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12 Days of Christmas Cards, Gingerbread House


Paint a yummy gingerbread house for Christmas! This is a fun, easy painting to do for your Christmas card. I even give you the ink drawing in a free printable so no drawing needed!

Christmas card gingerbread house
This gingerbread house you get to keep - or send to a loved one!



Strathmore 105-210 Watercolor Cards, Full Size Cold Press, 50 Cards & Envelopes

Noodler's Black Waterproof Fountain Pen Ink - Bulletproof,3 ounce

Noodler's Ink Nib Creaper Standard Flex Fountain Pen - Max Emerald

Pigment List

All paints I use are M. Graham transparent watercolors. Other brands I highly recommend are Daniel Smith and Schminke.

  • Azo Yellow

  • Nickel Azo Yellow

  • Quinacridone Rust

  • Pyrrol Red

  • Cobalt Blue

  • Viridian

  • Cobalt Violet

DIY Christmas Cards

Click for printable pdf! Click to get a printable for the Gingerbread House card!

Christmas Card Painting Steps

Before you paint on pen and ink, always make certain your waterproof ink is dry, otherwise it will bleed muddy black into everything! Give it one day to dry, minimum.

Everyone loves making a gingerbread house at Christmas. We may say it's for the kids, but who doesn't like lining a path in gumdrops?

Christmas Card Gingerbread House Tutorial 1

I begin with bright yellow gumdrops, then add some cheerful red ones.

Christmas Card Gingerbread House Tutorial 2

There might as well be some peppermint wheels on the roof, too!

Christmas Card Gingerbread House Tutorial 3

II'm doing the tree from frosting, so it's bright Viridian Green. I add slight variation for texture with Cobalt Blue.

Christmas Card Gingerbread House Tutorial 4

I finish the rest of the candy colors with blue and yellow green gumdrops. I want all the bright candy painted before I paint the dark brown hosue.

Christmas Card Gingerbread House Tutorial 5

Finally, I paint the house a dark dull brown, made of Quinacridone Rust, Nickel Azo Yellow and Cobalt Violet. I want a rich, dull brown so the candy really shows up.

Finally I just have to splatter paint it. I went for a snow effect, but you could easily splatter candy colors. I had a hard time deciding!

This should be such an easy, fun little sketch. If you want to play with pen and ink, go for it! If not, please use the free printable linked above.

Christmas cards should be fun, joyful little sketches. Don't get too serious about them. You know the recipient will love that you took time and thought of them.

Have fun with this Christmas card! It's just a few minutes, but it's all about Christmas fun and traditions. Plus, your fingers won't get as sticky as putting together a real gingerbread house!

This card only takes a few minutes so it's a quick, fun way to show someone you're thinking of them at Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Joyful Holiday to All!
Jennifer Branch

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Paint beautiful Christmas cards for your family and friends! In the introduction, I show you all the materials you need to paint a gingerbread house card, including a free printable!
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