Hey guys! It’s Karen from @letteringbykaren, and I’m so thrilled to share this Christmas card tutorial with you. I have been lettering for almost 3 years now, and I absolutely love it. I letter mostly as an escape from being a stay-at-home mom (and now stay-at-home virtual learning task master – ha!), but I also sell various lettering worksheets and take on commissions here and there. One of my all-time favorite ways to practice lettering is with song lyrics! This Christmas card was created directly from that idea. I steered clear of doodles and drawings for this one, and I kept things simple so that everyone could give this card a try. Yes, even you! Let’s get started.
Here is what you’ll need for the Santa Belt card:
Blank white card
Gold pen or marker
Red pen or marker
Optional: pencil, ruler, laser level
Step 1: Lay out the card
Place washi tape around the border of card. Then, place a strip of washi tape across the middle of the card. Place another strip below this one, leaving about an inch in between the two. This will be the belt. Finally, place two smaller strips vertically to account for the buckle. Mine were about an inch apart.
Step 2: Making the belt
Using a black marker, color in the three sections that you taped off in the first step ( I chose to use a Zebra PM-701 black permanent marker). Peel off the washi tape (why is that so fun?!), making sure to leave the tape around the border.
Now it’s time to make the buckle. We are going to work around the black square in the middle for this part. Grab your washi tape again, and place strips at the very edge of each black rectangle. Then, place a strip above the square and below the square, leaving a white border. See the buckle forming?
Now it’s time to fill it in! I am using a uni-ball signo metallic gold gel pen for this part, but any gold pen will do. Once it is completely filled in, it’s tape peel time.
Step 3: Fill in with words
For this step, I chose to use a laser level to keep my words straight. You can also draw in lines using a pencil and ruler, or you can just wing it! If I’m feeling exceptionally fancy, I like to put little tick marks on the washi tape on either side of the card to keep things even while I’m using my laser level. I usually just eyeball it, though.
I lettered my words with a red Zebra Funwari brush pen, but the words on this card don’t have to be lettered. This card is super versatile and would look great with any style – handwriting, monoline lettering, all capital letters, whatever! (I think this card could be fun to make with school-age kids as well!) Use any pen you like, but make sure it’s red to keep those Santa vibes alive.
I filled my card in with the words from “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.” You could use any Christmas song, or you could even fill it in with Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, Happy Holidays, or something else festive! I used the washi tape around the border to let my words completely fill the card. When I reached the belt, I used washi tape again. If you look closely, you can see that I left a very small amount of white space around the belt and buckle.
When you reach the very end of the card, it’s time for the final tape peel! Ta da!
Step 4: Matching envelope
If you’re feeling full of holiday spirit and want to keep going, grab the envelope! It’s easy to make a matching Santa Belt envelope.
Tape the bottom of the envelope the same way we taped the card in step 1. I suggest keeping it close to the bottom of the envelope, but make sure you leave enough room for the buckle. I aligned the washi tape with the bottom of the envelope.
I finished off my envelope with a cute little “please deliver to” gift tag.