Hey guys! I am Anusha from @anushaivaturi and I am delighted to share this easy Christmas card with you today! Before we dive into it, let me share a little bit about myself.
I am a full-time watercolor & hand-lettering artist from India. I enjoy painting vibrant galaxies to share my love for outer space. I work from my home studio space along with my furry partners, Jenny & Nessie. I have been lettering for over 3 years now and love making handmade cards which is one of the reasons I started exploring calligraphy!
I absolutely love using bright bold colors and lots of shimmery gold in most of my projects and I hope it brings in more cheer to all of you! Now let’s get started on the card :)
Watercolor Paper or Cardstock - at least 200gsm (I am using Canson watercolor paper)
Sakura Glaze Pen (If you don’t have it, you can use masking fluid with any old brush. Alternatively you can draw snowflakes with a white gel pen once the background is ready.)
Washi tape or Masking tape
Any smaller tip brush pen like Pentel or Tombow fudenosuke.
Watercolors or Water-based brush markers, I’m using Karin markers here:
(Cool Aqua - 204, Sky Blue - 621, Cyan - 207, Turquoise - 654)
Watercolor Brush (any size)
Gold Watercolor (I'm using Finetec Gold)
Add masking/washi tape on all four sides creating a border like shown.
Using Sakura Glaze Pen (White) draw a few snowflakes on the card alternating the sizes of the snowflakes to add variety. If you do not have a glaze pen or masking fluid, you can skip this step for now.
*Glaze pen adds texture and shine and it acts like masking fluid and it’s super easy and quick to use.
Once it’s dry (takes a minute or two), using Karin markers draw random lines as shown in the pictures, starting with the lightest color leaving a little bit of white spaces.
Now, using a wet watercolor brush slowly blend the shades together. As soon as you start blending the colors with water, you can notice the snowflakes show up like magic! I love this part! Add a little bit of water if required.
Tip - To add a fun texture to the background, splatter a bit of water by tapping on the brush.
Let the background dry completely. Take a damp paper towel and gently wipe off any paint over the snowflakes and you can see that they are now completely white and shiny with a little texture!
*If you are using masking fluid instead, after the background is dry, you can remove it.
**In case you don’t have a glaze pen or masking fluid, you can draw a bunch of snowflakes with a white gel pen over the background.
Write your favorite quote on the card. I have lettered - let it snow on the bottom left corner in modern calligraphy style. Once you're done, peel off the washi tape.
Now for some shimmery goodness, add a couple of snowflakes with Finetec gold or any metallic gold color or Deco Brush metallic markers. You can add embellishments, sequins to the card as well.
I have also added a golden border because, why not!? - It’s optional but definitely recommended!
Done! Send it to your friends and family and I am sure they’ll love it!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Do give it a try and if you do, please tag me @anushaivaturi and use #BSLBlogTutorial! We’d love to see.
Wish you all a wonderful Christmas!