If you’re here because you’re looking for ideas for this year Christmas card making, welcome and join us!
This post is part of a series called Christmas Cards to Make this Year and covers card No.2.
This second Christmas card in our series focuses on playing more with paper and overlapping layers.
This card uses 2 digital papers that are part of a pack I designed this week:
This is the cards I’ve made so far in this series:
To view the tutorial for the other Christmas card, click here.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE THIS CARD
To make this card, I used the tools and materials below.
- 2 digital papers (1 for background and the other to decorate)
- 2 sheets of more or less A4 watercolor paper with texture (as opposed to smooth)
- 1 sheet of green stock paper
- 8″ x 10″ photo paper (for printing)
- Paper cutter
PAPER CRAFT TOOLS
- Cutting mat
- Bone folder
- Craft glue
- White pen
- Watercolor paint
- Watercolor brush
HOW I MADE THIS CARD
STEP 1 – Cut & Fold the Watercolor Paper
Use the bone folder to fold your watercolor sheet into 2 like in the below photo.
My sheet of watercolor was slightly too big to my taste, so I cropped it as I saw fit. Feel free to do the same with yours if you find it too big too.
STEP 2 – Print Your Digital Paper
Here are mine.
If you’re not sure how to go about getting your paper ready for printing onto 8″x10″ photo paper, check out my tutorial here.
STEP 3 – Cut & Paste 1 of the Digital Papers at the Front
As you can see, the measurements and alignment isn’t necessarily perfect here (I was in a bit of a hurry today). This said, I did take some basic measurements at the back of my paper to facilitate the cutting using the paper cutter:
As I said, I was in a bit of a hurry, so I didn’t care to be precise enough here. But what I fancy doing in the future is to approach each new card making session prepared and with a plan, with all paper cut and precisely measured. It still looks very nice with all its imperfection. But to produce something a little neater, preparation is needed I think.
STEP 4 – Cut, Paste the Other Watercolor Sheet on Top of our Background Paper & Decorate
The cutting is pretty self-explanatory. Feel free to leave whatever margins you wish around your cut watercolor paper.
As you can see, the decorative elements is the other digital paper that you need to cut and glue.
STEP 5 – Add Vertical Watercolor Stripes
Use your watercolor paint to paint some stripes.
Feel free to make that a gingham pattern or a different color. The sky is the limit here!
STEP 6 – Cut Your Green Card Stock Sheet to Extract a Small Rectangle That Fits on Top of Our Stripes & Add Your Holiday Greetings
Pretty self-explanatory again here. I used a white Gelly Roll pen for this.
STEP 7 – Paint the Edges Green (Watercolor)
The final touch is to add some green in watercolor around our background paper.
You may wish, depending on the effect you wish to create, to put a sheet of plain paper inside the card so it covers the underneath watercolor paper before you start painting those edges. Why? To avoid paint spreading onto that paper, inside the card, like this:
I personally like it this way because it keeps it imperfect. But you may not like it and prefer a cleaner finish.
And that’s job done!
I hope you enjoyed this Christmas card tutorial.
Happy card making and until Christmas card #3!
Alex of Log & Mitten