#simpycreate Christmas cards


For this tutorial, you need:

  • Simply sheets of acrylic paper, A5 format
  • Simply oil pastel sticks of different colours
  • Simply acrylic paint marker (blue)
  • 1 pair of scissors

Step 1

Cutting stencils

Take half of an A5 sheet and cut out decorative shapes with a pair of scissors to create small stencils.

GOOD TO KNOW: To facilitate the creation of the stencils, I recommend folding the sheet in 2 and cutting only half of the shape which when unfolded will give a stencil with a perfect shape.

Step 2

The card making

Take another A5 sheet and fold it in 2, this will serve as a support for the greeting card.

Step 3

Stencil and oil pastels

Take the cut-out stencils, choose one and then affix it to the blank greeting card. Use an oil pastel stick to fill in the stencil. The technique used here is to fill in the form of horizontal hatching.

Step 4


Repeat the gesture with another stencil and so on to complete the greeting card.

Gradually we see hatched shapes appear on the greeting card.

Step 5

Marker Details

With the marker, add vertical lines to the tip of the hatched shapes. A detail that allows you to better understand the shapes drawn on the map. We then see hanging decorations appear.

Step 6

Result and inspiration

There you go, this stencil technique combined with oil pastels quickly creates a multitude of pretty illustrations for handmade greeting cards. All you have to do is find the right people to give these little cards…

Simply Acrylic Paint

Daler-Rowney Simply Acrylic Paints are a perfect starting point for artists and hobbyists looking to experiment with acrylics. These soft-body water-based colours can be used straight from the tube, wet easily onto the surface, and can be thinned with water.


Simply Acrylic Paper

Daler-Rowney Simply Acrylic Paper is a good quality surface with a canvas like texture, perfect for beginners in acrylic painting and hobbyists.


Simply Soft Pastels

Daler-Rowney Simply Soft Pastels are easy to use and blend. These high-quality, affordable pastels have flat edges to allow the artist more control.


About the artist:

The painter Amylee Paris tirelessly finds her inspiration in colour and nature. Her abstract blooms and portraits shine in several art galleries in the UK.