Simple Watercolor Christmas Cards Video

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 joy with the world.

hand painted watercolor christmas cards

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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Supplies used:

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 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 a Lightbox 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 card tutorial bright pad

Watercolor Christmas Cards Tutorial:

Download and print the template I have below. Next using masking tape, affix the template beneath your watercolor paper (watercolor paper works best for this!)

watercolor christmas card tutorial cricut

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 lightbox. 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.


And here is the finished product! I hope you enjoyed these hand-painted watercolor Christmas cards today! The Lightbox makes it easy to trace over the tree design and color it in. And honestly, watercolor is so relaxing during this busy festive season!

watercolor christmas card tutorial with free template

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: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! Check out these other tutorials for more inspiration – Easy Watercolor Holiday Cards with Plaid Pattern and 25+ Creative Christmas Cards Ideas

Hi I’m Smitha! I live in Minnesota with my husband and two daughters. You’ll always find me painting florals in my sketchbook. And I love the sheer joy of making something with just my hands! But my bigger love is capturing it all on camera Read more.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you learnt something from this tutorial, do share this post with a friend or on social media! Tag me @smithakatti #smithakatti I’d love to see what you create!


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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.

    • 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. 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!

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