Signs Quick and Easy Holiday Gift Idea: Sassy DIY Wine Glasses Sawdust is My Glitter Ornaments Christmas Gift Cards Festive and Easy Buffalo Plaid Holiday Wall Art Unicorn Ornament Tutorial Merry Christmas Welcome

Free Template Download:

free template download

Click here to download the free template for today’s card design. For personal use only. Please do not resell or share otherwise.


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  1. Wow I had no idea that you could watercolor with your Tombow markers. Do you outline the shape and then go through with a wet brush? So cool I am going to have to try this technique. Thanks so much for joining us on the first challenge! I hope you join up with us for January. Happy Holidays.

    1. Smitha

      Yes! You can totally use your Tombows for watercoloring! You can see this tutorial in action- I just uploaded and added my video to the post.

  2. Helen

    Love your card !!!! I really would love to give this a try. thank you so much

    1. Smitha

      Thank you Helen! Hope you give it a try!

  3. salmadinani

    These are so pretty!

  4. Oh my gosh, I love this! Anyone (including me ; ) can now be a watercolor artist! What a great idea – pinning! I’m going to be pulling out my Bright Pad tonight and giving this a go! Thanks for being part of our first Cricut Challenge!

    1. Smitha

      Glad you found the tutorial useful! Enjoy your painting time

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