Today I’m sharing Easy Watercolor Christmas Cards that even beginners can easily make at home! Easy VIDEO tutorial + template included
I love the slower winter days, the fire in the living room and sitting down to make Chrismas Cards and easy Christmas Crafts. Painting simple cards is my way of sharing the joy with the world.
Watercolor Christmas Cards Video:
I have a YouTube video showing the start to finish of these hand painted watercolor christmas cards that you can watch here or click the video box below.
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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!
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!
Watercolor Christmas Cards Tutorial:
Download and print the template I have below. Next tape the template beneath your watercolor paper (watercolor paper works best for this!)
The design of these hand painted Watercolor Christmas cards could easily be freehanded 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 light 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.
Place it on top of your Bright pad or lightbox. And then- have fun painting!!
And here is the finished product! I hope you enjoyed these hand painted watercolor Christmas cards 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!
Tips and Tricks:
- 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 won’t 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.
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.
I hope you enjoyed today’s Watercolor Christmas cards tutorial!
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.
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.
Love your card !!!! I really would love to give this a try. thank you so much
Thank you Helen! Hope you give it a try!
These are so pretty!
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!
Glad you found the tutorial useful! Enjoy your painting time