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Trio of Baubles Christmas Card

Christmas baubles have always been popular Christmas ornament crafts used for decorating Christmas trees and to celebrate the beauty of the festive Christmas season. Create this Trio of Baubles Christmas Card with three mock transparent glass baubles as the stars of the card. This glass bauble look is created by drawing a black pen outline and then painting with watercolors. This watercolor card features soft hues of blue and pink, and the pleasing end result is a work of art. This homemade card will make the recipient feel very special indeed.

MaterialsPaper

Primary TechniquePainting

Project or Page SizeCard

Type of Paper UsedCardstock

Easy

SeasonWinter

HolidayChristmas

Materials List

  • Printout of provided ornament shape
  • 8.2" x 6.1" blue cardstock
  • 5.6" x 3.6" blue shimmer paper
  • 5.4" x 3.4" cut from white watercolor paper
  • Staedtler 12-color watercolor set
  • Pilot silver marker pen
  • Artline 210 Fineliner black pen
  • Maroon felt-tip pen
  • Paintbrush
  • Small plastic bowl with water
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Quick-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)

Instructions:

Score the blue cardstock to create a card sized 6.1" x 4.1".

  1. With the fold at the left, center and glue the blue shimmer paper to the front of the card.

  2. To prepare the background: Paint the piece of watercolor paper using a combination of blue, purple and dark pink watercolor paint. Allow to dry thoroughly. 
    Tip: Use a ratio of more water vs. paint to obtain a higher opacity of the colors used on the background.

  3. Use the silver pen to add random broken line squiggles all over the piece of watercolor paper.

  4. Center and glue the piece of watercolor paper to the front of the card.

  5. Print out the ornament shape below (you can do this by right-clicking on the ornament image, saving, and printing). Use the pencil to lightly trace the outline of three baubles onto the watercolor paper.

  6. Use the black pen to outline the baubles with broken lines, and the bows with fixed lines.

  7. To add a transparent effect to the baubles: Use white and dark pink paint, mixed into a subtle pink, to add strokes of color to each bauble’s rounding. Be careful not to wet the black ink lines, as the Artliner pen becomes runny when exposed to water.

  8. Color the bows with the maroon felt-tip pen, and use the silver pen to add a dash of silver to the top parts of the baubles.

  9. To finish off the baubles: Add a watery dash of purple paint to the top of each bauble to create an illusion of the bows reflecting in the glass baubles. Also add a watery dash of blue to some parts of the baubles to create an illusion of the background reflected through the baubles.

  10. Use broken pencil lines to add the strings from which the baubles are hanging.

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