Learn how to create this beautiful and easy Floral Doodles Christmas card with this step-by-step tutorial.
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TOOLS I’M USING TO CREATE THIS FLORAL DOODLES CHRISTMAS CARD
- Kraft paper cards
- Pencil to sketch
- The Pigeon Letters Monoline Studio pen
- Tombow Fudenosuke Brush pen
- CraftSmart Oil-Based Paint pen. I got mine from Michaels, but there are similar ones at amazon.
FLORAL DOODLE MERRY CHRISTMAS CARD STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL
Step 1: Sketch a Rectangle in the Center of the card
With this card measuring roughly 5 inches long, we’re going to measure 1.75 on either side and then the center is going to be one and a half inches.
Slightly erase the lines forming the rectangle. These lines are going to be for reference so we can draw the Christmas doodles on both sides of the rectangle and then write our Holiday Quote on the inside.
Step 2: Draw the Floral Doodles
Using the Monoline drawing pen, start making the Christmas doodles on top of the rectangle you sketched previously.
If you like you can sketch your doodles with a pencil first. I always recommend for you sketch first, if this is your first time doodling.
I went ahead and make them directly with the monoline pen just to save us a little bit of time.
The first doodle is very simple. We’re going to draw three branches together. For that, first, draw a curved line, and then we’re gonna draw make short lines on either side of the first stem.
The next doodles are holly leaves and berries. Draw three circles, which will be our berries, then draw the holly leaves. Last, draw some shading and details inside the leaves.
Filler branches are three little sticks with colored circles at the top. These filler leaves are perfect to fill in the gaps or any spaces you have between your floral doodles.
Another greenery is this branch with rounded petals.
Next, draw a couple of flowers. Draw a small center with pointy petals.
PRO TIP: To make your doodles look consistent draw small flowers in groups of three. This will make your piece look more cohesive.
Make two complete flowers, then draw half of the flower as if the flower is covered by the rectangle.
Turn your card around and draw the same set of floral doodles and greenery but make sure you draw them in a different order. This will give the illusion that there are many different types of doodles, but we’re using the same ones as before.
Thicken the lines to form the rectangle that you drew on the first step.
Step 2: write Merry Christmas in Calligraphy
The lettering part I’m sketching first. I’m writing Merry Christmas in calligraphy. You can choose to letter a different quote inside.
I definitely recommend sketching your quote first, so you can make sure it fits inside the rectangle and that it’s centered as well.
Try to sketch lightly, because the lettering part is rarely good on the first try so you’d have to erase most likely.
Have a desktop vacuum handy. This little gadget is a lifesaver when it comes to getting all the eraser dust off your desk.
Once you’re satisfied with how the pencil sketch is, it’s time to ink your quote. I’m using the Tombow Fudenosuki to write Merry Christmas in calligraphy.
Make sure you’re going slow and pause between each stroke when you’re doing calligraphy. Going slow is something that I always recommend so your calligraphy looks better and more consistent.
If you’d like to learn calligraphy I do have a Modern Calligraphy Workbook for beginners that’ll be super helpful for you as well as my Holiday Lettering Guide that has 25 different Christmas quotes and phrases.
Once you’re done inking your quote, erase the leftover pencil marks.
There might be some fading when you erase, so you can go over the downstrokes with the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pen.
I think this card looks really beautiful like this but we’re gonna give it a special touch with the silver paint pen.
Before you use a paint pen, be sure to always shake it well and use a scrap piece of paper to activate and test the pen before your use it on your card.
All we’re doing with the pen is adding some dots and stars around the card. I wish you could see this in person because the shine of this oil pen is really beautiful!
You can totally leave the card like this, but I’m gonna be a little bit extra and add some details to the letters by adding shadowing to the letters using the silver paint pen.
This is something extra that you can do to decorate the card a little bit more and give it more pop to “Merry Christmas” .
That’s it! Our Floral Doodle Christmas card is done! What do you think?
More Holiday Hand-lettered Card Tutorials
Want more ideas and easy tutorials to make hand-lettered cards and other holiday crafts?
Check out the other cards I made for the Holiday Showcase this year (2021)
- Watercolor Happy Holidays Hand-Lettered Card
- Ornament Holiday Hand-Lettered Card Tutorial
There are over 14 different Holiday Crafts Tutorials completely Free for you! Check them all in this blog post.
I also made this card last year…
And to make it even easier for you, there’s a Foiled Christmas Card and Foiled Holiday sign you can make today.
I hope you enjoy this tutorial and give this card a try. If you do, be sure to tag me on Instagram @vialdesigns. I’d love to see your work!
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