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Making A Christmas Tree Card

Updated on April 6, 2017

Drawing a picture of a Christmas tree is a festive way to create your own Christmas cards. I designed my Christmas cards by first drawing a Christmas tree on a handmade card and then scanning the image to make the other cards that I printed out. Sketching a picture of a Christmas tree with a festive image to create for your Christmas cards, and trees are quite interesting to draw. The first step of drawing the trees is to simply sketch out branches and pine needles, and then go over these with a green colored pencil. Once I have finished coloring in the tree, I shade in the blue sky behind the Christmas tree and then add the ball decorations to the branches of the tree. So I would like to wish everyone reading this hub a happy holiday, and to have fun designing your own Christmas tree cards. All you need to make a Christmas tree card is some blank paper and colored pencils.

A colored pencil illustration of a Christmas tree for a card.
A colored pencil illustration of a Christmas tree for a card. | Source

The video above documents the process of drawing the Christmas tree card from start to finish.

Step 1: Drawing The Tree

I started drawing the tree from top to bottom.
I started drawing the tree from top to bottom. | Source

First I started drawing the tree on a card made out of recycled computer paper. My plan was to scan the picture I drew on the handmade card to use an image for cards I could print out.

Step 2: Add More Detail To The Christmas Tree

I continued adding branches and pine needles to the tree.
I continued adding branches and pine needles to the tree. | Source

I continued to add more branches and pine needles to the Christmas tree as I sketched this pine from top to bottom.

I sketch the pine needles and the branches in various directions.
I sketch the pine needles and the branches in various directions. | Source

If you look at a pine tree you will notice it is not completely symmetrical, and that the branches and pine needles go in various directions. When I am drawing a pine tree for a simple Christmas card like this one I just let my pencil flow, and the main idea for this drawing is to create the dimensions of the pine tree. When I go over it with the green colored pencil it will obscure some of the pine needles, but that is okay. Use any method you prefer for drawing your Christmas tree, but this just happens to be the way I have enjoyed doing it since I was about eleven or so.

The sketch is almost complete.
The sketch is almost complete. | Source
I get excited as I finish up my drawing of the tree.
I get excited as I finish up my drawing of the tree. | Source

When I am almost finished with the sketch of the tree, I get excited because I know that soon I will be able to add some color to my drawing. Besides, vibrant and bold colors are what Christmas cards are all about. Bring on the color!

Step 3: Color In The Tree

I enjoyed coloring the fronds of the Christmas tree.
I enjoyed coloring the fronds of the Christmas tree. | Source

The most exhilarating part of this card making project is when I finally get to color over the branches and the needles of the pine tree.

In this picture I have colored about half of the Christmas tree.
In this picture I have colored about half of the Christmas tree. | Source

The tree is really beginning to take shape as I continue to color in its pine needles.

In this phase of the sketch I have colored in almost all of the tree.
In this phase of the sketch I have colored in almost all of the tree. | Source

It is exhilarting when I was almost finished coloring in the tree.

Step 4: Shade In The Sky

Here I am beginning to color in the blue sky behind the Christmas tree.
Here I am beginning to color in the blue sky behind the Christmas tree. | Source

As I am coloring in the background behind the tree, it feels very soothing and therapeutic. Yes, I quite enjoy coloring in the sky with my light blue colored pencil, and just watching a show as I draw. Actually, drawing is the perfect time just to watch a program because my mind needs more stimulation than just working on an illustration.

Here I am continuing to color in around the tree.
Here I am continuing to color in around the tree. | Source

Colored pencils are a wonderful medium for using on simple illustrations, but crayons would also be fun to use for making simple cards

This Christmas tree is an outdoor one, which is why the background I am creating is blue.
This Christmas tree is an outdoor one, which is why the background I am creating is blue. | Source

I colored in several different directions to make the background well blended.

The background is almost complete here.
The background is almost complete here.

The drawing looks very nice as I continue to shade in the blue sky behind the tree, which might be an outside Christmas tree.

The tree and the background are completely shaded in.
The tree and the background are completely shaded in. | Source

In the photograph above I have finished coloring in the branches of the Christmas tree.

Step 5: Create The Balls On The Christmas Tree

I created the balls on the Christmas trees with markers so these would be vibrant.
I created the balls on the Christmas trees with markers so these would be vibrant. | Source

I used markers to create the vibrant balls on the Christmas tree.

I used a white colored pencil to add highlights to the Christmas balls.
I used a white colored pencil to add highlights to the Christmas balls. | Source

I used a white colored pencil to add highlights to the Christmas balls.

I drew the star on top of the Christmas tree with a copper colored pencil
I drew the star on top of the Christmas tree with a copper colored pencil | Source

The Christmas tree drawing for the card was complete once I finished drawing the star on the top of the tree with a copper colored pencil. I hope you have fun creating your own Christmas cards, and the drawing and crafting part of the card making process is where all the fun is at!

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      Eileen Kersey 4 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Lovely, an early Merry Christmas love :)

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      SweetbeariesArt 4 years ago from California

      I hope you have a Merry Christmas as well, Ethel!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Simple to follow steps and you have created a beautiful christmas tree for everyone to learn how to draw. Great job and well done illustrations. Voted up

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      SweetbeariesArt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you, peachpurple.

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