'Tis the Season to Get Crafty!
Can you believe just how close we are to Christmas already? It's time to get those Christmas cards ready to send out! We've collected an array of handmade watercolor Christmas cards to help inspire your crafting. Whether you're looking to expand your card making style and try out some easy watercolor Christmas card ideas, or you already love watercolors and are just looking for tips and inspiration, then these cards are just what you need!
1. Shedding Light On Homemade Watercolor Christmas Cards
The lights and colors of Christmas decorations are so joyful! I love how Norine uses watercolor in this card to capture the feel of colorful glows reflecting on the Christmas tree.
Norine created this lovely card with the String of Lights stamp set and some skillful watercoloring. This card largely shows off the beautiful freehanded blending that one can accomplish with watercolors, but Norine also used embossing powder to help with some detailed work in the light bulbs. By embossing the stamped image, she was able to easily corral the watercolor in order to create a more intense color in the light bulbs themselves. She finished the card off with the sentiment from the stamp set and heat embossed it as well.
Want to read more about Norine's cards? Then check out this one and more over on Norine's Blog. And to see more from the rest of our designers, keep reading below!
2. Shine Bright With These diy Watercolor Christmas Card Ideas
Wow! What a precise watercolor project from Lindsey! She creates a glowing sprig of juniper with her silvery colors. What a classy Christmas card showing off the cool winter colors of the season!
Lindsey also used heat embossing in crafting this watercolor card. The embossed image creates a line that’s easy to watercolor within, which allows for more exact watercolor painting. She embossed several iterations of the Joyous Juniper in silver, reaching in from the edges to frame the sentiments from the Classic Christmas Sentiments set. She created a dramatic look by starting from light blues but working towards shades of quite dark blue in the juniper berries, contrasting in a lovely way with the silver sprigs.
Want to see more of Lindsey's cards and read more about how she crafted this one? Then check it out on her blog!
3. Warm Up With Cute Watercolor Christmas Cards
Savannah also made use of embossing in her watercolor card. She first stamped the coat, boots, and sentiment from the Hello Winter Stamp set onto her watercolor paper, embossed to keep the watercolors where she wanted them, then let the paints flow! She finished off this card by adding a little bit of fluff around the boots and the hood of the coat.
Want to read more about this and other cards Savannah crafted? Check them out on her blog post!
4. Create Your Own Masterpiece With Hand Painted Watercolor Christmas Cards
Another lovely card from Norine! The green color seems so effortlessly drawn across the page as a backdrop for the seasons greetings and winter flora featured in the Joyous Juniper Stamp set. Keep reading to hear about she crafted this one!
Norine stamped the Joyous Juniper stamp twice in this card – first along the right hand side, and then added a branch above arching off to the left. Norine used heat embossing again to more easily contain the paint to where she wanted it to go. She painted the berries first, starting by filling them in with clean and paint-free water and then adding shades of blue and purple. This method helps effortlessly blend the colors together.
She painted the leaves and stems in a basic green and then allowed it all to dry before returning to paint the background. After the background had some color, she returned with the “seasons greetings” stamp from the Holly stamp set which she also heat embossed. Once that was set and cooled she added a few extra paint splatters for an extra ounce of artsy-ness.
5. Colorful Winter Scenery in Watercolor Christmas Card Designs
Cardinals are a celebrated symbol of winter for a reason! Even in the drabbest of winters, the red tufts of the cardinal brings a brightness and color. Julie’s cardinal card celebrates this classic symbol in a classy card.
Julie stamped the Cardinal and Pine bough onto watercolor paper and blended the watercolors by first painting clean water onto the page before adding color to the wet page. If you want to watercolor a background without allowing that background color to blend into the foreground, you can of course use heat embossing as many of the other designers have, but if you don't have the tools necessary there is another option. You can wait until the foreground that you've painted has dried, and then create an adhesive mask that covers the foreground elements you'd like to preserve. Once the mask is applied simply paint in your background, wait for it to dry, then remove the mask and voila! A softly receding background of light blue watercolor for your cardinal upon the pine bough.
6. Creative Yet Simple Watercolor Christmas Cards
Another very precise use of watercolors! Savannah’s card makes use of a classic Christmas color combo to create a super festive card with a unique use of the medium.
Savannah’s card is one of the more creative uses of watercolor. She used a loose and flowing hand for a watercolor background on several cards that she then cut out using the Sweater Weather die. She uses that die again here on her white paper, but fits the scraps from the other watercolor cards into this white card. She finished it off by stamping the sentiment Christmas Blessings from the Christ is Born stamp set, and tied it all off with a red bow.
Want to read more about this card and Savannah’s suggestions for crafters looking to make lots of cards quickly with easy watercolor Christmas cards? Check it out on her blog!
7. Poinsettias in diy Christmas Watercolor Cards
What a sweet card from Dana! This classic Christmas symbol in such dark rich colors is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Dana used the Perfect Poinsettia stamp set to stamp several of these blooms across her watercolor paper. She then colored in the poinsettia images with bright pink watercolors. She watercolored the background with these dark colors to make the poinsettias pop and added splatters of white gauche, creating a night sky effect. She finished up the card by stamping the seasons greetings sentiment from the Poinsettia stamp set onto vellum and wrapped around and adhered it to the card base.
Want to read more about how Dana created this card? Check it out on her blog!
Your friends and family are sure to love your Christmas cards this year, whether you're using watercolors, colored pencils, alcohol markers, or any other medium. I hope you found some inspiration here whatever projects you're tackling next! I spent this weekend making my own watercolor cards. I'd love to see your projects too. Just tag us on social media or send your project pictures to Ideas at TechniqueTuesday dot com! Don't forget to check out all of our Christmas stamps and dies for your Christmas crafting needs!