Make Your Own “Watercolor” Cards This Christmas

Last week, I made Hanukkah cards using cardstock and my Cricut machine; you can check out that post here.

This week I’m making Christmas cards and I wanted to try something a little different. I love the airy, whimsical look of watercolor cards and thought that these holiday cards would be a perfect opportunity to experiment with the watercolor-look!

I don’t actually have watercolor paints at home, so I used water-diluted acrylic paints to make “watercolors”.

I used two different “watercolor” card styles for this project:

For the first batch of cards, I brushed a wash of paint across my 4″ x 4″ cardstock pieces and used the Cricut to “write” messages once they were dry. Then I went in by hand with markers to add some extra color & pattern.

The second batch of cards were quite different. After my first round of card-making, I liked the results but felt that some of my cards were a little blah. For this batch, I wanted cards that were washed with “watercolor” but had white text. I used the Cricut to cut a stencil of my message and stuck it to a blank 4″ x 4″ piece of white cardstock. Then I brushed “watercolors” over the card. Once the paint was dry, I peeled off my stencil, revealing a nice white text.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any tutorial photos of the first batch of cards while I was making them. Here are some pictures of the finished cards though!

watercolor cards 1


For the second batch of cards, I used Cricut Design Space to create a cut file of my text (or in one case, a cute gingerbread man image). I used cheapo dollar store contact paper instead of stencil vinyl and it worked great! Once the Cricut finished cutting, I weeded my contact paper. DSC04276 - Copy

Then I burnished the stencil with Glad Press & Seal wrap. This “Cricut hack” is an inexpensive alternative to transfer tape, but it doesn’t work for every project. For example, I tried using Press & Seal for my magnetic bottle opener DIY but the wrap left gummy residue on the stainless steel. I haven’t noticed any residue when using it for cardstock, however. DSC04278 - Copy

Next I positioned the stencil on my cardstock, burnished it, then removed the Press & Seal (or transfer tape). DSC04281 - Copy

I mixed up some “watercolors” by diluting a bit of acrylic paint in water and brushed the color over my cards, making sure to fill in the centers of letters like “a”, “p”, and “o”. DSC04285 - Copy

Once the paint was dry, I peeled away the stencil. Then I added a cardstock backing of a coordinating  color.

DSC04294 - Copy


Ta-da! Easy “watercolor” holiday cards! You can use real watercolor paints if you have them at home. For some of the cards, the “watercolor” caused the cardstock to wrinkle so I had to flatten them under a heavy book for a bit. Using watercolor paper probably would have prevented that.

Are you planning on making your own holiday cards this year? Please leave your comments below.






Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s