I love Christmas cards, there isn’t anything I love more than writing Christmas cards too. However, I also love making Christmas cards, it’s such a cute and lovely thoughtful way of saying “I’ve put time and effort into this Christmas card and nobody else has one like it” Which I find so lovely. I’ve made some Christmas cards which I’m showing little tutorials for. They are nothing fancy just quick, simple and easy to do. A lot of them have finger painting within them so prepare to get messy!
So for the first card, you will need some card. I only had brown card at the time so I went with brown card. You need some thick paint as well as after I was using watercolours the colour just wouldn’t stick to the paper. On a plain piece of white paper, I was trying to make my reindeer. I was painting my fingers with a paintbrush and trying to create a head and body. As you can see, I tried many times to get the perfect head and body. After I finally made the perfect pair I got a calligraphy writing pen that I have (You can just use a gel pen or even a Biro) to create the antlers, legs, tail and facial features. This is where I wish I had actually just done the fingerprints onto the actual card itself, as I had to cut out the reindeer and make them look as if they were in a snowy scene. After I had cut them out and stuck it down I went on to add a few snowy trees in the background with paint. This is where I ruined this card as I thought I know I’ll add glitter for snow. So I painted the whole background with glue and filled the whole card with glitter. It would have been better if I had just made little circles of glue to add the glitter too. So I don’t have a photo of the final product as it was ruined but you get the idea of what to do and what not to do!
For the next card, all you need is some white card, a paintbrush, any colour glitter, PVA glue and something sparkly to add to the finished product. So you start with your with your white card and fold it in half. Then grab your PVA glue and add it to a little bit of water. Once you have the consistency perfect, grab a paintbrush and starting at the top of the page you want to go from left right and then down in the shape of a Christmas tree. I tried to take a photo of this but it doesn’t show very well but I’ll add it in any way. Once you have put on the amount of glue you think is appropriate for your tree, now is the fun part. Get your glitter and go crazy kids, throw that glitter around like there is no tomorrow. Obviously going on the glue would be the best part for it to go on. Once there is enough glitter on there to create your own unicorn then it’s time to shake off the excess. The photo above is hopefully something that you’ll get. You can either leave it there or you can add some baubles on like I have done with mine. I found some love red gems at the bottom of my craft suitcase and decided to add more festive things to my card. You could even take it another step further and write “Merry Christmas” in fancy writing to the bottom of the card.
For my last and final card. It’s another take on the reindeer fingerprinting but instead with a Snowman & Snow woman. You can have whatever you wish for your snow pals. I just wanted to show the diverse range you can do. I first had my card which I chose to be brown as the white would show up nicely compared to if you had white. I think got my index finger and painted it white. I made the first imprint to be the body which would make a bigger print. I did the same for my other snow pal. I then continued to paint my little finger to create the head for my snow pals. After doing this I got my
calligraphy pen and started to draw on their eyes, mouth, arms and buttons. I then painted a hat and scarf on my snow lady to show a more fun side with the card. I then outlined the main bits of the picture to make them stand out. After doing this I decided to add a little snow around them, I got something small that was rounded (I’m not sure what it was, it was in my little crafting suitcase so I used it, all I know it was metal) Dunked it into the paint and begin to spot the snow around the snow people. I then added a few brush strokes to the bottom to add more snow to the picture.
I didn’t want to over complicate these cards, so I tried to keep them as simple as possible. I tried to keep it simple with materials also, knowing it’s a stressful time of the year, so people wouldn’t want to go out buying things just to make cards. I had so much fun doing this, getting all creative and showcasing what I can do other than being fashionable!