Happy Holidays DIY Hand Lettered Card

design team - maira painting Dec 20, 2021
How to make a DIY holiday card

Let me show you how to make this beautiful Happy Holidays DIY hand-lettered card. It’s super simple to make and the result is gorgeous.  

Hi Friend, I’m Maira with Vial Designs, bringing you this tutorial today as part of the Pigeon Letters Design Team. Today, we’re making this ornament watercolor card together for the holidays! I’ll break down everything step by step so you can create this beautiful holiday card with me.


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Step 1: Sketch the Ornament Design 




First, we’ll use the angle and circle maker or a round object to draw a circle on 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.


Step 2: Paint the Ornament

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




Using a dropper add some drops of water into 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 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, simple saturated he brush in paint, then tap it against your finger  and let the gold Finetec paint drop into the paper. 





Step 3: Write “Happy Holidays” 

First, be sure to 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.



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. 



I hope you enjoy this tutorial 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 is a Colombian artist living in sunny Florida, USA and has been creating art for as long as she can remember! After discovering calligraphy  6 years ago, she hasn't stopped practicing and learning, which has sparked her passion for helping other women become more creative by learning calligraphy through her easy-to-follow step-by-step tutorials. Check out more of Maira's tutorials here!