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DIY Holiday Cards: the Abstract Snowscape by Brenda Ponnay for

DIY Holiday Cards: the Abstract Snowscape

By Brenda Ponnay

Christmas cards don’t always have to be perfect. Family photos are nice and a newsletter is grand but sometimes the process can be a little more stressful than the season can handle. Personally, I think it’s fun to slow things down a little and create something beautiful and magical that you can enjoy while you’re doing it! On a quiet afternoon we decided to make some wintry snow scenes using a little watercolor paint and some glitter.

They aren’t realistic scenes. The lines are blurred and messy but if you squint your eyes just right, you can see a pretty snowy scene!

painting snow

We started with some white card stock cut in half and then folded in half to make a card. Then we got out the inexpensive kids’ watercolor set and some brushes. We cut one of the cards into a curved snowdrift shape and used that as a mask like so:

masking snow drifts

I tried to make a window with another piece of cardstock too but it wasn’t all that effective. You can experiment with that idea if you like. We painted and painted, trying to keep our colors soft with lots of water and very little paint.

salt is fun sometimes

Of course my daughter had her own agenda and strayed from my wintry color palette of blues and purples but I let it go. Art is more fun if you let kids do what they will do and try not to interfere too much in the process. We also added salt to the wet paint on a few. That always creates a fun effect.

what you will need

After we had painted dozens of cards we were ready to glitter!

do not fear the glitter

Glitter gets such a bad rap these days. I don’t know why. It vacuums up easily and it never really hurt anyone. Just think of it this way: those little specks that get stuck to your fingers and hair and show up on your cheekbones when you least expect it are just little bits of magic fairy dust left behind to remind you of the fun project you worked on. It’s like not wanting to wash your car after a fun camping trip. Just let it go. Embrace the glitter, don’t be afraid of it. (Sorry, I just had to put that out there. I’ll get off my glittery soapbox now.)

paint a line of glue...

To add glitter to your snow scenes just paint a line of white glue along the curve of your mountains.

shaka shake shake

Then shake shake shake your groovy glitter all over the lines of glue! An easy way to keep glitter mess to a minimum is to work on a cookie sheet. Then when you’re done you can slide all the excess glitter right back into its container and use it again next time!

paint and shake

See? So easy!

sneaky snowscape

And when you’re done they are so pretty! Do you see the sparkling snow? No? Squint a little harder.


Add a festive saying and you’re done!

holiday cards

I know I’d smile if I got one of these in my mailbox.

Looking for Christmas Crafts? You can find them here!

About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, mak...

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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  • Carrie

    November 29, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I can’t wait to try these with my daughter! Simple, beautiful and FUN!

  • Yara

    November 30, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Im sure I have all the supplies to make these. Now I just need to remember the making them part.

  • Zakka Life

    December 2, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I love how these cards have a contemporary feel to them and are easy to make for little hands. So pretty!

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  • bethany actually

    December 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Thank you for your defense of glitter. 🙂

  • Nicole

    December 24, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Seriously? Those are HIDEOUS. I don’t know what else to say but they are not your best work. They are sloppy looking & ugly.

    Nicole: you’re entitled to your opinion, but you sure could learn to express it better. You have an awful way of doing it. Brenda is copied by email on every comment, so she’ll see it anyway so therefore I’m publishing it because otherwise, nah. During this holiday season, I wish you peace… and grace. ~Isabel