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Easy Diy Happy Holidays Lettering Card

Learn how to make this beautiful Happy Holidays lettering card and ornament doodle with this easy step-by-step tutorial.



Prefer watching over readingFeel free to watch the step-by-step tutorial to create this DIY Happy Holidays Lettering and Ornament Card. All the tools I use are linked below.

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These are the tools we’ll be using to create this Christmas card:


Step 1: Sketch the Ornament Design 

First, we’ll use the angle and circle maker or a round object to draw a circle towards the bottom half of the paper. I used a 1 1/2 diameter for the circle. 

Then, draw the top part of the ornament.

If you want to draw the exact ornament doodle and pattern, grab my Holiday Lettering Workbook -2022 edition here.

doodle ornament with a pattern to paint inside of it
Holiday Lettering Workbook 2022-Shopify Workbook Picture

Step 2: Paint the Ornament with the gold metallic paint

Before we start painting, we need to activate the Finetec Pallet. 


Using a dropper add some drops of water to the finite paint. Then, using your brush, mix the water and the gold paint. 

Once you like the consistency of the paint, start painting your ornament drawing. 


If your Finetec paint starts to dry, simply add more water and mix it again with your brush. You might have to do this a couple of times while painting the ornament. 

I decided to add a second after the first coat was dry, just because I wanted the gold color to pop a little bit more. 

Optional but recommended: add a splash of color with your brush. To do this, simply saturate the brush in paint, dip it in water, then tap it against your finger, and let the gold Finetec paint drop into the paper. 

Step 3: Write “Happy Holidays” using your best lettering

Sketch “Happy Holidays”. I like to sketch everything beforehand so we can have an idea of placement within the card. 

Once you’re satisfied with your quote, we can then ink the lettering.

happy holidays lettering on an ornament doodle card

For the lettering, I’m using faux calligraphy. With faux calligraphy, you can write your phrase using the gold paint pen, then thicken the downstrokes to give the phrase the look of calligraphy. 


This step is optional, but I think it adds a beautiful pop to the card. And it’s to add white dots and starts around the card using a white gel pen.  

You can use a white paint pen as well. I think the white gives a beautiful contrast with the black cardstock and gold drawing and lettering. 

That’s it! You now made a beautiful Happy Holidays ornament card. The shine you get from using the Finetect metallic gold paint makes this card pop and the result is gorgeous. 

Here are other Christmas and hand-lettering card ideas for you:

If you’d like to save some time and have the exact templates and instructions to create the card we made here and other Holiday cards, make sure to have this Holiday Lettering Card workbook – 2022 Edition


This is a 20-page Holiday calligraphy and creative workbook, which includes:

  • How to letter 5 Holiday phrases. You’ll have traceable lettering worksheets designed for you to practice in different calligraphy styles, faux calligraphy, and block lettering.
  • Step-by-step instructions to create 4 different Holiday DIY cards.
  • Traceable card designs.
  • An easy step-by-step tutorial on how to create a Christmas doodle wreath.
  • BONUS: blank lettering practice page.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and Holiday workbook and start making your DIY hand-lettered holiday cards this year! If you do, tag me @vialdesigns on Instagram – I’d love to see your work.

Maira Vial Signature

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