Since Christmas is just a mere 6 weeks away, I figured it was time to get started on my annual cards. If Christmas is in 6 weeks, that also means that I only have 6 weeks until I'm having this baby and I want to be totally done all my stuff well before then!
To get started on these, you'll need the following supplies:
- Payne's Gray watercolor tube
- OR a watercolor palette
- White gel pen - I use Sakura White Gelly Rolls
- Round watercolor brush
- Pencil, eraser, ruler, and paper cutter
First things first - you'll need to cut down your cardstock or watercolor paper to make cards. I did some in a 5"x7" and a 3"x5" size. Use the ruler & pencil to mark it all out and cut down with the papercutter. Fold it & bam! You have a card.
Next, using the Payne's Gray watercolor, you'll start to create some ornament shapes on your card. The shapes you go with are totally up to you, but here are some ideas for general shapes. You can go as traditional or modern as you like! I made mine a bit more modern with less curves.
While the Payne's Gray is still wet, you'll add a bit of the Finetec gold to it. Play around and make some interesting patterns and shapes! There's no wrong way to do this - promise!
Keep working your way down the card until it's as full of shiny ornaments!
Once the paint is dry, you can go back in with a white gel pen to add the details.
[Also, let's take a minute to appreciate my long nails. I am a lifelong nail biter, and the fact that I don't have chewed stubs in these photos is an accomplishment in itself!]
And that's it! It's really that easy. So simple, and so gorgeous to paint. I love more modern Christmas elements, so these cards are a perfect way to marry the holidays with my love for modern designs. If your card is a bit warped, which it likely will be, you can flatten it by misting the inside of the card with a bit of water, then pressing it in a heavy book. I always place my work between two pieces of paper before I put it, so I don't risk getting paint on my books!
These cards also look fantastic on a white background as well. I used watercolor paper for these, but some good quality cardstock will hold up to the paint as well.
AND, if you're feeling really festive, you can add back in some ornament designs with that white gel pen. I love both looks! The white really pops against the brown cardstock, and makes it really feel like it's Christmas!
You can use this same technique to make some really lovely gift tags as well. If you're thinking, "that's cool and all, but I'm feeling kind of lazy & don't want to paint even more stuff," then you can download a free set of gift tags over at Dawn Nicole Designs!
You can print them at home & dress up all your gifts without having to lift a paintbrush!
You can get all the supplies needed for this tutorial below:
I can't wait to see what you create on your own! Share your work with me on Instagram, and I'll leave you some love - cause who doesn't want a little love for their creations?