Folk Art Holiday Cards with StencilGirl

November 4, 2017
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It’s that time of year – Christmas prep season! I know some of you are cringing, especially my American friends since it’s not even Thanksgiving yet (gotta get on the Canadian calendar people!) BUT HEAR ME OUT. I start getting ready in November for so many good reasons:

1) I do all my Christmas baking in stages and freeze it throughout the month so I can give it out in December without having to spend a whole weekend baking,

2) I am not last minute gift buying, so I have more time to plan and wrap, and

3) I have kids and family, and life is hella busy already in December with dinners, Christmas parties, concerts, activities, you name it. Because December is insane, if I can make it easier by doing stuff ahead of time, I am all for it.

 

diy christmas holiday cards

diy christmas holiday cards

 

So, as part of a really festive blog hop with the other StencilGirl team members, I’ve got these easy folk art holiday cards that can be made in an afternoon with just a few supplies like gesso, watercolors and embossing powder. I usually send them out at the start of December, and a few years ago I started making my holiday cards instead of the usual printed photo cards. They are always well received, and I think people enjoy getting a handmade card in the mail during the holidays! Most of all though, I just really enjoy making them! So this tutorial is great if you’re into sending out handmade cards like me.

Check out the video below to watch how you can use one stencil in two different ways for some quirky holiday cards everyone on your list is sure to love!

diy christmas holiday cards

diy christmas holiday cards

Our Creative Team members made over a dozen different projects just to whet your appetite for the most wonderful time of the year! While you are busy oohing and aahing over your folk art holiday cards, make sure to take a moment to leave a comment on each blog and you’ll be entered to win a $25 StencilGirl Gift Certificate! Here are links to all the fantastic, magic, merry, holiday projects:

Karen Gaunt   www.karengaunt.com

Tina Walker   https://adogslife-thirteen.blogspot.com

Torrie Gass   www.foxandhazel.com (you’re already here!)

Cindy Gilstrap   www.junqueart.com

Sherry Canino   https://caninosartisticcafe.com

Sandee Setliff   https://inthhillsofnorthcarolina.blogspot.com

Kiala Givehand   http://kialagivehand.com

Janet Joehlin   http://jjhappyreminders.blogspot.com

Belen Sotelo   http://artandwhimsy.net

Louise Nelson   http://louise-justloolabelle.blogspot.com.au

Debi Adams   http://debi-adams.com

Carol Baxter   https://caroling.wordpress.com

Comment by midnight CST in the USA on November 8th and we’ll randomly choose a $25 StencilGirl Gift Certificate winner. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win. We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook Page on November 9th.

Please feel free to share the hop with your friends!

58 Comments

  • Helen Gullett

    November 8, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Love your artsy cards!

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 8, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Thanks Helen! 😀

  • Arianna Barbara

    November 8, 2017 at 3:53 am

    Wow! Awesome cards!!!

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 8, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Thanks for the kind works Arianna!

      1. Arianna Barbara

        November 8, 2017 at 10:31 am

        <3

  • Amy

    November 8, 2017 at 3:24 am

    Super cool! Love the kind of almost dreamy quality you got with the watercolors and emboss-resist.

  • Jean Marmo

    November 6, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Such fun cards!

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 8, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Thanks Jean!

  • Kathe Deck

    November 6, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    so pretty

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 8, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Thanks Kathe!

  • Tamiko McCurry

    November 6, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Loving them both.. Well maybe the simple white and blk pen most.. Great cards…

  • Glenda Hoagland

    November 6, 2017 at 11:24 am

    I am in love with these cards. I have different stencils from stencil girl, but I am going to try this technique.

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 6, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      This would definitely work with any stencil – I can’t wait for you to give it a try!

  • Kathy Stacy

    November 6, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Love the line work to make the stencil pop.

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 6, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks Kathy – the details really make the card shine!

  • Catherine Lenoci

    November 6, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Very pretty!

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 6, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks Catherine!

  • Cathy

    November 5, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    these are really lovely and they look so different!

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 6, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      It’s amazing how one stencil can be the starting point for two different end results! I love how diverse stencils can be.

  • ArtandWhimsy

    November 5, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    the watercolor gives your embossed stenciling such a unique look. Nicely done.

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 6, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      Thank Belen <3

  • K.L. Stutzman

    November 5, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Just in time for Christmas!

  • Ronda Conley

    November 5, 2017 at 7:39 am

    I would love to win some stencils. Thanks for the opportunity.

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 6, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Good luck Ronda!

  • Torrie Gass

    November 5, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Thanks Ineke! I love the pop of white against the kraft.

  • Torrie Gass

    November 5, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Thanks so much!

  • Torrie Gass

    November 5, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Thanks! Those are my favourites too 😉

  • Mary Holshouser

    November 4, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Love how the colors are mixed together.
    They are bright and cheerful.
    thanks for sharing.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 6, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Mary!

  • Anne Marie Fowler

    November 4, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Such a down home project!

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 6, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Love me some folksy goods!

  • Annette Reed

    November 5, 2017 at 3:18 am

    I really like the plain white ones. They really brighten up the Kraft cardstock.

  • Jakki Keens Garlans

    November 4, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    I like both these cards, but my favourite is the watercolour card. I’ve just started using embossing ink and powder so this is a great project to practice on. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 6, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      So glad it sparked some inspiration for you Jakki!

  • Sherry Canino

    November 4, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    These are Beautiful Torrie, anyone would be super lucky to receive one of these hand made beauties for sure !!

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 6, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Thank you Sherry! I’m glad my family and in-laws enjoy them because that’s all they ever get these days haha!

  • Carol Watson

    November 4, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial, homemade cards are always the best!

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 6, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Homemade cards really are the best!

  • Jacklyn Young

    November 4, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    These cards are lovely!

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 6, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Thank you Jackyln <3

  • Rae Lynn Marie Reffruschinni

    November 4, 2017 at 11:50 am

    I love the finished look of these.

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 6, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks Rae!

  • Patty Donahue

    November 4, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I love to make cards! Thanks for your tutorial

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 6, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks Patty – I love making cards too!

  • Maurene

    November 4, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I have used watercolour with stencils before but not with this embossing technique – I’m definitely going to try this.

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 6, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Yay, I hope it turns out beautifully for you Maurene!

  • Christina Steeves

    November 4, 2017 at 8:59 am

    I love these! I never thought to use embossing as a result for watercolors! I’m excited to try it! And the doodles! Love that! Thanks for the inspiration! I do make us and made cards every year. It will be nice to try some new techniques!

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 6, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      It works awesome as a resist! And hooray for handmade cards!

  • Christine Welch

    November 4, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Very creative! Love the folk are look

  • Carol Baxter

    November 4, 2017 at 5:22 am

    Adore these cards!

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 6, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks Carol <3

  • Sylvia Lokhoff de Bruijn

    November 4, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Loved the tutorial from the other StencilGirllBloghop but this is also very, very inspirational and beautiful. Next week I am going too start with making Christmascards and I will give this a try, thanks for sharing.

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 6, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Thank you so much Sylvia – I hope it works for you!

  • Peg R

    November 4, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Love the hand crafted look of these.

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 6, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you Peg 🙂

  • Ineke Sauerbier

    November 4, 2017 at 5:57 am

    What a great idea to use a white background. Love the the brightness it gives to your watercolours.

  • Debi Adams

    November 3, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Wow! I had to do a double take! These looked like printed cards. Your artistic expression here is amazing!

    1. Torrie Lynn

      November 6, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Thanks Debi!

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