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Hey everyone, Today’s post is sponsored by The Hungry Jpeg. They’re a really cool website, with tons and tons of clip art, graphics, fonts, etc available to purchase (and some freebies).
For today’s project I’m using designs from one of their current bundles, The Winter Holidays Vol. 1, (which has over 2,600 graphic files) to make mixed media Christmas Postcards!
- Graphics from The Winter Holidays Clip Art Bundle
- Watercolor Paper or Cardstock
- Gel Medium
- Acrylic Paint
- Tombow Dual Brush Pen
- Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen
- Black Ink Pad
For these postcards I printed out a selection of graphics, but I ended up only using the adorable bunny & polar bears from the Winter Forest graphics, and trees and poinsettias from Classic Christmas, and a few patterns from the Scandinavian Tale collection.
Step 1. Cut your watercolor paper down to 4×6″ pieces. I tore up some of the patterned papers and adhered them down onto the postcards. I usually use gel medium on mixed media projects like this because it sticks everything down well.
Step 2. Brush over the patterns with a very light coat of gesso, or white acrylic paint. This is just to tone down the colors and patterns.
Step 3. Cut out your graphics and decide on placement. Brush gel medium onto the backs and adhere them onto the postcards.
Step 4. Use the Dual Brush Pens and Fudenosuke to write on holiday messages, and add doodles.
Step 5. Rub the edges of each postcard along the black ink pad to darken the edges.
Step 6. Use a small paintbrush to add little polka dots of colorful acrylic paint.
And that’s it. I made these in a little assembly line by doing each background first and then moving onto the next step, but they’re all different. I really enjoyed experimenting with the variety of designs.
You can just add your message onto the back of your Christmas Postcards, address it, stamp it and send it off in the mail like any normal postcard! 🙂
You can grab The Winter Holidays Vol. 1. Bundle RIGHT HERE, and it’s only $19 until November 25th!
I was pretty impressed with the sheer amount of cute winter and holiday clipart that was included. I haven’t even gotten to print it all yet. I can’t wait to make a project with some of the cute Scandinavian designs.
Aren’t these polar bears so cute? They’re my favorite.