Who's ready for a super easy, super sparkly tutorial! For those who don’t know me, my name is Julie(@HandletteredSunshine) and my goal is to spread sunshine in an envelope to as many as I can and I love using a mixture of different products. Sparkle is an addiction, and especially this year when we have to find joy EVERYWHERE we can, I use a ton of color and shimmer.
This is a super simple card that you can create like I did, or get fancier by decorating the “o” ornaments with embellishments, dots, or flourishes.
Supplies you will need for this project the way I made it are listed below, but there are many ways you can personalize it using different products. The first time I made it last year, I used all my favorite watercolor shimmer paints by the Cliffs of Watertown, but this time I used watercolor pens by Karin Markers.
Watercolor Card (I love using Strathmore Hot Press)
Washi Tape or anything round to use to trace
Black pen or marker (I used a Sharpie in fine line and regular tip)
Glitter Gel pen (I used Sparkle Pop by Pentel)
Paintbrush for Watercolor (I prefer Pentel Aquash Aquabrush)
Waterbased markers (I’m using Karin Brushmarker Pro in these colors: Cool grey 159, Plum 116, Pale Violet 247, Cyan 207, Cool Aqua 204, Magenta 359, Cerise 375 but you can use any markers you like).
SPARKLE WATER! I basically stumbled on this magical accident and am absolutely in love with this process as a secret ingredient! I use water that I already washed a brush in so the glitter from paint transferred so now I just add a bit of sparkle paint to my water which adds a lot of pizzazz while blending. (My favorite is Silver Sparkle or Icicle or Golden Flare by The Cliffs of Watertown.)
Use a pencil to sketch out the letter H three times and use the washi tape or round object to form the letter O three times.
Use the light gray marker to go over the letters and widen the H to your liking and erase all pencil marks.
Use the Sharpie or a black marker of choice to fill in the H. I’m known for my obsession for needing super straight and crisp lines, so I always go back with a fine liner to touch up and make my lettering sharper and more precise.
Use any colors you like, but choose two different shades of the same color and fill in the O partially.
Blend the two colors in each ornament, using the SPARKLE WATER! I blend from the center towards the edges to maintain a darker outline while adding some dimension from the blending of different shades of the same color.
Using the sharpie in fine line, draw a small square with lines and a half circle on top as an ornament holder. Use the glitter pen to add details.
Use a straight edged tool to draw a border, and use either paint or a pen to make a sparkly edge. "Tis the season for ALL the glitter" is my motto!
Voila! You’re done with a HO HO HO card which you can embellish any way you choose. Add swirls or polka dots or any decorations to the ornaments if you prefer! Here's a look at the one from this project as well as last year’s similar piece in shimmery paints.
Have a very happy holiday season. No matter what or how you celebrate, I hope you find joy and peace this season. Stay safe!