Learn how to make this beautiful and Easy DIY Christmas Calligraphy Card with a super fun way to draw an awesome banner. This card is perfect to make and give this holiday season. Plus get access to a FREE traceable worksheet to make drawing the banner even easier for you!
I feel Holiday time calls for handmade cards, especially this year and the time we’re living. That’s why I decided to make this DIY Christmas calligraphy card. You’ll need less than 3 tools to created and about 30 mins or even less of your time.
To make the process a little bit easier for you, I turned this DIY Holiday card into a traceable you can download and print at home to practice. You can also use it to trace and go over it with your pens.
See exactly how to make your DIY Christmas Calligraphy Card in my tutorial video (or keep scrolling if you prefer a printable step-by-step photo tutorial):
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MATERIALS TO MAKE THIS EASY DIY CHRISTMAS CARD
- Kraft cards with envelope set
- Micron Pens
- Craft smart oil paint marker – extra fine
- Sakura Gelly Roll
- My free Printable PDF design to help you trace the banner on the DIY Christmas Calligraphy Card (available in my free resource library—get the password by filling out the form at the bottom of this page)
HOW TO MAKE THIS EASY DIY CHRISTMAS CALLIGRAPHY CARD
STEP 1: TRACE A TRIANGLE CENTERED ON YOUR CARD
So the first thing is, grab your pencil. I’m using this Tombow pencil just because I like the quality of it, but you can grab whatever pencil you have handy. Then trace a triangle on the card. And make sure it is centered on the card. This triangle is going to give us an idea of where we’re going to be drawing the banner.
After you sketch the triangle and you’re happy with the placement, slightly erase it. You want a very soft mark of the triangle.
STEP 2: START DRAWING THE BANNER BY DOING A CONTINUOUS “S”
Now that you know where the banner is going to go, we’re going to be doing a sort of a continuous S-motion to draw the banner. The triangle is going to help us to know the width of the banner.
STEP 3: REPEAT THE SAME CONTINUOUS “S” DRAWING UNDERNEATH THE PREVIOUS ONE
Repeat the same thing, but we’re going to leave a space, sort of like one finger, or the width you want your banner to be. Draw the same continuous S, parallel to the one that you did before.
When you’re drawing the banner, keep in mind the quote you’re going to write. For this card, I’m going to be writing the sentiment “Merry everything and happy always”. So the length of this banner is perfect for that quote.
STEP 4: CONNECT THE ENDS AND SIDES OF YOUR BANNER
Before you start inking, the banner you want to make sure that you connect the ends and sides of your banner Draw a V-shape on both ends. Then, connect both of the “continuous S” shapes at the end on either side.
STEP 5: TRACE OVER THE BANNER
Trace over the banner drawing using your Micron pen 05. Or you can use any other monoline black pen of your choosing. Once you’re done inking, completely erase the pencil marks.
I used my Micron 08 and went over the ribbon one more time, just so that it looked a little bit better.
STEP 6: ADD DETAILS TO THE BANNER
To make the banner more beautiful, I’m adding details to the parts of the banner where the calligraphy writing is not going to be on. I added lines very close to each other. You can choose to draw different details or color in completely as I did for this Father’s Day DIY card.
STEP 7: WRITE YOUR CALLIGRAPHY SENTIMENT INSIDE THE BANNER
I’m going to hand letter the sentiment “Merry Everything and Happy Always”. Feel free to write any holiday quote you’d like on this card. For this, I used a Craft Smart paint pen- extra fine. And I’m going to be writing the quote, merry everything and happy always.
PRO TIP: Pick the quote you’ll be writing on your DIY card BEFORE you draw the banner. This way you know the length and width of your banner.
For the calligraphy part, I used a technique called faux calligraphy. Check out this blog post and video tutorial where I show you exactly how to create this technique. And I also provide you with a free calligraphy practice worksheet.
As you can see, the last word is not centered, so that’s why I added some embellishments at the end. That’s one of the reasons I recommend for you to sketch everything first. Sketching with pencil is going to help you with the spacing of your words within the ribbon.
STEP 8: ADD MORE EMBELLISHMENTS AND DETAILS TO THE CARD
To add little lines inside the ribbon, I used a using the Micron 01. Drawing lines to the ends of the banner makes it look a bit more realistic.
Draw a star at the top of the banner: For this type of star, it is better for you to make diamonds right next to each other until you form the star.
To make give it more dimension, add a line in the middle of each of the diamond shape and to color every other space.
If you like, you can leave the card like this. But you can add more details to the card. Use Gelly Roll pen and added more little stars and that around the banner. You can use the same Silver paint pen for these details.
Draw little stars and dots around the banner. I think this makes it pop a little bit more, and also it gives it a more festive and Christmasy look to the card.
OPTIONAL: ADD A SHADOW TO THE LETTERING.
This step is not necessary, but I think it adds more pop to the card when you add a shadow to the letters. To add shadows to the lettering, add a line to the right and underneath every part of the letters using your Micron pen.
What you think? I just love how this card looks. The color pop out of the kraft paper. And I just love the combination of craft paper with the silver, which it kind of look like white in the video and pictures, but it’s actually silver. The silver lettering goes really well with the details that I added with the Sakura Gelly Roll pen.
This is the perfect hand lettered card to make and give this holiday season!
It doesn’t really take a long time, and I just think it’s fun for you to try your creative side, and just give something meaningful to your loved ones.
Thank you for reading and making this easy DIY Christmas Calligraphy card with me. I’d love to see your handmade cards. This is an easy way to try your creative side and surprise a loved one with a hand-lettered card!
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