Back in August, I created a card with a soothing easy watercolour background that I really enjoyed making. I’ve put a photo of the card below. In September I was sketching out some ideas, and I really wanted to have another go at this style of background with a Christmas colourway. Time passed by, and it wasn’t until I was hit over the head by two lots of inspiration that I finally got paint on paper to create these cards. Firstly, Kristina Werner’s Simply Watercolour Christmas card class has taken me right back to my clean and simple roots. Often as not less is better than more! Secondly, I saw a piece by Catherine Cote on Instagram that reminded me of my sketch, and I thought the two styles paired well together. I’ve linked all supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
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Easy Watercolour Christmas Cards For Beginners
STEP BY STEP HOW TO
- Pencil a border around a slimline panel of Arches watercolour card. Draw wavy lines across the panel. Attach to a board with painter’s tape.
- Paint the stripes with a palette of Christmasy colours using Daniel Smith paints – Pyrrol Crimson, Perylene Green, Buff Titanium. Make sure each stripe is dry before painting neighbouring stripes.
- Pencil a border around the second panel of Arches watercolour card and again attach to a board with painter’s tape.
- Prepare a palette of the same watercolours making sure to have plenty of choices to dip into.
- Paint stripes of the different colours across the panel, making sure to keep the lower edge of the paint stripes wet so that the colours blend. Add in more concentrated colour in areas and droplets of water in others.
- Die-cut the Slimline Christmas die from gold mirror card and the background die element in vellum twice. Adhere the gold to the vellum with Gina K Connect Glue and then add the sentiment pieces to the panels with small pieces of foam tape.
- Adhere the panels with foam tape to card bases cut and scored from Neenah Desert Storm card 100lb weight.
- Pair with Schoolhouse Red and Cream slimline envelopes.
This was the card my original idea was based on. I’d so enjoyed making this simple freestyle watercolour card, and I was looking for ways I could incorporate this style again. What do you think? Do you prefer this beachy look or the Christmas colours from today’s cards?
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D