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3 DIY Holiday Cards with Jess Park

3 DIY Holiday Greeting Cards with Jess Park from strathmoreartist on Vimeo.

Strathmore is excited to share a new video made by artist and influencer Jess Park. Jess used Strathmore Watercolor Cards and NEW Mixed Media Postcards to create three different DIY holiday cards that anyone can follow along to for some joyous holiday greetings! Download and share the video with your customers. Each card lesson comes with a full supply list making it easy for artists to get exactly what they need and feel inspired to make a handmade greeting. Set up an in-store make and take event or share the video on your website and social media channels:




  1. Select your watercolor. Jess uses a light and dark blue/green and a warm green for the leaves and stems. She uses red for the berries and gold metallic paint for the lettering and shimmering details. 
    2. Practice some leaves and berries on a scratch piece of watercolor paper before starting your card piece. 
    3. With the light blue/green color, space out a ring of leaves. LET IT DRY BETWEEN LAYERS OR COLORS WILL RUN TOGETHER.
  2. Create some darker values with the dark blue/green over the initial light leaves you painted. LET IT DRY.
    5. Add some clusters of red berries throughout the wreath. Vary the values of the berries to keep the painting from looking flat. LET IT DRY. 
  3. Add final leaf shapes in the warm green color. You guess it… LET IT DRY.
  4. Add some darker details to your leaves and berries.
  5. Use the metallic gold paint to hand letter a phrase in the middle of your leaf. For the modern calligraphy look, add a little pressure to your downstrokes and release pressure on your upstrokes. 
  6. Finish the card with some small gold details to add a little twinkle. 




  1. Choose your favorite colors and start by painting a row of bulbs. If you’re having trouble with the shape, think of painting upside-down eggs. Continue painting a couple more rows of bulbs and allow the colors to touch and bleed into one another. 
  3. Use a permanent black pen or marker to letter a message over the top of the bulbs.
  4. Add in some black details to the bulbs themselves. 





  1. Tape your paper to a board to hold it in place and create a thin white border
  2. Start by painting a background with the wash brush. Leave some white at the bottom to depict fresh snow on the ground.LET IT DRY (it will be important to let each layer dry before continuing to add paint to your piece).
  1. Paint the base of the house. Add a chimney and allow the paint to dry.
  2. Add a door and windows.
  3. Now you’re ready to decorate the house with candy and frosting! Add a gumdrop path leading to the front door. 
  4. When you’ve completed decorating and the paint is dry, use a thin brush to add details in white to make the piece pop. 
  5. Gently peel the tape off.

Mixed Media Postcards:

Item# Size Postcards / Pad

SM704-8        4″ x 6″ 15

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Watercolor Cards

Item# Size Cards / Pack

SM105-150 5″ x 6.875″ 10

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