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12 Days of Christmas Cards, Santa Cookies


We all know Santa loves cookies at 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!

Santa's Cookies Christmas Card
Paint a fun Christmas card with Santa's hat and some Christmas cookies.



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

Pen and Ink

Dip Pen and Ink for Christmas cards.

Dip Pen Holder
Dip Pen Nib, Hunt Drawing Nib #99
Zig Cartoonist Highly Opaque Pen Ink, Black

Pigment List

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

  • Pyrrol Red

  • Cobalt Teal

  • Cobalt Violet

DIY Christmas Cards

Click for printable pdf! Click to get printable of the Santa Cookies Card 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.

This is the quickest Christmas card yet this year!

Begin with some bright Pyrrol Red on Santa's hat. Paint the wash a little unevenly for texture.

Christmas Card Santa Cookies

I begin painting the shadows in the white fur of Santa's hat with Cobalt Teal. Make certain you leave lots of white too!

Christmas Card Santa Cookies

The cookies are painted with Quinacridone Rust, then a little Cobalt Violet bled in for contrast and dullness. I add just a dash or two of Pyrrol Red to pull it together.

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.

The more fun you have painting the card, the more Christmas joy you'll put into the card.

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 watercolor paint a Santa hat and Christmas cookies.
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