Happy Holidays Geometric Card

design team - shannon painting Dec 15, 2021
How to paint a holiday card

Have you made your cards for the Holiday as yet? Well, today I have a fun, geometric, watercolor card tutorial for you!

I’m Shannon, from The Pigeon Letters Design Team and today, I’ll be showing you how to create a simple abstract geometric card. Holidays are only a few days away and I don’t know about you but this is when things are the most hectic! So I’m going to show you how you can create this last minute card for your friends and family in no time at all! Let’s get started with the supplies you’ll need.




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Step 1: Prep Your Paper

Fold and cut your watercolor paper to the card size you want, mine has been cut and folded down to 5x7 inches. 

Tear or cut your tape and use it to create a geometric pattern onto your paper. You can create a random abstract pattern by just laying down your tape anywhere.



Or you can be more precise and plan your pattern before you add the tape. With this method, you can use a ruler to help you create something more symmetrical or evenly spaced. 




Make sure you press the tape into the paper to avoid the paint bleeding underneath it as much as possible, before you move on to the next step.


Step 2: Paint the Sections

Use the holiday colors of your choice to paint the geometric shapes between the tape, I’m painting some of the sections in red and some in green. I’ve also left a few sections blank/white because I’ll add a pattern to them in the next step. 




To make sure this card visually interesting, avoid adding the same colors together. 



Step 3: Add a Christmas Pattern

I’m adding a loose holly pattern to my card. To create this pattern, start by adding three red dots for the berries.




Then paint two holly leaves next to them. 




Some other fun patterns that you can try are: dots, stripes, lights, candy canes…. There are so many possibilities and you can add whichever Christmas themed pattern you want! 


Step 4: Add an Outline

Using a monoline pen, to add a loose outline around the berries and the leaves. 




Step 5: Peel the Tape

Allow the paint to dry completely and then carefully remove the tape. 


Step 6: Add Your Greeting

To complete the card, use the pencil to sketch out your greeting, then use the pen of your choice to add your holiday greeting! 



Mine was a little off center so make sure you test out our lettering on a piece of scrap paper and align it to the center of your card before you add it to your card.

And that’s it, your card is complete! Happy Holidays!


Shannon is a freelance artist from a small island in the Caribbean called Barbados! She creates fun and unique content, whether it's with markers, watercolors, acrylics or on the iPad to inspire other creatives. Check out more of her tutorials here!